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Experts: HIV prevention improving
Date: 2009-12-02 21:43:36
A report released last month by the United Nations found that the number of people infected with HIV worldwide has remained unchanged over the last two years, underscoring the successful prevention and treatment techniques recently developed to combat the virus.... Full Story

Despite advances in vaccine, HIV testing still important
Date: 2009-09-30 18:28:27
This week brought some exciting news to the health community with word that a vaccine that could possibly prevent the spread of HIV was seeing some positive results.... Full Story

Doctor: Circumcision may decrease herpes infection
Date: 2009-09-03 16:56:16
Male circumcision may reduce the risk of contracting certain sexually transmitted diseases, recent research indicates. ... Full Story

DC responds to HIV rates with push for STD tests
Date: 2009-08-31 18:16:20
A new campaign has started in Washington DC and it has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a report that came out earlier this year. Because of the city's escalating HIV rates, health and political officials are urging residents to get an HIV test.... Full Story

Missouri county considering raising price of STD tests
Date: 2009-08-28 23:00:36
With STD rates on the rise in some parts of the country, the actions of the Missouri Department of Health may seem a bit odd.... Full Story

CDC may recommend circumcisions to prevent spread of HIV
Date: 2009-08-27 22:42:27
In an effort to curtail the spread of HIV, some health officials are suggesting all babies be circumcised, an idea that has sparked some controversy.... Full Story

CDC considers mandatory STD testing
Date: 2009-08-17 22:37:16
Despite countless initiatives and months dedicated to promoting awareness of AIDS and STDs, there are still a great number of people in the U.S. who are infected every day.... Full Story

Herpes testing may reveal higher risk of HIV
Date: 2009-08-11 12:00:00
Scientists have long known that someone with a herpes infection was at increased risk of getting HIV. While it had been thought that the two to three-fold increase in risk was due to the presence of sores and lesions on the skin which can increase the chance for HIV to get into the blood stream, scientists discovered last year that even people whose lesions had been treated are still at higher risk.... Full Story

More aggressive HIV testing provides some improvement for Washington DC
Date: 2009-08-05 19:04:22
The HIV epidemic that has hit the nation's capitol is still far from over, but a new assessment of the situation shows that increased attention paid to the problem, including more HIV testing and better reporting and follow up of infected residents, has caused some improvement in the city's condition.... Full Story

Governor Schwarzenegger slashes funds for HIV testing, prevention and treat
Date: 2009-07-29 18:58:33
As part of the highly-controversial budget deal in cash-strapped California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a final $489 million dollars in line-item vetoes to the bill the legislature sent him, including cutting funding for HIV testing.... Full Story

New Surgeon General focused on preventive medicine
Date: 2009-07-15 21:43:56
Dr Regina Benjamin, nominated earlier this week by President Obama to be the next Surgeon General of the U.S., has said she plans to be a voice for change in the healthcare system, inspired by the loss of her family to preventable diseases.... Full Story

Researchers see possible greater HIV risk for black gay men
Date: 2009-07-07 21:29:48
Researchers see possible greater HIV risk for black gay men... Full Story

HIV targeting minorities according to atlas
Date: 2009-07-01 01:10:23
The HIV/AIDS Atlas, a project to present county-level infection rates all across the U.S., has shown that 80 percent of HIV cases are clustered in just 20 percent of the counties in the nation. Those counties are mostly comprised of gay, black, Latino and other minority populations.... Full Story

Officials: Too many people unaware they are HIV-infected
Date: 2009-06-29 14:06:19
In the wake of National HIV Testing Day, officials at the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health urged people to get tested, pointing to recent studies that show too many people are unaware they are infected with the virus.... Full Story

New combined therapy may offer hope against HIV-AIDS
Date: 2009-06-25 19:49:32
A radical new therapy proposed by a team of Canadian and American researchers may provide a new way to fight HIV-AIDS. Through a combination of targeted chemotherapy and current antiretroviral treatments, it may be possible to destroy the virus wherever it is in the body, both circulating in the blood and hiding in immune system cells.... Full Story

NIH outlines a universal, voluntary HIV testing and treatment program
Date: 2009-06-22 19:01:53
Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have set out a research agenda to try and determine whether or not a universal, voluntary program of annual STD testing with immediate treatment for anyone who tests positive for HIV, commonly called "test and treat", could actually extinguish the HIV pandemic.... Full Story

