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STDs & Men

There is a lot of focus placed on the impact STDs have on women and how it affects their fertility and well-being. Less focus is put on men but with the number of STD infected males rising constantly in this country, more discussion, and education needs to be directed towards the male population.   Continue reading “STDs & Men” »

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National HIV Testing Day

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about one in 7 people living in the U.S. are infected with HIV but they don’t realize they have it. To know one’s HIV status provides powerful information to them. Those who test positive for HIV can take medicines to keep them healthy and to greatly reduce their chance of passing HIV to others but the only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Continue reading “National HIV Testing Day” »

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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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