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State senator seeks to increase HIV testing rates
Date: 2010-12-30 08:58:52
Health experts say that increasing HIV testing is one of the keys to reducing the prevalence of the disease. In an effort to get more people screened, some have proposed making HIV testing a part of regular health checkups.... Full Story

Public health officials call for more HIV testing
Date: 2010-12-28 09:00:08
Of the more than 1 million Americans who have HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 percent are unaware of their infection. To combat these numbers, the agency is spearheading a government effort to encourage greater numbers of individuals to seek HIV testing.... Full Story

Study recommends increased access to HIV testing
Date: 2010-12-27 08:55:40
Combining improved access to HIV testing and intervention efforts that seek to reduce risk sexual behaviors could result in a dramatic reduction in infection rates, according to a new study from Yale University researchers.... Full Story

HIV testing rates are rising, but officials say more progress is needed
Date: 2010-12-22 08:46:44
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that increasing the number of individuals who seek HIV testing may be the most effective way to stop the spread of the disease. A new report from the agency suggests that their message may be getting through.... Full Story

CDC leads effort to make HIV testing more accessible
Date: 2010-12-20 13:24:26
In an effort to curb the spread of sexually transmitted disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently working to increase HIV testing rates in areas where the disease is most prevalent by making testing more accessible.... Full Story

Group plans to spread message of importance of HIV testing through social networks
Date: 2010-12-07 09:23:12
A group of researchers is tapping into the power of social network sites to help spread their message about the importance of HIV testing to young people.... Full Story

Lack of attention imperils progress made in fighting HIV
Date: 2010-12-01 10:59:20
New medications have led to significant improvements in treating HIV and AIDS. However, as the impact of the disease becomes less severe, many people are ignoring the dangers that it still poses. Some experts are concerned that this could lead to a decrease in HIV testing and an increase in risky sexual behavior that could contribute to a resurgence of the disease.... Full Story

HIV infects more young adults
Date: 2010-11-29 09:08:52
New cases of HIV are beginning to plateau in the U.S. However, experts are warning of a new disturbing trend. HIV testing has shown that the number of infections among younger adults is beginning to increase.... Full Story

HIV meds may prevent transmission of the disease
Date: 2010-11-24 08:51:37
High-risk populations may not have to wait for a positive HIV test to begin taking antiretroviral medications. A new study has found that these drugs may prevent HIV infections in the first place.... Full Story

Early HIV testing and treatment saves lives and money
Date: 2010-11-23 11:19:19
Experts say that frequent HIV testing for individuals in high-risk populations is one of the most important things they can do. Not only could this help slow the spread of the infection by identifying individuals who have the disease, it may also help carriers live healthier lives.... Full Story

Scientific findings advance HIV treatments
Date: 2010-11-22 10:37:06
A positive HIV test is not the death sentence that it once was. These days, advancements in testing and treatment have led to vastly improved survival time for individuals with the disease. Nearly every day, scientists report a new discovery that could help carriers of the virus live longer, healthier lives.... Full Story

City officials plan to quiz doctors on their knowledge of HIV testing
Date: 2010-11-19 09:10:25
Physicians are on the front line in the battle against HIV and AIDS. However, some experts have said that too few are familiar with the disease and that this causes them to miss many opportunities to offer HIV testing.... Full Story

Former surgeon general calls for more resources in the HIV/AIDS fight
Date: 2010-11-18 09:35:47
Improved treatments and better life expectancy may have led some public health officials to become complacent about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Coop recently issued a statement calling for lawmakers to make more HIV testing and other resources available to help curb the spread of the disease.... Full Story

Healthcare providers miss many opportunities to offer HIV testing
Date: 2010-11-09 09:18:35
Despite an increase in HIV testing, a new study has found that the percentage of patients being screened for the disease is still far lower than the levels called for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

Campuses offer free HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-29 08:05:50
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that HIV testing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the disease. Nowhere is this more true than on college campuses, where individuals often engage in risky sexual behavior.... Full Story

Experts call for HIV prevention programs for minority groups
Date: 2010-10-27 16:38:32
In light of recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent, which show that minority groups are significantly more likely to contract HIV than whites, some health experts are calling for more targeted programs that offer HIV testing and education to these groups.... Full Story

Few veterans receive HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-26 16:08:54
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that HIV testing is one of the most effective means for stopping the spread of the infection, and has recommended that all sexually active individuals be screened.... Full Story

Study seeks to extend HIV testing to prison inmates
Date: 2010-10-21 08:03:34
Prison inmates traditionally have significantly higher rates of HIV than non-incarcerated individuals. This becomes a larger problem upon their release, when they can then start spreading the infection throughout the general population.... Full Story

Federal grants help groups offer more HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-20 08:10:44
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that HIV testing is among the most effective measures available to help slow the spread of the infection. In an effort to make screening more available, federal agencies recently distributed several grants to local HIV testing groups.... Full Story

Groups look to make HIV testing more available
Date: 2010-10-14 13:55:27
Seeking HIV testing is one of the most important things a person can do to stop the spread of the infection, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Full Story

