The Trump administration has rejected efforts to equalize health care access and embraced discriminatory policies toward those most impacted by America’s HIV epidemic. Yet it has also launched one of the most ambitious and inspiring health initiatives of our time - assuming Congress funds it.
Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what's thought to be the world's first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ. If other donors with HIV come forward, it could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone.
Baltimore is among dozens of cities and states that the federal government will target to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. President Donald Trump mentioned the initiative in his State of the Union speech.
If current HIV diagnoses persist, approximately 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV. The rate is 1 in 4 for Latino men who have sex with men and 1 in 11 for white men who have sex with men. Why the discrepancy? Structural inequalities. The question is: W
Dr. Frederick W. Schaerf, a psychiatrist and former associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died July 14 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at his home in Fort Myers, Fla.
While HIV transmission has been significantly reduced over the past decades — especially among people who inject drugs— the recent national surge in opioid misuse threatens to reverse some of these gains. It is critical that that we utilize lessons learned from HIV to address this epidemic.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are planning to introduce legislation Wednesday that would require $10 billion a year in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis.
We have to adopt a pluralistic approach to curtail the mortality and ramifications emanating from this unrelenting opioid crisis. This fatal disease calls for various segments of our society form partnerships, with the goal of meeting drug users “where they’re at."
The six women who were nursing students at Harford Community College last semester and went to Narva, Estonia, to teach HIV prevention, had an opportunity this week to share their experiences with Bel Air town officials.
The Trump administration has reportedly commanded the CDC not to use seven words in next year’s budget documents: diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender, vulnerable. When I first read this mandate, I used a word that really shouldn't be used in such documents.
The new report is the latest measure of how well public health authorities are doing at boosting rates of early diagnosis and care for HIV — goals that will extend life expectancies for patients and reduce the virus’ spread.
Advertisements for the latest “Saw” movie — “Jigsaw,” set to hit theaters Oct. 27 — take aim at rules imposed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that ban most gay and bisexual men from donating blood. They've got a point: The current policy is stigmatizing discriminatory, and unnecessary.
NIH has lined up about 100 hospitals, academic centers and health facilities around the globe to hand out a pill called pitavastatin to HIV patients without signs of cardiovascular disease to see if it prevents heart troubles
With a sustained emphasis on prevention, detection and treatment, the nation's HIV epidemic could reach the beginning of the end in 2025, according to new projections from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
Historically, states of emergency have been used to order government agencies to implement emergency plans and alert citizens to change their normal behavior because of some imminent danger. In order to address Maryland's opioid emergency, unconventional but viable options such as safe consumption spaces must be considered — particularly when we have impressive data from 10 countries that currently operate nearly 100 safe consumptions spaces.
The years-long effort to build programs in developing parts of the world to combat HIV/AIDS got double boost this week at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology, where officials announced $138 million in new funding and creation of a new Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity.
Many of the people most at risk for contracting HIV in Baltimore know nothing about a drug that is 92 percent effective in preventing the virus, research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.
Prisons and jails can contribute to global epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, and prison inmates and jail detainees have higher rates of those diseases, according to research released Sunday by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Baltimore City Health Department has started "Baltimore in Conversation," an initiative by the city's health department to better understand the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and how obstacles they face affect health outcomes. The hope is that shared experiences will help foster better sexual health. Health officials also want to erase the stereotypes and stigma that others may have about the community.