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Contagious and Infectious Diseases

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    The Flu Is on the Rise in Texas, Just in Time for the Holidays

    Should you want to avoid some Thanksgiving awkwardness with the family, well, just go out into the general public and touch a bunch of stuff. Flu cases are up in Texas, a bit earlier than normal, according to the CDC, which means there's still hope for a valid excuse for skipping out on the turkey t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Bad Blood: Chikungunya Kills and it's Coming to a Mosquito Near You

    It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Grant Awarded to A&M to Study Potential Affects of Bacteria in African Dust

    Add the flesh eating bacteria Vibrio to the list of threats from Africa that could cross the Atlantic Ocean. Remember those Africanized bees threatening us? The Houston Chronicle reports that dust from the Saharan and Sahel desert that lands in the Gulf will be under more scrutiny. With climate ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Houston Flu Cases on Decline as School Mourns Teacher's Death

    We have a lot of flu this year. But you probably already know that. Although exact numbers are hard to come by since hospitals only voluntarily provide information on flu cases, we do know that there were 132 positive results found this flu season in Houston's bureau of lab services. A total of 11 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Dengue Fever Has Been in Houston For Years -- You May Commence Panicking

    Just in case you needed a new reason to fear for your life, a Baylor College of Medicine scientist has co-authored a new study showing that a fatal strain of mosquito-carryin' dengue fever has been in Houston for years. High-five! "There was dengue circulating, and we had no idea that it was here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Welcome to Your Dad's STDs: Syphilis on the Rise In Houston

    Hey soldier!! Wrap that rascal!! Loose lips sink ships!! Careless talk costs lives!!! Loose women may also be LOADED with disease!! The WWII vibe is heavy these days in Houston, as health officials have announced a comeback of the Greatest Generation's STD, syphilis. The Houston Department of Heal ... More >>

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    David France on the Plague Years

    The history and survival of ACT UP.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    That New HIV Drug is Great (if You Can Afford it)

    The Food and Drug Administration's approval Monday of a pill shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV is a "game-changer," according to AIDS Foundation Houston's director of prevention services. The pill, Truvada, was shown to "cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 perc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Happy Malaria Day! A Feverish Playlist

    Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the Spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellant cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosquito netting in order to ensure Santa Carrier wouldn't visit her with his magic bag of plague. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day: Artists Who Have Contributed to the Cause

    ​Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Free HIV Testing at Walgreens: Five Reasons To Get Tested

    Drop and give us twenty...minutes to test you​Walgreens is all kinds of sexy lately. In March, it became the first pharmacy to carry the female condom, a plastic pouch that gives females the power of putting up their own STI-barrier. Now for the first time ever, Walgreens is offering free HIV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    A Possible Houston Cure For Crack Addiction Runs Into Red-Tape Problems

    Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for coke​While a Houston doctor thinks he has found the cure for cocaine addiction, bureaucratic red tape is hindering the vaccine's approval and building doubts for its future success. "My hopes are pretty simple: number one, find some company in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Join Team Chile, Help Fight AIDS

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmail.com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Day Of The [Digital] Dead

    No! Not...that guy!​Yesterday was the 23rd annual World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and remembering those who have succumbed to the disease. It's a sobering occasion. Over 25 million have died of the disease since 1981, and some 33 million live with the infection n ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 9, 2010

    Katrina Graffiti

    Richard Misrach's photographs document the ordeal.

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    The Illuminations Project

    Local musicians and dancers support HIV/AIDS education

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy: Leprosy Lives On

    In Texas and Louisiana, the disease still exists — and so does the stigma.

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy

    The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez

  • News

    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    The Chronicle's Columnist, Buying BARC's Spin

    Photo by elvissaToday's Chron column by Lisa Falkenberg, headlined "Finally, a bit of good news out of BARC," might have been more accurately titled "When Public Relations Attacks!" What the column lacks in actual news value and insight, it makes up for by highlighting what might be one of BARC's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Project Runway Star Talks Houston, AIDS & Stigma

    Former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth's been to Houston before, although he doesn't remember us. "I know I've been to Dallas, Austin and Houston, but in my brain, I can't remember which is which. So I look around while we're driving and I think, 'This looks familiar,' but I don't know fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Have Houston Doctors Cracked the AIDS Virus?

    Per the UPI, word is filtering out of the scientific press that a trio of pathologists led by Dr. Sudhir Paul at the University of Texas Medical School here in Houston has pinpointed the Achilles Heel of the virus that causes AIDS. The vulnerable spot is hidden in a protein essential for the Human ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2008

    There's a Morning-After Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

    The treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis. So why do so few medical groups in Houston know about it?

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    MTV in Houston? YES

    MTV will be visiting Houston’s southwest side this afternoon to film students of the universally acclaimed YES College Preparatory Schools, who will be hosting a fundraiser to battle malaria. The “Stayin’ Alive” dance, sponsored by Malaria No More, will feature local DJ Michael 5000 Watts. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2007

    Good News for AFH

    The folks over at AIDS Foundation Houston released the results of the 18th Annual AIDS Walk Houston yesterday: Fifteen thousand Houstonians participated and they raised more than $900,000. That money will be distributed to AIDS Foundation Houston and 19 other local HIV/AIDS service organizations. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2007

    No, Thanks. We'll Take Cancer.

    Buried at the end of last week was the news that Rick Perry signed an order to require all schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, aka HPV, aka the cause of genital warts, aka a leading cause of cervical cancer in women. We would make fun of Perry, an avowed conservative Chri ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Penal Violations

    Texas prisons say they cant allow condoms because they dont allow sex. So they dont need condoms. They just need $12 million a year to treat all the HIV-positive prisoners.

  • Calendar

    August 10, 2006
  • Calendar

    July 22, 2004

    Brotherly Love

    Author J.L. King exposes men On the Down Low

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2003

    Achtung, Baby

    The 1936 Olympics in Berlin revealed the tip of the Nazi iceberg

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    Getting THMPed

    Activists fight the state's plan to slash drug help for HIV patients

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Getting Ugly

    No increase in federal funding for the HIV-positive indigent puts Texas patients in a real bind

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Med Check

    Texas can't decide whether to pay for drug-resistance tests that could prolong the lives of those with HIV. For John Termine, it's already too late.

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Needling the Mayor

    Former drug czar Lee Brown has trouble negotiating a question about why there's no needle-exchange program for addicts in Houston

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Nonprofit

    Montrose Clinic

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Throwing In the Towel

    Linen companies refuse wellness center's dirty laundry

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Positive Love

    Love proves stronger than fear in these couples where one partner tests positive for HIV, the other negative for the dread disease.

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Clinic at Death's Door

    With a local Democratic Party official at the helm, an AIDS agency nears collapse

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    How Now Mad Cow?

    Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Hot Shots

    There's a bull market on the meningitis vaccine. Are some doctors cashing in?

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Downing

    Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there

  • News

    July 1, 1999
  • News

    June 3, 1999
  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Immune to Reason

    Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    What a deal!

    Joe Fuentes has no staff, no office, no documentation of the people he says he's helped, but hey, he's a good guy. Let's give him half a million dollars-plus.

  • News

    December 26, 1996

    Unembraceable You

    When it comes to AIDS funding, process takes precedence over children in Harris County

  • News

    July 11, 1996
  • News

    April 25, 1996

    In Denial

    As HIV spreads among blacks and Hispanics, agencies that serve those communities say they're being shortchanged

  • Music

    July 21, 1994

    Torch Song Trilogy

    One woman's mission, and a three-night stand, benefits AIDS organizations

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