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The Importance of Integrating Mental Health Care Services Into HIV Comprehensive Care

According to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care integrating mental health care access into a comprehensive care plan improves the likelihood of medication adherence among people living with HIV. The study, conducted in 2018, utilized a cross-sectional survey to identify needs among people living with HIV in the Midwestern region of the United States and distinguished mental health care services (MHCS) by those in need of and those already receiving services. Of the...

Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020

Thursday, August 20, marks Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (SHAAD) 2020. Launched last year by the Southern AIDS Coalition, the day presents an opportunity to draw attention to the epidemic in the South, which comprises 51% of new HIV diagnoses annually, although only 38% of the U.S. population lives there.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the South as including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,...

Life Lessons for Those Newly Diagnosed With HIV

Life can sometimes feel like an endless series of highs and lows, and we hardly notice how each one propels us from one moment to the next. While the thrill of achievement is fleeting at best, the fallout from a mistake can sometimes seem like an endless free fall. When it comes to HIV, those who live with the virus often feel as if it’s a mistake they can never make up for. It may feel like it will forever diminish...

New HIV Medication Approved for Those at Risk of Advancing to AIDS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug that combats drug resistance among “heavily treatment-experienced” HIV-positive people, drugmaker ViiV Healthcare announced Thursday. The medication, called fostemsavir and marketed under the name Rukobia, is to be used in combination with other antiretroviral medications and will specifically address those whose regimens are not succeeding because of resistance, intolerance, or safety considerations. “There is a small group of heavily treatment-experienced adults living with HIV who are not able to maintain viral suppression...

Study Shows HIV-Positive People on Antiretrovirals Have Lower COVID Risk

A sweeping study found HIV-positive people adhering to their regimens are less at risk of serious repercussions from COVID-19. The study included tens of thousands of HIV-positive Spaniards who were found to face less risk of dying or getting seriously ill from COVID-19 than individuals without HIV. Researchers specifically cited the use of antiretroviral medications that include a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) backbone of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)/emtricitabine (FTC) as a factor in the lower risks, according to the...

Celebrate Pride 2020 with LGBTQI-themed movies and TV shows streaming now

Lesbian romances, gay thrillers, queer comedies, trans documentaries, drag queen reality shows and more await on the 50th anniversary of Pride. Gay Pride Month is here, and it’s a time to celebrate and learn more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex community that spans all races and ages.  This month marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month. The first pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970 — on the first...

MASS Father’s Day Promotion

Now through Friday, June 19th any Father that comes in to get tested in our Norfolk (2415 Lafayette Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23509) or Newport News (247 28th Street, Suite 100 Newport News, VA 23607) Office will be entered to win our Father’s Day “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” Gift Basket. You can also mention that you heard our advertisement on 103 Jamz or 92.1 The Beat to be entered! You can call (757) 644-3595 (Norfolk) or (757) 247-1879...

Chinese research says Covid-19 and HIV use same tactics to evade our immune systems

Researchers in China are warning that similar characteristics and tactics used by both HIV and SARS-CoV-2 could mean that humanity will have to adapt to life with the coronavirus, perhaps indefinitely. Both viruses remove markers, known as the major histocompatibility complex or MHC for short, on the surface of cells used by our immune systems to identify and kill infections. Think of these markers like a special forces team marking a target with a laser before a precision airstrike.  The researchers, led...