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Miss Universe to push HIV awareness after crowning blunder

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home countryThe new Miss Universe, back in the Philippines after an epic televised blunder surrounding her crowning, said Sunday she would use the attention the incident attracted to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home country. In front of an estimated one billion television viewers worldwide last December, pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as Miss Universe before correcting himself minutes later. The diamond and sapphire crown was removed from the head of a sobbing and humiliated Gutierrez and transferred to Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines.



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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American CommunitiesLike so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/ AIDS. I've also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation.Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It's an opportunity for all of us to honor the memory of those we've lost, and…



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HIV treatment, awareness lacking among U.S. gay, bisexual men

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than half of gay and bisexual men in the U.S. are not personally concerned about being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus and less than half of men with the virus are being properly treated, according to two new reports. The data show that significant barriers still exist in the fight against the still-growing epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, among gay and bisexual men, experts say. “I think we have the tools at our disposal to arrest the epidemic in the U.S. …
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New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness

New York City councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito smiles as she speaks after being elected speaker of the city council inside of City Hall in the Manhattan borough of New YorkThe speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend that she has a "high-risk" form of HPV to try to raise awareness about the common but often stigmatized sexually transmitted infection. Her gynecologist gave her the diagnosis on Friday and said she would need to have a biopsy, she said in a series of messages posted to her Twitter account. "But this position has led me to understand I now have a bigger responsibility." Mark-Viverito, who took office in January, is one of the most powerful political figures in New York after Mayor Bill de Blasio and controls the agenda of the city's main legislative body. There is no cure for HPV, which is short for human papillomavirus, although it sometimes goes away on its own, and some of the health problems it can cause, such as genital warts, can be treated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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HPV test awareness, knowledge still low

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Americans are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that. “Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the introduction of testing and vaccination,” said Jo Waller, the study’s senior author. People seem to be more aware of HPV vaccination than testing, however, which is not surprising given the publicity around the vaccine, added Waller, a public health researcher at University College London. The Pap test, used to look for abnormal cell changes in the cervix, is much older and generally familiar to most people, but the newer HPV test looks for the virus that causes those changes, Waller said.
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Awareness of HIV Risk Has Dropped Among Gay Men Even As Infection Rates Rise

More than 30 years after the dawn of the HIV epidemic, the significance of the infection and awareness for how it’s transmitted has dropped precipitously among young people, especially among gay men, according to new data from the federal government.
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