Mapping the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The first HIV diagnosis was made 30 years ago. Since then, it’s spread to epidemic proportions in the United States. As Fast Company writes, “it’s probably more prevalent in your neighborhood than you think.” To prove that point, the company profiles the creators of AIDSvu, an interactive map that shows a county-by-county breakdown of adults… Continue reading Mapping the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

UofL Researcher Uses Tobacco Plants to Develop Possible HIV Mircobicide

A University of Louisville medical researcher has published a study today in a leading medical journal outlining a study that he says could develop a protein to prevent HIV infection.  Dr. Kenneth Palmer works out of the Owensboro Cancer Research Program – the same laboratory that has been growing proteins for the cervical cancer vaccine… Continue reading UofL Researcher Uses Tobacco Plants to Develop Possible HIV Mircobicide

HIV/AIDS and Minorities in Kentucky

Seven percent of Kentucky’s population is African-American – but African-Americans made up 38% of newly-diagnosed AIDS cases in 2006. Over the past four years, Black men in the Commonwealth have been six times more likely to be diagnosed with AIDS than Caucasian men, and diagnosis rates for Black women were 15 times higher than for white women. The numbers for Latinos and other minority populations aren’t much better, and they’re reflective of a national imbalance. What is the root cause of this disparity, and what is being done to address the increasing numbers? Listen to the Show