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Jun 8

FDA Approves New HIV Anti-Retroviral Formulation

THE United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new anti-retroviral formulation that can be mixed with food, which will make it easier for children living with HIV to take their life-saving medicines. This is contained in a joint statement issued on Saturday, June 6, by the United Nations (UN) Programme on HIV/AID (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund ...
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May 20

New YouTube Series Answers Most Common HIV Questions

Got some lingering questions on HIV and sexual health? A new YouTube series called #AskTheHIVDoc makes getting answers easy.In an effort to help spread the message of health and wellness across the Internet, the folks over at Greater Than AIDS produced a fun, honest and truly informative video series on YouTube called #AskTheHIVDoc. The new series is hosted by none other than ...
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May 20

HUD Awards $29 Million To 25 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $29 million in grants to help approximately 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to the needed supportive services such as ...
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May 19

How far are we from an HIV vaccine?

According to Prof. Anthony Fauci, a director in the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists are more optimistic than before. A breakthrough in getting a vaccine for HIV will be the final blow to the virus if the vaccine is effective, safe, affordable and accessible to all. A vaccine would be better than all preventive technologies being studies and ...
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May 4

Chickenpox virus can cause stroke in HIV patients

Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. A Loyola University Medical Center case study demonstrates that a virus called varicella-zoster can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain. This inflammation, known as cerebral vasculitis, can cause both hemorrhagic and non-hemorrhagic strokes. The study ...
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Apr 15

Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk.  Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged. The addition of routine annual HIV screening to the ...
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Apr 7

Housing Discrimination Because of HIV/AIDS is Illegal

Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) face a number of challenges that are often amplified by stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. To many, discrimination acts as a barrier to meeting basic needs such as shelter. HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, which administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and its Office of Fair Housing and Equal ...
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Apr 7

Needle Exchange Program Begins In Indiana County With HIV Outbreak

AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Health officials in Indiana on Saturday began a needle-exchange program Saturday in a county where an HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users has grown to nearly 90 cases. Scott County's needle-exchange program was created through an emergency executive order signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence in an attempt to curb the state's largest-ever HIV outbreak. Pence's 30-day ...
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Mar 26

Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak tied to IV drug use

Indiana’s governor is preparing to declare a public health emergency over a rapidly spreading, intravenous drug use-linked HIV outbreak in a rural southern county. At least 72 people — all tied to Scott County — have been infected in southern Indiana since December, and another seven have preliminary positive HIV infections, health officials said. Scott County usually sees about five cases ...
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Mar 12

HIV can be controlled by genetic engineering

A therapy that involves modifying DNA cells has proved effective in controlling HIV without drugs, and trials have been expanded and extended. The treatment works by infusing patients with a dose modified white blood, or 'T cells’, so the patient becomes largely resistant to HIV. Although current HIV regimens can control the virus, they can have side effects and a number people ...
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