Topic: HIV/AIDS

Poll: Would You Welcome Routine HIV Screening At Your Doctor Visits?

Poll: Would You Welcome Routine HIV Screening At Your Doctor Visits?

One of the plot-lines I remember most vividly from the Gen X coming-of-age opus Reality Bites is the bit about Janeane Garofalo’s character getting an HIV test. She’s totally freaked out about it, and not only does she have to visit a special HIV clinic for the test but she also has to wait weeks for the results (spoiler alert: it’s negative). Contrast that to today, when test results are available in as little as 20 minutes, drug stores sell at-home HIV tests and, soon, getting screened for the virus during doctors visits could be as routine as having your blood pressure taken. We’ve come a long way, baby — and some might even say too far. More »

Top 5 Myths About HIV Testing, Dispelled

Top 5 Myths About HIV Testing, Dispelled

Today is National HIV Testing Awareness Day, and it’s also the start of the first-ever HIV Awareness Month, founded by Dawn Averitt Bridge, mother of two and chair of the board of The Well Project, who’s been living with HIV since 1988. Dawn—and The Well Project—is on a mission to change the U.S. perception of HIV and remind the American public that HIV is still a significant domestic problem—in part because of the myths surrounding HIV. More »

Los Angeles Wants To Protect Porn Stars From Themselves—Should It?

Los Angeles Wants To Protect Porn Stars From Themselves—Should It?

Would you vote to require porn actors to use condoms? The issue may come before California voters soon, driven by a desire to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the adult film industry. But while I’m all for safe sex, and porn stars not being placed in unnecessary risk, the adult film industry already has protocols in place to prevent the spread of disease, and I think a state-mandated condom requirement is way overstepping the government’s boundaries. More »

Alcohol Makes Everyone Want Unsafe Sex (Not Just Irresponsible Sluts)

Alcohol Makes Everyone Want Unsafe Sex (Not Just Irresponsible Sluts)

A new study says that alcohol consumption ups your chances of having unsafe sex…It’s not rocket science, but it could help clear up some misconceptions about the “kind” of people who forego condoms and spread HIV and other STDs. In the past, people have questioned whether it’s alcohol, or the personalities of the people drinking the alcohol, that make for irresponsible mating. But researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health say pretty much anyone who’s had more than four or five drinks is more likely to have unsafe sex. More »

Sex, Drugs and Other Reasons You Can’t Donate Organs: New CDC Guidelines Go Too Far

Sex, Drugs and Other Reasons You Can't Donate Organs: New CDC Guidelines Go Too Far

Are you too slutty to donate your organs? If you’ve slept with more than two people in the last year, the CDC says you probably are. Their new federal health guideline proposal says that deceased or living donors who haven’t been monogamous in the 12 months prior to donation should be considered “risky.” They say this could protect transplant recipients from accidental HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C transmission; many say the guidelines are going too far. More »

World AIDS Day: HIV/AIDS Boom In Older Adults

World AIDS Day: HIV/AIDS Boom In Older Adults

This World AIDS Day 2011, it’s important to note that the new face of HIV in America is likely to have a few fine lines. Though HIV/AIDS is not a disease commonly associated with the elderly in most people’s minds, the fastest-growing segment of the HIV-positive population is, in fact, adults over age 50. Partly, this stems from advances in HIV treatment that have patients who contracted the disease when they were younger living longer. But it also reflects of spate of new cases of HIV or AIDS in middle-aged and senior adults. More »

World AIDS Day: HIV Rates Are Down, But We Still Have Problems Managing The Disease

World AIDS Day: HIV Rates Are Down, But We Still Have Problems Managing The Disease

As World AIDS Day approaches, there are several encouraging statistics to celebrate: The UN says that world HIV/AIDS-related deaths have fallen 21% since their peak in 2005. The cost of treatment has decreased steadily in recent years. And plenty more statistics point to overwhelmingly positive progress. But if there’s one thing that threatens the road to AIDS-free world, it’s complacency More »

You Are At Risk: How To Know When You Should Get Tested For AIDS

You Are At Risk: How To Know When You Should Get Tested For AIDS

Yesterday we asked you if your doctor screens you for HIV, and the majority of you said that he never even asks if you want to be tested, even though the CDC recommends that HIV testing be a standard part of our medical care for every American aged 13–64, and 20% of the almost 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV are undiagnosed. You might not think so, but if you are sexually active, you are at risk for AIDS. Safe sex includes getting tested, so here’s what you should know: More »

Women Using Injectable Contraceptives Twice As Likely To Contract HIV

Women Using Injectable Contraceptives Twice As Likely To Contract HIV

There are a lot of reasons to use protection when you’re having sex, but for most of us, the most immediate concern is having babies when we’re not yet in the baby zone. Which is exactly why you should also know that a recent study found women who use injectable contraceptives are more likely to contract HIV. The results are preliminary, but the scary stats are still an important wake-up call that, regardless of your preferred type of birth control, condoms are the best way to protect against STDs. More »