When a non-profit AIDS advocacy group offers as many programs as Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) efficiency is a challenge. The organization relies on three management practices to remain efficient and audit-ready, particularly data-driven administrative supervision.
HIV AIDS is treatable but in rural areas the fear of people finding out an individual's HIV status can be a barrier. A University of Virginia Health System team has had success with training peer coaches to counsel such patients.
San Francisco, CA, with the backing of generous state Medicaid coverage, believes it can wipe out hepatitis C in vulnerable populations including people with HIV, intravenous drug users, homeless people, and prisoners in the city's jails.
For 30 years, an outreach group in Oakland, CA has been winning the confidence of prostitutes as the first step in helping them be healthy and HIV-free. California Prostitutes Education Project representatives offered tips in a workshop.
Bonus video: As the 20th Annual US Conference on AIDS wound down, one presenter stood outâ€”not just for advocacy work. She also sings. Hereâ€™s the conclusion of our interview with Adriana Garriga-Lopez, PhD, singing Manuel de Falla's "Nana".
Social and religious conservatism appears to have turned the Southern US into the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the US, human rights activist Megan McLemore, JD, LLM said at a session on AIDS in the South today at the United States Conference on AIDS. Still another problem is the non-acceptance of LGBT people by many African-American churches, attendees added.
WIth high rates of HIV infection among black and Latino men who have sex with men, a dozen cities in the US have started trial programs aimed at getting HIV negative MSM to embrace pre-exposure prophylaxis, both "holistic" and pharmaceutical.
According to Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, "It really doesn't matter what part of the world you're in. If you're having to struggle with issues around sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, they are all drivers of very bad health outcomes for people - whether you're talking about HIV, hepatitis C, or tuberculosis."
David Ho, MD, has been a pioneer in the development of AIDS antivirals, starting with his work on protease inhibitors 20 years ago. Kicking off the US Conference on AIDS today in Hollywood, FL, Ho said a new bi-monthly injection is looking like the next breakthrough in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Recently released testing guidelines and expanded access to insurance coverage under the ACA may improve awareness and treatment among HIV-positive, economically underserved, and minority populations that are disproportionately impacted by viral hepatitis infection.
Study results presented at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS show that both combo drugs have a similar efficacy profile in ART-naÃ¯ve patients, but patients treated with Complera reported fewer and less severe side effects.
Researchers found that overall cognitive performance was below average in a sample of patients with HIV who were referred for neurocognitive evaluation. Especially affected were areas involving memory, which can have a negative effect on treatment adherence.
Increased spending for treatment of HIV patients does not necessarily lead to a more positive clinical outcome, according to a new study presented at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS.
By providing HIV testing, counseling, screening for other STDs, transportation assistance, and other services, these programs were able to successfully identify new cases of HIV in high-risk groups and provide them with follow-up care.
In addition to recommending antiretroviral therapy for all HIV-infected individuals to reduce the risk of disease progression, the revised document also offers guidance on initial treatment regimens, early HIV infection, drug-resistance testing, and more.