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The mobile clinic will make its debut this Friday.

A new mobile health clinic will be making its way to Pima County public libraries starting this Friday. Read more»

There were more than 107,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. last year, up more than 50% since 2019.

In dealing with the opioid crisis, the Biden administration is quietly embracing “harm reduction” — a controversial approach that could save thousands of lives but create a political firestorm because it appears to be giving up and accepting illegal drug use as normal. Read more»

A human T-cell, (blue) is attacked by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. The Pima County health department can help at-risk people from contracting HIV.

The Pima County Health Department is making Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis services available to prevent the transmission of HIV to people who may be at risk of exposure. Read more»

The nonprofit group Shot in the Dark offers safe injection kits at its needle exchange sites. The kits typically include clean needles, alcohol wipes, swabs and tourniquets. A law taking effect next month legalizes such programs, which research shows are effective in reducing the transmission of viral infections through dirty needles.

Arizona lawmakers in May passed legislation with bipartisan support legalizing syringe access programs, and Gov. Doug Ducey signed the measure days later. The law takes effect Sept. 28, 90 days after the June 30 conclusion of the legislative session. Read more»

All of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines induce a robust immune memory against the coronavirus. The vaccine teaches your immune system’s memory B cells to produce antibodies when you’re exposed to the virus.

As of August 2021, the FDA and CDC recommend adding a third shot to the COVID-19 vaccination course for people who are severely immunocompromised, and microbiology/infectious disease specialist William Petri answers some questions about booster shots. Read more»

The goal at the Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory (IMBL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis is to design the next generation of immunotherapeutics for applications in immune-related diseases.

Research showing how well vaccines protect those with weakened immune systems is limited. In part that’s because immunosuppressed people, who make up at least 3% of the U.S. population and include people with cancer, HIV and many chronic health conditions, were not included in the original clinical trials for the three COVID vaccines authorized for emergency use. Read more»

The push for a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for patients with certain immune conditions is not moving fast enough for some vaccine advisors, and other countries have already gone ahead with third-dose recommendations. Read more»

Films questioning mainstream medicine have raked in millions, and many now preach against the coronavirus shots.

As health officials continue the campaign to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, influencers are making millions by dealing doubt about the coronavirus vaccines while selling books, dietary supplements, essential oils and other unproven treatments. Read more»

After COVID-19 led to a sharp drop in blood donations and blood drives, officials with the Food and Drug Administration decided to proceed with changes they had been studying on restrictions to who can donate in order to help keep the blood supply stable.

The FDA in April eased a number of restrictions on blood donations in order to help blood banks across the nation keep up with the demand for blood. It came as infection concerns and stay-home orders were leading to widespread cancellations of blood drives and donation appointments. Read more»

David Engelthaler and other Arizona researchers are finding new information about COVID-19 through genomic sequencing of cases found in the state.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute announced the formation of the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union, dedicated to understanding the evolution and spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease. Read more»

Tucson TV station KGUN-9 breathlessly promoted a claim that "1 in every 4 Latinos are HIV positive and don't even know it" on Tuesday night. That's of course completely false. Read more» 1

Shot in the Dark volunteers work to provide drug users with clean needles, educational materials, treatment referrals and more in an effort to stop the spread of diseases that can come with needle sharing. They say they’re committed to the work, even though they operate in a legal gray area.

While the debate around laws that would allow clean needle exchange programs to operate legally in Arizona continues, one organization continues working in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease. Read more»

Emmanuel Linares holds up the condoms and lube that PROSA volunteers hand out at places frequented by prostitutes.

Venezuelan HIV/AIDS victims find life-saving treatment in Peru, relying on nonprofits to connect them to options. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias gets tested Thursday morning.

Community organizations across Tucson are offering free and confidential HIV testing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, marking the 21st annual National HIV Testing Day. In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it, while about nearly 16,000 across the state were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013. Read more»

A large number of women face significant barriers to health care, and while the health law will likely help them get services, some are unaware of the benefits already in effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more»

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