In 20 years living with HIV, my sanity has often been pushed to the limit by James May
January 4, 2019
While living with HIV in 2019 has improved, it’s far from easy, especially for those of us with a history of trauma from Aids-related conditions. There are ongoing struggles with medication side-effects and prejudice and discrimination. Few conditions have the same consequences for a person in terms of their self-esteem and relationships.
World AIDS Day 2018: A Flood of Memories and Support By JOSEPH JONES
December 10, 2018
By 1985, just four years after the first reported cases of AIDS in the U.S., 12,529 AIDS related deaths worldwide were documented.
What to know about the salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey this Thanksgiving
November 15, 2018
Thaw your turkey on a plate in your refrigerator NOT on the counter. Follow safety guidelines.
Fourth consecutive year for sharp increases in STD cases, according to CDC
September 10, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a recent press release, nearly 2.3 million cases of bacterial STDs — including gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia — were diagnosed in 2017.
This is an increase of 200,000 from the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in the number of cases diagnosed.
Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic
August 16, 2018
Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.
Scientists cautiously optimistic about HIV vaccine candidate
July 16, 2018
There may be a glimmer of hope in the fight to protect people from HIV-1, the most widespread type of the virus and the one that causes the most disease globally.
A new vaccine appears to be safe and induced an immune response in humans and rhesus monkeys in an early stage trial, according to new research published Friday in the journal The Lancet.
Drug use in Upstate New York: Strategies for Change and Reducing the Harms
March 16, 2018
Binghamton University's Institute for Justice and Well-Being and the Drug Policy Alliance are co-hosting a one-day conference and strategy session to bring stakeholders from Central New York and the Southern Tier together to learn from experts and from each other. The program will include an overview of the problems surrounding drug use in Central New York and the Southern Tier, best practices for reducing the harms associated with drug use in non-urban areas, strategies for moving local policy change forward, and the role of the criminal justice system.
ER visits for opioid overdose up 30%, CDC study finds
March 7, 2018
The opioid epidemic in the United States shows no signs of slowing, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PHAT Life: Effective HIV intervention for youth in the criminal justice system
February 16, 2018
A group risk-reduction intervention that uses role-playing, videos, games, and skill-building exercises to promote knowledge about HIV/AIDS, positive coping, and problem-solving skills for high-risk teens in the juvenile justice system, showed great potential for reducing sexual risk-taking.
Pioneering AIDS Researcher Dr. Mathilde Krim, Who Battled The Virus And Stigma, Dead At Age 91
January 16, 2018
The dawn of the AIDS crisis was a time of chaos, confusion and misinformation. But there was one woman who saw the devastation and dedicated herself to raising public awareness about its cause and treatment.
Opioids now kill more people than breast cancer
December 21, 2017
More than 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose in 2016, the most lethal year yet of the drug overdose epidemic, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Opioids in our Communities: Drug Overdose Deaths in New York State
December 15, 2017
Drug overdose deaths have risen steadily in recent years, becoming the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 60% of overdose deaths involve the use of opioids.
New Online Tool Helps PrEP Users Assess Marketplace Coverage Options
November 22, 2017
To help individuals using PrEP who are also seeking to get or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period, NASTAD recently launched PrEPcost.org
CDC Report Finds Overdose Deaths Rose 21 Percent in 2016
November 3, 2017
A new report from the CDC shows deaths from firearms and drug overdoses increased last year.
CDC Considers Expanding Hepatitis C Testing
October 18, 2017
"While we seek to expand testing, we have to keep in mind that we have to have the services there so that people benefit from that testing information."
September 29, 2017
Following the lead of hundreds of HIV experts and prevention organizations around the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week stated there is “effectively no risk” of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load — the amount of HIV in blood — sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.
CDC reports rise in STDs in the United States
September 26, 2017
More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the nation in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report .
Where is painkiller use booming in Upstate NY, despite national crackdown?
July 18, 2017
As doctors nationwide prescribe fewer prescription painkillers, people in Central and Northern New York are getting their hands on more of the potentially addictive drugs, federal data shows.
AMA Wants New Approaches to Combat Synthetic and Injectable Drugs
June 16, 2017
American Medical Association voted to support the development of pilot facilities where people who use intravenous drugs can inject self-provided drugs under medical supervision.
