AIDS http://www.kplu.org en Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad http://www.kplu.org/post/public-health-crusader-and-college-student-talk-sex-aids-and-what-makes-them-mad <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154995614&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>Bob Wood and Carolyn Wortham sat opposite each other in the KPLU studio, separated by a generation during which a whole lot had happened.</p><p>Between the time that Dr. Wood took up arms against the AIDS epidemic and when Wortham took on the same fight, the illness has gone from mysterious killer to manageable condition. The battlefield had moved, to some extent, from urban gay neighborhoods to the developing world.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17244 at http://www.kplu.org Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-wants-make-safe-sex-more-fun <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introduction.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Grand Challenges Explorations</a>&nbsp;program. One of the goals for this round is to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/NextGenerationCondomRound11.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">develop a better condom</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">“It is a bit unusual,” said Stephen Ward, the program officer with the Gates Foundation administering the project.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:10:27 +0000 Tom Paulson 7958 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun Seattle bucks the national trend on HIV rates http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-bucks-national-trend-hiv-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A resurgence of AIDS among young men nationally is raising alarm bells – but not in the King County area.&nbsp; Local health officials say outreach efforts here could be a model for how the rest of the country can keep the AIDS epidemic under control.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:17:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7238 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle bucks the national trend on HIV rates Two More Nearing AIDS 'Cure' After Bone Marrow Transplants, Doctors Say http://www.kplu.org/post/two-more-nearing-aids-cure-after-bone-marrow-transplants-doctors-say The so-called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/18/156988650/hiv-cure-is-closer-as-patients-full-recovery-inspires-new-research">Berlin patient</a> is famously the only person in the world who has been cured of HIV. But he may soon have company.<p>Two people in Boston also seem to be free of HIV after undergoing bone marrow transplants for cancer, just as the Berlin patient did five years ago. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:10:43 +0000 Richard Knox 5735 at http://www.kplu.org Two More Nearing AIDS 'Cure' After Bone Marrow Transplants, Doctors Say Why 'the Berlin Patient' is NOT heralding the end of AIDS http://www.kplu.org/post/why-berlin-patient-not-heralding-end-aids <p>Even though the AIDS epidemic is still spreading, the disease is not killing as many people as it used to, because of new drugs. And that&#39;s emboldened many leading AIDS researchers and policymakers to talk about ending the epidemic in the next few years.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5699 at http://www.kplu.org Why 'the Berlin Patient' is NOT heralding the end of AIDS AIDS 2012: Bill Gates skeptical of ending AIDS anytime soon http://www.kplu.org/post/aids-2012-bill-gates-skeptical-ending-aids-anytime-soon <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The International AIDS Conference, a mega-meeting of more than 20,000&nbsp;people, has opened here to fanfare, protests, calls to action and (overly?) ambitious proclamations aimed at fighting complacency.</p><p>The world&rsquo;s biggest AIDS conference has returned to the U.S. &ndash; to a city with HIV infection rates comparable to some African nations &ndash; after 22 years of &lsquo;separation&rsquo; due to our government&rsquo;s ban against HIV-infected visitors. The Obama Administration repealed the travel ban in 2010.</p><p>It appears to be a critical moment for the global response to AIDS. The theme of <a href="http://www.aids2012.org/">AIDS 2012 </a>is &ldquo;Turning the Tide Together.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/aids-2012-bill-gates-skeptical-of-ending-aids-anytime-soon/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:28:31 +0000 Tom Paulson 5679 at http://www.kplu.org AIDS 2012: Bill Gates skeptical of ending AIDS anytime soon The Seattle science that led to FDA approval of HIV-prevention drug http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-science-led-fda-approval-hiv-prevention-drug <p>The FDA today approved the first drug, known as Truvada, for preventing HIV in people at high risk of infection due to &lsquo;discordance&rsquo; &ndash; science lingo for being HIV negative but having a sex partner who is HIV positive.<br /><br />Seattle scientists played a critical role in demonstrating the drug&rsquo;s effectiveness in Kenya and Uganda studies.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/the-seattle-science-that-led-to-fda-approval-of-hiv-prevention-drug/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:58:34 +0000 Tom Paulson 5597 at http://www.kplu.org The Seattle science that led to FDA approval of HIV-prevention drug Traces Of Virus In Man Cured Of HIV Trigger Scientific Debate http://www.kplu.org/post/traces-virus-man-cured-hiv-trigger-scientific-debate Top AIDS scientists are scratching their heads about new data from the most famous HIV patient in the world — at least to people in the AIDS community.<p>Timothy Ray Brown, known as <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/unofficial-prognosis/2012/06/12/three-bizarre-tales-of-medical-survivors-and-what-they-can-and-cannot-teach-us-about-medicine/">the Berlin patient</a>, is thought to be the first patient ever to be cured of HIV infection.<p>Brown, 45, had two bone marrow transplants in Berlin in 2007 and 2008 to treat leukemia that is apparently unrelated to his HIV infection. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:51:16 +0000 Richard Knox 5263 at http://www.kplu.org Traces Of Virus In Man Cured Of HIV Trigger Scientific Debate Was a homosexual life as public before WW2 as now? http://www.kplu.org/post/was-homosexual-life-public-ww2-now <p>Right now the Tacoma Art Museum is the only place on the West Coast where you can see the controversial exhibit, <a href="https://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/Page.aspx?nid=398"><em>Hide-Seek, Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.