How France Is Persuading Its Citizens to Get Vaccinated

Alex Whiting

 “Measles is like a canary in the mine,” says Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project and a professor of anthropology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. To protect a population from measles, she says, at least 95 percent of people need to be vaccinated – a higher threshold than for most other infections. This means that if vaccination rates start falling, “it’s going to be the first to show its ugly head.

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Over-50 Population

Matthew Bajko

As the global AIDS epidemic continues to age, greater focus is being paid to older adults living with HIV. AIDS advocates are calling on service providers and health departments to tailor HIV prevention services, including HIV testing, to meet the needs of people age 50 or older. And new guidelines for doctors with patients with HIV are being released that highlight the need to focus on preventive care. 


Majority of People Living With HIV in the U.S. Are Not in Successful Treatment

Michael Lavers and Kai Wright

From New America Media and Color Lines: Less than a third of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are in successful enough treatment that they will remain healthy and reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to their partners, according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials believe they must dramatically boost that number in order to control the epidemic, which has ravaged black communities in particular and is still growing among black gay and bisexual men.

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