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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...

Study shows that bi-monthly injections could stop HIV

A new form of PrEP could allow patients to stop taking daily pills Every year almost 38,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved groundbreaking medication known as PrEP, or preexposure prophylaxis, that if taken daily is up to 99% effective in lowering the risk of sexually transmitting HIV. Now, new research shows that an injection given every two months — rather than a pill you take every day — can be just as effective....

How Many People With HIV Are Getting COVID-19?

Four months into the global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, people living with HIV continue to ask about their risk for acquiring the virus and developing severe illness. Reports to date from various cities indicate that people with HIV are not testing positive for the coronavirus at high rates, and most of those who have are doing well. This had led some to wonder whether HIV-positive people—as well as HIV-negative people taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—might somehow be protected. Early reports...

Coronavirus offers ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fight HIV after transmissions fall during lockdown

Lots of people have been lonely and sexually frustrated during lock down, but social distancing is having a positive effect on HIV infection rates. According to 56 Dean Street – one of the leading sexual health clinics in Europe – HIV transmissions have plummeted over the past few weeks. In an online statement, it said that ‘Covid-19 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity in the fight against HIV. The Soho-based clinic is now calling for people to order a free at-home testing...

Research Moves Toward Once-Yearly HIV Treatment

According to HealthDay News researchers have reformulated an HIV medication into a version they hope can eventually be taken once a year. The work is only in the early stages, having been studied in lab animals. But the goal is to create an HIV drug that can be injected annually — offering protection from infection or control of the virus in people who already have it. The researchers, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, started with a drug that is already...

When COVID-19 crosses paths with HIV

Survivors of one pandemic now brace for a new one When Larry Pike came down with a cough and a mild fever in early March, the 76-year-old was concerned. COVID-19 was in the news. “I am up in that age range where they say you really have to be careful,” said Pike, a retired Seattle Chamber of Commerce manager. He called his doctor, who knows him well. Because for 22 years, Pike has also been living with HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The danger is right there...

A Special Announcement from MASS

MASS is committed to sustaining and improving the health of our communities.   This enduring value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the Coronavirus (COVID_19), which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on Wednesday.   We are in unprecedented times.  With the ongoing spread of COVID_19 and the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting our operations and business.  We personally want to ensure that the population we serve is...

What you need to know about COVID-19 if you are HIV positive

As more data surfaces regarding COVID-19, the potentially fatal respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, HIV specialists offer advice tailored to the HIV population. AIDSinfo, a federal clearinghouse of HIV-related information, published “Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV” on March 20. It’s available online for free and offers general advice to all people living with HIV, guidance for specific populations (such as children and pregnant individuals who have HIV as well as health care...