HIV

Eric Molina, Wikimedia Commons

Bowling Green will become the latest city in Kentucky with a one-for-one needle exchange program for intravenous drug users.

Eric Molina, Wikimedia Commons

Some health departments in western Kentucky area are mulling the possibility of implementing needle exchange programs to stem transmission of bloodborne diseases like HIV and Hepititus C.

In March, Gov. Beshear signed SB 192, also known as the heroin bill, which gives local health departments the option of starting a program allowing addicts to swap out dirty needles for clean ones.

Earlier this week, Lousiville began the process of starting its own program and while needle use of drugs like heroin is more prevalent in other parts of the state, health officials are starting to take a look at whether the need for a program is great enough in our area.

hcares-org.doodlekit.com

Next Thursday Paducah's Heartland CARES, HIV/AIDS care, prevention and community awareness, celebrates its mission and successes with its 4th SpringTINI. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets a preview of the Market House Square event from Heartland CARES Executive Director Andrew Halford and learns why this non-profit organization keeps a low profile.

Playhouse in the Park, Facebook

Murray's Playhouse in the Park opens a two week run of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT this Thursday. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT deals with mature themes as it follows young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Joshua Byrn and Brad Brauser speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the "Playhouse After Dark" production.

We continue a series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across college and schools. Our fourth guest is Dr. Jason Jaggers, Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, who studies exercise concepts in special populations, including those with diabetes and HIV. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Jaggers on Sounds Good about his research.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT, loosely based on the opera La boheme, follows the story of young artists struggling to survive in New York City and the complications of AIDS. The musical spent twelve years on Broadway and is now being staged at Murray's Playhouse in the Park as part of their After Dark series. Director Joshua Byrn directs and visits Sounds Good to talk about auditions, the show's controversial topics and the overarching theme of "no day but today."

Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons

On the 26th annual World AIDS Day, nearly 6,000 Kentuckians are living with HIV according to state data.

Kynect Benefiting HIV/AIDS Patients, Programs

Sep 17, 2014
kynect.ky.gov

The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act is benefiting a program run by the state that prescribes medication to low-income patients with  HIV and AIDS. 

Photo Provided

 

HIV vaccine research being conducted in Owensboro is getting a boost from a federal grant. The National Institutes of Health Monday announced a five-year, $14.7 million dollar grant for a project being led by the Owensboro Cancer Research program.

The goal is to create a gel-based vaccine that involves tobacco plants.

wikipedia

A bill aimed at allowing victims of sexual assault to ask for quick HIV testing of their alleged attackers has cleared the Kentucky House.

Under current laws, only prosecutors can ask for HIV testing of the accused person, and they can only ask after a conviction. The bill would allow a victim or the prosecutor to ask for such a test before a conviction.

Pages