Yearly Archives: 2016

HIV Cure Treatment Begins Human Trials

At the end of 2015, about 36.7 million people had been living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to UNAIDS.Human trials of a treatment designed to effectively cure those people of HIV started this week.  Beginning simultaneously in New York City, Germany and Denmark, the small-scale trial is just the latest in a series of vaccination research with promising potential, according to experts. An international team of researchers are using a “shock and kill” treatment supported by data from the University of California, San...

I Tested HIV Positive… Now What?

Testing positive for HIV often leaves a person overwhelmed with emotions and full of questions, concerns and fear.  In a matter of seconds, your life changes and your vision is filled with horrific what-if scenarios, like a scene from a bad movie montage. Your mind races, then stops completely, working in frantic spurts as it tries to grasp onto the bits of information identifying what it is like to be HIV positive in 2016. The first...

PrEP to be Available for Free in Norway, Other Countries Consider Following Suit

Norway has become the first country in the world to announce that they will be offering the HIV prevention medication PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) completely free to citizens of the country. The drug, called Truvada, can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by up to 86% with regular daily usage. Leif-Ove Hansen, the President of HIV Norway stated frankly that “condom use is on the decline and we are happy that PrEP now is an integrated part of the public health...

CDC Reports that STD Rates Are at an All Time High

A new study released by the Center for Disease Control shows that reported Infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have hit an all-time-high. The CDC’s annual STD surveillance report shows that reported cases of chlamydia rose by 6 percent, reported cases of gonorrhea rose more than 12 percent, and reported cases of syphilis rose by more than 19 percent.  All three can be treated with antibiotics, but most cases go undiagnosed and untreated for months or even years. Data on...

Do You Know Where You Stand? – HIV Awareness Talent Show

Back for the 4th year in a row ‘Do you know where you stand?!’ is an event you don’t want to miss! This event is for such a great cause and will feature FREE HIV Testing, Prize Giveaways, A mini Fashion Show with The J. Smith Ent Models sponsored by Shay’s Shoe Haven PLUS CASH prizes for 1st, 2nd  and 3rd place! Tickets start at only $10 and can be purchased HERE. ...

The ABCs of STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases, commonly called STDs, are diseases that are usually, but not always, spread by being sexually intimate with someone who already has one. An STD is most frequently transmitted through an exchange of bodily fluids. That is true for common conditions like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. In other situations, an STD can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, just like MRSA, Herpes and HPV. You can also be infected with trichomoniasis, also known as “trich,” through contact with damp...

Talking with your Partner about Getting Tested for STDs

Sex can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about with a new partner. Even asking a boyfriend or girlfriend to get tested prior to the act can be intimidating, because many people don’t know where to start. It is a sensitive subject and may result in hurt feelings if someone takes it the wrong way or thinks you are trying to imply that they are dirty. But sexual health is too important to ignore, so here are some tips on...

PrEParation is Key

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. And by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. So why not take your health into your own hands and be properly PrEP’d for the risks you face? PrEP is a powerful new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV can choose to take one pill daily in order to significantly reduce the chances of them getting infected. A proven HIV prevention tool, PrEP does not prevent...