New method allows scientists to study how HIV persists

New method allows scientists to study how HIV persists

Credit: CC0 Public Domain After 35 years of rigorous research, there is still no cure for HIV. Current drugs can be used to halt the infection, but fall short of reaching hidden reserves of dormant virus that can lurk for life within infected white blood cells. If a person stops taking the medication, these viral […]

Why a promising new approach to HIV prevention could lose funding

Why a promising new approach to HIV prevention could lose funding

A battle is brewing in the HIV research world about the best way to prevent HIV transmission. On one side are drugs that target the tissue where exposure to the virus occurs — think a gel or douche. On the other is a whole-body approach. Think a pill or a shot. “You have to be […]

WHO Recommendations for HIV Treatment

WHO Recommendations for HIV Treatment

A recent review by Swiss researchers looked at the progression of the WHO’s global commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and the challenges to HIV treatment. In 2006 there were approximately only 1.3 million people receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART) in low- to middle-income settings. Among these, there was considerable variability in diagnostics used, […]

STDs, hepatitis C infections continue to rise in MN

STDs, hepatitis C infections continue to rise in MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Valley News Live) More STDs are being reported in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health’s annual sexually transmitted disease, HIV and hepatitis surveillance report shows a continued rise in STDs in 2017 compared to 2016, prompting health officials to remind those at heightened risk of infection to get tested at least once […]

Far more harms associated with crystal meth than other chemsex drugs

Far more harms associated with crystal meth than other chemsex drugs

Gay men who use crystal methamphetamine during sex are five times as likely to report a negative impact on their mental health, 15 times as likely to be hospitalised and twice as likely to have a sexually transmitted infection as users of other drugs in sexual settings, according to data from a London clinic presented […]

Choice Of Bay Area For AIDS Conference Exposes Tension Among Activists

Choice Of Bay Area For AIDS Conference Exposes Tension Among Activists

This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). After George Ayala learned last month that San Francisco and Oakland had been chosen to co-host the International AIDS Conference in 2020, he quickly published a statement of disapproval. Ayala, an Oakland-based AIDS advocate, does not want the conference in […]

What is HTLV-1? The devastating health crisis afflicting central Australia

What is HTLV-1? The devastating health crisis afflicting central Australia

What is HTLV-1? Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 is spread through contaminated blood, unprotected sex and breastmilk. Like HIV, there is no cure. Like HIV, the virus causes potentially fatal complications but unlike HIV it takes much longer for symptoms to appear. Some people may carry the virus for 30 years before chronic complications appear. […]

Life after PrEP: How one magical pill saved our lives and our marriage

Life after PrEP: How one magical pill saved our lives and our marriage

‘In those days HIV was a terrible disease, a punishment for promiscuous men and women.’ By ANGELA OKETCH More by this Author 23 minutes ago One cold October morning in 2008, just two days before Kenyatta Day, Joshua Otieno woke up and took a cold shower as was his custom. It was clinic day for his pregnant […]

Trump golfed instead of going to Barbara Bush's funeral. That was a good thing.

Trump golfed instead of going to Barbara Bush's funeral. That was a good thing.

Former President George H.W. Bush, front, and past presidents and first ladies, from left, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, as well as first lady Melania Trump after former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. (Paul Morse/Office of George H.W. Bush via AP) Sometimes a picture is worth […]

Nashua Needle Exchange Program Aims To Make A Difference In Southern NH

Nashua Needle Exchange Program Aims To Make A Difference In Southern NH

Intravenous drug users who share needles run the risk of catching deadly diseases. Some organizations offer clean needles as well as safe ways to dispose of used ones. Recently, Nashua’s Division of Public Health and Community Services launched the Syringe Services Alliance of Nashua Area, which aims to bring this service to parts of Southern […]