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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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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 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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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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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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HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know

For the first decades after HIV and AIDS were discovered, patients could only expect to live for one or two years after diagnosis. While there is still no cure for AIDS or HIV, the success of antiretroviral therapy, or ART, is making it increasingly likely that people with this illness could live to an advanced age. This means that people with HIV or AIDS need to be aware of complications that may arise as a result of aging with the disease. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know” »

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How HIV Testing Can Prevent New Cases Among High-Risk Populations

Among the most effective ways to prevent HIV among high-risk populations is through regular and accessible HIV testing.

Long noted as a method of preventing HIV and AIDS from spreading from one sexual partner to the next and from mother to child, a simple test administered at a health clinic or hospital can alert individuals to the presence of HIV in their bloodstream.

Here’s what you should know about the specifics of HIV testing and its role in preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS in high-risk populations.

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Educating Youth on HIV/AIDs

Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s necessary to protect and guide children through any number of pitfalls, and that includes having some difficult conversations. One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how to begin educating your kids on such serious topics. We’re providing some context and suggestions for initiating discussions with your teens.

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HIV/AIDS Awareness for Women & Girls

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) takes place every March. It’s time to talk candidly about a subject that affects over 37 million people throughout the world.

Statistics show that one out of four people living with HIV are female and only half of them are receiving care. Even more alarming is the fact that only 4 out of 10 women with HIV have the virus under control.

Here’s what women and girls should know about HIV/AIDS prevention.

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HIV Cases Down 20% in the U.S.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made news this month with its report stating that HIV diagnoses have fallen dramatically overall in the past 10 years. Overall diagnoses of HIV decreased by about 20% from 2005 to 2014. This is huge progress, especially considering the statistics 30 years ago when the U.S. had its first documented cases of the virus. However, there’s more to these new statistics than first meets the eye.

HIV Cases Decreasing?

Will the overall numbers seem to paint a pretty picture for the reduction of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the U.S., some groups of people have seen troubling increases in instances of HIV. The group that has seen the highest increase is the African-American gay and bisexual community. In fact, the CDC reported that there has been about an 87% increase in the number of HIV diagnoses in 13-24-year-old African-American gay and bisexual males and Latino gay and bisexual males. Why have these groups experienced such an increase? There are several factors, most importantly including the low rate of condom use and the high rate of individuals who have not been tested and don’t know that they are HIV-positive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the more encouraging overall numbers. In heterosexual adults, the number of cases has decreased by 35%. Women, in particular, have experienced a 40% decline, while African-Americans overall have seen cases go down by 22%. While these numbers are encouraging, it is important to be aware that for many people in the U.S., the dangers of contracting HIV are higher than ever.

The Importance of Testing

As shown by the CDC’s recent report, one of the most important tools in preventing the spread of HIV is getting tested. ARCpoint Labs nationwide provide accurate, confidential STD and HIV testing services. To learn more, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

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