May 1, 2013 1:44 pm
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalizes its guideline that everyone 15 to 65 be screened for the virus that causes AIDS.
April 18, 2013 3:39 pm
Promising trials hinted that circumcision could lower rates of HIV infection, but until now, researchers didn’t fully understand why.
March 6, 2013 3:02 pm
Hydeia Broadbent was born with HIV coursing through her veins, invading her white blood cells and eroding her immune system. Her adoptive parents would find out three years later, after her biological mother and brother tested positive for the virus.
January 25, 2013 1:29 pm
Stanford scientists have developed a technique to genetically engineer certain immune cells and make them resistant to HIV – a technique that, if proved successful in human subjects, could provide an alternative to the lifetime of medication that people with HIV infections now face.
August 7, 2012 9:24 pm
A private boarding school in Hershey, Pa., has offered a spot to a teen who was denied entry last year because he is HIV-positive. “Milton Hershey School will no longer refuse admission to otherwise qualified students who have HIV,” school president Anthony Colistra said. Colistra said the school offered the ninth-grade student a place for fall classes in a private letter sent to the boy and his mother July 12.
August 6, 2012 7:52 pm
A lawsuit was filed, as it should have been, for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ever since the legal battle that exploded when Ryan White got expelled from his Indiana middle school in 1984 for being HIV-positive, it has been clear that excluding children from school, any school, due to their being HIV-positive is wrong. Careful study has shown that kids with HIV do not pose any serious risks to their fellow students or staff — and that is why it is illegal to discriminate against kids or anyone else with HIV.
July 9, 2012 9:18 pm
I think the disadvantage is small compared to the potential benefit of more people finding out,” Gallant says. “The CDC recommends that everyone be tested for HIV. This test offers a new option for many who wouldn’t otherwise be tested. It will allow infected people to start lifesaving treatment earlier, and will help prevent transmission to others.”
July 3, 2012 5:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab. The test is designed to return a result within 20 to 40 minutes.
June 28, 2012 9:35 am
Today is National HIV Testing Day, a day to raise awareness to let Americans know how and how often to get an HIV Test. In the U.S. about 1.2 million people are living with HIV – but only about one in five of them don’t know they’re infected.That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone ages 13-64 get tested for HIV at least once. The agency also urges high-risk individuals – including gay and bisexual men, injection drug users or people with multiple sex partners – to get tested once a year.
May 18, 2012 12:43 am
The FDA is considering whether to approve the use of an at-home HIV test. But, as a bioethicist points out, the test doesn’t come with counseling for people who test positive or negative and it’s only 93 percent accurate.