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In high-income countries like the U.S., the standard of care for people infected by HIV is to provide antiretroviral pills when the virus is found, even when there are no symptoms of AIDS. The strategy staves off the disease and has a second – big – benefit. It's been shown to prevent the spread of HIV in sexual encounters. It's called "treatment as prevention" (TasP in medical jargon), or "test and treat."
But in low-income countries, "test and treat" is not the typical approach to prevention. There's been no research to support it.
A recently awarded grant will allow Connie Celum, a University of Washington professor of Global Health and Medicine, to evaluate whether doxycycline—an antibiotic commonly used to treat acne and Lyme disease—is safe and effective in reducing bacterial sexually transmitted infections. The study focuses on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) living with HIV and taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill used to prevent HIV.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 marked the 12th Department of Global Health graduation since the department’s founding in 2007. This year’s celebration saw a record number of students, as 74 students received their degrees, up from last year’s total of 56. Of the 74 graduates in the Class of 2019, 62 received Masters in Public Health and 12 earned PhDs in Global Health Implementation Science, Global Health Metrics, or Pathobiology.
Mina Halpern’s interest in global health issues began when she worked as a peer educator at Planned Parenthood while attending high school in Olympia. She says this experience sparked a passion for HIV research, eventually leading her to the University of Washington, where she graduated with a Master’s in Public Health in 2006.
Part of the University of Washington Department of Global Health’s wide-ranging reach includes involvement in Washington state high schools that have designed global health classes of their own. Tami Caraballo teaches at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, about 25 miles north of Seattle. Caraballo is in her fourth year teaching a Global Health 101 course, and has nearly ten years of experience teaching Advanced Molecular Biology for Global Health.
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By Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times
The hormone shot — popular among African women who must use birth control in secret — is as safe as other methods, scientists reported.
For decades, many African women in need of birth control they could use in secret have relied on intramuscular hormone injections that prevent pregnancy for three months.
By Alan Mozes / HealthDay Reporter
In a recent study, researchers calculated that tens of thousands of lives in major U.S. cities would be saved annually if rising temperatures were curtailed.
"Extreme heat is related to higher human morbidity and mortality in cities," explained study author Y.T. Eunice Lo. She is a research associate with the Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment at the University of Bristol, in England.
But, "by limiting the amount of warming, U.S. cities' exposure to extreme heat would decrease," Lo said.
The global health community needs the humility to acknowledge that we have failed once again in an Ebola epidemic, say Karin Huster and Justin Healy
New research is shedding light on the correlations between climate change, social instability, and health.
Fast Company - We know that rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are raising global temperatures and creating unstable and extreme weather patterns that will continue to threaten communities across the globe.