Colorado conference seeks to raise HIV awareness
Date: 2009-06-18 20:59:27
Rural Solutions, a health advocacy group in Colorado, has released a report about HIV prevention in conjunction with a conference to raise awareness about HIV in rural America, according to the Sterling Journal-Advocate.... Full Story

New contraceptive device is designed to prevent sexual transmission of HIV
Date: 2009-06-17 16:07:36
A new contraceptive device may also offer protection from sexual transmission of HIV, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. The results were published in the journal AIDS.... Full Story

Manager: More STD tests for African-American community
Date: 2009-06-05 20:29:59
While the prevalence of people infected with HIV remains high, it appears to be an increasingly growing problem within the African-American community.... Full Story

Group unveils new HIV awareness campaign amidst DC's crushing epidemic
Date: 2009-06-03 21:23:49
Using an incident that has become synonymous with government indifference to catastrophe, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), unveiled a print ad campaign with the slogan "AIDS is DC's Katrina," today.... Full Story

Wisconsin HIV numbers stable, but numbers of infected women grow
Date: 2009-06-02 18:53:46
While the number of new HIV cases in Wisconsin has stayed fairly stable over the last 10 years, the percentage of new infections that are women has continued to grow.... Full Story

Circumcision may prevent STD infection
Date: 2009-04-27 19:37:34
Male circumcision may reduce the risk of various STD infections, according to research conducted in Africa.... Full Story

Pfizer and GSK join forces to create new HIV drug company
Date: 2009-04-16 15:03:13
GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, two of the largest drug companies in the world, announced today they will combine forces to create a new company dedicated to research and development of HIV treatments. The new company, which will be named later this year, will hold about one-fifth of the world market for treating HIV, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Full Story

More evidence of the benefits of early HIV treatment
Date: 2009-04-10 21:55:47
New research is adding to existing evidence that the earlier people get antiretroviral treatment for HIV, the better their chances are for an increased survival rate.... Full Story

Study claims preteens engaging in risky sexual activity
Date: 2009-04-10 21:52:03
Researchers from the University of Texas School of Public Health have found that middle school youth are having sex, some as young as 12 years old.... Full Story

Newspaper: STD rate higher than people think
Date: 2009-04-09 22:00:57
While there is no concrete evidence for the number of people living with STDs at Washington University in St. Louis, the student newspaper is claiming the number of infected students may be higher than the community realizes.... Full Story

MTV urges young people to get HIV test
Date: 2009-04-06 20:40:18
Somehow, Pedro is still finding ways to do good.... Full Story

Study: Early HIV treatment can improve survival rate
Date: 2009-04-02 20:57:56
People who get an STD test and detect HIV early can increase their survival rate with timely treatment, provided their immune system is still fairly healthy, according to new research.... Full Story

MTV film depicts life of AIDS activist
Date: 2009-03-31 20:34:09
Before mainstream Hollywood produced stories about homosexual men, there was Pedro Zamora, a cast member on the third season of MTV's The Real World.... Full Story

North Carolina campaign urges people to get HIV test
Date: 2009-03-30 20:08:46
In an effort to combat the rising number of people living with HIV, North Carolina has rolled out a campaign that raises awareness about getting an STD test at least once a year.... Full Story

Sharp increase in HIV testing for TB patients
Date: 2009-03-24 20:08:47
A new report from the World Health Organization has found a significant rise in people getting tested for STDs who are also being treated for tuberculosis.... Full Story

Pelosi: HIV patients shouldn't have to wait for care
Date: 2009-03-23 20:49:01
People who discover they have HIV early through STD tests may be able to benefit from legislation that was reintroduced last week.... Full Story

DC report spurs rise in HIV testing
Date: 2009-03-20 20:33:38
Echoes of the country's past AIDS epidemic emerged this week in the nation's capital after a report showed nearly 3 percent of the city's residents were living with HIV, a rate reportedly higher than West Africa.... Full Story

Kansas considers requiring pregnant women to test for HIV
Date: 2009-03-18 19:28:26
A bill was introduced in Kansas that would require doctors to test pregnant women for HIV in the first trimester.... Full Story

Report: 3% of DC residents have HIV
Date: 2009-03-16 22:23:52
New research to be released tomorrow by health officials will report that at least 3 percent of Washington DC residents have HIV or AIDS, which is a rate that is higher than West Africa. ... Full Story

NIAID urges women about HIV testing
Date: 2009-03-09 19:00:16
HIV testing is a critical exercise for everyone, though it may be slightly more important for women and girls, according to a national organization.... Full Story

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