HIV

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Hepatitis is a well-known disease of the liver and for which people receive vaccines as children. But the shots only combat the A and B variants. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on Hepatitis C and how it’s being managed across northern Illinois.

Hepatitis C attacks the liver just like variants A and B. But the virus is unique enough that no one has developed a vaccine yet. This means much more work needs to be done to screen for cases and get patients into treatment programs.

Cases Of HIV Continue To Drop In Illinois

Oct 31, 2016

A new report shows there were a little more than 1,500 cases of HIV in the state last year, which is a two percent drop from 2014.

However, Illinois ranks eleventh in the nation for rates of other STD’s like Chlamydia and Syphilis.

Governor Bruce Rauner enacted a law to provide insurance coverage for HIV prevention and treatment medicines.

HIV Becoming Less Deadly

Dec 3, 2014
Flickr user / NIAID "HIV-infected T cell" (CC BY 2.0)

HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found the virus is taking increasingly longer to become AIDS.

Findings suggest treatment drugs forced HIV to evolve into milder forms. Researchers say the virus may eventually become almost harmless. 

Illinois Calls For More HIV Awareness For Women

Mar 11, 2013

The Illinois Department of Public Health says when it comes to HIV awareness, sexually-active women and young girls are often overlooked. The Department is putting a renewed emphasis on teaching women to protect themselves and how to get tested.