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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia has had the nation’s highest rate of opioid drug addictions and drug overdose deaths. Now the state is wrestling with another, not entirely unrelated health emergency: one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. The surge, clustered primarily around the capital… Read More
Fewer than a third of the 220 counties deemed by the federal government as vulnerable to similar outbreaks have active syringe exchange programs which can stop the spread of the infection.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 71. The state Department of Health and Human Resources posted the figure on Monday, saying the virus has spread primarily among intravenous drug users. The cluster, tracked since January 2018, represents a drastic increase from the… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials say one person has died amid a spate of HIV cases in one county. Health Department spokeswoman Allison Adler confirmed the person who recently died was associated with an HIV cluster in Cabell County. The Register-Herald reports it’s unknown what the cause of death was. Charleston Area… Read More
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says people at high risk of being infected with HIV should be offered a daily pill containing antiretroviral medications. The drug’s cost remains a hurdle.
Christ Lutheran Church is proud to present a concert of local musical talent! Free-will offerings made at the concert will benefit Montaña de Luz, a faith-based organization dedicated to empowering children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. The concert will be followed by a plethora of hors d’oeuvres. Free parking is… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials are investigating an increase in HIV cases, mainly among intravenous drug users in Cabell County, but they haven’t detected an increase among drug users in Kanawha County. The coordinator of a Charleston-based HIV treatment program says there’s likely people with HIV in the area who haven’t been… Read More
British doctors report the apparent eradication of HIV from a patient who was undergoing treatment for cancer. It’s only the second time this has been accomplished, despite many attempts.
The Trump administration has a plan to end the spread of HIV in the U.S. in 10 years. HIV/AIDS advocates say it’s feasible but that the administration’s actions on health run counter to the goal.
In a room at the Letcher County Health Department in Whitesburg, Kentucky, about 20 people are learning how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication. Among them is 18-year-old Morgan Hopkins. An aspiring therapist, Hopkins said she wants to be ready with naloxone if someone overdoses around her. “You never know what you’re going… Read More
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams threw his support behind syringe exchange services as an important tool to address the Ohio Valley’s high risk of needle-borne disease associated with the opioid epidemic. Adams visited Florence, in northern Kentucky, for an event to encourage more people to get trained to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Dressed in a full,… Read More
Health officials in the Ohio Valley are investigating outbreaks of disease associated with needle drug use in what is emerging as a new public health threat from the region’s profound opioid addiction crisis. In northern Kentucky the health department is tracking a cluster of 43 recent HIV cases, about half of which are related to needle… Read More