The EmpoweRING Future of PrEP

October 26, 2015

Over half of the 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world are cisgender women*. Here in the United States, AIDS is often problematically conceptualized as a “gay men’s disease,” yet women account for one fourth of all new HIV infections. The majority of infections (84%) among women are attributed to “heterosexual sex,” or more accurately, receptive vaginal or

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Take the Test. Take Control.

July 13, 2015

Saturday, June 27th marked National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in the U.S. Held annually since 1995, the event promotes HIV testing, early diagnosis, and treatment as a critical component of HIV prevention initiatives around the country. Since the early 1980s, HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of roughly 658,507 people in the United States. Though biomedical and technological innovations have dramatically

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Developing and Evaluating Community Engagement Materials through New Technology

November 14, 2014

    “Give me the feels. I want to feel the feels.”   Translating complex science into widely accessible language requires a delicate balance of information and emotion. As one community member I encountered this summer insightfully noted, some people are more captivated by a message because they feel a connection. Others are ultimately persuaded by hard numbers and verifiable

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A Night of Gratitude and Reflection: Where are we now in PrEP research in the Bay Area?

October 22, 2014

  On September 10th 2014, Bridge HIV hosted a panel of leading, local HIV prevention researchers to discuss some of the latest PrEP studies as well as to give insight into what lies ahead in the PrEP research field. The event was in honor of the several hundred participants who have volunteered for an array of studies in hopes of

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This is CRUSH: the first full-time, youth-based sexual health clinic in the East Bay.

August 21, 2014

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people aged 13-24 account for approximately one in every four new HIV infections in the United States. We recently interviewed Jonathan Van Nuys, RN MS NP from the CRUSH program at the East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) to talk about the HIV epidemic in the youth population

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How to “nAb” HIV

May 16, 2014

      With all the buzz on the HIV prevention pill pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), one may wonder what ever happened to the efforts to find a preventive vaccine. In short, we aren’t giving up and we are actually getting closer to this than ever. We need an HIV vaccine to end AIDS. Our hope is that a preventive vaccine

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Bridge HIV Commemorates Black History Month and Hosts a Conversation on HIV and Women of Color

March 21, 2014

  Throughout February 2014, Bridge HIV joined forces with Bay Area partners on several events in San Francisco to commemorate Black History Month and to share the importance of African American and women of color community engagement in HIV/AIDS prevention and prevention research work. We joined a candlelight vigil on February 7th from City Hall to the Quaker Meeting House,

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The Rectal Revolution is Here!

October 3, 2013

In July 2013, Bridge HIV, in collaboration with the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Be The Generation, sponsored a screening of the educational and entertaining film The Rectal Revolution is Here!. The screening was followed by speakers and discussion to help introduce the idea of rectal microbicides and future research studies to the San Francisco community. Speakers

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Transgender Health and HIV Prevention: An Interview with Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, Executive Director of Lyon-Martin Health Services.

June 26, 2013

On Friday, June 28, 2013 folks will gather at Dolores Park in San Francisco to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Trans March. Kicking off San Francisco Pride weekend, Transmarch is a celebration and recognition of transgender and gender nonconforming people. As we celebrate and honor the trans community, we also reflect on the ongoing struggle for trans people to gain

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860 and Counting

May 18, 2013

“A subtle thought that is an error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.” –Isaac Asimov In light of recent disappointing news in the HIV vaccine field, we at Bridge HIV would like to acknowledge the strength and perseverance of our clinical trial volunteers. Every vaccine trial that doesn’t work is important because

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An Interview with PrEP Researcher, Dr. Albert Liu

April 26, 2013

  Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada for use in HIV prevention, a strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Jobert Poblete, Clinical Trials Recruiter, spoke with Bridge HIV’s Director of HIV Prevention Intervention Studies, Dr. Albert Liu, about this important new development in HIV prevention.   Thank you for taking the time to answer

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Circle of Healing

March 15, 2013

A Message from Laura Cedillo from the Native American Health Center commemorating National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 20, 2013. This year, National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day celebrates life. Our Circle of Healing team at the Native American Health Center delivers this message every day. We walk a thin line between grieving those who have passed from the

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It’s not just about condoms, it’s about care.

