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  • Merck grants free license for pediatric HIV drug

    February 24, 2015 2:06 AM

    KENILWORTH, N.J. - Drugmaker Merck has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. The Medicines Patent Pool works with brand-name drugmakers to make their HIV medicines affordable... more »
  • HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

    July 22, 2014 2:05 AM

    There is more good news about the HIV treatment pills that are used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus. Researchers say that taking these prevention pills does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. The results come... more »
  • Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed

    July 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    JACKSON, Fla. - A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for several years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might... more »
  • Fighting back against HIV/AIDS in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - HIV and AIDS continues to be a major problem in Baton Rouge, but the organizers of the Summer Health Jam want to change that. Rodney Blueford, who's lived with the deadly disease for more than three decades, stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the event.... more »
  • Men's Health Month with the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - June is Men's Health Month. In accordance, the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge is hosting a pair of events focusing on men's health. John F. Smith and Kathy Victorian stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the events. The first is a prostate... more »
  • HIV patients get temporary reprieve with lawsuit

    February 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has received assurances that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover costs. After receiving the pledge that no payments would be rejected before April 1, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson... more »
  • La. HIV patients have difficulty getting insurance

    February 19, 2014 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People in Louisiana with HIV or AIDS are facing roadblocks in getting health insurance through the online marketplace created under the federal health law. Most participating insurance companies say they won't accept payment from a federal program that helps the patients cover their health costs. The decision started... more »
  • Rev. Al Sharpton coming to BR at end of month

    February 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Reverend Al Sharpton will visit Baton Rouge at the end of February to discuss AIDS and HIV as a civil rights issue. It's part of a nationwide town hall effort from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation with local clergy and politicians. The Baton Rouge meeting will... more »
  • 18 arrested for selling sex, one for exposing people to AIDS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Eighteen people were booked into parish prison Friday, charged with selling sex on the streets. The FBI participated in the roundup with city police and sheriff's deputies. The federal agency would not release specific details, only saying more would be released Monday about the arrests and a... more »
  • Push continues for HIV testing in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Millicent Foster is all smiles as she tells a story that would bring most people to tears. "I got to where I couldn't stand up on my feet. I started having this fluid draining from the pores of my skin and my scalp. I lost all of... more »
  • Free HIV tests offered in Baton Rouge

    June 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge residents can get free HIV testing on Saturday and Thursday, which is National HIV Testing Day. The Advocate reports that on Saturday the tests can be taken from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kernan Park Health Fair, 333 Kernan Ave. On Thursday, tests will... more »
  • Shedding light on HIV and AIDS in Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today the director of the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, or HAART, helped shed some light on the disease. Executive Director Timothy Young talked about why Baton Rouge leads the country in cases per capita. He says one reason why it's high is because these... more »
  • Report: Baton Rouge second in HIV cases

    January 17, 2013 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the Baton Rouge metro area ranks second among major United States metro areas for new HIV infection diagnoses. The report, released Jan. 10, is based on 2010 data of all U.S. metropolitan areas with more... more »
  • New push for people to get tested for HIV check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge ranks first in the country for the number of AIDS cases per capita. Out of every 100,000 people in the capital city, 33 have AIDS. Patricia Ross, is taking action to make sure she does not become part of the statistic. "I have been... more »
  • AIDS activist: Government needs to be more inolved check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 1, 2012 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- AIDS cases are on the rise nationwide, and Baton Rouge continues to rank number-one in the U. S. for cases per capita. Some are asking why more isn't being done on the governmental level to deal with the crisis. A.J. Johnson, founder of the Baton Rouge AIDS... more »
  • Gov't: says only 1 in 4 have HIV under control

    July 27, 2012 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON- New government data shows only a quarter of Americans with the AIDS virus have the infection under control. Young people and blacks are least likely to get effective care. That's slightly lower than previous estimates, and means more than 800,000 people aren't benefiting from life-saving drugs that also would... more »
  • FDA approves first rapid, take home HIV test

    July 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. The OraQuick test from Orasure is designed to detect the presence of HIV using a mouth swab within 20 minutes.... more »
  • Free, confidential HIV testing in Baton Rouge today

    June 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's National HIV Testing Day, and the Baton Rouge AIDS Society wants to provide the opportunity for people to take part. The society is offering free and confidential testing until midnight tonight. It's the eighth year they have held the testing, and their goal is to... more »
  • Baton Rouge HIV testing advocate skeptical about at home tests

    May 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - People may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their own homes. However some advocates for more HIV/AIDS testing feel it may not be a good idea. "While it's great that more people would be get tested;... more »
  • FDA panel backs first pill to block HIV infection

    May 11, 2012 7:42 AM

    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the Food and Drug... more »
  • FDA favors first drug for HIV prevention

    May 8, 2012 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal drug regulators affirmed that a landmark study showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill already on the market can also help people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss whether Truvada should... more »
  • US report: HIV rate down in needle-drug users

