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UNITED STATES: Sofosbuvir/Ledipasvir Produces Early Cure for 100% of People with HIV and HCV Coinfection
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

NAM aidsmap reported on a study of a co-formulation of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir for treating HIV-positive individuals who also were coinfected with the genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV). In their trial, Anu Osinusi of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and colleagues treated ...



WASHINGTON, D.C.: Why Whitman-Walker is Offering Botox to HIV Patients
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

The Washington Business Journal reported that Washington D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health, a health center that specializes in HIV care, recently began offering Botox and Juvederm to its patients. The injectable fillers are used to treat HIV patients who suffer from lipodystrophy, or facial wasting. Having ...



FLORIDA: PRIDE Student Union Offers Free Rapid HIV Testing
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

Fsunews.com reported that the Florida State University PRIDE Student Union in Tallahassee is offering all students free rapid HIV testing twice a month during the semester and on scheduled dates during the summer. According to PRIDE Secretary Jason Miller, while individuals wait the 20 minutes for their ...



PENNSYLVANIA: Pa. Doc License Suspended After Investigation
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

Lancaster Online reported that on April 15 Pennsylvania’s State Board of Medicine said that inspectors temporarily suspended a central Pennsylvania family physician’s license after finding that she did not disinfect equipment properly at her Steelton office, putting patients at risk for infection. Inspectors ...



FLORIDA: HIV-Positive Player Kicked off Kissimmee Rec Basketball Team
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel reported that a 21-year-old man was removed from a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball game because he was HIV-positive. The young man had been playing with Florida Dream Sports, a Kissimmee-sponsored basketball league, all season. He had received the diagnosis only a week prior ...



SOUTH AFRICA: Cervical Cancer Vaccine Too Costly, Say Expertsa
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 16, 2014

IOL reported that medical experts in South Africa are negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to reduce further the cost of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations. Approximately 20 percent of South Africans have HPV, and the country’s healthcare providers diagnose almost 6,000 women with cervical ...



NEW YORK: Rockland Vaccinates 334 Against Hepatitis
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

The Journal News reported that 334 individuals received hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccinations at a Rockland Health Department three-day clinic this past Saturday–Monday. The clinic administered vaccinations to anyone who had eaten at La Fontana restaurant in Nyack, N.Y., on March 29–April 1; restaurant ...



INDIA: Training Doctors to Diagnose Paediatric TB to Start Soon
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

The Hindu reported that a new program in India will train pediatric doctors on how to recognize and diagnose TB in children to get them into treatment. The Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Child TB Division have formed a partnership to train doctors following ...



CANADA; UNITED STATES: Few Patients Attend HIV Clinic After ED Visit for Postexposure Care
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

Healio reported on a study of patients’ HIV clinic attendance after an emergency department (ED) visit for nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). Researchers from the University of Toronto and Harvard University conducted a prospective cohort study of patients referred to HIV clinic programs ...



NEW YORK: State Offers Help to HIV-Infected Tenants in NYC
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

The Sacramento Bee reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed into law a new state budget this month that includes $9 million to assist low-income New York City residents diagnosed with HIV in paying their rent. The initiative will help those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to remain in their homes by capping ...



TEXAS: Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings to be Offered April 24
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

The Pasadena Citizen reported that April 20–26 is International Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, meant to heighten public awareness and the importance of early detection. In observance of the week, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas, will offer free oral, head, and neck cancer ...



NORTH CAROLINA: Durham Health Officials Fight STD Trend
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 15, 2014

The Herald-Sun reported that North Carolina’s Durham County Public Health will add new strategies to increase STD screening following a CDC report indicating that the approximately 20 million new STDs in the United States mainly affect young adults between the ages of 15 and 24, and cost almost $16 billion ...



TEXAS: Researchers Claim to Have Found a Cure for Hepatitis C
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

The Guardian Liberty Voice reported on a clinical trial that tested the safety and efficacy of ABT-450, a new oral treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The treatment includes pills taken once daily and some taken twice a day. Current HCV treatment includes the use of interferon, which has ...



Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of HIV/AIDS
AIDS Weekly Plus
April 14, 2014

2014 APR 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Immune System Diseases and Conditions. According to news originating from Boston, Massachusetts, by NewsRx corresponden ...



Findings from Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology Broadens Understanding of HIV/AIDS
AIDS Weekly Plus
April 14, 2014

2014 APR 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Data detailed on Immune System Diseases and Conditions have been presented. According to news reporting originating from Alice, South Africa, by NewsRx corre ...



VIRGINIA: Tech Researchers Studying Herpes
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

CollegiateTimes.com recently reported that researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) are conducting a study to determine best strategies to educate rural college and high school students about STDs, particularly herpes. “There is a problem in rural areas with ...



NORTH CAROLINA: More than 1,000 Get hepatitis A Shots in Charlotte After Pizza Worker is Infected with Virus
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) reported that more than 1,000 individuals in Charlotte, N.C., received hepatitis A vaccines after an employee at a pizza restaurant was hospitalized with the infection. The hepatitis A virus attacks the liver and can cause nausea, vomiting, and jaundice. Health officials ...



Studies from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust in the Area of HIV/AIDS and Kaposi Sarcoma Reported
AIDS Weekly Plus
April 14, 2014

2014 APR 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Opportunistic Infections. According to news reporting from London, United Kingdom, by NewsRx journalists, research stated ...



UNITED KINGDOM: 500 Factory Workers Screened for Tuberculosis
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

The Fenland Citizen reported that more than 500 workers from the vegetable packing plant ERMS (UK) located in Chatteris, England, underwent TB screening last week in response to the diagnosis of 17 TB cases in the Chatteris/Peterborough corridor since 2012. According to ERMS Managing Director Ian Smith, ...



NEVADA: Nevada OSHA Fines Summerlin Hospital in Fatal TB Outbreak
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Summerlin Hospital Medical Center $39,600 for eight violations, six of which the administration labeled “serious,” for not properly protecting employees exposed to a deadly TB outbreak ...



NEW ZEALAND: Female Condom FC2 'Approved for Sale' in New Zealand to Fight HIV
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 14, 2014

International Business Times reported that Positive Women, Inc. (PWI), a national support organization for women and families with HIV in New Zealand, recently announced that New Zealand Minister of Health Tony Ryall had approved a proposed amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, Abortion Act 1977. ...



ILLINOIS: Health Chief Takes Illinois TB Patient to Court
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 11, 2014

The San Jose Mercury News reported that a court order is being sought to prevent an infectious TB patient from leaving his home and spreading the disease to others in central Illinois. A state health official is asking a judge to force the uncooperative patient to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet ...



FLORIDA: HIV Prevention Interventions: A Big Turnoff for Youths?
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 11, 2014

AIDSMEDS reported on a study to determine the effects of perceived pressure, perceived efficacy, and fear and anxiety on retaining young people in HIV prevention interventions. The researchers evaluated the 386 young adults ages 18–35 participating in a multi-session HIV prevention intervention in Duval ...



EUROPE: Viral Hepatitis More Deadly Than HIV in Europe
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 11, 2014

Science Codex reported that according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010), viral hepatitis has a mortality rate 10 times that of HIV/AIDS among European Union (EU) countries. Viral hepatitis, which includes hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV), was blamed for nearly 90,000 ...



PENNSYLVANIA: Breathe Pennsylvania to Host Tuberculosis Educational Conference
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 11, 2014

The Kittanning Paper reported that Breathe Pennsylvania is hosting a free TB educational conference on April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association located at 4215 Fifth Avenue. According to Joan McMahon, RN, MPH, TB educator at Breathe Pennsylvania, the organization wants to ...



ILLINOIS: Growing Number of HIV and STD Cases in Southern Illinois
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 11, 2014

WSIL-TV reported that 2012 statistics from Illinois’s Jackson County Health Department demonstrate a rise in STDs in the southern area of the state. Reported gonorrhea cases were 64 percent higher in the county than the state average, and more than double the average rate for the United States. Chlamydia ...



