HIV

Goats and Soda
7:44 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Happy Marriage, A Terrible Secret, A Healthy Baby

She's a mother talking to another mother — and both are HIV-positive. That's the mentoring role played by Phelokazi Tinzi, who works for mothers2mothers in South Africa.
Anders Kelto NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 6:08 am

Phelokazi Tinzi met the man of her dreams at a barbecue.

She was 28 years old, and visiting her cousin in Cape Town, when her future husband approached her. "He told me I was beautiful, but I thought he was just saying that to every girl," she said. But she gave him a chance – and her phone number. A few weeks later, they were engaged.

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Public Health
3:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

King County Orders HIV-Positive Man To Stop Infecting Partners

Marcie Sillman speaks with SeattlePI.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen about why King County Public Health officials decided to place an HIV-positive man under court supervision.

RadioActive Youth Media
11:16 am
Thu September 4, 2014

A Death Sentence Turns Into A Call Of The Wild

Leo Egashira in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Courtesy of Leo Egashira

Leo Egashira, 60, is no stranger to death. He once saw his life flash before him when chased by a thousand-pound muskox in Greenland.

However, he had an even scarier encounter when he received an HIV diagnosis back in 1992. The life-changing event fostered his appreciation of the outdoors.

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HIV Research
2:58 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'We Are Always Learning': HIV Researcher On The Hope Of Finding A Cure For HIV

Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
Flickr Photo/Michael Fleshman (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who is credited with discovering the HIV virus in 1983, about the early days of HIV/AIDS research, and why she's hopeful that a cure can be found. She won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for her work on the HIV virus.

RadioActive Youth Media
9:59 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Don't Stop 'Til You Reach The Summit

Leo Egashira backpacking in Grand Teton, Wyoming.
Courtesy of Leo Egashira

Join Esa Tilija and Meghan O'Kelley for an inspiring podcast about individuality and living life to the fullest. Meghan shares how autistic high schooler Lorenzo learned to express himself through an unconventional hobby: impersonating Michael Jackson. Esa tells the story of how Leo, an avid backpacker, got a life-changing diagnosis that served as a call to truly live.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Public Health
2:49 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

HIV In King County: Infection Rates Dropping For Men Who Have Sex With Men

An empty HIV test vial.
Flickr Photo/Wheeler Cowperthwaite (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Matthew Golden about HIV infection rates in King County. Golden directs the HIV/STD control program at King County Public Health.

Behavior Counseling
8:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Behavior Changes From Patients And Doctors Recommended For HIV Prevention

Gay City Health Project in Seattle.
Credit Wikimedia

In the campaign to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections, counselors like Chief Odood are on the frontlines.

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Safe Sex
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The HIV Prevention Pill No One is Taking

Truvada, a daily blue pill, is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.
Flickr Photo/felix.castor (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Shaun Knittel, associate editor at Seattle Gay News and founder of Social Outreach Seattle, about why few people in the gay community are taking Truvada, a pill that when taken daily is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.

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Global Health
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Far We've Come In 30 Years Of HIV Research

Flickr Photo/Jon Rawlinson (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Mitchell Warren about the breakthroughs and challenges of HIV prevention over the last 30 years. Warren is the executive director of AVAC, an international non-governmental organization that works on HIV prevention.

Warren said that one of the greatest breakthroughs in HIV-AIDS prevention was the rise of the citizen activism that pushed for funding, creativity and urgency in research. "AIDS really changed how research happened," he said. "Science changed because communities ‘acted up.’"

Public Health
3:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

How Twitter Could Help Prevent HIV Infections

Flickr Photo/West McGowan (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with UCLA professor Sean Young about his new study that links language used in tweets with high rates of HIV infection.

Health News
8:53 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Second Baby Cleared Of HIV. Rare Event, Or Hope For Others?

While not conclusive, the two cases are "quite promising," says Anthony Fauci, a longtime AIDS researcher who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:01 am

In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl — now 9 months old — from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral drugs. But researchers who described her case at an AIDS meeting in Boston this week say advanced testing suggests that she is HIV-negative.

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Global Health
12:15 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

UN Report: New HIV Infections Down By One-Third

Flickr Photo/anqa

In the global fight against HIV/AIDS, there's some very good news. According to a new report from the United Nations, the number of new HIV infections are down by nearly one-third over the last decade. Among children new infections are down 52 percent. The number of AIDS-related deaths are also down.

What are the major factors driving this progress? And what barriers still need to be overcome? Katrina Ortblad is a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. She talks with David Hyde.

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Living With HIV
11:40 am
Tue June 18, 2013

HIV In King County: Demographics Differ From National Trend

HIV testing , awareness and acceptance are on the rise thanks in part to governmental programs and community organizations such as The Stigma Project.
Flickr Photo/The Stigma Project

 According to the most recent reports from King County, as of April of this year there are currently more than 7,000 people living with HIV, including AIDS cases, in King County. Those are just the reported cases. Most of the people with HIV in King County are white men between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. That is a different picture than AIDS cases nationally, where more than 50 percent of HIV and AIDS cases are people of color.

David Hyde discusses HIV with Dr. Matt Golden, Director of Public Health at the Seattle & King County HIV/STD Control Program. Plus, hear stories from people who have been diagnosed with HIV.

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Public Health
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

A health worker drops blood from a sample on an HIV test strip in San Salvador, June 25, 2010.
AP Photo/Luis Romero

Every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. That’s the recommendation from the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and researchers.

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Public Health
7:05 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

Katherine Tapp, 26, tries a rapid HIV test offered at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Washington, D.C., in June 2012. It's part of an effort to get more people screened.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:02 am

Everybody needs an HIV test, at least once.

That's the verdict from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has just joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a scrum of professional medical societies in calling for universal testing for the virus that causes AIDS.

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