HIV infection

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 11.30.32 PMIf you are 40 or younger, it is virtually impossible to fully comprehend the absolute horror of what life was like when AIDS first made its appearance. The infection was so new, and the brutal way in which it killed HIV-infected people could have easily been a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel.

But, this wasn t science fiction. It was all too real. Before scientists was able to identify the pathogen and how learn how it was spread, it wasn't too much of a stretch to envision an end of the world scenarios. Yes it was that scary.

In 2010, Dr. Josh Bloom, the Director of...

hiv 2A recent study shows that early treatment for HIV results in a significant decrease in early illness and death.

"It's just more scientific evidence to back what we've been saying for a time now," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health which funded the trial.

The study involved more than 4,600 HIV-infected men and women in 35 countries...

942219_80229380Tattoos are a popular trend among young people and adults alike. According to the Harris Poll, their prevalence has increased over the past decade, climbing from about 15% five years ago to 21% in 2012. When comparing distinct age groups, statistics indicate that tattoos are most common in adults between the ages of 30-39 (38% have tattoos) Tattoos are also common in the 25-29 ages group (30% have tattoos) and the 40-49 age group (27 percent have tattoos), but...

hiv 2A San Francisco clinic is taking extraordinary measures to treat patients with acute HIV infection immediately after diagnosis as in, the very same day they test positive. Just hours after results are revealed, the patient is started on HIV medications, aiming to improve overall health and prevent the spread of the disease in the body.

It has been projected the program could cut infection rates in half over the next three years, with a goal of eventually utilizing this process to eradicate the infection...

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 2.00.55 PMUNAIDS report 2000: A decade ago, HIV/AIDS was regarded primarily as a serious health crisis. Estimates in 1991 predicted that in sub-Saharan Africa, by the end of the decade, 9 million people would be infected and 5 million would die a threefold underestimation ¦ There is now compelling evidence, presented in this report, that the trend in HIV infection will have a profound impact on future rates of...

Overview: Questions and Answers on AIDS in New York City

By Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan
President, ACSH

Question 1

In 1990, the New York City Department of Health estimated that there were 200,000 New Yorkers infected with the AIDS virus. Was that estimate on target?

Answer

Looking back with the benefit of 11 years of hindsight, we now know that the 200,000...

Yes
by Dr. Edgar J. Schoen

"Circumcision is like a substantial and well-secured annuity; every year of life you draw the benefits. Parents cannot make a better paying investment for their little boys." An 1891 book on the medical aspects of neonatal (newborn) circumcision included this statement by Dr. P. C. Remondino, a prominent California physician of the era. Now, over a century later, a burgeoning body of peer-reviewed reports in the scientific literature confirms that circumcision is an important preventive health measure.

That circumcision is protective against penile cancer and local infection (balanoposthitis) has long been known. Remondino was also aware that uncircumcised men have a higher likelihood of contracting sexually...