STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND National HIV Testing Day
In observance of National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, the North Dakota Department of Health urges people at risk for HIV/AIDS to get tested.
An estimated 1 million people in the United States are ... Posted on 6/23/10 at 10:01 AM
Minnesota health officials say the number of HIV cases reported to the state increased 8 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year. The Department of Health says 315 new cases of the virus that causes AIDS were reported last year, compared to 292 new cases in 2011.
A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.
Today, four of every 10 new HIV infections occur in people younger than 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and the teen years, just as many youths become sexually active, are key for getting across the safe-sex message.
Kaylea Bickell recalled a dental appointment when she tried to warn the assistant to move a needle that had been used to numb her mouth, off the tray and out of the way so the assistant wouldn’t stick herself.
President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal today for significantly increasing access to life-saving AIDS drugs for people in the U.S. and around the world, as he announced a renewed American commitment to ending a pandemic that has killed 30 million people.
Roughly 2.5 million Indians have HIV, making it the country with the largest number of people living with the virus in Asia. So, it made almost immediate news Tuesday when India's health minister derided homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference. The comments drew outrage Tuesday from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV.
Treating HIV right away, before patients are too sick, dramatically lowers their chances of spreading the AIDS virus to a sexual partner, says a major international study that may convince more doctors to offer medication sooner.
But number is still above 10-year average Minnesota recorded about 11 percent fewer new HIV/AIDS cases in 2010 than in 2009, but state health authorities caution that the number of new cases last year still exceeded the 10-year average.
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