Study reveals the high cost of the HIV epidemic
Date: 2010-10-13 12:10:53
Unless more individuals voluntarily seek HIV testing, the cost of treating the disease could come close to $1 trillion over the course of the next 20 years, according to a new report from the Results for Development Institute.... Full Story

CDC report underscores importance of HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-12 10:46:10
There is a serious need for greater HIV testing among men who have sex with men, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Full Story

Events hope to change attitudes toward HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-07 16:30:56
Negative stigmas surround many sexually transmitted diseases, and these can interfere with an individual's desire to seek HIV testing. In order to encourage more people to seek screening, groups across the country are working to dispel the myths associated with testing.... Full Story

Experts call for more HIV testing
Date: 2010-10-05 16:29:04
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended in 2006 that every sexually active person over age 13 receive an HIV test. Four years later, health experts are reporting that very few physicians and patients are following these guidelines.... Full Story

Groups work to make HIV testing more available
Date: 2010-10-04 16:41:08
Many health experts say that making HIV testing a larger part of regular healthcare could be one of the most effective ways to slow the epidemic spread of the disease. However, some lawmakers and care providers have been hesitant to take the steps necessary to make this happen.... Full Story

Groups work to dispel myths surrounding HIV testing
Date: 2010-09-30 16:31:11
Despite the fact that many experts say HIV testing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread the infection, many individuals still feel as though there is a stigma against talking about sexual health. This may reduce the rates of testing.... Full Story

Advanced HIV test may benefit high-risk groups
Date: 2010-09-30 08:14:17
In areas of the country that struggle with higher than average HIV rates, more early-stage testing may be needed to help newly infected individuals start therapy at the point when the virus is most treatable.... Full Story

Early treatment is key in HIV infection
Date: 2010-09-28 16:08:28
HIV used to be a death sentence. In recent years, improvements in treatment strategies and medication have allowed individuals to go on to long, productive lives following their original diagnosis. However, evidence suggests that these therapies are most effective when the infection is caught early, underscoring the importance of HIV testing.... Full Story

Groups call for HIV testing to become a part of regular healthcare
Date: 2010-09-27 16:21:05
Public health experts say that there are few better ways to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infection than to make STD and HIV testing more available. Consequently, many groups are calling on state officials to make the procedures easier to access for all demographics.... Full Story

NIH grants help researchers study the effect of HIV testing in prison
Date: 2010-09-23 15:44:06
Incarcerated individuals often have significantly higher rates of STDs and HIV than the general population. Upon their release, these individuals may spread their infections to more people, contributing to what many call an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections.... Full Story

Groups offer free HIV testing to curb spread
Date: 2010-09-20 22:10:57
HIV and other STDs continue to spread at epidemic rates, particularly among teens and young adults. These individuals account for nearly half of all newly diagnosed disease, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

HIV testing campaigns produce positive results
Date: 2010-09-17 14:03:20
In a sign that the messages of public awareness campaigns may be reaching adolescents and young adults - two groups with the highest rates of STD infection - results of a recent study show that HIV testing is up among these demographics.... Full Story

Gay men share similar forms of HIV
Date: 2010-09-07 22:19:45
Despite years of public awareness campaigns, HIV continues to spread at epidemic rates. A new study from Belgian researchers has found that gay men may require the most HIV testing, as they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors that could result in the spread of the disease.... Full Story

Experts recommend HIV testing for individuals in new relationships
Date: 2010-09-03 13:53:42
New relationships are full of exciting and wonderful moments that can form the basis of a long lasting commitment. However, experts warn that if these pleasurable moments are not accompanied by an HIV test, the feelings may not last.... Full Story

New HIV testing methods increase screenings
Date: 2010-08-30 20:56:10
In previous decades, few people sought HIV testing because it could be extremely inconvenient. Those who chose to get screened for the sexually transmitted disease had to go through an uncomfortable procedure and then wait weeks before they learned the results.... Full Story

Despite rising rates, few seek HIV testing
Date: 2010-08-27 21:46:24
Despite the fact that health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that HIV testing is one of the most effective ways to curb the spread of the disease, few Americans seek it. This allows infections to spread from person to person, increasing the number of people carrying the disease.... Full Story

Cancer drugs may be effective in HIV therapy
Date: 2010-08-23 20:35:39
Individuals who have received a positive HIV test may have a new hope for coping with the disease. Researchers from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center found that two drugs that are currently approved by the FDA may help fight the infection.... Full Story

Nonprofits battle rising HIV rates
Date: 2010-08-19 20:51:15
In an effort to combat the rising rates of sexually transmitted disease, nonprofit groups across the country are working to secure more funding that will enable them to expand HIV testing programs.... Full Story

HIV testing, treatment may help curb the spread of the disease
Date: 2010-08-18 20:14:07
Providing antiretroviral drugs to individuals infected with HIV as well as making HIV testing more widely available may have a positive impact on reducing the rates of infection in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world, according to a new study published in the journal, The Lancet.... Full Story

Colleges make HIV testing more available
Date: 2010-08-17 20:42:27
College campuses are notorious for offering optimal conditions for the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Students often have multiple sexual partners and can be less attentive to their health. However, many schools are working to turn this reputation around by offering free HIV testing to their students. ... Full Story

