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Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day

Humankind has made strides toward understanding AIDS and helping people to protect themselves from HIV. Nonetheless, observances like World AIDS Day are critical to prevent more HIV infections and for finding a cure for AIDS. Continue reading “Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day” »

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The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.

The number of people in the U.S. with an STD hit a high in October. Data showed that there were increases in all nationally reported STDs for a consecutive second year. There were 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, the highest number ever reported to the government, with people between ages 15 and 24 accounting for the largest number of  STD infections. Continue reading “The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.” »

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98% of HIV Strains Neutralized by Potent Antibody

Though scientists have worked on a cure or vaccine for HIV for years, developments have been slow. Now, a study released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases identifies an HIV antibody that shows remarkable promise. They called the HIV antibody N6, and it may be effective against more than a dozen HIV strains. Continue reading “98% of HIV Strains Neutralized by Potent Antibody” »

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What to do When Your Partner Tests Positive for an STD

Having an STD is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, such a diagnosis is fairly common. This doesn’t mean that a positive STD test doesn’t have devastating consequences. The news can be just as troubling to current and former sexual partners who have not yet been tested. Continue reading “What to do When Your Partner Tests Positive for an STD” »

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What is “Undetectable” HIV?

“I have undetectable HIV” is a phrase that can cause some controversy in the HIV/AIDS community. But it also causes great celebration as well. So what exactly does it mean?

Undetectable HIV is when a positive patient, linked to antiretroviral therapy (ART), viral load tests reveals less than 40 copies of the virus per milliliter in blood, according to the CDC. This state is also known as “viral suppression”, one of the goals of the 90-90-90 initiative. This goal was established by the UN and adopted by nations all around the world as a way to control the AIDS epidemic. The goal is for 90% of all positive individuals to receive diagnosis, 90% of all positive patients to receive treatment and 90% of all people treated to achieve viral suppression. Continue reading “What is “Undetectable” HIV?” »

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STD Infections Rise To All-Time Highs for Chalmydia, Gonorrhea and Syphillis

What is behind the spike in STDs?

According to a CDC report released recently, an increase in reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is hitting teenagers and young adults hard. State and local budget cuts to STD care and prevention programs are the major cause in the surge of STDs.  Continue reading “STD Infections Rise To All-Time Highs for Chalmydia, Gonorrhea and Syphillis” »

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The Relationship Between STDs and HIV

Because STDs are common, and because many of them can be cured, many people don’t consider them to be particularly serious. However, that is only because they don’t recognize the STDs HIV connection. The reality is that STD and HIV susceptibility go hand-in-hand. Read on to learn more about the STDs HIV connection and how to protect yourself. Continue reading “The Relationship Between STDs and HIV” »

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The Truth About Herpes and the Latest Cure News

Herpes is a common virus. In fact, herpes statistics suggest that between 75 and 80 percent of Americans carry herpes virus. While there is no herpes cure, the condition can be managed. There is also the promise of a herpes cure on the horizon. Continue reading “The Truth About Herpes and the Latest Cure News” »

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Bullying and STD Prevention

School is not just an important setting for students to learn academically, it is also critical for students to learn about their own health and acquiring the tools they need to care for themselves. As October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we thought it would be a great chance to take the time to look at the serious consequences of STDs and bullying. Continue reading “Bullying and STD Prevention” »

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National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As September 27 brings National Gay Men’s HIV AIDS Awareness Day, we have an opportunity to highlight why HIV AIDS testing is so essential to saving lives. Perhaps more than any other segment of the population, gay men are susceptible to an HIV diagnosis. This makes routine HIV AIDS testing utterly imperative. Continue reading “National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” »

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