The Washington Blade is reporting that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is debating when to release what the story called "alarming new statistics" showing that up to 50% more Americans are being infected with HIV annually than the government previously reported. AIDS activist groups familiar with the CDC told the Blade that middle-level officials at the agency have quietly told professional and scientific colleagues that the number of new infections was as high as 58,000 to 63,000 cases in the most recent 12-month period.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders received a $500,000 grant from the Arcus Gay and Lesbian Fund to support a joint national campaign dealing with LGBT aging.
An organ donor in Chicago infected four transplant patients with the AIDS virus in what a donor group says is the first such transmission in the United States in 13 years. The transplants occurred in January at three Chicago hospitals. The patients infected with HIV and the virus for hepatitis C did not learn of their status until the last two weeks, according to medical officials. Michael Millis, chief of the transplantation program at the University of Chicago Hospitals, said his staff was told of the problem on November 1 and brought in the two patients who had transplants there for testing the next morning.
Many of the pills marketed as safe herbal alternatives to Viagra and other prescription sex medications pose a hidden danger: For men on common heart and blood-pressure drugs, popping one could lead to a stroke, or even death.
The aggressive antibiotic-resistant staph infection responsible for thousands of recent illnesses undermines the body's defenses by causing germ-fighting cells to explode, researchers reported Sunday. Experts say the findings may help lead to better treatments.
People who do not have HIV but seek antiretroviral medications following high-risk sexual encounters are very likely to complete the full monthlong drug regimen, according to a new UCLA AIDS Institute study.
New data on an experimental AIDS vaccine that failed to work shows volunteers who got the shots were far more likely to get infected with the virus through sex or other risky behavior than those who got dummy shots.
Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies.
Drug-resistant staph infections that have made headlines in recent weeks come from what the nation's top doctor calls ''the cockroach of bacteria'' -- a bad germ that can lurk in lots of places, but not one that should trigger panic.
ScienceDaily.com reports that in a study of male college cheerleaders who had played football in high school, more than one third of the subjects said they have had sexual relations with other men.