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March 22, 2014
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Questions for Brandon Marshall: Predicting outcomes of HIV efforts in NYC

New York City continues to battle an HIV epidemic, including among drug users. There are many possible interventions. Researchers have developed a sophisticated predictive computer model to help policymakers figure out which interventions, or combinations of interventions, would have the … Continue reading

January 30, 2014
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Study finds link between discrimination and suicide attempts among transgender people

An analysis conducted by UCLA’s Jody Herman and collaborators at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has found that transgender people who experienced rejection by family and friends, discrimination, victimization, or violence have a higher risk for attempting suicide. Examining … Continue reading

March 21, 2013
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Stemming Russia’s HIV Epidemic

Clean Syringes Often Unavailable in St. Petersburg, YSPH Research Finds Russia’s HIV epidemic is among the fastest growing in the world and injection drug users who often share needles and other supplies are hardest hit. This occurs even though pharmacies … Continue reading

February 1, 2013
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Effort to Enforce HIV ‘Health Threat’ Law Raises Questions

ANN ARBOR — Michigan health officials are using HIV surveillance technologies to assist in enforcing a “health threat” law that makes it illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status. A new University of Michigan study reveals … Continue reading

July 15, 2012
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Groundbreaking Research Paves Way for HIV Prevention Drug Approval

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a drug that helps prevent someone from acquiring HIV. It’s called Truvada, and has been approved for use since 2004 to treat infected people. Now it has … Continue reading

February 5, 2012
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Lecture or Listen: When Patients Waver on Meds

*According to a new analysis of hundreds of recorded office visits, doctors and nurse practitioners typically issued orders and asked closed or leading questions when talking to their HIV-positive patients about adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Attempts at problem-solving with patients … Continue reading

May 17, 2011
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Couples-oriented Programs Found to Boost Healthy Behaviors Among African Americans

*Intervention focuses on couples in which one partner is HIV-positive* Intervention programs that promote healthier eating, increased physical activity and cancer screenings may be beneficial for African American couples that are at high risk for chronic diseases and that include one partner … Continue reading

January 29, 2011
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Research Suggests HIV Causes Rapid Aging in Key Infection-fighting Cells

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, being infected with the virus that causes the disease was considered a virtual death sentence. But with the development of antiretroviral therapy, many with HIV are now living much longer. In fact, … Continue reading