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  • A mystery illness killed a boy in 1969. Years later, doctors learned what it was: AIDS

    The 16-year-old boy had the kind of illness that wouldn't be familiar to doctors for years: He was weak and emaciated, rife with stubborn infections and riddled with rare cancerous lesions known as Kaposi's sarcoma, a skin disease found in elderly men of Mediterranean descent. The boy, Robert Rayford, died on May 15, 1969, in St. Louis. It would be more than a decade before doctors started seeing similar cases among gay men in New York and California. In 1982, with the numbers of sick surging, the disease got a name: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    16 May 2019 | New Zealand Herald
  • Despite Uptick, Black and Latinx People Have Relatively Low Participation in HIV Vaccine Trials

    Black and Latinx people historically have not willfully participated in clinical trials in high numbers. Medical mistrust of research and health care institutions has long been a problem for conducting biomedical research. So what's causing the racial disparities in research participation, and what are researchers doing about it?

    14 May 2019 | The Body Pro
  • Black women in the USA continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, but there’s evidence that the gap may be slowly starting to close

    New analysis from the US CDC quantifies the number of new HIV infections that might have been prevented in the absence of racial disparities, indicating how the effects of race on HIV infection may be changing

    10 May 2019 | AVERT
  • HIV infection rates in New South Wales hit record low, but there are concerns

    The number of new HIV cases in NSW has dropped to their lowest level since 1984, but NSW Health would not say whether it will hit its target of "virtually" eliminating the disease by 2020.

    23 April 2019 | Sydney Morning Herald
  • HIV hitting Latino men in California at an alarming rate

    “One in four Latino men in the Valley in 2020 who have sex with men will test positive for HIV in their lifetimes,” said Oscar Lopez, vice president of policy, advocacy, education and communication for the Valley AIDS Council. Lopez just returned from the 2019 NHPC Hispanic/Latin MSM and Trans Latina Meeting with the CDC in Atlanta. Latino leaders met to discuss a plan of action in response to staggering numbers released in October by the CDC.

    01 April 2019 | The Monitor
  • Ten Black Transgender Women to Watch

    Whether organizing marches and protests, lobbying lawmakers or leading social justice campaigns, Black transgender women are leading the fight for equality and human and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color. Here are ten Black trans women nationwide whom other trans women identify as making major moves.

    01 April 2019 |
  • My PrEP Story: Phil (part 3)

    There is not enough research specifically on black queer men and what the motivations and barriers are for us accessing or not accessing PrEP. Charlie Witzel, a research fellow from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine lead a new study on this to find out how to design specifically targeted programs and services that help black queer men to take PrEP

    27 March 2019 | Prepster
  • Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

    The administration will focus on more than fifty “hot spots” in the U.S. that annually account for half of new H.I.V. infections. A clinic in the Deep South sees the challenges every day.

    18 March 2019 | New York Times
  • Young Black Men at Risk for HIV Underestimate Threat

    A study that started out looking at HIV risk behaviors and substance use turned into an opportunity for researchers to examine what it would take for young black men who have sex with men to try pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and stay on it.

    12 March 2019 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Why are black and minority ethnic girls less likely to get the HPV jab? (Video)

    The HPV - or Human Papilloma Virus - vaccine is available to year 8 and 9 schoolgirls across Britain. But not all of them get the jab. Girls from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to receive the vaccine in school than their white counterparts.

    04 March 2019 | BBC
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We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

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