Daily Update: Thursday, March 31

March 31, 2011 by · Comments Off 

How could a vote from the Texas Senate end lives? What improvements have been made to the Texas Rangers stadium? And have any states in the country felt the effects of radiation? Find out all this and more on your Daily Update!

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VIDEO: Fight Back Against HIV

November 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Aileen Garcia
alieeng@smu.edu

Untitled from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Today an estimated 33.4 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. SMU’s dean of education, David Chard, has seen his fair share of people suffering from the disease during the many years he worked in Africa.

“There were very few people in the country who had ever heard of HIV and AIDS and now most of the population between the ages of 18 and 50 are dead,” Chard said.

One organization is trying to change those statistics. It’s looking for men between the ages of 18 to 50 who have practiced unprotected sex with other men within the last six months.

“They are trying to identify a population or sample of participants who are willing to admit that they are high risk candidates for this kind of a study, which is kind of a tabo thing to do,” Chard said.

HIV is a lentivirus that causes the immune system to fail and could lead to AIDS.

“The idea of the vaccine is to see if perhaps by modulating the immune system they might be able to change someone that may have dropped very quickly to aids into someone that may not drop at all,” said Dr. Mamta Jain.

Participants in the HIV vaccine trails network study are at no risk of contracting HIV.

“The vaccine is synthetic made so they cannot get hiv from the vaccine, but from participants risk factors,” Chris Miklos said.

Studies have shown ways of reducing the risk of contracting HIV, and although the study is not yet complete they’ve learn more about the disease.

The study is helping researchers find a way to strengthen the immune system and prevent aids. For more information on how to be a participant click here.

Big D Blog: Dallas Cyclists Fight AIDS

September 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Marissa Belske

If there is one thing that I am truly passionate about it is HIV/AIDS prevention. An article I read last week from The Dallas Morning News shed light on how severe this issue has become within the young Dallas community. Officials report a 30 percent increase in HIV infections within the past five years among 13- to 24-year-olds in Dallas County.

The ones hit the hardest by the virus are members of the LGBT community. The Dallas Voice shows a recent study found that one in five sexually active gay and bisexual men are infected with the virus. What makes me happy is that Dallas is doing something to fight against this serious problem.

Last weekend Dallas showed support to those affected with HIV/AIDS and pedaled their way across the Metroplex to show AIDS whose boss. The 10th annual Lone Star Ride Fighting Aids is a two-day, 150-mile cycling adventure throughout the DFW area.

The Dallas Voice was on site to take pictures of the event. The Lone Star Ride has distributed more than $1.8 million to the AIDS Services of Dallas, Resource Center of Dallas and AIDS Outreach Center of Fort Worth since 2001. The money raised is to provide services in support of locals who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Be sure to expect the event next year in full force.