Do you want the bad news first or the good news? More
“It doesn’t seem like it’s been a priority for global funding entities to care about the needs of transgender communities.” More
Remember how we discussed the new scientific evidence of acupuncture’s stress-relieving effects and why they occur? I began to really think about trying it out, despite the ageda it may give me. Then, I saw this terrible news story regarding a vile acupuncturist who infected his patients with HIV. On purpose. Sixteen times. More
The FDA has finally approved a new drug that prevents HIV infection. The medicine, Truvada, is a daily pill expected to be taken by people at a high-risk of becoming infected with HIV (gay and bisexual men usually, but the drug has been approved for all HIV-negative people). This is awesome news for public health here in America, especially considering the increasingly- cavalier attitudes towards HIV of lots of American young people. More
Yesterday, the FDA finally granted approval to OraQuick, the first-ever at-home HIV test. The test, which the New York Times calls “as easy as a home-pregnancy test” would make it super-simple to get tested and diagnosed, right in the privacy of your own home. Which is huge for stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS–but is also slightly concerning. How does finding out your status alone, at home, change the experience? Is it better to hear the news from a doctor or counselor? More
There are already several ways to prevent HIV and AIDS, like condoms. But following an FDA panel today, there could be a new way for people to protect themselves against the deadly virus: a little blue pill called Truvada. Truvada is already being used to treat HIV and AIDS patients who have the disease, but now, experts are weighing the possibility of making it the first-ever drug to be administered preventatively. Yay! More
We love it when a celebrity uses his name and influence to make a positive and healthy difference in the world.
The legendary pop superstar, Elton John, has announced that he is writing a new book that will be a personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic while helping to dispel some of the long-standing stigmas and social barriers. And, given his history, we can’t think of a better person to do this. More
Decades ago, the causes of HIV and AIDS were a mystery–and one that, because the disease was thought to only kill gay men and drug users, many researchers, politicians, and members of the public didn’t feel like solving. Public perception and research have come a long way since then, but some individuals, like Christian extremist Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association (AFA), are still set on preaching a dangerous, hateful message: that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, that it’s a scam, and that it’s not something that straight people need to worry about. Do not listen to these false prophets. More
It’s World AIDS Day, and as we’ve been talking about all week, HIV and AIDS are not just diseases for certain populations anymore. If you have sex, you are at risk. That’s why it’s important to be tested regularly and know the warning signs and symptoms of HIV and AIDS. More
At least six people in Britain died after being told by their evangelical church that God would heal their HIV and they could stop taking their medication.
Apparently, several churches throughout England are claiming they can heal all kinds of illnesses through their prayer line, where people from all over Europe come to be cured. One pastor even claimed they have a 100% success rate. More
Researchers have released more evidence that early treatment can reduce risk of passing HIV to one’s partner by 96%, which, by our count, makes 96 reasons for early treatment of HIV. More
It’s no secret that Hollywood celebrities have long taken up health-related charity cases of all kinds (and all the time) — whether for altruistic purposes or PR exposure, or both. But, in addition to the late, great Dame Elizabeth Taylor and The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), there are a few rare breeds who have gone well beyond being a fair-weather good Samaritan by devoting their entire lives and celebrity status to health causes of all kinds — whether or not they themselves have been directly affected by the disease or condition. So, in honor of early AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor’s very recent passing, here’s our gallery of ten Hollywood celebrities who tirelessly have spent their lives working on behalf of a serious health charity with which they felt a personal connection. Luckily, those who are still with us are still going strong, while those who have passed away leave inspiring health legacies of which we all can be proud — and continue to support: More
This is the first in a series of Blisstree posts about living with chronic health conditions.
I have a weird, chronic skin disease. It’s called Hailey-Hailey (named after two doctor brothers who discovered it in 1939). It’s a rare, genetic, autosomal (not autoimmune) skin condition, which means it’s chromosomal, but has nothing to do with the sex chromosomes. Lots of people – including medical professionals – confuse Hailey-Hailey with eczema or psoriasis, but it’s not either. (And it’s not contagious, so if you meet me, don’t be scared.) I’ve had HH all my life, but its symptoms usually lie dormant until the patient is in their early- to mid-20s. Without getting too technical and scientific, basically a missing protein and a calcium pump malfunction mean that the skin’s cells can’t properly adhere to each other. So they split apart – like cuts. And it gets better: These cuts often blister, weep, and bleed. Hailey-Hailey’s painful rash-like symptoms typically hang out on the chest, back, neck, upper arms, underarms, and backs of the legs. Imagine having a lot of open sores all over your body, and never being sure when they’re going to go away. At its best, HH looks like a bunch of little blisters. At its worst, your skin looks like it’s been attacked by a small but rabid animal. It’s a lot of fun. But lest I wallow in self pity, there are other HH sufferers out there who have it even worse than I do (under their breasts, on their genitals, on their rear end). More