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Monday Reflection: Herpes, AIDS and Shame ... A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Monday Reflection: Herpes, AIDS and Shame ... A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"Dealing with health issues is one thing; having to deal with them wrapped in shame is an entire other thing," Rae Lewis-Thornton writes. "But at the end of the day, none of this can be undone. Yes, I have these sexually transmitted diseases that hav...

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New Approach a Step Forward for Hepatitis C Vaccine

French researchers on Wednesday reported early results on an experimental vaccine against hepatitis C virus. Several companies are developing therapeutic vaccines for those already infected, focused on T-cells, but there is no preventive vaccine to d...

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California: Hepatitis Cases Run Much Higher in Drug Treatment Facilities

A recently ended outreach offering hepatitis C virus testing and education in Butte County drug treatment and homeless facilities found high rates of infection in these settings. "Approximately 7.5 percent of the people tested were positive for [HCV...

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Another Sexually Transmitted Plague?

"It was bound to happen," the Black AIDS Institute reports. "After most of a century of antibiotic use, it's no longer a surprise to find bacteria ... that can stand up to every antibiotic we can throw at it." The latest antibiotic-resistant bug is t...

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Colorado: Hepatitis C Awareness and Testing Campaign Launched

Hep C Connection is a new awareness and testing campaign aimed at alerting Coloradoans about hepatitis C virus, which is especially prevalent among baby boomers. Those born between 1946 and 1964 account for nearly 70 percent of HCV cases, and a new n...

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New Hope for Hepatitis C, an Often Hidden Disease

2011 is shaping up to be a landmark year for hepatitis C treatment. The Food and Drug Administration this summer could decide on whether to approve two drugs that are the first to directly target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) -- Merck & Co.'s boceprevi...

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STD Screening of HIV-Infected MSM in HIV Clinics

National guidelines recommend asymptomatic routine STD screening for HIV-positive patients. The researchers undertook the current study to learn whether these guidelines are being followed by providers caring for HIV-positive men who have sex with me...

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Behind the STD Cell Phone Chip: Will It Detect HIV?

Using a cell phone chip to test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases may sound like science fiction, but a group of British scientists are working to make it a reality. Is it really a good idea, though? This article examines why some HIV a...

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Bridging the Gap: Using School-Based Health Services to Improve Chlamydia Screening Among Young Women

The study's objective was to implement a chlamydia screening program targeting young women accessing reproductive health care services in a school-based setting, and to assess racial/ethnic factors associated with infection.

From January 2008 to Dec...

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Experimental Genital Herpes Vaccine Fails Major Clinical Trial

Researchers said on Thursday that an experimental vaccine to protect women from genital herpes disease had failed in a Phase III trial. GlaxoSmithKline, which manufactured the candidate, said it is abandoning its work on the Simplirix vaccine. The He...