Celiac Awareness Month – May 2015

Celiac disease or gluten-sensitive enteropathy is an inherited condition triggered by the consumption of cereal grains containing "gluten". Simply put, the immune system of a celiac reacts negatively to the presence of gluten in the diet causing damage to the inner lining of the small bowel which reduces the person's ablility to absorb nutrients including: iron, folate, calcium, Vitamin D, protein, fat and other food compounds. The grains considered to be capable of producing negative effects in … [Read more...]

Interactive Access to CDC’s HIV and STD Data

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new interactive web tool—the NCHHSTP Atlas—that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables using HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) data collected by CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention(NCHHSTP).Currently, the Atlas includes AIDS, HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis data. TB and viral hepatitis surveillance data will be added … [Read more...]

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 2

  U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 2   This is the second in our series of daily highlights from USCA 2011. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was featured prominently again in several sessions. Game Changers – Redefining HIV Yesterday’s inspiring and thought provoking plenary session challenged the more than 2,500 participants to contemplate how advances in HIV are redefining their roles. The session opened with a dramatic presentation of the … [Read more...]

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) to Redouble Our Efforts

By James Albino and Miguel Gomez According to CDC estimates , 9,400 Latinos in the United States were newly infected with HIV in 2009. Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population, but approximately 20% of new infections. Sixty-four percent (or nearly two-thirds) of all HIV infections in the Latino community occur among gay and bisexual men. Among women, 1,700 heterosexual Latinas became infected in 2009, making them more than four times more likely to become infected with HIV than white … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION™ – Courtney Leigh Hewitt

A Celebration of Women™ is honored to Celebrate the Life through this Tribute to a Caring, Compassionate, Courageous, Giving and Strong Woman! This Woman's dying wish was to share her Story so that as many people possible could be educated on the elusive traits of a disease named PML. The Courage and Strength that she maintained during her experience with this disease is an Inspiration to One & All. In the words of her Father: '...before Courtney lost her ability to speak, she asked me … [Read more...]

Minority Women’s Health: Life as HIV Positive

      A Celebration of Women presents   Minority Women's Health    _______________________________________________   HIV/AIDS      http://www.womenshealth.gov/minority/ Minority Women's Health > African-Americans > HIV/AIDS Additional Resources HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens your body’s defense system, which makes it hard for your body to fight off other health problems that it could normally resist. As time goes on, your body becomes less … [Read more...]

Minority Women's Health: Life as HIV Positive

      A Celebration of Women presents   Minority Women's Health    _______________________________________________   HIV/AIDS      http://www.womenshealth.gov/minority/ Minority Women's Health > African-Americans > HIV/AIDS Additional Resources HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens your body’s defense system, which makes it hard for your body to fight off other health problems that it could normally resist. As time goes on, your body becomes less … [Read more...]

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM

  NIAID HIV Research     Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM: The Promise Comes with Challenges   On Saturday, February 26th, I attended a day-long meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hosted by the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. The theme of the meeting was “Moving forward with PrEP Implementation.” Meeting participants included researchers involved in the original iPrEX study and other ongoing HIV … [Read more...]

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