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Early HIV Treatment Improves Survival in Some Patients with Newly Diagnosed TB

Starting anti-HIV treatment within two weeks of the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or TB, improved survival among patients with both infections who had very low immune-cell counts, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Health. Those with strong immune systems, however, might benefit from waiting until after the end of the six-month TB treatment before initiating anti-HIV therapy, they found.   

Call for Applications:PHDL International Student Fellowships

The Public Health Dynamics Lab (PHDL) is requesting applications for an International Student Fellowship Award that provides $5,000 to a Pitt Public Health graduate student. 

Special Epidemiology Seminar - Perspectives on Ebola

A special seminar on the Ebola Outbreak hosted by the Department of Epidemiology. 

Experts examine HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pittsburgh area

“It’s important to remember that the epidemic is not over and still growing in the United States and around the world,” said Linda Frank, director of the Pennsylvania MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.Read the Post-Gazette article.  

NEW Multidisciplinary Group! Pitt Trauma & Emergency League

The Pitt Trauma & Emergency League (PTEL) is a group of public health, nursing, medical, undergraduate emergency medicine and pre-health students. 

Low Cholesterol in Immune Cells Tied to Slow Progression of HIV

People infected with HIV whose immune cells have low cholesterol levels experience much slower disease progression, even without medication, according to University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health research that could lead to new strategies to control infection. 

Pitt Public Health Analysis Challenges Assumptions About Bisexual Men and HIV Transmission

The number of HIV positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to their female partners.  

Considerable Gender, Racial and Sexuality Differences Exist in Attitudes Toward Bisexuality

Men who identify themselves as heterosexual are three times more likely to categorize bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation," an attitude that can encourage negative health outcomes in people who identify as bisexual, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researcher Mackey Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Debra Cen (IDM '91)

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A passion for science, business, and American culture has propelled Hui “Debra” Cen (ScDHy ’91) to a sweet spot. Having sold one successful biotech start-up and handed off another, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur is now turning her attention to a high-tech way to promote the cultural strength of the United States and China to each other. 

Pitt Researchers Plan CFAR Application for 2013

On December 18, 2012, twelve HIV-AIDS researchers from the University of Pittsburgh established a Pitt CFAR Planning Working Group (PCPWG) to prepare an application to the NIH for a CFAR. Such designation would allow the University to build on its 30 year history of HIV-AIDS research. It was agreed we will proceed with the development of a regular CFAR proposal for submission June, 2013. 

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