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HRSA Announces Highest HIV Viral Suppression Rate in New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Client-Level Data Report
A new report released today by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that clients receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program medical care were virally suppressed at a record level – 85.9 percent – in 2017. This means people living with HIV who take medication daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. Read more here.
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Gay and Bisexual Teen Males No More Likely than Heterosexual Teen Males to Engage in Several Sexual Risk Behaviors; Still at Substantially Higher Risk of HIV Infection
The report highlights:
- Evidence to suggest there are no significant differences in several HIV-related risk behaviors among U.S. male students in ninth through 12th grades who identify as heterosexual, gay, or bisexual;
- Gay and bisexual teens at higher risk of injection drug use; and
- the need for multiple-pronged prevention strategies.
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HIV and Smoking: Looking at the Impact
Treatments for HIV have advanced in the United States, where individuals who are living with HIV can expect to live as long as those who are not affected by the chronic condition. However, this gain is severely compromised among those with HIV who smoke. Smoking can diminish the help of healthy white blood cells, which are already jeopardized by the impact of HIV on the immune system, and contribute to inflammatory responses. As a result, mortality rates for HIV-positive individuals who smoke are significantly higher than smoking or HIV alone. To learn more about the intersection of HIV and smoking and how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are making an effort to address smoking in this population, read the full article here.
Check out the CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign targeting efforts to urge individuals living with HIV/AIDS to stop smoking and meet Brian.
As a result of smoking and living with HIV, Brian suffered a stroke at the age of 43, requiring him to have surgery on the artery in his neck. Now he is hoping that his story will help others quit smoking, especially among those who like him are living with HIV. To read more about Brian and his full story click here.
(Photo: CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign. CDC.gov)