Every week we have a “newsletter” which gets emailed to CARES staff and board members. Its purpose is to highlight recent HIV-related news from the United States as well as other countries. A short informational teaser lets everyone know what each news item is about and a link is included at the end for those who have an interest in reading the story in its entirety. We pull information from various news, government and health-related websites, as well as personal blogs. From time to time we include links to webinars that might be useful in the work that we do.
Here is this week’s update:
Rates of Chlamydia, Seniors With STDs Rising In Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County is seeing a disturbing rise in the number of STD cases among senior citizens, as well as a rise in reported cases of Chlamydia. Health officials say they’re closely watching an increase in Chlamydia. But State data also shows reports of STD cases in Kalamazoo County are above the statewide average and slightly below those of bigger cities like Detroit and Flint.
From a WWMT report. Read more at: http://wwmt.com/news/features/featured/stories/reports-chlamydia-senior-citizens-stds-spike-kalamazoo-county-920.shtml
“Game for the World™” Teaches Facts About HIV/AIDS
“Game for the World ™“ is a game created for persons ages 12 and above to facilitate education and discussion about HIV/AIDS in a safe and engaging way that encourages respect for each individual. Players exchange beliefs, attitudes and feelings about AIDS with clear guidelines. It enables people to talk about AIDS without the fearing the stigma which often surrounds it. The game enables players to discuss how they view HIV, how they are affected by and how they help stop the spread of HIV.
The game has been produced in different languages and is being played all over the world.
To learn more visit: http://gamefortheworld.com/blog/
Immune Cells May Cause Inflammation In Persons Living With HIV
Depleted numbers of a type of white blood cell in the immune systems of persons infected with HIV/AIDS appear to be associated with increased levels of inflammation in the body, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
The low numbers of white blood cells, known as CD4+CD73+ T cells continue even when HIV is effectively controlled with medications.
“People with well-controlled HIV have been shown to have higher rates of chronic, non-AIDS-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. This is believed to be related to the persistent immune activation and inflammation associated with chronic HIV infection,” said author Bernard J.C. Macatangay, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases/HIV/AIDS Program, Pitt School of Medicine.