MARYLAND: GLCCB to Host Forum on Pre-Exposure HIV Treatment for at-Risk Populations
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

The Baltimore Sun reported that on April 28, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) will host a forum on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a prevention method that requires at-risk HIV-negative individuals to take a daily pill to avoid HIV infection. According ...



CALIFORNIA: Local and Community News Outreach Worker Offers Free Testing and Help to Drug Users
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

The Redwood Times reported on a Humboldt County Department of Public Health outreach van that parks in Garberville, Calif., for an hour on the first Wednesday of every month to offer needle-exchange services, hygiene supplies, and free HIV and hepatitis testing to drug users. Outreach worker Jimmy Rhodes ...



GLOBAL: WHO Recommends Global Use of Newest Hepatitis C Drugs, Urges Price Reductions
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

NAM aidsmap reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new hepatitis C treatment guidelines. The guidelines call for global usage of Gilead’s new drug, Sovaldi, while encouraging a price reduction of the $84,000-per-treatment medication. The drug must be used in combination with ...



CHINA: Rise in HIV Identified Among Older Adults in China
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

Healio reported that according to the Chinese National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, the number of adults ages 50 and older with HIV or AIDS in China has increased. The researchers reviewed data from the Chinese HIV/AIDS National Case Reporting System from 2005 to 2012 on 73,521 individuals ...



INDIANA: Planned Parenthood Offers Free STD Testing
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

WTHR-TV reported that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) will participate in the sixth annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign during April’s STD Awareness Month by offering free STD and HIV screenings at 18 of its Indiana health centers. PPINK will offer free chlamydia, gonorrhea, and ...



CALIFORNIA: 2nd Tuberculosis Case Investigated at Vista Murrieta High School
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 10, 2014

KABC-TV reported that officials at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif., are investigating a second TB case in six months. The student is receiving treatment and is expected to recover. School officials plan to notify those who may have been exposed, and ask them to take a TB skin test at a ...



WISCONSIN: Wood Co. Aims to Reduce Rates of STDs Among Young People, Free Testing Offered
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

WSAW-TV reported that Wisconsin’s Healthy People Wood County Healthy Growth and Development Team is working to reduce rising STD rates in the county through the Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign at local colleges. The team hosted an STD testing event at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids ...



UGANDA: Uganda Police Raid U.S.-Funded AIDS Research Program
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported that Ugandan police raided a US-funded HIV research organization for supposedly promoting homosexuality. The Makerere University Water Reed Project (MUWRP), a joint venture between Makerere University and the US Military HIV Research Program, temporarily halted operations ...



BARBADOS: Barbados Virtual HIV Research Unit Provides Access to Caribbean Data
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

Caribbean 360 reported that Barbados recently launched a Virtual HIV Research Unit (VHRU) accessible to researchers, students, nongovernmental organizations, and others through the www.hivgateway.com portal. VHRU comprises 5,000 scientific publications and reports on HIV in Barbados and the Caribbean. ...



CALIFORNIA: Gilead Pressured to Cut Hepatitis C Drug's Price
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

SFGate reported that a pharmacy benefit management company is attempting to force Gilead Sciences to reduce the price of Sovaldi, its $1,000-a-pill Hepatitis C treatment. Express Scripts Holding Co., which manages more than 1 billion U.S. prescriptions each year, is forming a coalition, comprised of national ...



UNITED KINGDOM: Nano-Sized Drug Particles to Expand HIV Treatment Further
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

Medical Xpress reported on ongoing research in nano-technology aimed at making HIV drug treatment more effective. Researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom have been working on nano-sized particles of antiretrovirals to improve their stability and absorption. They have found that ...



CALIFORNIA: County Opts for New Strategy to Fight TB
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 9, 2014

Mountain View Voice reported that Dr. Teeb Al-Samarrai, TB controller for the California’s Santa Clara County, announced a change in the county’s prevention policy. On March 24, Santa Clara County health officials stated that TB rates had increased for the first time in six years to 181 from 176. Al-Samarrai ...