</em></a></p><p>The show covers nearly 150 years of art from the gay and lesbian perspective. It also&nbsp;explores the theory that the gay and straight worlds intermingled more freely before World War II.</p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 4533 at http://www.kplu.org Was a homosexual life as public before WW2 as now? Study: Gates-backed project prevented 100,000 HIV infections in India http://www.kplu.org/post/study-gates-backed-project-prevented-100000-hiv-infections-india <p>A $258 million initiative sponsored by the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at preventing AIDS in India appears to have paid off overall, researchers say, resulting in more than <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gCGJgvoZfPHHdzILENxn0kG0zYCg?docId=CNG.5ed04d1baff27d7f8b8b8dc2ad37b51b.141" target="_blank">100,000 fewer new HIV infections </a>over five years.</p><p>Many aren&rsquo;t quite ready to judge this project, <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/avahan/Pages/overview.aspx" target="_blank">Avahan,</a> a success, however.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/10/gates-backed-aids-project-in-india-prevented-100000-hiv-infections-study-says/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:21:14 +0000 Tom Paulson 2872 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Gates-backed project prevented 100,000 HIV infections in India Botswana: An African success story in the fight against AIDS http://www.kplu.org/post/botswana-african-success-story-fight-against-aids <p>The southern African nation of Botswana has one of the world&rsquo;s highest rates of HIV infection and yet is also widely considered one of the big success stories in the fight against AIDS.</p><p>On Tuesday, at a Seattle event sponsored by the World Affairs Council, former Botswanan President Festus Gontebanye Mogae spoke and took questions from an audience of several hundred people at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/06/botswana-an-african-success-story-in-the-fight-against-aids/">Read more</a></strong>.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:11:58 +0000 Tom Paulson 1978 at http://www.kplu.org Botswana: An African success story in the fight against AIDS Thirty years of AIDS in Washington, USA http://www.kplu.org/post/thirty-years-aids-washington-usa <p>Thirty years ago this month, the first cases of AIDS were identified by the medical community. It was still a mystery disease. A strange form of pneumonia was striking young men in Los Angeles. Since then, the epidemic has been a dramatic roller-coaster of death, disease, politics and what some people call the greatest medical success story of the past half century.&nbsp;</p><p><em>(This interactive timeline is from the federal AIDS.gov website. Click and scroll for dates and highlights.)</em></p><p><iframe border="0" frameborder="0" height="555" id="aidsframe" src="http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/overview/aids-timeline/embed.html" title="A Timeline of AIDS, presented by AIDS.gov" width="480"></iframe></p><p><script type="text/javascript"> var obj = document.getElementById("aidsframe"); obj.style.position = "relative"; obj.style.left = "-40px"; </script></p><p>I sat down with Dr. Bob Wood, one of the most prominent local faces of AIDS and the fight to contain it, to discuss the highlights and low points. You can listen to the interview by clicking on &quot;Audio.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1776 at http://www.kplu.org Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue http://www.kplu.org/post/cancer-joins-aids-malaria-global-health-issue <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958886.mp3</p><p>The fight against diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has made Seattle a center for global health.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, increasingly, the battle is including cancer -- which might seem ridiculously impossible.&nbsp; Isn&rsquo;t it hard enough to fight infectious diseases in poor countries? Can we afford to start talking about the diseases like cancer, which we still struggle with in the United States?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:25:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1041 at http://www.kplu.org Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue Feds deny funding to UW health project in Mozambique http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-deny-funding-uw-health-project-mozambique <p>The Obama Administration says it wants to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.modernizingforeignassistance.org/blog/2011/01/20/shah-introduces-the-%E2%80%98modern-development-enterprise%E2%80%99/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">re-invent foreign aid</a>&nbsp;and one of its mantras is to increase “country ownership” of the programs it funds for improving health and welfare in poor countries.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Given this, it came as a shock to Dr. Stephen Gloyd and others at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.healthallianceinternational.org/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">UW’s Health Alliance International&nbsp;</a>(HAI) when the government basically pulled the plug on a long-running AIDS health care project in Mozambique that is, or was anyway, widely regarded as a model of doing just that.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">“It’s ironic given their goal of wanting to strengthen local governance,” said Gloyd, director at HAI.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/02/feds-deny-funding-to-uw-health-project-in-mozambique/">Read More</a></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 19:31:26 +0000 Tom Paulson 715 at http://www.kplu.org Feds deny funding to UW health project in Mozambique HIV cases stay steady, predominantly gay http://www.kplu.org/post/hiv-cases-stay-steady-predominantly-gay <p>The number of people getting newly infected with HIV has stayed steady in Washington since 2005.&nbsp; There are about 570 new cases a year.&nbsp; Most of those – 63% -- are gay and bisexual men.&nbsp; The Washington Department of Health says those numbers justify changes in how it distributes funding, starting in January.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 19:43:59 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 252 at http://www.kplu.org