Tag: medical

St. Louis Effort for AIDS merging with Wisconsin HIV non-profit

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) will be merging with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), media reports said Thursday. The combined organizations will be headquartered in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee BizTimes reported. However, Effort for AIDS will keep working under its own name. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St.…

Combination HIV antibody infusions safely maintain viral suppression in select individuals

WASHINGTON — A small group of people living with HIV sensitive to two potent anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (link is external) (bNAbs) — 3BNC117 and 10-1074 — tolerated multiple infusions of the antibodies and suppressed HIV for more than 15 weeks after stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART). The new findings, from a pilot clinical trial supported…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

CDC: STDs rising with resistant strains emerging

NEW YORK — Infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases went up for the fourth in a row during 2017, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also told the news service that a new strain antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea could emerge. From Bloomberg: “We are sliding backward,” Jonathan Mermin, director of the…

LGBTQ adults still struggle to afford health care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A study from Brown University reported this week that although LGBTQ adults are insured at the same rate as heterosexuals, they still avoid medical treatment because of cost. From MedicalXPress.com: “I started looking at this question because I had read a few studies indicating that following the ACA’s implementation in 2014 and…

Study: Diabetes risk higher among LGBTQ teens

EVANSTON — A Northwestern Medicne study released this week found that LGBTQ teens were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than heterosexual teens. The study, reported by Northwestern News Service, is among the first to examine how health behaviors linked to minority stress – the day-to-day stress faced by stigmatized and marginalized populations –…

Study shows no HIV transmission with undetectable partners

AMSTERDAM — Researchers at the 22nd International AIDS Conference confirmed Tuesday that the chance of any HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero. Aidsmap reported that the results were presented during the opening press conference for the event. From Aidsmap: Final results from…

Howard Brown looking for transgender stories

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago is writing a book on transgender aging with the hope of helping healthcare providers provide better care to trans, GNC and gender queer older adults. The clinic is asking community members who are TGNC and 60 years old or older to write about their experience with using…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…