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Study: HIV rates in black community as much as three times higher than whites

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An Emory study presented today at the International Conference on AIDS, currently being held in Washington, D.C., shows “greatly” elevated rates of new HIV infections among African-American gay and bisexual men.

The study focused on six cities across the U.S.:  Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Black men who have sex with men contracted HIV at a rate of 2.3 percent per year, or nearly 50 percent higher than in white men who have sex with men in the U.S.

The study goes on to state that young black men, 30 and younger, contract HIV at an annual rate of 5.9 percent, or roughly three times that of young white men who have sex with men.

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Increased retention in HIV programs part of new guidelines

Dr. Carlos del Rio

Despite an emphasis on greater HIV testing over the past two decades, an AIDS physicians association is calling for not only more testing, but better follow up to get people who are HIV positive into treatment programs.

On March 5, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) issued a new set of guidelines that challenges how the medical establishment gets people into treatment programs and keeps them enrolled.

“These guidelines are the foundation of an evolving blueprint that practitioners and health systems can use as a resource to improve entry into and retention in HIV care as well as adherence to HIV treatments,” said Dr. Melanie Thompson, co-chair of the IAPAC Panel in a press release issued by IAPAC. Thompson is also Principal Investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA).

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Emory University receives $26 million to study AIDS vaccine

Emory University shines in new LGBT campus indexEmory University has received a $26 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, according to a media release issued today by the university. The Emory Consortium for AIDS Vaccine Research in Nonhuman Primates will focus on preventing the earliest stages of infection in the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a disease similar to AIDS found only in primates, in a 5-year study.

Most SIV infections occur via mucous membranes through sexual contact. The study will attempt to develop an effective vaccine to block such infections at mucosal sites, according to the university.

The study will be led by Eric Hunter, PhD, co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research.

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Anti-gay states may be hazardous to your health

Dr. Abbie Goldberg says anti-gay laws affect health of LGBT persons

Same-sex couples with adopted children living in states with anti-gay adoption laws and attitudes had more mental health issues in their first year of parenthood than couples with adopted children living in more accepting states, a new study has found.

In addition, same-sex couples with adopted children who perceived higher support from their family and workplace and lived in more gay-friendly neighborhoods reported better mental health than those who did not.

While the results may seem like common sense, this is the first study to examine changes in depression and anxiety across the first year of adoptive parenthood in same-sex couples. It is also the first study to examine mental health among new gay male parents, either adoptive or biological.