MISSOURI: Youth Group to Host HIV Awareness Event April 10
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

The Record, Washington University in St. Louis’s news service, reported that the Youth Advocacy Committee will host an “open-mic” event at the Blank Space in St. Louis on April 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in recognition of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. The event is meant to encourage adolescents ...



FRANCE: HIV Viral Load in Semen Can Differ in Two Samples Provided Within One Hour
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

NAM aidsmap reported on a study of HIV viral load in semen of men taking long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART suppresses viral load in blood and semen. An undetectable viral load in blood reduces risk of HIV transmission in heterosexual couples. French researchers who help HIV serodiscordant ...



OHIO: Columbus Health Officials Launch Program to Curb STDs
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

WBNS-TV reported that in order to help reduce HIV infection, the Columbus Public Health Department was launching a new, free HIV testing program in Columbus, Ohio. The “Take Care Down There” Sexual Health Clinic is offering free rapid HIV testing for anyone 13 and older. Beginning April 3, Columbus Public ...



UNITED STATES: SU2C and Farrah Fawcett Announce Formation of Research Team Dedicated to HPV-Related Cancers
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

News Medical reported that two distinguished cancer research foundations recently formed a collaborative research team dedicated to human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. The Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), along with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), SU2C's ...



OREGON: Ten Fold Increase in Syphilis in Oregon Since 2007
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Oregon is seeing an increase in syphilis cases. Public health departments are conducting public awareness campaigns to combat the spread of syphilis and are requesting that doctors be vigilant for signs of the disease. Multnomah County has seen an increase from ...



NIGERIA: '23m Nigerians Live with Hepatitis Unknowingly'
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 8, 2014

Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper reported that according to the Clem Agba Foundation (TCAF), approximately 23 million Nigerians are unaware that they have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Clem Agba, Edo State commissioner for the environment and TCAF founder, made these comments when he formally launched ...



Data on HIV/AIDS Detailed by Researchers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
AIDS Weekly Plus
April 7, 2014

2014 APR 7 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Current study results on Immune System Diseases and Conditions have been published. According to news reporting from Atlanta, Georgia, by NewsRx journalists, ...



PHILIPPINES: DOH Offers Free HIV Texting Services
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

Inquirer.net reported that on April 4, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) launched a free texting service for mobile phones that offers assistance for individuals diagnosed with HIV. Individuals can subscribe to the service by texting HIV to 8504, and Globe Telecommunications mobile subscribers ...



UNITED STATES: Gay Men Divided over Use of HIV Prevention Drug
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

Boston.com reported that gay men, AIDS activists, and health professionals were divided in their opinion regarding the use of Truvada for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Gilead Sciences has manufactured Truvada, one of the key drugs used to treat HIV, for approximately 10 years. In 2012, the US Food ...



MONTANA: Tech, County Health Department Host STD Test Program
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

The Montana Standard reported that the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and Montana Tech in Butte, Mont., are partnering to promote the fourth annual “Get Yourself Tested” (GYT) campaign. The GYT Days will occur at Highlands College of Montana Tech, 1300 West Park Street in Butte, in Room 115 from 9:00 ...



MISSOURI: Greene County Sees Spike in Tuberculosis Cases
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the Greene County, Mo., Health Department has identified three seemingly unrelated TB cases in the last two weeks, bringing the tally of TB cases the county currently is treating to six. Clay Goddard, assistant director of health for the Springfield-Greene County ...



One in 10 male, same-sex Craigslist ads seek men who don't identify as gay
AIDS Weekly Plus
April 7, 2014

2014 APR 7 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Online sexual hook-ups present a unique opportunity to explore many factors of decision-making that inform sexual health. A study conducted by Eric Schrimsha ...



UNITED STATES: Extragenital Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Common in MSM, but Often Missed
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

Healio reported on a study of extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending STD clinics. CDC researchers reviewed data on 21,994 MSM who were patients at 42 STD clinics in the United States from July 2011 to June 2012. They investigated the number of patients ...



