Birth control shot could increase HIV risk

A new study finds that the injectable form of hormonal contraception may increase women's risk of becoming infected with HIV. Published alongside the study is a commentary co-authored by Abigail Harrison, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, praising the study for adding "an important element to the longstanding debates" about the link between HIV and injectable contraception.

(Distributed January 12, 2015)

Why so many RI elderly are in nursing homes?

Kali Thomas, assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health, offers commentary on ways Rhode Island can reduce its far-above-average Medicaid spending on elderly residents.

(Distributed December 10, 2014)

AIDS crusader Amy Nunn takes her case to the state house

The number continues to rise among men who have sex with men. Rhode Island Public Health Institute director Dr Amy Nunn said part of the reason for that increase is that so many of the people who are newly infected are meeting their partners online. "What the internet and mobile phone apps have done is really expedite the process in which people can meet partners. And a lot of those are often for anonymous sexual encounters," said Nunn. 

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(Distributed December 3, 2014)

AIDS epidemic only worsens for young African women

Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS despite inroads made as the world marks the 26th annual World AIDS Day. Abigail Harrison, professor of behavioral and social sciences and an HIV/AIDs and reproductive health researcher said “What we really see in this population is girls who have multiple disadvantages in their lives so they can't implement the strategies needed to prevent infection". 

(Distributed December 2, 2014)

World AIDS Day

World AIDS day is held each year on December 1st to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. This day is an opportunity for people across the globe to work together and fight against the HIV epidemic. December 1st is a time to show support for those who are living with HIV and honor those who have passed away. This year learn more about HIV/AIDS and what you can do to make a difference.

In 2013 there were 35.3 million people living with HIV worldwide. In 2013, 1.5 million people died from AIDS related illness.

(Distributed November 25, 2014)
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