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New Milford residents watch a video about heroin during the panel discussion "Opioid Use - Prevention and Intervention Resources" at John Pettibone School in New Milford, Conn. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A new study by Yale and Boston universities found that occassional heroin use may worsen HIV infection.

Yale study: Heroin use may worsen HIV infections

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. A higher CD4 cell count signals a stronger immune system. Since laboratory and epidemiological studies have found […] [Read More]
Categories: drug abuse, HIV

Yale researchers figuring out how to track elusive HIV protein

HIV is adept at eluding immune system responses because the protein it uses to infect cells is constantly changing. But researchers from Yale University say they are figuring out how to monitor the shape-shifting of the protein — which could lead to new ways to attack the virus through drugs and vaccines. In two papers […] [Read More]

It’s National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 6 Americans who have HIV do not know they are infected. National HIV Testing Day – June 27Testing is particularly important […] [Read More]
Categories: HIV

Liver disease from alcohol more common in those with HIV, hepatitis

Advanced liver disease caused by alcohol consumption was more prevalent among people infected with HIV and the hepatitis virus, a new study has found. The study, which involved researchers from the Yale University School of medicine, is published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The research team studied participants in the Veterans Aging Cohort […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, health, HIV

Study: HIV-infected women fare worse than men after release from prison

A Yale study has uncovered significant gender differences in the treatment outcomes of HIV-infected jail detainees who are transitioning to life outside jail, with women faring much worse than men. The study appears online in the American Journal of Public Health. In the United States, the HIV epidemic is highly concentrated among those in the […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, HIV

Sunday is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place Dec. 1 every year, and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite against AIDS and HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.1 million people in the U.S. aged 13 and older are living with HIV infection, including about 200,000 who are unaware of their […] [Read More]

Full coverage for more women’s prevention service to go into effect

The controversial part of the Affordable Care Act that will give 47 million women greater access to a variety of health services — including contraception — will go into effect today for many women. The new rules in the health care law requiring coverage of eight new prevention services take effect at the next renewal […] [Read More]

Chart compares top causes of death for different demographics

A fascinating (if somewhat morbid) web site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services allows people to compare the top ten causes of death for different races, age groups and genders. Know it doesn’t exactly sound like a barrel of laughs, but it is a pretty eye-opening and interesting site, which you can […] [Read More]