How Do We Reduce HIV Risk? Here Are Experts' Tips
As HIV becomes a hot topic of interest these days, it is just but inevitable to say that the stigma is still there despite the continuous efforts to spread awareness. Last 2014, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has presented a plan, known as "Ending the Epidemic in New York State," which calls for an urgent action of reducing the number of new HIV infections from an estimated 3,000 to just 750 by the year 2020 and as well as achieving the first-ever decrease in HIV prevalence in the state. That said, a significant number of experts have already suggested the use of an pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention option for people who don't have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV.
Reducing HIV Risk
In one of his statements reported by Press Connects, Scott Rosman, NP-c, AAHIVS, Clinical Director of the UHS HIV Program at UHS Binghamton Primary Care has recently claimed that PrEP is a daily medicine that can reduce a person's chance of getting the virus. The drug is known to have the ability to stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. Additionally, the daily use of PrEP is found to reduce the risk of contracting the virus from sex by more than 90 percent and, among people who inject drugs, by more than 70 percent.
Furthermore, according to reports revealed by AIDS Info, in the US, HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with someone who has HIV. Thus, it is just but important to take note of the need to use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Experts have also explained that while mmucous membranes are found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and the mouth, HIV transmission is only possible if these fluids come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or are directly injected into the bloodstream either from a needle or syringe.
Call To Action
As of the press time, the UHS is collaborating with the New York State and Broome County health departments to spread awareness to the public about the availability of PrEP, in line with the governor's three-point plan to halt the AIDS epidemic in the Empire State. The clinical director of the UHS HIV Program has also revealed that "Ending the Epidemic" is maximizing the availability of lifesaving, transmission-interrupting treatment for HIV, saving lives and improving the health of New Yorkers.
HIV, The Next Target Of Trump Administration
As continuous efforts to eradicate HIV are taking place, why does the Trump administration wanted to halt the treatment that has been started by the previous government? What’s the truth behind claims that if the current US President would push this through, it will kill thousands? Find out what authorities have to say
HIV Vaccine Cures Five Patients For Seven Months
New AIDS vaccine developed in Spain have reportedly cured 5 patients, helping them remain virus-free for seven months after taking the treatment. In the study, the treatment allowed the patients to stop taking regular antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to suppress HIV symptoms.
Nanotechnology For HIV: New Technique Shows Promising Results In HIV Treatment
With continuous efforts to eradicate HIV being one of the world's long dreaded disease, how essential does nanotechnology's role can be? What's the truth behind claims that this new technique offers a new hope as it has induced positive results in HIV treatment? Could it be the answer to the disease? Find out what experts have to say
PrEP: The Hope For Chlamydia
Considering the continuous efforts to eradicate the problem in HIV which is primarily caused by sexually transmitted diseases, how effective can PrEP be? What's the truth behind claims that the use of PrEP can significantly reduce chlamydia and gonorrhea by up to 40 percent? Find out what health professionals have to say
PrEP For HIV: Raising Awareness; Could It Be The Cure For The Disease?
Considering that HIV has been and is still currently is one of the world’s most dreaded diseases, how essential is the use of PrEP? Could it possibly hold the key for cure that a lot of people have been waiting for? What’s the truth behind claims these claims? Find out what health professionals have to say
HIV Update: The 'HIV Conserv’ Vaccine And Its Promising Results
Considering the continuous efforts to eradicate the global health problem brought by HIV, what's the truth behind claims of a researcher about the so-called 'kick and kill' strategy by being a potential key for the long dreaded disease? How effective is this trial and what are the chances of being cured from the disease? Find out what experts have to say
MORE IN ITECHPOST
A simple, Yet Versatile, New Design for Chaotic Oscillating Circuitry Inspired by Prime Numbers
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have found a simple, yet highly versatile, way to generate "chaotic signals" with various features. The technique consists of interconnecting three "ring oscillators," effectively making them compete against each other while controlling their respective strengths and their linkages. The resulting device is rather small and efficient, thus suitable for emerging applications such as realizing wireless networks of sensors.
Tip Sheet: Recent Research on How DNA is Read and Copied
Two scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have unraveled aspects of how DNA organizes and preserves genetic information. Newly published research by Cynthia Wolberger, Ph.D., and James Berger, Ph.D., whose labs sit side by side, takes a closer look at how the puzzle pieces of DNA machinery fit together.