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Latino HIV Task Force Offers Free HIV Testing

The Latino HIV Task Force, a group of health agencies and community organizations, will offer free HIV testing June 27 as part of the annual National HIV Testing Day. The task force will provide tests from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star.

Hispanics in Houston and Harris County represent 21 percent of the 15,275 HIV infections reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) since 1999. They also make up 17 percent of the 25,041 local AIDS cases reported to the department since the start of the epidemic in 1981.


You've Gotta Have HAART

For patients who have access to the latest retroviral therapies, HIV is no longer the sure killer it once was. The development of drug cocktails--three-drug combinations known as highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART)--has made it possible to keep the virus at bay. But while dozens of drugs target specific stages of HIV's life cycle, only certain combinations of drugs suppress the virus effectively.