Topic: HIV

FDA Finally Approves HIV Prevention Drug, Truvada

FDA Finally Approves HIV Prevention Drug, Truvada

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 »

FDA Approves The First At-Home HIV Test, But A Swab Can’t Replace A Counselor

FDA Approves The First At-Home HIV Test, But A Swab Can't Replace A Counselor

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 »

A Drug To Prevent HIV? The FDA May Approve Truvada Today

A Drug To Prevent HIV? The FDA May Approve Truvada Today

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 »

Elton John Has Best Motivation For Writing New AIDS Book

Elton John Has Best Motivation For Writing New AIDS Book

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 »

Dumb, Dangerous, and Hateful: Bryan Fischer Denies That HIV Causes AIDS

Dumb, Dangerous, and Hateful: Bryan Fischer Denies That HIV Causes AIDS

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 »

6 HIV Patients Die After Evangelical Church Said They Were Healed

6 HIV Patients Die After Evangelical Church Said They Were Healed

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 »

10 Hollywood Celebrities Who Devote Their Lives to Health Charities and Causes

10 Hollywood Celebrities Who Devote Their Lives to Health Charities and Causes

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 »