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CDC Considers Expanding Hepatitis C Testing

"While we seek to expand testing, we have to keep in mind that we have to have the services there so that people benefit from that testing information."

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Undetectable=Untransmittable

Following the lead of hundreds of HIV experts and prevention organizations around the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week stated there is “effectively no risk” of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load — the amount of HIV in blood — sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.

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CDC reports rise in STDs in the United States

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the nation in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report .

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Where is painkiller use booming in Upstate NY, despite national crackdown?

As doctors nationwide prescribe fewer prescription painkillers, people in Central and Northern New York are getting their hands on more of the potentially addictive drugs, federal data shows.

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AMA Wants New Approaches to Combat Synthetic and Injectable Drugs

American Medical Association voted to support the development of pilot facilities where people who use intravenous drugs can inject self-provided drugs under medical supervision.

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HIV Home Test Giveaway

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CDC Report Focuses on Slowing Hepatitis C Infection Rate

Hepatitis C virus infection rates are the highest in 15 years, according to recent data released by the CDC.1 Preliminary surveillance data revealed that the number of new infections has nearly tripled over the past 5 years.

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Opioid epidemic may be underestimated, CDC report says

(CNN) Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic, causing 91 overdose deaths each day. Yet the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated, suggests new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Although previous research(pediatrics.aappublications.org) has shown declines in the prevalence of vaccine-type HPV infection and genital warts among young U.S. females after introduction of the HPV vaccination program, overall infection rates in both women and men remain unacceptably high. Specifically, among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection.

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More than 1 in 5 adults has cancer-causing HPV, CDC reports

About 80 million Americans are infected with one of the many types of HPV, according to the CDC. 

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Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, CDC says

2015 was the second year in a row where rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were up, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

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CDC: Opioid addiction can start in just days

Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three-days or less, may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction.

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Undetectable = Untransmittable

AIDS United Affirms Evidence That Proves People Living With HIV With a Sustained, Undetectable Viral Load Cannot Transmit HIV to Sexual Partners

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Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new study finds.

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NEW HIV INFECTIONS DROP 18 PERCENT IN SIX YEARS

“The nation’s new high-impact approach to HIV prevention external.png is working. We have the tools, and we are using them to bring us closer to a future free of HIV,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “These data reflect the success of collective prevention and treatment efforts at national, state and local levels. We must ensure the interventions that work reach those who need them most.”

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Bill Gates Invests $140 Million in Groundbreaking New Technology For HIV CURE

There are hopes that implant technology, similar to systems available for birth control, could be used to deliver a consistent supply of drugs, aiding people vulnerable to HIV.

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Needle Exchange Programs Help HIV But Move Too Slowly, CDC Says

"The science shows that syringe service programs work. They save lives and money. Study after study shows they don't lead to increased drug use or crime," he added.

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"Understanding and Preventing Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse"

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York, Broome Opioid Abuse Council, Binghamton Police Department, and Broome County Sheriff's Office invite you to attend:

"Understanding and Preventing Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse."
HOW DO WE SOLVE IT?

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Can energy drinks cause hepatitis?

Energy drinks are often scrutinized for caffeine amounts, but large quantities of "natural ingredients," such as B vitamins, may be overlooked, the report said.

Each bottle of the man's energy drink contained 40 mg of niacin, or 200% of the recommended daily value, and he consumed four or five bottles daily for more than 21 days straight, the report noted. Some energy drinks also contain high levels of B6 or B12. Drinking more than one energy drink could put consumers thousands of times over their daily B-vitamin need, which raises the risk of toxicity.

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Public Health Threat - Gonorrhea

The CDC is calling Gonorrhea an urgent public health threat as it's the second most commonly reported STD in the nation and it could become incurable. that information from the World Health Organization that says we will need new drugs to fight the infection in five years. 

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The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States

Today, more people are living with HIV than ever before as people are living longer with the disease, new infections continue to occur, and diagnoses surpass deaths each year.

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Queer teens are four times more likely to commit suicide, CDC reports

First nationally representative study of queer youth confirms health differences

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The Doctor Who First Saw AIDS Believes in a 'Possible Cure'

The fact that we're even talking about the possibility of a cure — that's the eradication of HIV from the body — is a huge milestone. We're not there yet but I think in the next 60 years, we'll have a cure for HIV. The cure is the next step and nowadays, we are having realistic conversation about it. This is truly amazing to me.

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CDC reports Hepatitis C-related deaths hit record high in the U.S.

Deaths from the liver disease hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, killing more Americans than HIV, tuberculosis and staph infections.

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Expanding Access to Housing in the Southern Tier

We are excited to announce that we have recently been awarded $400,000 by the New York State Department of Health to operate a new housing program. The project will operate under a housing first model, making placement into stable housing the number one priority before turning our attention to participants’ other ongoing health and wellness needs.

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Our 2nd Annual Mud Gauntlet

The 2nd annual Mud Gauntlet was held on April 19th. The sun was shining and it was a crisp 60 degrees outside. We had 359 registered runners. We were delighted to have Walter F. Hendrick (Sandy) from mudrunguide.com attend the event. Here are a few excerpts from his review.

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