• Health Jan 10

    Officials Alert Health Care Providers of HIV Surge

    Massachusetts officials alerted health care providers to test frequently for HIV and to quickly report new infections to the Public Health Department. Officials discovered that there were 182 intravenous drug users who were affected in Lowell and Lawrence between 2015 and 2019, The Boston Globe reported. The number of cases dropped after the summer of 2018 after a campaign to…

  • NBC News Dec 1, 2019

    HIV Vaccine in 2021? Leading Experts ‘Optimistic’ About Ongoing Trials

    On Sunday, World AIDS Day, the global fight against the human immunodeficiency virus is poised to make important advances thanks to three experimental HIV vaccines that are entering the final stages of testing at sites across the globe, NBC News reports. While any of these three late-stage HIV vaccine trials — known as HVTN 702, Imbokodo and Mosaico — could...

  • Nov 29, 2019

    Patients Sue Northern Indiana Hospital Over Possible Disease Exposure

    More than 1,000 surgical patients are suing a northern Indiana hospital after being notified that a sterilization failure could have exposed them to deadly infections.

  • Oct 10, 2019

    Global Fund Raises $13.92 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

    An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Bono of the rock band U2 “committed to raise at least a further $100 million...

  • Oct 7, 2019

    California OKs Pharmacists to Dispense HIV Prevention Medication

    Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor’s prescription after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection.

  • Oct 4, 2019

    FDA Approves Second Drug Descovy to Prevent HIV Infection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second drug to help prevent HIV infections on Thursday. Descovy is a PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, which means the drug is taken daily to lower the risk of getting HIV among people who don’t have the disease but are at risk. “PrEP drugs are highly effective when taken as indicated in...

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Sex With HIV Still a Crime? Updated Laws Divide Advocates

    As Sanjay Johnson describes it, his sexual encounter with James Booth on Oct. 2, 2015, was a one-night stand. But it would bind the men inextricably two years later, when Booth walked into an Arkansas police station and accused Johnson of exposing him to HIV. Little Rock prosecutors pursued a criminal charge against Johnson even though a doctor said he...

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Appeals Court Allows Trump Abortion Rules to Take Effect

    New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to...

  • Jun 11, 2019

    David Johns on his Mission to End LGBTQ Bias and Stigma

    David Johns sits down with Nessa to talk about his mission to end LGBTQ bias and stigma. He says the first step is to have conversations, and the second step is to be an accomplice to the LGBTQ community, not an ally. Johns also emphasizes the importance of preventing HIV through medications, like PrEP and PEP.

  • Jun 8, 2019

    Scientists Feel Chill of Crackdown on Fetal Tissue Research

    To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she’s worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block. The Trump administration is cracking down on fetal tissue research , with new hurdles for government-funded scientists around the country who call the special...

  • Jun 5, 2019

    Trump Halts Fetal Tissue Research by Government Scientists

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists who say it has led to life-saving medical advances and handing abortion opponents a major victory. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that government-funded research by universities that involves fetal tissue can continue...

  • May 22, 2019

    Boston Nonprofit Concerned About HIV Spread Among Drug Addicts

    A Boston nonprofit is voicing concern about the continued spread of HIV among residents struggling with opioid addiction. The Whittier Street Health Center said Tuesday its outreach team identified two new cases of HIV in the notorious illegal drug market around Boston Medical Center in the city’s South End.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Measles Outbreak Causes Quarantine at UCLA and Cal State LA. Here’s What You Need to Know

    County health officials have quarantined a number of students at UCLA who were possibly exposed to measles, and they also Thursday announced another case of measles in a person who flew in and out of Los Angeles International Airport while infectious, as they continue to reach out to more than 1,500 people who may have been exposed to measles by...

  • Mar 28, 2019

    Johns Hopkins Performs First Kidney Transplant From Living Donor Who Has HIV

    Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ.

  • Mar 8, 2019

    Monthly Shots Control HIV as Well as Pills in 2 Big Studies

    Monthly shots of HIV drugs worked as well as daily pills to control the virus that causes AIDS in two large international tests, researchers reported Thursday. If approved by regulators in the United States and Europe, the shots would be a new option for people with HIV and could help some stay on treatment. Instead of having to remember to...

  • Mar 5, 2019

    1st Man Cured of HIV Has Words of Support for 2nd Cured Patient

    Timothy Brown, the Berlin man known to be the first person cured of HIV, has words of support and encouragement for a second patient that scientists say are free of the disease after a successful stem cell transplant.

  • Mar 5, 2019

    Second Man Seems to Be Free of AIDS Virus After Transplant

    A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant, the second success including the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported. The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to...

  • Jan 30, 2019

    Health Officials Warn of HIV Spike Among Boston Drug Users

    Public health officials in Massachusetts are warning about a spike in HIV infections among people who inject illegal drugs in Boston. The state Department of Public Health said in a letter to Boston health care providers Friday that six people have been newly diagnosed with the virus since Nov. 1.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Report: Many Safety Issues Found at NJ Surgery Center That May Have Exposed Patients to HIV, Hepatitis

    State investigators say a New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed more than 3,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C used poor drug storage methods, an outdated infection control plan and unacceptable sterilization practices.

  • Dec 25, 2018

    More Than 3,000 Patients at New Jersey Surgery Center Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis

    The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

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