AIDS at 30: Vaccine conference set for Thailand

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 8:14pm

AIDS Vaccine 2011, being billed by organizers as “the largest and most prestigious global scientific conference focused exclusively on AIDS vaccine research,” will be held Sept. 12-15 in NBangkok, Thailand. The conference is being hosted by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, in partnership with Mahidol University and Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. This will be [...]

AIDS at 30: Vaccine now in local trial shows promise

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 7:13pm

Dr. Mamta Jain Advancements in treatments, ongoing prevention efforts give researcher hope for a world without AIDS JAMES BRIGHT | Contributing Writer editor@dallasvoice.com HIV and AIDS: These two abbreviations require little explanation. They have been on the minds of any sexually active person for the last 30 years regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation. [...]

AIDS at 30: Boosting dendritic cells may be key to new therapy

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 6:20pm

Dr. Louis Sloan In revolutionary new HIV research, Dr. Louis Sloan tests a vaccination that appears to get patients off medication DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com A revolutionary new vaccine allowed all 19 participants in a trial to stop taking any HIV medications during the investigation that lasted more than a year, according to [...]

AIDS at 30: Truvada study shows an increase in protection for HIV-negative men

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 6:16pm

Pre-exposure prophylaxis may be a way to help control the HIV epidemic, but many say the drug will promote unsafe sex, is too expensive and may have side effects DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com In November 2010, researchers released a study that found that HIV-negative men who took the anti-retroviral drug Truvada consistently and [...]

AIDS at 30: Where to get tested

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 6:11pm

Dallas County • Dallas County Health and Human Services Department: The clinic is located on the third floor of the DCHHS building, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, in Room 336. The fee is $15 or $20, depending on the type of test requested. Results can be obtained within an hour with the Rapid Test [...]

AIDS at 30: Funding shifting toward prevention as officials struggle to reach those on opposite ends of the age range

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 6:07pm

Zachary Thompson While medical, support services will continue for those already infected, efforts to prevent new infections will get more attention, DHHS says DRACONIS VON TRAPP | Intern intern@dallasvoice.com As new HIV infections continue to be recorded, officials are shifting the focus to a new, comprehensive prevention model, according to Dallas County Health and Human [...]

AIDS at 30: Being HIV-positive and living a positive life

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 6:04pm

Shannon Sims Shannon Sims knows all about the circumstances that cause many trans women to contract HIV, because she’s lived through it RENEE BAKER | Contributing Writer editor@dallasvoice.com Life as a prostitute, a drug dealer, a homeless woman, a transgender woman, an HIV-positive woman, a Texas prisoner and guard, a showgirl and a college student [...]

AIDS at 30: Marine goes from the closet to a positive life

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 5:59pm

A former Marine talks about how being closeted led to drug use, which led to HIV infection. But he doesn’t let the virus control his life Editor’s note: Daniel is identified in this story by his first name only at his request. DAKOTA SHAIN BYRD | Contributing Writer editor@dallasvoice.com Daniel’s lifelong dream was to join [...]

AIDS at 30: North Texas ASO info

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 5:47pm

AIDS service organizations in North Texas offer a variety of programs and services to people with HIV/AIDS — from case management, to meals, to housing. Here is a list of the major ASOs in North Texas, what programs and services they offer now, and what they plan to offer in the future: • AIDS ARMS [...]

Who decides what’s medically necessary?

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 at 8:50pm

Mara Keisling Trans advocate says trans health benefits are about what medical treatments are necessary, not about cost or personal beliefs TAMMYE NASH  | Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com Say the phrase “transgender health benefits,” and most people immediately think insurance coverage that pays at least some of the costs of sexual reassignment surgery. But there’s a [...]