CDC Report Focuses on Slowing Hepatitis C Infection Rate
May 16, 2017
Hepatitis C virus infection rates are the highest in 15 years, according to recent data released by the CDC.1 Preliminary surveillance data revealed that the number of new infections has nearly tripled over the past 5 years.
Opioid epidemic may be underestimated, CDC report says
April 25, 2017
(CNN) Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic, causing 91 overdose deaths each day. Yet the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated, suggests new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women
April 19, 2017
Although previous research(pediatrics.aappublications.org) has shown declines in the prevalence of vaccine-type HPV infection and genital warts among young U.S. females after introduction of the HPV vaccination program, overall infection rates in both women and men remain unacceptably high. Specifically, among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection.
Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, CDC says
March 30, 2017
2015 was the second year in a row where rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were up, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
CDC: Opioid addiction can start in just days
March 20, 2017
Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three-days or less, may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction.
Undetectable = Untransmittable
March 9, 2017
AIDS United Affirms Evidence That Proves People Living With HIV With a Sustained, Undetectable Viral Load Cannot Transmit HIV to Sexual Partners
Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says
February 21, 2017
Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new study finds.
NEW HIV INFECTIONS DROP 18 PERCENT IN SIX YEARS
February 15, 2017
“The nation’s new high-impact approach to HIV prevention is working. We have the tools, and we are using them to bring us closer to a future free of HIV,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “These data reflect the success of collective prevention and treatment efforts at national, state and local levels. We must ensure the interventions that work reach those who need them most.”
Bill Gates Invests $140 Million in Groundbreaking New Technology For HIV CURE
January 5, 2017
There are hopes that implant technology, similar to systems available for birth control, could be used to deliver a consistent supply of drugs, aiding people vulnerable to HIV.
Needle Exchange Programs Help HIV But Move Too Slowly, CDC Says
November 30, 2016
"The science shows that syringe service programs work. They save lives and money. Study after study shows they don't lead to increased drug use or crime," he added.
"Understanding and Preventing Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse"
November 7, 2016
The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York, Broome Opioid Abuse Council, Binghamton Police Department, and Broome County Sheriff's Office invite you to attend:
"Understanding and Preventing Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse."
HOW DO WE SOLVE IT?
Can energy drinks cause hepatitis?
November 3, 2016
Energy drinks are often scrutinized for caffeine amounts, but large quantities of "natural ingredients," such as B vitamins, may be overlooked, the report said.
Each bottle of the man's energy drink contained 40 mg of niacin, or 200% of the recommended daily value, and he consumed four or five bottles daily for more than 21 days straight, the report noted. Some energy drinks also contain high levels of B6 or B12. Drinking more than one energy drink could put consumers thousands of times over their daily B-vitamin need, which raises the risk of toxicity.
Public Health Threat - Gonorrhea
September 1, 2016
The CDC is calling Gonorrhea an urgent public health threat as it's the second most commonly reported STD in the nation and it could become incurable. that information from the World Health Organization that says we will need new drugs to fight the infection in five years.
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States
August 18, 2016
Today, more people are living with HIV than ever before as people are living longer with the disease, new infections continue to occur, and diagnoses surpass deaths each year.
Queer teens are four times more likely to commit suicide, CDC reports
August 11, 2016
First nationally representative study of queer youth confirms health differences
The Doctor Who First Saw AIDS Believes in a 'Possible Cure'
June 14, 2016
The fact that we're even talking about the possibility of a cure — that's the eradication of HIV from the body — is a huge milestone. We're not there yet but I think in the next 60 years, we'll have a cure for HIV. The cure is the next step and nowadays, we are having realistic conversation about it. This is truly amazing to me.
CDC reports Hepatitis C-related deaths hit record high in the U.S.
May 5, 2016
Deaths from the liver disease hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, killing more Americans than HIV, tuberculosis and staph infections.
Expanding Access to Housing in the Southern Tier
June 15, 2015
We are excited to announce that we have recently been awarded $400,000 by the New York State Department of Health to operate a new housing program. The project will operate under a housing first model, making placement into stable housing the number one priority before turning our attention to participants’ other ongoing health and wellness needs.
Our 2nd Annual Mud Gauntlet
April 30, 2015
The 2nd annual Mud Gauntlet was held on April 19th. The sun was shining and it was a crisp 60 degrees outside. We had 359 registered runners. We were delighted to have Walter F. Hendrick (Sandy) from mudrunguide.com attend the event. Here are a few excerpts from his review.