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FDA Approves Truvada as First Medication to Reduce HIV Risk in Healthy People

July 16, 2012 | 10:02 am

FDA Approves Truvada as First Medication to Reduce HIV Risk in Healthy People

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS. The agency approved Gilead Sciences’ pill Truvada as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, such […]

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June 26, 2012 | 4:42 pm

CDC to Offer Free HIV Test at Oakland Pharmacy

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ATLANTA (AP) — Getting an AIDS test at the drugstore could become as common as a flu shot or blood pressure check, if a new pilot program takes off. The $1.2 million program will offer the free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease […]

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FDA Panel EndorsesTruvada to Prevent HIV Infection in Healthy People

May 10, 2012 | 4:08 pm

FDA Panel EndorsesTruvada to Prevent HIV Infection in Healthy People

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From AP: A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended approval of the […]

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March 15, 2012 | 2:46 pm

Interview: SF’s Grant Colfax, New White House Head of AIDS Policy, On Living w/ the Disease

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Yesteday, Grant Colfax, the San Francisco Health Department’s Director of HIV Prevention, was appointed the new Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. In 2010, as part of a special feature on The California Report called “Living with the Virus,” Sarah Varney spoke with Dr. Colfax about the approach to treating what is now […]

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SF’s Director of HIV Prevention Tapped to Head Office of National AIDS Policy

March 14, 2012 | 2:53 pm

SF’s Director of HIV Prevention Tapped to Head Office of National AIDS Policy

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(AP) A San Francisco physician who oversaw the city’s efforts to prevent HIV infections has been named as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. President Barack Obama announced Dr. Grant Colfax‘s appointment as the White House AIDS czar on Wednesday. Colfax replaces Jeff Crowley, who left the position in December. As national director […]

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Prophylactic HIV Drug Would Be First to Be Taken By At Risk-But-Healthy Population

January 30, 2012 | 10:12 am

Prophylactic HIV Drug Would Be First to Be Taken By At Risk-But-Healthy Population

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By Bernice Yeung, California Watch Foster City drugmaker Gilead recently updated its application with the federal Food and Drug Administration for approval to market its HIV treatment medication Truvada as a HIV prevention pill. If the FDA approves Truvada for preventive use, it “would be the first agent indicated for uninfected individuals to reduce the […]

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AIDS Memorial Grove: SF’s Best Kept Secret?

December 1, 2011 | 4:30 pm

AIDS Memorial Grove: SF’s Best Kept Secret?

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San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. And yet very few of the thousands who visit the park each year ever stop to see the National AIDS Memorial Grove, just a stone’s throw from the popular de Young Museum. And until last night, I was one of them. I […]

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Interview: Drug May Be First to Prevent HIV Transmission in Healthy

July 15, 2011 | 2:55 pm

Interview: Drug May Be First to Prevent HIV Transmission in Healthy

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During our coverage last month of the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV, we explored what the earliest, dark days of the epidemic were like — when a positive diagnosis was as good as a death sentence, and the specter of premature death afflicting San Francisco’s gay community affected it in profound ways. Today, […]

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What Do the WHO, NIH and Other Health Organizations Say About Circumcision?

June 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

What Do the WHO, NIH and Other Health Organizations Say About Circumcision?

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Debate has erupted over a November ballot initiative in San Francisco that aims to ban circumcision of minors. In addition to ethical and religious concerns, the health implications of circumcision (and non-circumcision) are also part of the conversation. But before we examine that debate, let’s start with some basics. So, what would the bill do? […]

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AIDS at 30: Interview – What Were the Earliest Days of the Epidemic Like?

June 7, 2011 | 1:53 pm

AIDS at 30: Interview – What Were the Earliest Days of the Epidemic Like?

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Part 2 of Scott Shafer’s series of interviews surrounding the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS is with San Francisco community activist Paul Boneberg, who lived through the epidemic when it first struck in the early 1980s. The interview is summarized directly below the audio. Paul Boneberg on what the early days of the AIDS epidemic were […]

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