To tackle the HIV syndemic, we need to think bigger

BY: - December 1, 2023

For the past 35 years, Dec. 1 has been recognized as World AIDS Day and serves as a reminder of our collective action to end the stigma around HIV and honors the lives we’ve lost over decades of struggle. As World AIDS Day is recognized across the globe, I urge communities across Appalachia to recognize […]

As national eyes turn to HIV in WV, experts urge hope as advocates lament lack of clean syringes

BY: - September 25, 2023

The Florida doctor who led the effort to change his state’s laws to support low-barrier harm reduction and syringe service programs has a message for West Virginia: “Have hope, because change is possible.” In 2016, Dr. Hansel Tookes founded a pilot syringe service program in Miami-Dade County. The program proved so successful in reducing rates […]

HIV blood test tube and prescription on table.

When was the last time you were tested for HIV? 

BY: - August 24, 2023

Huntington, Charleston and the surrounding areas have seen a cluster of HIV cases in the last several years. It is also easy to point to the factors that lead to the infections. Our area has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. Pills pushed by Purdue gave rise to an unprecedented number of people […]

A green for the the Women's Health Center of West Virginia stands in front of the beige brick building.

Syringe services proposal goes before Charleston council Monday

BY: - August 7, 2023

As a medical researcher who has studied infective endocarditis, a condition that can be caused by reusing syringes, Frank Annie ran and won a Charleston City Council seat last year to be a “public health voice,” especially for harm reduction, an often contentious topic in city politics.  “I felt as if it was a major […]

Closeup of a vending machine full of boxes of nasal Narcan.

Harm reduction is no different than putting airbags in a car

BY: - July 27, 2023

“You should probably never get into a car again.” That’s how I start my lecture on harm reduction to medical students. It’s true too: Statistically, automobile accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in their age group. But it’s impractical, avoiding cars — that’s not the lives they’ve chosen. And so, I tell them to […]

HIV blood test tube and prescription on table.

Kanawha County HIV rates decline for the first time since 2018

BY: - July 11, 2023

For the first time since 2021 — when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dubbed Kanawha County as home to “the most concerning” HIV outbreak in the nation tied to injected drug use — Dr. Christine Teague is feeling encouraged. Teague, who runs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at Charleston Area Medical Center, said […]