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Jeremie McClain received his HIV diagnosis nine years ago – while going to get tested with a friend. “The nurse said, ‘Jeremie, come here,’ ” he remembered. “I was thinking something was wrong with my friend. Turns out, I was positive.” It took a while for McClain to accept this reality. “She...
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Saw this before I came in today. It's important. Y'all know in our communities, we almost never bring up the words "mental" and "health" in the same sentence. So seeing Isaiah Woods on Megyn Kelly Today talk about his own struggles . . . well, it's important to see this...
By Dr. Kevin Williams (Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit) This article is the third installment in the “Ask Dr. Kevin” series, brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. Clinical trials are critical to...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – If you’re still unsure about whether or not to get a flu shot, Tennessee State University researchers have a message for you: Stop thinking about it, and get one. This comes as the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) observes the first week in...
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“I wasn’t expecting it to be me.” Former Friends For Life counselor Eddie Wiley was supposed to take an HIV test with a friend, who feared he might be positive. It was supposed to be a simple home test. His mind and heart racing, Wiley worried about the results of his...
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“To some I’m a mother, sister, aunt,” Mildred Richard said in a happy, joyful tone when The New Tri-State Defender sat down with her. She has been HIV-positive since Oct. 30, 2000. That’s 17 years of living with the virus that causes AIDS, 17 years of medicine, 17 years of...
Thanks to The New Tri-State Defender for allowing me to embark on this special project – “Positive While POZitive.” It highlights the lives of a few African-American Memphians who are living with HIV/AIDS while embracing the goal of living his/her life to the fullest. Why do the project? To create...
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By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) As President Donald Trump continues to sow confusion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows that, although some of his tactics are working, many consumers still plan on signing up for healthcare during the open enrollment...
by Tiffany Everheart, Special to The New Tri-State Defender (The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts last week. LPN Tiffany Evereart weighs in on the importance of the change.) My name is Tiffany Everheart, LPN for Shelby...