WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 7, 2017 — A $1 million fund to help HIV organizations impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was announced today at the opening of the 21st annual U.S. Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC. The $1 million is being donated by Gilead Sciences.
Ten years ago, Washington, D.C., was on the verge of a public health disaster: It had the highest reported rates of HIV in the country. And in a city of 588,000, 1,333 people tested positive for HIV in 2007 alone. By the time they were tested, most had full-blown AIDS.
D.C. officials in 2009 reported that the HIV rate in the nation’s capital was higher than that of West Africa. “On par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya” was the grim assessment of the director of the city’s HIV/AIDS Administration. Just how far the city has come in fighting the disease since that alarm was sounded eight years ago was reflected in a new report chronicling the ninth consecutive year in which the number of new HIV cases has decreased.
As the International AIDS Conference took place in Paris this week, UNAIDS issued a report with an encouraging statistic.
More than 10,000 lives a year could be saved with a simple change to HIV medication, doctors say.
HIV is often diagnosed late, when it has already ravaged the immune system, leaving people vulnerable.
To counter this, researchers tried prescribing a cocktail of drugs at the start of HIV therapy to treat "opportunistic" infections.
The evidence is in and the message is clear: When someone is HIV positive, taking regular treatment can pretty much zero their chance of spreading the infection to others during sex.
Sexual transmission of HIV is negligible when someone is on treatment, whether they're in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, according to results from previous studies and now a large-scale study of homosexual men, presented at the ninth International AIDS Conference on HIV Science in Paris on Tuesday.
The New York Times has a new audio visual series, titled Patient Voices: AIDS and H.I.V.
There are over 36 million people worldwide living with HIV or AIDS. What is it like to live with this today? Have improved treatments changed the outlook of someone with H.I.V.? Does the stigma associated with AIDS still exist? Five men and women speak about their experiences.
Sia is at it again with another heart-wrenching music video -- and this time, it’s for a cause.
The video for her new song, Free Me, is narrated by Julianne Moore and stars Zoe Saldana as an expecting mother who has just found out she has HIV.
Through a moving dance, Saldana expresses the emotions connected with this news, a reality that many women face around the globe.
23 million people could lose insurance!
Details of the Senate version of the AHCA are scarce, but what little we do know does not bode well for people living with and affected by HIV. As it stands now, the Senate version of the AHCA would still prioritize tax cuts for the rich over and would take health insurance from up to 23 million people.