Today is December 1st, also known as World AIDS Day. Established in 1988 this is a day of remembrance for all those we have lost to HIV and AIDS as well as a time to note how far we’ve come–plus how much further there is to go. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can of course lead… Continue reading World AIDS Day
Back when HIV and AIDS were first discovered in the 1980’s they were spoken of as something immensely scary. A virus with virtually no treatment, HIV was thought by many to be a death sentence once someone reached AIDS status. Decades later HIV and AIDS are treatable and can be considered chronic conditions that allow… Continue reading Treatable Doesn’t Equal Cured–A Need to Still be Safe in Regards to HIV Prevention
A common discussion regarding HIV is, “Why isn’t there a cure?” or, “When will there be a cure?” along with misinterpretations of certain cases such as, “Well, aren’t some people cured, like Magic Johnson, or that guy in Berlin?” The big question of, “Why isn’t there a cure?” basically comes down to HIV and its… Continue reading HIV and the Question of a Future Cure
HIV–the virus which causes AIDS–was first identified in 1983. While many people remember when HIV first was a topic of International discussion, that now was nearly two generations ago and many younger people who weren’t even born yet can struggle to understand the impact that HIV had on the world and continues to have. HIV… Continue reading Good Resources for Studying the History of HIV in a Cultural Context
Gonorrhea has previously been discussed on the blog and is known for how it can cause burning sensations as well as how if left untreated it can lead to infertility. Also known as, “The Clap,” there is new and troubling news about Gonorrhea. Essentially, the bacteria is getting, “Smarter,” and harder to treat. Now, Gonorrhea… Continue reading Troubling News about Gonorrhea Illustrates the Importance of Safer-Sex
Whenever you hear discussion of HIV you probably notice a lot of talk about, “CD4 Counts,” and, “Viral Loads.” If these terms make your head start spinning this post should help explain just what they are, and how they relate to one another. CD4 cells are a type of white blood cell found within all… Continue reading An Introduction to CD4 and Viral Load
We often will see talk of fetishes in the news, often in shocking or scary ways. You know, “Man with weird fetish caught doing such-and-such,” or, “Shocking fetish gets woman fired from job,” or something of that sort. This post hopes to discuss just what a fetish is and how often it is in fact… Continue reading Just What is a Fetish?