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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, more than one million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 50,000 newly diagnosed each year. While African Americans make up only 12-14 percent of the U.S. population they account for nearly half (44 percent) of all the new HIV infections in the U.S. (CDC). Today, as the United States observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’d like to take a look at some of the scientific advancements made in Read More >

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Obama Launches Initiative Aimed at Curing HIV

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Today, the Obama administration announced that it is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at curing HIV. The initiative is aimed at developing new therapies. “The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely,” President Obama said. The president was less specific about support for programs aimed at treating and preventing HIV/AIDS globally. The U.S. Read More >

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World AIDS Day: Act Aware

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is focused on education on HIV/AIDS awareness and applying this knowledge to encourage protection from HIV infection. Many Read More >

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Doggonn It! This Kitty May Be Researchers’ New Best Friend

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The glow-in-the-dark cat is out of the bag. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have genetically modified domestic cats to resist the feline form of AIDS. As reported in the journal Nature Methods, this new achievement is a milestone in the ongoing quest to protect humans from the virus. And yes, these kitties glow in the dark. A green fluorescent protein was added to a gene from rhesus macaque monkeys that is known Read More >

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