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World Aids Day 2010: The Pope and condoms

World Aids Day 2010: The Pope and condoms
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

There is some good news about the pandemic this World AIDS Day. Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV than at the peak of the epidemic, according to Unaids. But we can't be complacent: 2.6 million people became newly infected in 2009, and the epidemic still rages with a vengeance in southern Africa.

Yet a revolution in HIV prevention may be at hand, and it might just be found in a pill, a microbicide gel, and — perhaps most importantly — the personal courage of Pope Benedict XVI.

The pill is Truvada, which combines two antiretroviral drugs usually given to people already infected with HIV. It prevents the virus from replicating, and it is already available by prescription in many countries. A well-designed study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 44 percent of people who took the drug as prophylactic were less likely to get infected than an equal number taking a placebo. (The study looked at 2,500 gay men from the United States and five other countries.)

 

Do I have to make my Medicare changes before the end of the year?

Do I have to make my Medicare changes before the end of the year?
BY IRENE C. CARD and BETSY CHANDLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

For the last two weeks, our telephone lines have been ringing non-stop with people on Medicare asking me, "Do I have to mak...

How to choose a nursing home: Staff longevity equals happier residents

How to choose a nursing home: Staff longevity equals happier residents
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: We can no longer keep my mother, 90, at home and are looking at nursing homes. We also have a problem with my father, 92, who is u...

Gov. Christie doesn’t want New Jersey medical marijuana to be like California and Colorado

Gov. Christie doesn’t want New Jersey medical marijuana to be like California and Colorado
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov. Chris Christie wants to keep his proposed medical marijuana rules as strict as possible, despite increased pressure from New Jersey lawmakers to lighten up.

The gov...

Gifts should be what elders love

Gifts should be what elders love
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: I took my father, 74, shopping and all he wanted was red print or bright green shirts. He's too old for such colors. How can I ge...

Avoid the holiday weight gain

Avoid the holiday weight gain
BY ROD SILVA

The word "holidays" often conjure up images of cakes and pies, and stuffing yourself with turkey and all the trimmings. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average American...

New Brain Health Institute to focus on autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and auditory aging

New Brain Health Institute to focus on autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and auditory aging

Rutgers partnering with New Jersey's life sciences industry to accelerate research

BY JEFFREY MAY

Rutgers is moving forward on a new research collaborative called the Brain Health Institute (BHI), desig...

PPG Industries agrees to remove chromium waste at highly toxic Jersey City site

PPG Industries agrees to remove chromium waste at highly toxic Jersey City sitePittsburgh-based PPG Industries has committed to excavate and remove hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic chromium-processing wastes and contaminated soil from the site of a former chrome-production...

N.J. Assembly Democrats lead approval of bills to provide $5 million for women's health care

N.J. Assembly Democrats lead approval of bills to provide $5 million for women's health care

Measures move to Senate for consideration

Assembly Democrats provided the votes on Monday to approve two bills that would restore $5 million for women's health care. The governor had vetoed the measure...

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