National HIV Testing Day

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013

Activities:

Anacostia Metro Station
HIV Testing (Mobile Testing Unit)
Organizer: Whitman Walker Health
February 7; 12 PM – 3 PM

Bachelor’s Mill
1104 8th Street, SE
HIV Testing (Mobile Testing Unit)
Organizer: Whitman Walker Health
February 7; 10 PM – 12:30 PM

Balancing Acts: Tales of Triumph, Trials, and Errors
Theatrical performances in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Sitar Arts Center (in the de Laski Theater located directly off 16th Street)
1700 Kalorama Road, NW
Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door
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Organizer: Brave Soul Collective with support from the DC Center and
                  Us Helping Us
February 8 and 9; 8 PM

Carl Vogel Center
1012 14th Street, NW
HIV Testing
Orgainzer: Carl Vogel Center

Elizabeth Taylor Medical Facility
1701 14th Street, NW
HIV Testing -  No Appointment Needed
Organizer: Whitman Walker Health
February 7; 10 PM – 12:30 PM

Max Robinson Center
2301 Marin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
HIV Testing -  No Appointment Needed
Organizer: Whitman Walker Health
February 7; 10 PM – 12:30 PM

The Woodrow Wilson Poetry Club at BloomBars
Open Mic Nite
3222 11th Street, NW
Poetry and HIV Testing
Organizer: The Women’s Collective
February 7; 8 PM – 10:30 PM

U.S. baby's apparent cure from HIV raises hope, new questions

(Reuters) - The remarkable case of a baby being cured of HIV infection in the United States using readily available drugs has raised new hope for eradicating the infection in infants worldwide, but scientists say it will take a lot more research and much more sensitive diagnostics before this hope becomes a reality.

In a medical first for an infant, the Mississippi toddler was born in July 2010 infected with HIV, treated within 30 hours of delivery with aggressive HIV therapy, which continued for 18 months. She is now considered cured of her infection, a team of researchers led by Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a news conference at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta on Sunday.

"From a clinical perspective, this means that if you can get an infected baby on to antiretroviral drugs immediately after delivery, it's going to be possible to prevent or reverse the infection - essentially cure the baby," said Dr. Steven Deeks, an HIV/AIDS researcher at the University of California at San Francisco who is attending the conference, where the case was presented to researchers on Monday.

Deeks and others hailed the findings as a great advance in the search for a cure in babies born infected with HIV. But the researchers said they also suggest the need for better ways to diagnose HIV infection, a process that typically takes up to six weeks.

"This could have a profound effect on how we approach babies born to HIV-infected moms," Deeks said.

Treatment of HIV-infected mothers before delivery is the best way to prevent HIV infection of infants, experts say, but even in resource-rich countries such as the United States, 100 to 200 babies are born each year infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Worldwide, especially in developing countries, as many as 1,000 babies are born infected each day. For these children, the findings could have a major impact on the "terrible burden of HIV infection throughout the world," Fauci said.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, said the news "gives us great hope that a cure for HIV in children is possible," but it also underscores the need for research and innovation, "especially in the area of early diagnostics."

Fauci said the child's case was an important "proof of concept," but he cautioned that it was only one case and it needs to be further validated.

"The real question is will this be broadly applicable to other infants?" he said.

Fauci said there is a risk that without better diagnostics, children who were never infected in the first place could be exposed to toxic drugs with very early treatment.

In the case of the Mississippi girl, Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, made the call to treat the child with HIV drugs even before her infection was confirmed because she believed the child was at such great risk of infection. Had she been wrong, the therapy would have been stopped.

"Since the mother had really been at such high risk of transmitting to the baby, they decided to treat on square one," said Fauci, as opposed to giving the child a lower, preventative dose of drugs until test results confirm an infection.

"The approach of treating really, really early needs to be pursued," he said. "When we get better diagnostics where we can tell within the first day or so whether the baby is infected, an approach like this looks like it might be a reasonable thing to pursue with the appropriate clinical trials."

Fauci said it is not time to change treatment protocols for infants who are born infected. "It's a single case. We've got to be careful about that."

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Jilian Mincer and Douglas Royalty)

RubberRevolutionDC.com has Gone Mobile

RubberRevolutionDC.com, the website that allows DC residents to find and order free condoms, has taken the step to make its site resources easily available to mobile device users with the launch of its mobile website.

Visitors who view the website from mobile devices, such as their smartphone, will be automatically redirected to the mobile site where the site layout and functionality will adjust to fita smaller screen. In addition to being able to order condoms for delivery, mobile users can find free condom distribution locations from their current location. Other popular site features, including the Condom University, Quizzes and Spanish language pages, will also be available via the mobile site.

RubberRevolutionDC.com is a condom use and education website that serves to augment the DC Condom Distribution Program. The DC Condom Distribution Program in the DC Dept. of Health HIV/AIDS Administration aims to increase condom availability and education in the District of Columbia. The goal is to reach 3 million free condoms per year. The District is one of only two cities in the country with a large scale public sector condom distribution program.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2012
Getting to Zero:
Zero new HIV infections.
Zero discrimination.
Zero AIDS related deaths.
What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show its support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The first one was held in 1988.Globally it is estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds us all that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

The Current state of HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia

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