February 22, 2013

As a public health advocate, I’m always looking for better ways to reach out to vulnerable populations. After more than two decades of HIV education and intervention, why is it that young gay men of color still have a disproportionately high rate of infection? It’s obvious we’ve got a blind spot in our efforts. As a queer woman of color

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New Study Seeks Answers in HIV Epidemic

January 16, 2013

  Testing for HIV is the entryway to care. 30 years into the AIDS epidemic we continue to search for new and innovative ways to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, especially in disproportionately affected populations. Dr. Hyman M. Scott, M.D., M.P.H. a research Fellow at UCSF will be using the recently FDA approved, over the counter, in-home HIV tests, in

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What You Need to Know About Vaccine-Induced SeroPositivity (VISP)

December 21, 2012

One of the most common concerns people have about HIV vaccine research is around vaccine-induced SeroPositivity, or VISP. So besides being a mouthful, what is VISP? And can it affect me? When our bodies encounter a foreign substance, like a virus, our immune systems produce proteins called antibodies. HIV vaccines are designed to provoke immune responses – this includes causing

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A Time for Thanks in HIV Prevention

November 30, 2012

    A Message from Dr Susan Buchinder, Director of Bridge HIV, Commemorating World AIDS Day At this time of year when we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, we are profoundly thankful for the great leaps forward in the field of HIV prevention, and the many people who are helping to make this happen. This

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Scoring (Free Condoms) in the East Bay

November 26, 2012

Savvy readers of this blog know that there are few reasons to ever pay the full sticker price for a condom. Many clinics, community centers, and bars hand them out for free, and they sometimes stock a bigger variety of quality rubbers than your local pharmacy or corner store. In San Francisco, it sometimes seems like you can’t cross the

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What is PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)?

July 5, 2012

We are proud to introduce our new video series called, “The Ladies Room!”   This series tackles the toughest topics in HIV prevention through a roundtable discussion format. In the first episode our four lovely ladies discuss, “What is PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)?” Click on the video now to get more information on this very timely topic!

I’m Not Ready to Give Up on PrEP for Women!

June 12, 2012

In 2010-2011, the world of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was opened up as a possible strategy for women to protect themselves from HIV when the results of three important studies; Caprisa 004, TDF 2 and Partners PrEP; were announced. The first study, Caprisa 004, showed that a 1% tenofovir microbicide gel used vaginally 12 hours before and after sex resulted in

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How to Have Anal Sex That’s Fun and Safe

August 31, 2011

  Jack from Orange County asks, “I want to have anal sex! How can I keep myself safe and make it feel good?” Let’s Talk About Sex with Garza & Dulce is a safer sex video series that provides information and tips on how to minimize your risks of acquiring HIV and sexually transmitted infections in a variety of situations.

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The “HIV cure” – A cure for one, not for all.

August 2, 2011

“Doctors Claim HIV-Positive Man Cured by Stem Cell Transplant” – Fox News: December 14, 2010 “Stem Cell Transplant cures HIV in ‘Berlin Patient’”- Huffington Post: December 14, 2010 “Evidence for the cure of HIV infection”- Blood: March 10, 2011 Beginning in 2009, rumors suggesting the discovery of a miraculous “cure for HIV” made their way to major news publications and

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5 Things You Need to Know about the HIV Prevention Pill

May 4, 2011

  It’s the little blue pill that could! TIME magazine’s “Top Medical Breakthrough” of 2010 was a study called iPrEx which showed that taking a pill a day, called Truvada®, can reduce the risk of contracting the virus by an average of 42% in men who have sex with men at risk for HIV. This approach, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (or

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How to Keep Yourself Safe When You Party

April 19, 2011

  Michael from San Francisco asks, “I’m turning 21 soon and I’m gonna party! What should I do to stay safe?”   Watch the video above and see what tips Garza and Dulce have to keep you safe when you drink and party!   Let’s Talk About Sex is a safer sex video series that provides information and tips on

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How to Use Sex Toys Safely

February 3, 2011

  Susan from San Francisco asks, “We want to start using sex toys to spice up the bedroom. How can we stay safe?”   Check out the premiere episode of Let’s Talk About Sex with Garza & Dulce above to find out!   Let’s Talk About Sex with Garza & Dulce is a safer sex video series that provides information

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Fighting HIV in the Black Community

January 7, 2011

  Rising Blackness – Stories of Resiliency in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco Rising Blackness is a program that draws on the collective strengths and wisdom of Black gay, same gender loving men and transgender women who live in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. For one year Rising Blackness engaged the Tenderloin community in educational, cultural and social

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What’s it Like to be in an HIV Vaccine Trial?

October 19, 2010

  Interview with HIV Vaccine Trial Participant Chris Swanson is one of the first participants in the latest HIV vaccine trial. He spoke with me about his experiences with HIV, his experiences with the trial, and why he chose to participate. Press PLAY to listen to the full interview: Transcript: David: You’re listening to the Trials & Vials Podcast, the

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CDC Announces that 19% of Gay and Bisexual Men are HIV-positive

October 1, 2010

CDC Announces HIV Prevalence Rates The impact of HIV on MSM has been widely documented, but the results from the latest study that measures the prevalence and awareness of HIV among MSM in 21 major US cities still comes as a shock for many. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 19% of MSM in

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