ZAMBIA: Barriers to Youths Accessing HIV Medication in Zambia
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 7, 2014

allAfrica reported that a recent interactive workshop showed that stigma prevents HIV-infected teens in Zambia from taking antiretroviral medications because the separate dispensing locations reveal to others that that they have HIV. According to Namuchana Mushabati, program officer for Southern Africa ...



PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Papua New Guinea Teetering on the Brink of a Runaway Tuberculosis Epidemic, Health Workers Say
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

Australia Network News reported Papua New Guinea (PNG) is recording 15,000 new cases of TB annually, with the World Health Organization stating that nearly 25 percent of the cases end in fatalities. According to United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS PNG Coordinator Stuart Watson, there is a disconnect ...



UNITED STATES: New Hepatitis Action Plan Hopes to Increase Effectiveness of Viral Prevention, Care, and Treatment
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

Medical Daily reported that the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, and Veteran’s Affairs have updated the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. Chronic viral hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) affected between ...



Uganda police raid HIV project for 'homosexuality training'
Agence France-Presse
April 4, 2014

KAMPALA, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Uganda police raided a US-funded HIV project for "training youths in homosexuality", the government said, weeks after the president signed a widely criticised anti-homosexuality law.The Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with ...



CANADA: Mobile App a High-Tech Approach to Teaching Safe Sex
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

CBC News Saskatoon reported that a new smartphone application called Keep It Safe, created by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, will launch later this month in an effort to get safe sex messages out to youth in the Saskatchewan Province of Canada. The mobile application will include safe sex information ...



CALIFORNIA: Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

Red Orbit reported on research suggesting that anti-rejection drugs used after transplantation may help fight HIV. The virus remains hidden in the immune system even though patients are adhering to the antiretroviral treatment regimen. The drugs cannot eliminate the hidden virus. Researchers suspect inflammation ...



CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles County Health Agency Failed to Report Meningococcal Deaths of 3 Men
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initially did not disclose the deaths of three people who had invasive meningococcal disease in 2014, but did issue new vaccine recommendations on April 2 for men who have sex with men (MSM). Two of the men who ...



ISRAEL: TB/HIV Treatment Given to Patients at State Expense
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 4, 2014

The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel’s Health Ministry announced that any individual living in the country, regardless of citizenship, that has HIV, AIDS, or TB would receive free treatment to help alleviate the worldwide TB epidemic. Israel has one of the lowest TB rates in the world, and 90 percent ...



TENNESSEE: Case of Tuberculosis Confirmed at Cheatham School
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

The Tennessean reported that the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) recently notified Cheatham County School District of a case of active TB at Sycamore High School. TDOH is investigating and plans to conduct onsite screening of patient contacts. School Spokesperson Jeff Bennett assured parents that ...



CONNECTICUT: Inmates with HIV Benefited from Treatment in Prison
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

Healio reported on a study of HIV treatment of prison inmates. Jaimie, P. Meyer, MD, of the infectious diseases section of Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues evaluated HIV viral suppression, defined as HIV-1 RNA levels less than 400 copies per milliliter, in 882 HIV-positive inmates confined for ...



UNITED STATES: Bill Aims to Enhance AIDS/HIV Treatment, Funding Structure
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

The Ripon Advance reported that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) introduced the Ryan White Patient Equity and Choice Act of 2014, legislation that would improve treatment and ensure that per-patient state funding did not vary more than 5 percent from state to state. ...



UGANDA: Ugandan Clinics Selling Bogus HIV Certificates
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

BBC News Africa reported that selling fake HIV-negative certificates has become a widespread practice in Uganda, where HIV-infected persons faced “massive social stigma” from employers, family, and friends. A BBC Africa undercover investigation of 15 small private clinics identified 12 that were willing ...



MISSOURI: Rankings Show Alcohol, STDs and Mental Health Among Boone County's Main Challenges
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that recent data from the annual County Health Rankings showed that high rates of STDs, alcohol abuse and alcohol-impaired driving, and mental health issues are at the root of concerning public health issues in Missouri’s Boone County. The state’s centrally located ...