Mobile HIV testing seeks to reduce rates of infection
Date: 2010-08-12 21:01:57
Many health experts believe that a key to reducing the rates of HIV and AIDS infections will be to provide STD testing directly to people's homes and community centers. It is believed that making testing easier and reducing the stigma of testing will encourage more people to take advantage of the service.... Full Story

Health experts recommend STD testing for seniors
Date: 2010-08-11 21:41:17
A rise in infections of diseases like HIV and AIDS among older adults has caused some health officials to push for more of these individuals to seek STD testing. Some groups are also recommending that seniors receive sex education classes to warn them of the potential dangers of unprotected sex.... Full Story

Groups work to encourage more HIV testing
Date: 2010-08-09 21:18:13
Few American cities have as high HIV rates as Baltimore. The disease has reached epidemic proportions in the city, prompting community groups to call for more individuals to seek an HIV test. ... Full Story

Older adults more likely to die from HIV
Date: 2010-08-06 21:54:43
HIV testing may benefit older individuals who are sexually active, as a new study has found that people over 50 are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage disease and die sooner following diagnosis than younger adults, according to a new study from British researchers. ... Full Story

New York expands access to HIV testing
Date: 2010-08-04 20:52:06
In an effort to reduce the rates of infection in the state of New York, Governor David Paterson signed into law a bill that seeks to increase the availability of HIV testing for state residents. ... Full Story

HIV group updates treatment guidelines
Date: 2010-07-28 19:58:16
In light of recent findings that suggest that damage from HIV infections accumulates over time, new treatment guidelines from the International AIDS Society-USA recommend that all individuals who receive a positive HIV test immediately begin antiretroviral therapy (ART). ... Full Story

New plan calls for reduction to HIV numbers
Date: 2010-07-27 21:09:16
In an effort to reduce the rates of HIV and AIDS, the White House recently announced a new strategy for dealing with the problem, which involves more funding for STD testing. ... Full Story

CDC gives grants to improve HIV testing
Date: 2010-07-26 20:23:53
In an effort to make effective HIV testing more available to local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently administered a round of grants to help cities and towns pay for a new testing service.... Full Story

New HIV test approved by the FDA
Date: 2010-07-22 19:26:23
In an effort to reduce the number of individuals who are unaware that they are infected with HIV, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a new HIV testing method that is capable of detecting infections days earlier than previous tests.... Full Story

HIV therapies should be started earlier, study reports
Date: 2010-07-19 20:31:42
Individuals who have recently received a positive HIV test should talk with their doctor about beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) at an earlier stage of infection than currently recommended by the International Aids Society, according to a new report printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ... Full Story

Providing HIV testing to all adults may help slow but not eliminate infections
Date: 2010-07-13 22:02:51
While many experts advocate HIV testing as a means for slowing the epidemic spread of the infection, a recently release report suggests that universal testing may not be enough to eradicate the disease from Washington, D.C. neighborhoods.... Full Story

State health departments encourage HIV testing
Date: 2010-07-12 21:05:57
In an effort to make HIV testing available to a greater number of individuals and help slow the spread of the infection, many public health departments are now offering screenings to local residents at no charge.... Full Story

Health officials urge more HIV testing
Date: 2010-07-07 22:16:19
Many experts say that HIV testing is the most effective way to stop the spread of the incurable infection. In an effort to make testing more available, public health departments across the country offer the procedure free of charge.... Full Story

HIV testing in prisons may slow the spread of infection
Date: 2010-06-30 18:28:04
Routinely administering HIV tests to prison inmates could have a dramatic impact on curbing the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

CDC urges more HIV testing
Date: 2010-06-24 22:44:08
In preparation for National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up its awareness campaign and urging individuals to seek an HIV test. ... Full Story

Celebrities to promote HIV testing
Date: 2010-06-17 13:57:15
In an effort to encourage more HIV testing, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute recently partnered with MTV to launch the Greater Than Aids campaign which highlights local initiatives to stop the spread of the disease. ... Full Story

Study finds more HIV testing needed
Date: 2010-06-15 22:10:31
HIV testing that only looks at a patient's antibodies may fail to identify many people who are infected with the disease. A new study from researchers at the University of California in San Diego has found that nucleic acid HIV testing is much more reliable. ... Full Story

Public health departments encourage STD testing
Date: 2010-05-19 18:30:47
In an effort to curb rising STD rates, public health officials across the country are encouraging people get an STD test, as experts say this can be one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases from spreading.... Full Story

Herpes testing can show risk of life-threatening diseases
Date: 2010-05-14 17:52:28
When herpes testing has shown that an individual has the virus, that person is then at higher risk of developing a range of other diseases that can be life threatening. ... Full Story

Health Departments talk about STD awareness month
Date: 2010-04-28 13:42:45
With rates on the rise for sexually transmitted diseases, health departments across the country are using National STD Awareness Month to get the word out about the importance of STD tests. ... Full Story

CDC tells college students to get an STD test
Date: 2010-04-20 22:00:25
As part of the national STD Awareness Month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are targeting college campuses to talk about the stigma associated with STD Testing. ... Full Story

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