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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


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HIV/AIDS Prevention

Gov. Cuomo pledged $200 million to fight AIDS in the 2016-17 budget. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The new state budget falls far short of funds promised to fight HIV/AIDS in New York, according to advocates. Last year on World AIDS Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to commit an additional $200 million in the coming fiscal year to his campaign to end HIV/AIDS in New York by 2020. But ...Read More

With April being STD Awareness Month, state health officials are urging sexually active North Dakotans to take simple steps to protect themselves. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is STD Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to safeguard themselves through some simple steps: Talk. Test. Treat. According to the latest numbers, incidents of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, ...Read More

Health advocates say giving drug users access to sterile needles will help fight the spread of HIV. (xenia/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida leading the nation in the number of new HIV cases and facing a growing heroin epidemic, health advocates say a measure moving through the Legislature could help on both fronts. The program would create a pilot in Miami-Dade County, run by the University of Miami Ho ...Read More

In 2013, only 48 percent of HIV+ 13- to 24-year-olds had suppressed viral loads. (PAHO/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants minors to be able to get treatment for HIV without parental consent. Under current state law, people younger than 18 can be tested for HIV without telling their parents, but unlike other sexually transmitted infections, minors who test positive for HIV need a pare ...Read More

President Barack Obama is proposing additional funding for rape kit reform across the country. Tennessee still has thousands of untested kits. (U.S. Army/Flickr)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – President Barack Obama has included an additional $41 million in funding for rape kit testing reform in his 2017 budget. If it survives the contentious federal budgeting process, the money could help process the more than 9,000 untested rape kits at Tennessee law enforcement ...Read More

Ohio's rate of new HIV infections is slightly higher than the national average. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has the resources needed to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but according to new research from the Center for Community Solutions, there's no one steering the ship. Despite advances in treating and preventing the disease, the report finds about 4,000 Ohioans are ...Read More

North Dakota will be hosting educational seminars to help child welfare professionals aid child victims of sex trafficking. Credit: iStock

BISMARCK, N.D. – Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem in North Dakota. To help with that, the state's Department of Human Services will be co-hosting four free training sessions on the issue this month. Starting next week, human trafficking experts will be talking with social wo ...Read More

HIV testing is a simple procedure and results are available in about 20 minutes. Credit: Wheeler Cowperthwalte/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. - It's World AIDS Day, and health organizations are working to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the lives of Michiganders. According to state data, the rate of new HIV diagnoses was stable from 2009 to 2013, with about 800 new cases reported each year, and the highest ...Read More

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