Archive for the ‘testing’ Category

As HIV Community Link did back in 2014, senior officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) are urging public health decision makers to lower barriers to HIV testing. Among the top recommendations are home testing kits and community-based testing performed by non-medical personnel outside of clinical […]

What You Need to Know…

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At HIV Community Link we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest information and trends affecting our work and the communities we serve. One way we do this is through our new series: What You Need to Know. The first four topics in this series are based on the most common and frequently asked questions we receive in-person, online, by phone, email and social media. Get in touch with all your questions – we’re the LINK!

New direct-acting Antivirals are changing chronic Hepatitis C treatment for the better. Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment has gone from a once exhausting 48 weeks duration to as a little as 8 weeks with a 95% sustained virologic response (SVR). SVR is defined as a viremia (the presence of viruses in the blood) 24 weeks after completion of antiviral therapy for chronic HCV infection (. In analyses of SVR durability, the incidence of late relapse is extremely low, less than 1%.

PrEP

Monday, August 18, 2014

PrEP

Learn this word. It’s going to be a game changer. Keeee—POW!!!!! Outta the park.

For some, a trip to the clinic for STI testing is as regular a part of their health routine as going to the doctor for a check-up. For others, it seems embarrassing, like they will be judged. Let me begin this by saying that is far from the truth. You will not be judged, or […]

“Don’t Judge Me!”

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It took a while to get the courage to go; I was nervous, sticking to the vinyl chair in the waiting room. I knew that I needed to get tested, but I couldn’t tell my family doctor that I’d _(fill in blank)_ (used injection drugs, had condomless sex, had a one-night stand, had sex outside […]