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What Was Ward 5B, the AIDS Unit, At San Francisco General Hospital?

A brief history of the first dedicated AIDS hospital unit in the world, Ward 5B/A at San Francisco General Hospital....(more)

How Has Larry Kramer Impacted the History Of the HIV Epidemic?

Larry Kramer is one of the world's foremost HIV activists and advocates. He was instrumentally involved with the creation of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) as well as the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP.)...(more)

How Did Magic Johnson Impact the History Of the HIV Epidemic?

Magic Johnson is an American professional basketball player and the first professional athlete to come out as a person living with HIV. Because he was admired around the world, he helped to change public perceptions of HIV and who could contract it....(more)

What Is the Connection Between the Symbol Of the Red Ribbon and the HIV Epidemic?

The red ribbon is used to raise HIV awareness as well as being a global reminder of people living with HIV/AIDS, and those who care for them....(more)

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How Might the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Come To an End?

There is great hope and speculation that someday the HIV epidemic will come to an end. This article lists some of the possible ways that could happen....(more)

What Is the Anti-HIV Intra-Vaginal Ring?


HIV and AIDS Statistics Worldwide

As of the end of 2011, an estimated 34 million people were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). About two-thirds of those people lived in sub-Saharan Africa. This shows that the population living with HIV continues to grow, but it's not altogether bad news. Although some of the increased numbers represent spread of the disease, some of it is due to increased life expectancy for HIV sufferers due to improved treatments. People with HIV who would otherwise have died of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) continued to live relatively healthy lives, swelling the number of infected people. Read on for more about what has been called a "pandemic."...(more)


What Is the Difference Between the Terms HIV Dual Infection and HIV Reinfection?

Dual infection, or co-infection, occurs when someone is infected with two strains of HIV at the same time. Superinfection, or reinfection, occurs when an individual, previously infected with HIV, acquires a second strain from a different partner....(more)

What Are Some Commonly Used Substances That Affect HIV Transmission?

Many people use a variety of different substances to affect their mood and behavior. Usage differs from person to person, one geographic region to another, and often vary from neighborhood to neighborhood within a single town or city, between ethnic groups, or among people of different ages. The specific effects of any one substance may also vary from person to person, and wide ranges of experiences are possible. The following are a list of some common substances that can impact and increase the possibility of HIV transmission.

How Can HIV Be Transmitted From a Mother to Her Child?

Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) occurs when a pregnant woman who is living with HIV passes the virus on to her fetus or newborn baby. This transmission can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. This is called perinatal transmission because it occurs in the perinatal period, which spans pregnancy from the point of conception through delivery and then into the first few weeks of life....(more)

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Ed Wolf, featured in the award-winning documentary, "We Were Here," was born in Queens, New York and grew up in North Miami FL. He returned to New York City upon graduation from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Ed attended graduate school in San Francisco CA and has been... Read More

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