KENILWORTH, N.J., – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that a new survey of U.S. adults living with HIV showed that 66 percent of respondents were more concerned with their other chronic health conditions than their HIV.
The aim of the survey was to gauge the unique challenges and concerns of individuals who have been living with HIV for ten years or longer, and who have at least one co-existing chronic medical condition, such as depression, high blood pressure or diabetes. The survey results also will inform the evolution of the I Design campaign to better meet the particular needs of this important patient population.
“Tremendous progress over the past three decades has yielded important treatment advances in HIV. Today, people with HIV are living longer, and understandably, their concerns are shifting. This survey was developed to understand the specific needs of people as they age with HIV,” said Joann Gaughran, U.S. Regional Marketing Leader, HIV.
A diverse group of more than 500 people living with HIV who were at the time taking anti-retroviral medication and who widely ranged in education, length of time since diagnosis, age and income level were surveyed. Read More
GBMNews is privileged to interview Dr. Michael Gottlieb one of the pioneers in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
According to his profile in Wikipedia: Dr. Gottlieb was Rock Hudson’s doctor following the actor’s AIDS diagnosis until his death in 1985. He was also physician to the late Elizabeth Glaser, co-founder of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). In 1987 he resigned from the full-time UCLA faculty, and established a private practice of internal medicine and clinical immunology.
Paris – President Obama traveled to Paris to be part of the opening ceremony of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, so called because it is the 21st year of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is also (less commonly) known as CMP 11, being the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
GBMNews is on hand to cover the President’s participation in the conference as part of the official White House travelling press corps. Read More
Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day!
And international theme for 2015 is “Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030.” The national theme for this year is “The time to act is now.”
In 2012, the United Nations stated that it’s possible to eradicate the disease by 2015 — in part, of course, by preventing new infections. However, within African American communities across the unfortunately that has not been the case.
CDC reports that at least half of new cases of HIV in 2013 are attributed to African Americans, which is eight time the rate of whites. African American gay, bisexual, and MSM (men who have sex with men) account for new affections, and within this demographic group males between the ages 13-24 are the most affected. Read More
By Nathan James
Kobe Bryant, an NBA legend whose 20-year career has seen the Los Angeles Laker guard earn two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 176 trips to the
league’s All-Star game, and an astonishing 81-point game, has announced that he will retire from pro basketball at the end of this season.
Bryant, 37, cited the physical wear and tear on his body in his press conference Saturday, saying, “my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
I’ve accepted that I can’t actually do this anymore, and I’m OK with that.”
League officials acknowledged that Bryant had discussed retirement earlier in the season, and observed that the physically demanding nature of the sport takes its toll on even the most outstanding players. Read More