HIV Criminalization Amendment to U.S. Defense Bill Approved
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will require the Department of Defense to review its policies and prosecutions related to HIV-positive members of the military.
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New Deadly Respiratory Virus Spreads Out of Middle East
The Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has spread from the region to Europe. Since last September, 30 of the 53 known cases of the virus have resulted in death. Health officials don’t yet know much about how MERS-CoV spreads. WHO has asked countries to work together to address the virus.
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Empowering biographies from our readers living, advocating and thriving with HIV. Together, our stories can change the way the world sees HIV/AIDS. When people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS share their tales of how they personally overcome the hurdles of HIV, it inspires others battling HIV and breaks down the shame, silence and stigma surrounding the disease.
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The Spencer Cox Center for Health Opens in NYC
The largest provider of HIV/AIDS care in New York City has been renamed for the late activist Spencer Cox, according to a statement by St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, which runs the program.
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HIV Diagnosis: uncomfortably numb
“I talked to my sexual partner to share my diagnosis. It was an incredibly difficult conversation. He blamed himself for giving it to me. I was pretty certain I gave it to him. We went back and forth trying to determine the origin of our infections. It was an absolutely gut-wrenching and painful conversation to have.”
U.S. Launches Privacy Campaign for Black MSM With HIV
The campaign highlights key protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. For example, patients can ask to see or get a copy of their health information, including an electronic copy, with limited exceptions.
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At his last doctor’s appointment, Shawn Decker talked with his doctor about the recent “HIV cure within months!” headlines that were floating around online and also his decision to switch HIV meds.
Another Fake HIV Cure Being Sold in Africa
Between witch doctors, “magic virgins”, snake oil therapy and rhino extract, the myriad of fake cures for the virus floating around Africa is getting sort of ridiculous. The latest: “Oxygen Therapy”
Superinfection research findings “provide a sobering fact for HIV vaccine design—that initial HIV infection and the host’s subsequent immune responses are not fully protective against a new HIV challenge.”
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