April 3, 2014 |
As preschoolers, they sorted condom packets, not knowing what the plastic squares contained. Those early fund-raising walks proved too challenging, so they hitched a ride in a wagon. As they grew older and their fingers gained dexterity, they tied countless red ribbons. Twins Kevin and Keisha Diggs have become some of the AIDS Fund's most dedicated volunteers. They've stuffed envelopes, emptied trash cans, set up and hosted events, handed out literature, taken the stage to rev up audiences.
February 27, 2013 |
There are many ways to show someone you love him. You could write him a song or have his name tattooed on your bicep. But how about getting tested for HIV with him? Since 2008, Dr. Patrick Sullivan and I at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University have been developing an innovative HIV-prevention strategy: couples HIV testing for gay men. Men who have sex with men are the only risk group in the United States to be experiencing an increase in HIV infections, and recent studies show that one- to two-thirds are infected by their main partners, a proportion that is significantly higher among young men. Meanwhile, for the last 30 years of the HIV epidemic, we in public health have focused our prevention messaging on the risks of casual sex. Some campaigns, like the ABCs of prevention (Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms)
May 16, 2012 |
A rapid home test for HIV, similar to early pregnancy tests, will be considered by a federal advisory committee on Tuesday, a move that many public health experts believe could eventually help calm Americans' fears of HIV, leading them to view it as just another serious chronic illness. An over-the-counter test offers new hope against an epidemic whose numbers in the United States have hardly budged in more than 15 years. An estimated 50 percent to 70 percent of the more than 50,000 new HIV cases annually are transmitted by people who were unaware that they were infected.
December 8, 2011 |
He was smart, ambitious, and poor. Thus, on paper, the 13-year-old applicant appeared to meet the basic criteria for admission to the well-regarded Milton Hershey High School for disadvantaged children. But he also happened to be HIV-positive, and on that basis the unidentified Delaware County teenager was denied entry into the boarding school founded by the nation's most-famous chocolate merchant. In a case that has generated national attention, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has filed suit in federal court, saying the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and "multiple antidiscrimination laws.
December 1, 2011 |
A 13-YEAR-OLD Delaware County honor-roll student was denied admission to the Milton Hershey School, which serves low-income students, because he's HIV positive, a federal discrimination lawsuit filed yesterday in Philadelphia alleges. The complaint came the day before World AIDS Day, noted Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which filed the suit. The boy was told that his application would not be considered because "[the student's]
March 10, 2011
N ANCY M. isn't much different from the rest of us. Now that she's no longer teaching and has more time for herself, Nancy exercises regularly, tries to avoid stress and has become a vegetarian. The Mount Airy resident enjoys spending time with her daughter, a dentist, has taken up African drumming and still holds out hope that she'll find love. Oh, and she's HIV-positive. I know what you're thinking, but no, she's not an IV-drug user - nor has she ever knowingly been with a man who did IV drugs or was on the down low. As far as she knows, her partners have been heterosexuals with none of the usual factors that would put them at risk for HIV/AIDS other than having had unprotected sex. In other words, she is pretty ordinary - except that late one night Nancy drew the short straw.
June 26, 2009 |
It happened nearly 20 years ago, when I was living in New York City, but I remember it as clearly as if it happened earlier today. A female friend called me in a panic and said she feared her boyfriend had infected her with HIV, and she was afraid to get tested. I didn't ask what led her to that conclusion or why she hadn't taken up the matter with her boyfriend. In the larger scheme of things, that wasn't my primary concern at the time; getting her tested was. I asked: Will you get tested if I agree to get tested, too?
October 31, 2005 |
Pharmacy shelves are stocked with do-it-yourself home tests for blood glucose, cholesterol and pregnancy - but none for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. That might change. A small Bethlehem company, OraSure Technologies Inc., wants to sell the first 20-minute, at-home test that screens for two HIV strains using a swab device that tests saliva. Some AIDS groups have concerns about home testing, and an FDA advisory committee is set to discuss the idea this week. The OraQuick Advance Rapid test is widely used in doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals, and can detect with more than 99 percent accuracy whether a person has HIV, which attacks the immune system.