The Lectures and Events Committee at Penn State Hazleton will host the annual Mylar Giri Lecture at 7 p.m. April 24 in Room 115 of the Evelyn Graham Academic Building, providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about HIV/AIDS and how a citizen and a scientist joined forces to work toward eliminating the disease. The event is free and open to the public.
Though it was abolished more than two decades ago, Apartheid continues to affect communities in South Africa. Penn State geography researcher Brian King has been studying the political system's effects on rates of HIV and AIDS today in rural South Africa.
Four biobehavioral health students in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State have been hired as peer educators for AIDS Resource Alliance Inc. to educate college students about safe sex practices and serve as a liaison between the agency and campus.
An exhibit exploring the books and other materials related to the emergence of HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s, “From Gay-Related Immune Deficiency to AIDS: The Emergence of HIV in the 1980s,” will be on display in the Penn State University Libraries through Dec. 16.
An intervention to increase engagement with treatment among African-American/black and Hispanic people living with HIV has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The study will target people who are neither taking antiretroviral therapy nor consistently engaged in HIV primary care.
Dr. John Zurlo saw his first AIDS patients during his internal medicine residency training in 1984. Today, as director of the infectious diseases training program, he still spends much of his time providing care to those with HIV -- the virus that leads to AIDS.
Dr. M. Elaine Eyster, who is credited for her role in ground-breaking clinical and research studies of hemophilia patients, especially regarding HIV- and Hepatitis C-related complications, was named the 2015 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Michael L. Lederman, Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine, co-director, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)/UHC Center for AIDS Research, will give this year's Fall Dean’s Lecture at Penn State Hershey. The annual event will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 4 p.m. in the Junker Auditorium on the Penn State Hershey campus.
In 1985, contracting HIV would have been a death sentence with only a matter of time to the onset of AIDS and ultimately death. In 2012, that same diagnosis, caught early and consistently treated, produces much different results. Infectious disease specialist John Zurlo of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center said that early diagnosis is key to improved results.
Attorney Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen will visit Penn State Law to discuss HIV/AIDS discrimination law and policy at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3, in Room 114 of the Lewis Katz Building at University Park. Schalman-Bergen recently represented a teenage boy denied admission to the Milton Hershey School because he was born HIV-positive. The parties settled the case in September, and the school has since announced that it will treat applicants with HIV the same way as it treats other applicants.
While the Western press often targets religious groups for their roles in handling the African AIDS crisis, these groups tend to play positive -- and critical -- roles in fighting the epidemic, according to sociologists. "There's no doubt that religions have done some good and some bad confronting AIDS in Africa," said Jenny Trinitapoli, assistant professor of sociology, religious studies and demography. "But the negative side is often exaggerated, while the good that religious groups do is often overlooked."
People in Malawi who are uncertain about their HIV status are more eager to start families than those who are certain of their HIV status, according to researchers.
A unique and innovative analysis of how social media can affect the spread of a disease has been designed and implemented by a scientist at Penn State studying attitudes toward the H1N1 vaccine. Marcel Salathe, an assistant professor of biology, studied how users of Twitter -- a popular microblogging and social-networking service -- expressed their sentiments about a new vaccine. He then tracked how the users' attitudes correlated with vaccination rates and how microbloggers with the same negative or positive feelings seemed to influence others in their social circles. The research is considered the first case study in how social media sites affect and reflect disease networks, and the method is expected to be repeated in the study of other diseases. The results will be published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.
Drug use, risky sexual behavior and violence among South African youth may be reduced thanks to Penn State researchers, who will look at expanding a leisure education and life skills program to 56 South African high schools. The researchers, led by Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park, and tourism management, and Edward Smith, associate director of the Penn State Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It is hard to image a world where HIV/AIDS treatments are not widely available; where domestic and sexual violence are considered a part of everyday life; where most children become orphans and are left to raise themselves. In Africa, such a world is reality. In the next episode of "Conversations from Penn State," diplomat, author and humanitarian, Stephen Lewis, addresses the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa and the need for international reform.