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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The history and survival of ACT UP.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Drop and give us twenty...minutes to test youWalgreens 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 >>
Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for cokeWhile 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 >>
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 email@example.com ... More >>
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 >>
Richard Misrach's photographs document the ordeal.
Local musicians and dancers support HIV/AIDS education
In Texas and Louisiana, the disease still exists — and so does the stigma.
Where there's leprosy, there's usually an armadillo.
The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez
Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM
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 >>
Photo courtesy Living Positive by DesignFormer 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, 'Th ... More >>
The treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis. So why do so few medical groups in Houston know about it?
Music for a good cause
Texas prisons say they canít allow condoms because they donít allow sex. So they donít need condoms. They just need $12 million a year to treat all the HIV-positive prisoners.
Author J.L. King exposes men On the Down Low
The 1936 Olympics in Berlin revealed the tip of the Nazi iceberg
Activists fight the state's plan to slash drug help for HIV patients
No increase in federal funding for the HIV-positive indigent puts Texas patients in a real bind
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.
Former drug czar Lee Brown has trouble negotiating a question about why there's no needle-exchange program for addicts in Houston
Linen companies refuse wellness center's dirty laundry
Love proves stronger than fear in these couples where one partner tests positive for HIV, the other negative for the dread disease.
With a local Democratic Party official at the helm, an AIDS agency nears collapse
Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?
There's a bull market on the meningitis vaccine. Are some doctors cashing in?
Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there
Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.
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.
When it comes to AIDS funding, process takes precedence over children in Harris County
As HIV spreads among blacks and Hispanics, agencies that serve those communities say they're being shortchanged
A battle with the city's premier bank leaves a former VP with the means to do good
One woman's mission, and a three-night stand, benefits AIDS organizations
In the French Savage Nights, HIV provides the catalyst for a fierce, complex love story