CALIFORNIA: April is STD Awareness Month
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 3, 2014

The Daily Press reported that California’s San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will focus on a campaign to encourage people in the community to get tested and treated for STDs throughout April, which is STD Awareness Month. Public health officials documented more than 13,000 new STD diagnoses ...



MISSOURI: Hospital Honored for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

The Liberty Tribune reported that the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Missouri Department of Health have recognized the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center in Liberty, Mo., for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state in protecting newborns from hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. ...



SOUTH AFRICA: SA Has Highest Number of New HIV Infections Worldwide - Survey
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

The Mail & Guardian reported that HIV prevalence among South Africans rose to 12.2 percent in 2012 (6.4 million HIV-infected people), according to the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HRSC) National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, and Behavior Survey. The national HIV household survey would provide benchmarks ...



MOROCCO: Morocco Records Over 27,000 New Cases of Tuberculosis Every Year
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

The Morocco World News reported Morocco’s Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi announced on March 23 that the country registered more than 27,000 newly diagnosed TB cases each year, including 2013. El Ouardi said that the disease is spreading in the working class neighborhoods of cities such as Casablanca, ...



UNITED STATES: Gilead Says Has Discounted Hepatitis C Drug for Some Health Plans
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

Reuters reported that US lawmakers, health insurers, and state Medicaid programs were pushing Gilead Sciences, Inc., to discount the $1,000 per pill price of the new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. At list price, a complete 12-week regimen of Sovaldi would cost $84,000 per patient. Although the drug has proven ...



NEW YORK: Doctors, Faith Leaders Promote HIV Awareness
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

The Democrat and Chronicle announced a meeting of faith leaders and medical professionals on April 4, in the Rochester, N.Y., area to address HIV prevention among minorities. The second annual Conference of Faith and Medicine—Working Together to Eliminate HIV/AIDS will be held at the Staybridge Suites ...



UNITED STATES: Use of Expedited Partner Therapy Limited by Feelings of Discomfort, Liability
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 2, 2014

Healio reported a recent study that concluded health providers are not utilizing expedited partner therapy (EPT) services, when treatment is offered to a sexual partner of an individual diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea without being examined. Doctors claim the reasons include uneasiness treating ...



UNITED STATES: Study Shows Link Between HIV Infection and Coronary Artery Disease
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

Medical Xpress reported on a study of the connection between HIV infection and cardiovascular disease. Lead study author Wendy S. Post, MD, MS—cardiologist, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health—and ...



GLOBAL: Expansion in Use of Cancer Vaccine
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

The New York Times reported that more than 80 percent of girls in the western hemisphere now could get human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines that prevent cervical cancer, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Brazil, which recently introduced the vaccine, planned to immunize all girls ...



MARYLAND: Shine a Light: April Is STD Awareness Month
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

The Advocate of Hampstead and Manchester reported that Maryland’s Carroll County Health Department merged its STD and family planning programs with women’s health, which would allow the department to see both men and women twice per week. The health department previously offered the STD clinic once each ...



TEXAS: Tuberculosis Clinic Opens on South Side
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s chest and TB clinic soon will relocate to a larger, 4,900-square-foot space. The new clinic is located on the south side of the city on the Texas Center for Infectious Diseases campus at 2303 S.E. Military Drive ...



RHODE ISLAND: Treatment Costs Up to $90,000 Per Inmate
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

WPRI News reported that the Rhode Island Department of Corrections will spend $350,000 on hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for four inmates. The law requires provision of healthcare for prisoners, and officials say that if more inmates meet the new treatment guidelines, then this cost could increase ...



MYANMAR: Myanmar Joins FIFA's Anti-HIV Campaign
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
April 1, 2014

Business Standard reported that Myanmar Football Federation is participating in international football association FIFA’s health program, “Protect the Goal,” along with Myanmar National League and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The program for Asian countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, ...



