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HEALTH in January

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen and Everything In Between:

Two year old girl cured from HIV

ATLANTA (CNN) — A 2-year-old Mississippi girl is the first child to be “functionally cured” of HIV, researchers announced Sunday.
Researchers said they believe early intervention — in this case within 30 hours of birth — with three anti-viral drugs was key to the outcome.

  • A “functional cure” is when the presence of the virus is so small, lifelong treatment is not necessary and standard clinical tests cannot detect the virus in the blood.
  • The finding was announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
  • The unidentified girl was born HIV-positive to a mother who received no prenatal care and was not diagnosed as HIV-positive herself until just before delivery.
  • “We didn’t have the opportunity to treat the mom during the pregnancy as we would like to be able do to prevent transmission to the baby,” said Dr. Hannah Gay.
  • Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told CNN the timing of intervention in this case, before the baby was diagnosed HIV-positive, may deserve “more emphasis than the particular drugs or number of drugs used.”
  • “We are hoping that future studies will show that very early institution of effective therapy will result in this same outcome consistently,” she said on the eve of the conference.

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January is National:

  1. National Stalking Awareness Month

  • Stalking is a dangerous crime that affected 6.6 million adults in the United States in one year. The better we understand the facts about stalking, the more we can do to stop it.

  • That’s why the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, launched National Stalking Awareness Month in 2004. Every January since then, communities across the country have focused on stalking – holding events, sharing information, and building awareness about the crime.
  • We have a wealth of resources to share with you. You can take our interactive quiz; download our videos, fact sheets, guides, posters, artwork for buttons and magnets, events ideas, media tools to build your knowledge; and start planning your outreach for National Stalking Awareness Month. This year, we also have social media tools to help you reach even more people.
  • We hope you will visit this site often and let us know how you are using these tools. You have the power to help “know, name, and stop” stalking in your community.



Adios Amigos, Until Next Time



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