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Pima County to offer PrEP meds to 'significantly reduce' odds of 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»

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Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona

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»

Do I need a COVID-19 booster shot? 6 questions answered on how to stay protected

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»

Immunosuppressed people grapple with returning to work

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»

CDC tackles COVID booster shots for immunocompromised

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»

Spreading vaccine fears - and cashing in

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»

As blood donations fell, FDA eased rules to roll up a sleeve and give

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»

Arizona researchers intend to play key roles in defeating COVID-19

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»

Epidemic nonsense: Tucson TV station claims '1 in 4 Latinos have HIV'

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

Syringe program for addicts operates in legal gray area as debate continues

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»

Immigrant song: Venezuelan HIV/AIDS victims provide insight into life in a collapsing economy

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

3 days of free screening lead up to National HIV Testing Day

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»

Many women unaware how health law benefits them

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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Raising money in style: Fashion show benefits SAAF

The 11th Annual Möda Provŏcateūr show, benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, will feature Tucson fashion designers, salons and dancers at the Tucson Convention Center on Sunday.... Read more»

Marana dental patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis

Patients of T Dental Clinic may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis or other infectious diseases before the Marana dental clinic closed nearly three years ago. The Health Department is working to contact 174 patients seen at the clinic between January and July 2010. The dentist who operated the clinic had twice been disciplined for minor infractions.... Read more»

County family planning, STD clinics extending hours

Two Pima County Health Department programs will extend their operating hours and update their services beginning in March.... Read more»

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