MASSACHUSETTS: Bill Would Require Massachusetts Schools' Sex Ed to Teach Abstinence and Contraception
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

The Republican reported that two Massachusetts state lawmakers, Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and Rep. Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston), introduced H.3793, “An Act Relative to Healthy Youth,” that would require school districts that teach sex education to include age-appropriate, scientifically accurate ...



NORTH KOREA: WHO to Send More High-Tech Tuberculosis Test Devices to N. Korea
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

The Global Post reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) will provide North Korea with a large number of GeneXpert devices. WHO first provided the device, a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that shortens the time for diagnosing those with suspected TB and drug-resistant TB from weeks to just ...



UNITED STATES: Risk Score Can Help Predict Which People Living with HIV Have Highest Risk of Kidney Disease During Tenofovir Treatment
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

NAM aidsmap reported on a study in which researchers developed a risk score to predict which HIV-positive persons have the highest risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). There is a high risk of kidney disease if HIV remains untreated. However, certain antiretroviral drugs also are associated ...



PAKISTAN: Low Awareness About Availability of Free Treatment Hampers TB Control Efforts
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

The News International reported that the biggest obstacle to treating TB successfully in Pakistan is getting information about free treatment to those in need. Few TB sufferers know that the government provides treatment at no cost, or where to access services. Saira Afzal Tarar, minister of state ...



FLORIDA: Free Syphilis Testing Offered in Pensacola
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

The Pensacola News Journal reported that escalating syphilis incidence in Escambia County, Fla., spurred local nonprofit HIVevolution to offer free syphilis testing the second Tuesday of every month. The joint project of HIVevolution and the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County would offer ...



GLOBAL: Dating Sites for STD Positive People Are Cute -- But Could Be Dangerous
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 31, 2014

Business Insider Australia recently reported on the popularity of STD-positive dating sites such as H-YPE.com, PositiveDating.com, STDmatch.net, and PositiveSingles.com that intend to match individuals who have been diagnosed with the same STDs. PositiveSingles.com reported signing up 100,000 members ...



CALIFORNIA: Health Officials Say More Work Needed to Fight Tuberculosis
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

The San Jose Mercury News reported that despite an overall TB incidence decline in California, TB diagnoses increased in 10 local health jurisdictions from 2012 to 2013, according to public health officials. California recorded 2,170 TB cases in 2013, and the state’s TB incidence—5.7 cases per 100,000 ...



VIRGINIA: ASG Adds Primary Care Services
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

NBC29 reported that the AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG) had opened a new healthcare clinic, Thrive, in downtown Charlottesville, Va., adding primary care to their existing services. For 30 years, ASG has supplied HIV services including testing and screening, therapy, transportation, and housing assistance ...



CANADA: University of Calgary Hopes to Set STI-Test Guinness Record
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

Metro reported that organizers at the University of Calgary Wellness Center in Alberta, Canada, are planning a five-hour clinic on April 3 to test university students, staff, and faculty for the sexually transmitted infections gonorrhea and chlamydia. According to University Wellness Center Director Debbie ...



UNITED STATES: Correction: Gonorrhea Rates Increased in the U.S. 1991-2006
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

Correction: The Friday, March 21, 2014, issue of Prevention News Update reported on an article from the Digital Journal, titled “Gonorrhea Rates Increased in the U.S. 1991-2006. This article contained several inaccuracies regarding CDC’s study, “Ciprofloxacin Resistance and Gonorrhea Incidence Rates in ...



MYANMAR: Myanmar Ramps up Anti-TB Activities
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

The Myanmar Times reported that in an effort to treat current cases and prevent further cases of HIV and TB, the Myanmar Ministry of Health has expanded an existing program to cover the entire nation. The current program, which uses antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat TB and HIV patients concurrently, ...



UNITED STATES: Pediatric Information Added to Label of Hepatitis B Antiviral Entecavir
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

Family Practice News reported that the US Food and Drug Administration announced that changes to the prescribing information for the chronic hepatitis B drug entecavir have been added for children down to 2 years of age. Previously, the drug’s label stated that the safety and effectiveness of entecavir ...



