Weekly HIV News Updates 07-02-2013

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:

HIV Virus As A Cure For Leukemia

Doctors have injected the HIV virus into the healthy T-cells of a 6-year old girl who was dying of leukemia.  The virus has been engineered so that it cannot cause disease.  It reprograms the immune system, causing the T-cells to become killer cells that in this case, successfully attacked the leukemia.  Within hours, the girl’s fever disappeared and she has no signs of leukemia.

Follow this link to watch a short film about this  amazing new treatment at:

http://focusforwardfilms.com/films/72/fire-with-fire

 

HIV Infection Rates Drop Among Black Women

For the first time in two decades, the number of new HIV infections reported among black women dropped significantly.  Black women have experienced one of the nation’s most disproportionately high HIV-infection rates. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of new infections among black women dropped by 21 percent.

Black women represent the fourth-largest group of HIV-infected individuals, behind white, black and  Latino men who do not necessarily consider themselves gay or bisexual but do have sex with men. In portions of the Deep South, HIV-infection rates have spent the last three decades soaring so high that the share of people living with the disease rivals the situation in some developing nations.

Learn more at:  http://www.theroot.com/views/black-women-and-hiv-rates-reprieve

 

Having A Job Helps Women Manage Their HIV

According to a study of 260 HIV-infected women by researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of California at San Francisco, having a job helped HIV+ women maintain their health. Examples of adherence  included taking medications on schedule, keeping medical appointments, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.

Employment gives HIV-infected women the benefit of a routine, income and benefits a sense of self-worth and emotional support.

Average age of respondents was 46; a large number were mothers and African Americans. Although it was not clear why, African-American women were more successful in self-managing health than other ethnic groups.

Read more about the study at: http://www.thebodypro.com/content/71960/having-a-job-helps-women-with-hiv-manage-their-ill.html

 

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