    March 1, 2012 11:03 AM

    ATLANTA- There's some good news from the AIDS front: Fewer needle drug users are testing positive for HIV. U.S. health officials say the rate has dropped by half since the 1990s. The decline may be related to a growth in needle exchange programs. More than 10,000 drug users in 30... more »
  • SU to hold national black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    February 1, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in the Center for Social Research will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. There will be lectures, demonstrations and powerful testimonials at the free event set for Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Royal... more »
  • DHH offers free HIV tests at Bayou Classic

    November 22, 2011 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Bayou Classic fans are being encouraged to take a free HIV test while in New Orleans for the annual football matchup between arch rivals Southern University and Grambling State. The game between the two predominantly black colleges will be played Saturday at the Superdome. Kickoff... more »
  • LSU doctor gets $9M to develop pneumonia vaccine

    October 23, 2011 9:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Institutes of Health is giving an LSU doctor about $9 million over five years for work toward a vaccine against a major cause of pneumonia in people who have HIV. Dr. Judd Shellito of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans - says pneumocystitis is the... more »
  • New HIV case causes LA porn industry shutdown

    August 30, 2011 1:06 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A porn industry group says an adult film performer has tested positive for HIV, resulting in a production moratorium in Southern California while the organization investigates to see if the virus has spread. Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke told The Los Angeles Times on... more »
  • Gene Therapy offers Hope in Cure for AIDS

    February 28, 2011 7:17 PM

    Scientists say they used genetic engineering in six patients to develop blood cells that are resistant to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. They report encouraging results in an experiment that deletes a gene that allows the virus to infect blood cells. The concept is based on a... more »
  • Airman Pleads for Benefits

    January 19, 2011 8:00 PM

    An Air Force sergeant who is HIV positive was court martialed for having unprotected sex and not informing his partners begged a military judge to let him keep his benefits he needs to stay alive. Tech Sgt. David Gutierrez says he thanks God everyday none of his sexual partners contracted... more »
  • Air Force Sex case

    January 18, 2011 7:33 PM

    The lawyer for a member of the Air Force accused of having unprotected sex with multiple partners without telling them he was HIV positive layed out his case by attacking the science of the disease. He says the latest research shows what Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez did does not amount... more »
  • Free HIV tests for fans at Bayou Classic

    November 24, 2010 2:07 PM

    Bayou Classic fans will be able to get a little more than a football game in New Orleans on Saturday. The state health department is giving free tests for the AIDS virus. It's part of a daylong health fair outside the Superdome, where Southern and Grambling will be... more »
  • Pope: Condoms okay, abstinence better

    November 21, 2010 9:48 AM

    VATICAN CITY- The Vatican on Sunday cautioned that there is nothing "revolutionary" in Pope Benedict XVI's startling assertion that condom use in exceptional circumstances can be a responsible act in the fight against the spread of HIV. The Holy See's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement... more »
  • Study: 1 in 5 urban gay and bisexual men have HIV

    September 23, 2010 11:30 AM

    A government study found one in five sexually active gay and bisexual men is infected with HIV, and nearly half of those infected don't know they have the disease. The study is considered the largest to look at urban gay and bisexual men at high risk for HIV, the... more »
  • LSU studying marijuana's influence on HIV

    July 8, 2010 5:41 AM

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded a $4 million grant to an LSU Health Sciences researcher for a five-year study on how the principal psychoactive component of marijuana can affect HIV patients. Dr. Patricia Molina will lead a team examining how the substance produces subtle changes in gene activity... more »
  • Police suspect man of exposing others to HIV

    March 18, 2010 8:19 AM

    Police in Shreveport say a man infected with the virus that causes AIDS has been arrested and accused of knowingly exposing someone else to the virus. Quacy L. Francis was arrested Thursday morning on a warrant in relation to one instance of HIV exposure. Investigators are looking for others who... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Feb. 23

    February 23, 2010 5:46 PM

    A dangerous combination of drugs for HIV patients, antidepressants during pregnancy, healthy frozen meals and dental care for children are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Feb. 15

    February 15, 2010 5:38 PM

    A drug that may slow the progression of HIV, mercury in canned tuna, and health risks linked to smoking pipes and cigars are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Funds for HIV/AIDS testing in La. fall short

    December 1, 2009 5:52 PM

    "Get Tested" is the mantra of a Baton Rouge group trying to raise awareness about the AIDS virus. Baton Rouge ranks third, nationwide, for AIDS in large metropolitan areas. 240 of almost 900 new AIDS cases state-wide are from the Baton Rouge area. Baton Rouge also accounts for almost 300... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Dec. 1

    December 1, 2009 5:47 PM

    AIDS awareness, bacteria in chicken, and how to much exercise can put you at risk for osteoarthritis are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • S. Africa makes changes to AIDS policies on World Aids Day

    December 1, 2009 9:50 AM

    On World Aids Day, the President of South Africa has announced an eagerly awaited shift in the country's AIDS policies. More people live with AIDS there than in any other country. South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing. After a plea from President Jacob Zuma, the... more »
  • Kids with HIV, Alzheimers, stroke treatment

    August 28, 2009 1:16 PM

    Kids with HIV, Alzheimers, stroke treatment are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »

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