SOUTH AFRICA: South African Treatment Guidelines Need to Consider Viral Load, Not CD4 Count, to Achieve Greater Impact of treatment as Prevention: Study
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 28, 2014

NAM aidsmap reported on a study in which the researchers suggest that South Africa should change its recommendation for beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) to get maximum benefit from treatment as prevention (TasP) by initiating treatment early regardless of CD4 count. In South Africa, guidelines dictate ...



NORTH CAROLINA: HIV, Hepatitis C Tests, Medicaid Information Session Planned April 1
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 27, 2014

The Sylva Herald reported that the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County will offer free HIV and hepatitis C testing on Tuesday, April 1, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at its location at 293 Hospital Road, Sylva, N.C. The clinic and the Western North Carolina AIDS Project are sponsoring the event to help identify ...



TAIWAN: HIV, Hepatitis B Virus Coinfection Increased Hepatitis D Incidence
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 27, 2014

Healio reported on a retrospective cohort study to investigate whether the prevalence of recent hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection in HIV/hepatitis B virus (HBV)-coinfected patients increased since 1992. The researchers examined 375 HIV/HBV-coinfected patients treated at the National Taiwan University ...



HAWAII: Hawaiians Protest Name of 'Hula' STD Info App
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 27, 2014

KITV.com reported that Ramin Bastani, CEO of a Los Angeles-based company and founder of the STD information app “Hula,” does not intend to change the app’s name in spite of a petition from the Native Hawaiian community. He explained that he now understands why the term “getting lei’d” was culturally insensitive ...



CANADA: Federal Government Highlights Inuit Rates in Battle Against TB
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 27, 2014

NunatsiaqOnline reported that the Canadian government announced its “Federal Framework for Action,” a new program to fight TB by focusing on the aboriginal community, particularly the Inuit. The program indicates that aboriginal and foreign-born populations have the highest TB rate. Inuit had rates 400 ...



MASSACHUSETTS: State: Tuberculosis Numbers Down in State; Number of Drug-resistant Cases Up
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 27, 2014

The Republican reported that Massachusetts saw an overall decline in TB cases last year, but multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) increased significantly, according to the state Department of Public Health (DPH). The department confirmed 201 TB diagnoses in 2013, down from 215 in 2012. MDR TB cases saw a ...



CALIFORNIA: HIV on the Rise in San Jose Homeless Encampment Known as 'The Jungle'
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 26, 2014

KCBS Radio reported that HIV and other STDs are increasing in “The Jungle,” a homeless encampment of 200–300 residents on the banks of San Jose, Calif.’s Coyote Creek. Mercy Egbujor, a nurse with Valley Homeless Healthcare, said there is an alarming rise in HIV cases as well as other STDs such as gonorrhea ...



AFRICA: Mass TB Tests 'Would Save Billions'
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 26, 2014

Business Daily Live reported that a World Bank study estimated that South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique could save approximately 13 billion rand a year in increased productivity and reduced TB transmission by spending 330 million rand per year to test and treat miners in the gold and platinum ...



UNITED STATES: Lawmakers Attack Cost of New Hepatitis Drug
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 26, 2014

The New York Times reported that three US representatives are calling for the pharmaceutical company Gilead to justify the hefty cost of its new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi. The lawmakers, all Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote an open letter to Gilead to find out why the drug, ...



MARYLAND: Drugs Fail to 'Wake up' Dormant Reservoirs of HIV inside Immune system T Cells
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 26, 2014

News-Medical.net reported that researchers did not “wake up” dormant HIV reservoirs in immune system T cells in laboratory tests with white blood cells from HIV-positive individuals. Dormant HIV remains in an infected individual’s immune cells even though the individual has an undetectable viral load. ...



AUSTRALIA: Dramatic Rise in Syphilis Rates in Victoria
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
March 26, 2014

According to an article in the Star Observer, reported syphilis cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) have risen substantially in Victoria, Australia, throughout the past year, increasing most significantly among HIV-positive men. With a total of 663 reported cases for 2013, the number of cases ...



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