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Addressing Mature, Adult Patients During an Initial Interview
"Introducing yourself to an older adult as a health care provider requires being sensitive to generational issues," Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this HIV Care Today blog entry. In light of the aging of the HIV pandemic, Johnson offers several pointers to HIV care providers who find themselves increasingly interacting with patients who are older than them.
The CASCADE Study: When to Start, (Yet) Another Take
Paul E. Sax, M.D., chimes in on the latest addition to the growing trove of "when to start" study results: newly published data from the CASCADE observational study. "Bottom line: Treating patients with CD4 350-500 and no symptoms may not be as exciting as giving ART to someone with advanced HIV disease, but it sure makes good clinical sense," Sax writes in this HIV Care Today blog entry.
You're Young, You're Latino, You've Got HIV. Where Do You Go for Help?
"Once they learn their diagnosis, one of our biggest problems is getting them to adhere to the medication," says Arlene Martínez, youth transitional case manager at AltaMed Health Services in East Los Angeles. Martínez discusses the challenges HIV-infected young Latinos face in adhering to treatment, as well as the daunting obstacles that can prevent undocumented youths from accessing HIV care services in general.
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• HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Vancouver Drug Injection Clinic Can Stay Open, Canadian Supreme Court Rules
Ever since Insite, the first-ever safe injection drug site in Canada, opened its doors in Vancouver in 2003, Canada's conservative leadership has tried to shut it down -- despite overwhelming scientific and community support. But thanks to a landmark decision handed down from Canada's Supreme Court, Insite will stay open.
Inside the Activists' Summit: Empowering Women to Become Leaders in the HIV/AIDS Movement
An important meeting took place last week in Baton Rouge, La., to address the serious lack of input from, and leadership by, women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We sat down with some of the central women behind this key gathering to talk about its significance.
HIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: Bronx AIDS Services
This year, Bronx AIDS Services in New York celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Bronx is no stranger to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: At the end of 2009, 22,248 of New York City's 108,886 HIV-infected people were living in the Bronx. In this article, we interview Jose Davila, the executive director of Bronx AIDS Services, to go in-depth about the work his organization does.
HIV-Positive Teacher Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Chicago School System
An HIV-infected elementary school teacher in Chicago filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city's school district this month. Jumeck Smith claimed that, because of his HIV status, his school's principal denied him accommodations granted by the Chicago public school system. Smith, who is black, also claimed that the principal treated him less favorably than teachers who were not African American.
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• HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & TESTING
Use of Injectable Hormone Contraceptive May Double Risk of Contracting, Transmitting HIV, Study Shows
Mainstream media was abuzz this month when The Lancet published the results of a study that had been presented at the International AIDS Society conference earlier this year. The study appears to show that injectable hormonal contraception -- which is commonly used in parts of Africa -- was associated with an increased risk of HIV infection for HIV-uninfected women with HIV-infected partners, as well as an increased risk of HIV transmission for HIV-infected women with HIV-uninfected partners.
California's Governor Signs Two Bills That Promote Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction
While most U.S. states do not support needle exchange programs to reduce HIV and hepatitis infections, Gov. Jerry Brown is moving California in the other direction: He recently signed two bills making clean syringes more accessible, an approach that has been frequently linked to reductions in HIV risk among drug users.
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How to Talk to Your Health Care Provider About Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds
When it comes to good adherence, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is a strong patient-provider relationship. Here we share some important tips for HIV-infected people on how to make sure they and their HIV care provider are on the same page.
What Can We Do Now to Speed Up HIV Cure Research? (Video)
"I came to the realization that we needed a video that would wake people up to the challenges ahead of us to get to a cure for HIV that is accessible and practical," advocate Nelson Vergel writes. So Vergel did just that: He traveled around the country interviewing key players in the HIV community as part of a documentary he's directing on the cure. Here he shares a preview of his work.
Jermaine Wright: How My Baby Girl Was Conceived -- After My HIV Diagnosis
"We rarely hear about men conceiving while HIV positive," Jermaine Wright observes in his latest video blog. Yet Wright's fourth daughter was born in August; she's the first child he fathered since being diagnosed with HIV. In this entry, Wright walks readers through the nerve-wracking -- and less than perfect -- steps he took while he and his partner conceived their baby (both mom and daughter stayed negative).
Rae Lewis-Thornton: Seriously?!?
The Web is a treasure trove of information and support -- as well as a breeding ground for lies, deceit and cruelty. In this two-part blog entry, Rae Lewis-Thornton writes about people on Twitter who spread HIV stigma and misinformation, and what happened when she confronted some of the young men behind it.
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