Big Bend Cares Expansion Underway

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) — Work is now underway to expand a Tallahassee healthcare organization in the city’s Southside neighborhood. WTXL first reported about Big Bend Cares’ expansion plans last September. The organization is in the process of adding a 25,000-square foot facility across from its current location at Magnolia and Monroe streets. Deputy director Charlie…

Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution – Part 1

Vice Media A drug called Truvada is the first FDA-approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, he or she is nearly 99 percent protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV prevention changes…

Routine screening key to fighting Florida HIV epidemic

Jonathan Appelbaum, M.D., My View | Tallahassee Democrat The recent HIV outbreak in Indiana demonstrates that an apathetic approach to HIV testing and treatment can have devastating consequences. Saturday is National HIV Testing Day, when our country recognizes the importance of testing. Fittingly, just a few days later, a new HIV-testing law will go into…

Transgender Women Vulnerable to HIV

By Nadege Green | © Health News Florida Florida’s transgender community, specifically trans women, are among the groups most at risk of contracting HIV. The series, HIV In Florida: The Rising Tide of Infection, explains that an estimated third of transgender women are HIV positive. Read the Full Article…

The Face of HIV/AIDS: Then and Now

Tyler Curry, Huffington Post Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born at a different time? As a man living with HIV, it is something I think about often. This video is dedicated to the longterm survivors and the ones we lost in the fight. Watch the Video Here…

New Big Bend Cares Medical Facility Coming to Tallahassee

Big Bend Cares is soon to bring the latest in HIV/AIDS management and care to Tallahassee with the construction of a new, patient centered, medical home. The new facility will be located at South Monroe and Adams Streets and Magnolia Drive, across the street from Big Bend Cares’ current home. The new facility will house…

HIV/AIDS Kills People in Florida More Than Anywhere Else

By Ray Downs, Broward Palm Beach New Times The Centers for Disease Control released a map that shows where it rates of the “most distinctive” cause of death in each state – and Florida leads the nation in deaths from HIV. The “most distinctive” cause of death in each state means where a particular cause…

UC Santa Cruz Professor Develops HIV Vaccine

Kara Guzman, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> For 30 years, UC Santa Cruz professor and vaccine developer Phil Berman has been chasing a moving target — the insidious, ever-changing HIV virus — and now, finally, he thinks he has it cornered. Berman’s lab has developed an experimental vaccine he believes will guard against HIV…