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Anti-inflammatory drug may prevent rapid aging in people with HIV

Research from the University of Alberta indicates that a common cholesterol-lowering drug could help people with HIV live longer. The study shows that the anti-inflammatory drug atorvastatin (Lipitor) may prevent rapid aging associated with the disease.

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Activist Spotlight: Jack Mackenroth

Jack Mackenroth rose to fame as a fashion designer on season 4 of the hit reality show, Project Runway. During the show he disclosed his HIV-positive status. Since that time he has used his visibility to draw attention and awareness to HIV issues. After being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1989, Mackenroth has worked tirelessly to combat the stigma associated with HIV by living openly and being a role model through his professional and athletic endeavors.

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MSMGF: PrEP for MSM Cannot Wait 

MSMGF: PrEP for MSM Cannot Wait ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. The Leading Global Network on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) Calls for Communities of Men Who Have Sex With Men Worldwide to Rally Behind Sexual Health Strategies   July 16, 2015 (Oakland,CA)–MSMGF calls for the widespread availability of and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an integral part of comprehensive sexual health programs for men who have sex with men (MSM), ahead of the International AIDS Society’s Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention… Read more

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Housing Works Launches Stunning, Edgy #PrEPHeroes Multimedia Campaign

Campaign Portrays Guys on PrEP as Heroes for Protecting Themselves and the Community Against HIV, Urges Others To Follow #PrEPHeroes Behind the Scenes Video By Adam Khan For an AMAZING Q & A with the models please visit www.PrEPHeroes.org ***Please don’t miss the call to action at the end and be a part of the campaign with your own #PrEPHeroes photo!!*** Housing Works Community Healthcare just launched a new multimedia campaign, drawing attention to the use of PrEP (Pre-­Exposure Prophylaxis) as… Read more

Q & A With Jack Mackenroth for HelloGorgeous Magazine: “Jack of All Trades”

THIS IS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Find the original article in Dutch in Hello Gorgeous HERE. Jack Mackenroth (46) is nationally known in the US for taking part in the popular reality show Project Runway in 2007. In it he was very open about his HIV status. Since then he speaks openly about reducing HIV stigma . Hello Gorgeous spoke with him recently. HG: How would you describe yourself? Where are you from? Where do you live now? What do you do for a… Read more

Health Education Learning Project (HELP) Launches #ImGladIknow Video Contest With $400 Prize!

The #ImGladIknow campaign is an HIV empowerment social media project. It is designed to band our community together and show pride in knowing the facts associated with HIV. Knowledge is power! And we should all be celebrated for taking control, knowing our status and learning about treatment options, transmission and prevention options. Make your own one minute video about a personal experience regarding HIV (you do not have to be HIV-positive) and submit it via YouTube at Helpfw.org and you have a chance to… Read more

HIV Immunotherapy Treatment In Humans Shows Some Success

According to a study published in Nature, a new therapy using antibodies in HIV patients reduced the presence of the virus by up to 300 times. It is the first proof of concept that an antibody-based therapy could be effective in controlling HIV infection according to Barry Zingman, M.D., the Medical Director of the AIDS Center and Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division. The antibody treatment was injected in varying concentrations in 12 uninfected and… Read more

HIV NEWS: Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Trial Approved by FDA

San Francisco, California – An innovative therapy using a patient’s own stem cells, modified to resist infection with the AIDS virus, has been given approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a clinical trial in people. CIRM, California’s stem cell agency, is funding that trial. The therapy focuses on a protein found on cells in the immune system. HIV hijacks this protein, using it to penetrate and infect our cells. Researchers at City of Hope near Los… Read more

New PrEP Study Shows 86% Effectiveness For Before/After Sex Dosing Schedule

For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test “on demand” use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared to men given dummy pills.

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9 in 10 new U.S. HIV infections come from people not receiving HIV care

More than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. This finding was published today in JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The analysis showed that 30 percent of new HIV infections were transmitted from people who did not know that they were infected with the virus, highlighting the importance of getting tested. People who had been diagnosed were less likely to transmit their infection, in part because people who know they have HIV are more likely to take steps to protect their partners from infection.

“Positive or negative, an HIV test opens the door to prevention. For someone who is positive, it can be the gateway to care and the signal to take steps to protect partners from infection. For someone who tests negative, it can be a direct link to important prevention services to help them stay HIV-free,” said Eugene McCray, MD, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

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