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How is Houston Engaging the Community on HIV Education?

Posted on · On Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017), the Houston Health Department is co-hosting an HIV symposium with Baylor College of Medicine. Officials say the goal is to present the newest scientific findings in a way that’s more accessible and easier to understand. We talk with Dr. Jessica Davila from Baylor College of Medicine. She’s presenting research looking […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze: Monday’s Show (January 30, 2017)

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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35 Years: Houstonians Affected by HIV/AIDS and Their Historical Accounts

Posted on · Today (Dec. 1, 2016) is World AIDS Day, a new oral history project has been launched to collect the stories of Houstonians affected by the disease. The oH Project (The Oral History Project) has been founded to collect, preserve, and make available the painful, heroic, and inspiring experiences of people impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston, […]

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Local Researcher Continues Work on HIV-Prevention Drug

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his […]

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HIV Prevention Drug, and Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us: Tuesday’s Show (November, 29 2016)

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his research […]

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How Planned Parenthood’s Loss of HIV Grant Impacts Health Community 

Posted on · Perhaps lost amid the news a few weeks back that a Harris County grand jury had cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of any wrongdoing in an abortion opponent’s undercover video sting was the decision by the state of Texas not to renew a long-term contract with the Houston clinic aimed at HIV prevention. As News […]

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Houston Doctor Recalls 30 Years Treating HIV/AIDS Patients, and Researching an HIV Vaccine

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, the international day of HIV/AIDS awareness and remembrance of those affected by the disease. Houston being home to the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, there is naturally research being done here regarding HIV/AIDS. Dr. Adan Rios is among those researching a potential HIV vaccine. He immigrated to Houston in 1982, just […]

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AIDS Research and the Year in Oil and Gas: Tuesday’s Show (December 1, 2015)

Posted on · According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.2 million Americans live today with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But that’s also the same number the World Health Organization says died from AIDS-related causes worldwide last year, a fact which underscores how – even as HIV has become a largely chronic disease […]

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Combating Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Harris County

Posted on · Some statistics can, at first blush, seem troubling. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Harris County has the eighth highest number of syphilis cases in the nation. But when you consider that Harris County is also the third most populous county in the country, the stat seems less alarming. Nevertheless, there are a […]

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The Challenges of Living With and Treating HIV/AIDS in Houston

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center, which meets the medical, psychological and social needs of Houstonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Thomas Street was the nation’s first free-standing HIV/AIDS treatment facility. We hear about the challenges of treating and preventing HIV/AIDS, from Thomas Street’s director, […]