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HIV/AIDS Awareness Allows People to Live Healthy Lives

HIV/AIDS Awareness Allows People to Live Healthy Lives

December 1 marks HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) occurs when HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) remains untreated. HIV was declared a pandemic in June 1981 and has claimed approximately 36.3 million lives. Currently, there is no cure. However, effective treatments such as antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevent the progression of HIV into AIDS and allow […]

HIV Rates Higher Among Those 50 Years and Older

HIV Rates Higher Among Those 50 Years and Older

Americans 50 years and older make up the highest group of individuals living with HIV, human immunodeficiency¬†virus. In 2014, the CDC reported living with diagnosed HIV by age group, the two highest groups were ages 50-54 and 55-59. There is a significant drop, greater than 5,000, for ages 60-64. Ages 65 and older show a […]

Adolescents Should Routinely Be Tested for HIV

Adolescents Should Routinely Be Tested for HIV

Adolescents should regularly be tested for HIV, even if it is unlikely that the virus is in their body. Submitting to an evaluation is beneficial for two important reasons. First, many who have contracted the disease often feel well with no symptoms for several years, leaving them unaware that they are infected. This scenario delays […]