PrEP may be tested against coronavirus if HIV meds shown to work

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With the coronavirus claiming thousands of lives across the globe, medical experts are throwing any and all medications they can against the disease , including drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS that — if effective in clinic trials — may turn attention toward Truvada, commonly used as PrEP for HIV prevention.

One medical expert told the Washington Blade if the early promising results for the HIV drug Remdesivir hold out in clinical trials, the drug Truvada — the more standard medication against HIV/AIDS — could also work against the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus risk not significantly greater for those with ‘well controlled’ HIV

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The risk of people with HIV who are receiving standard of care treatment to control their HIV is not significantly greater than the general public for contracting or becoming seriously ill from the Coronavirus, according to the Chief Medical Officer at D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health.

Dr. Sarah Henn told the Washington Blade March 6 that reports coming from China and other parts of the U.S. where the Coronavirus outbreak has begun to take hold show those at highest risk for illness from the virus are people with other chronic illnesses and elderly people, many of whom have an underlying medical condition.

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Pence downplays role in HIV outbreak as Indiana governor

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mike Pence, photo via Pence’s Facebook page.

In defense of his role in overseeing coronavirus efforts within the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence downplayed on Saturday his responsibility for the HIV outbreak that occurred under his watch as Indiana governor.

Pence, responding to a question from journalist Andrew Feinberg during a White House news conference with President Trump, said the outbreak was a result of Indiana not allowing needle exchanges, which have been shown to reduce new HIV infections dramatically.

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Transgender Hondurans with HIV face uncertain future

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: An LGBTI advocacy group in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, honors Roxsana Hernandez. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras | Roxsana Hernandez was a transgender woman with HIV from Comayagua, a city that is roughly 50 miles northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

Hernández on May 9, 2018, asked for asylum in the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego after she joined a migrant caravan that left Honduras a few months earlier. Hernández died at a New Mexico hospital 16 days later while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

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Study is halted as HIV vaccine fails test in South Africa

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The latest attempt at an HIV vaccine has failed, as researchers announced Feb. 3 they have stopped giving the experimental shots in a major study.

The study had enrolled more than 5,400 people since 2016 in South Africa, a country with one of the world’s highest HIV rates. Last month, monitors checked how the study was going and found 129 HIV infections had occurred among the vaccine recipients compared with 123 among those given a dummy shot, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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Hope & Help announces AIDS Walk Orlando 2020 date, to host open house

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Hope & Help’s Re-Start group walks in the AIDS Walk Orlando at Lake Eola Park in 2018. (Photo by Maia Monet)

Hope & Help is kicking the new year off with the announcement of the date for its 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando.

The not-for-profit health center — which offers HIV/STD/HEP C testing, treatment and primary medical care — announced Jan. 6 that the 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando will be on Saturday, April 18 starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Young Adults Living Pozitively (YALP!)

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About: YALP! is a collaborative program between Peer Support Space and the Bros in Convo Initiative providing brave and safe space to build friendships and a sense of community among young people of color living with HIV.

If you or someone you know is interested, register here!

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Young Adults Living Pozitively (YALP!)

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About: YALP! is a collaborative program between Peer Support Space and the Bros in Convo Initiative providing brave and safe space to build friendships and a sense of community among young people of color living with HIV.

If you or someone you know is interested, register here!

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Young Adults Living Pozitively (YALP!)

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About: YALP! is a collaborative program between Peer Support Space and the Bros in Convo Initiative providing brave and safe space to build friendships and a sense of community among young people of color living with HIV.

If you or someone you know is interested, register here!

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Young Adults Living Pozitively (YALP!)

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About: YALP! is a collaborative program between Peer Support Space and the Bros in Convo Initiative providing brave and safe space to build friendships and a sense of community among young people of color living with HIV.

If you or someone you know is interested, register here!

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Young Adults Living Pozitively (YALP!)

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About: YALP! is a collaborative program between Peer Support Space and the Bros in Convo Initiative providing brave and safe space to build friendships and a sense of community among young people of color living with HIV.

If you or someone you know is interested, register here!

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Jazell Barbie Royale, Miss International Queen 2019

By : Darcel Stevens, Parliament House Entertainment Director
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2019 has been a remarkable year for a remarkable lady! From finding a meaningful purpose to unexpectedly becoming a trailblazer, I’m honored to talk about Jazell Barbie Royale’s incredible 2019 journey.

No one can predict the future. Often the best intentions are foiled by the daily riggers of life, yet through it all this native of Jacksonville has been blessed thanks in part to generational life lessons instilled in her by three dominate women in her life: her great grandmother, Gladys Kyle; her grandmother, Kathy; and her mother, Petria Chisholm. They all taught her the importance of wisdom, perseverance, humility and, most important, failure.

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