NICHD issues News Releases and Media Advisories to the news media. Spotlight and Research Feature articles explain NICHD research findings and public health issues to the general public. An Item of Interest is a short announcement of relevant information, such as a notable staff change.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded funding for a research network devoted to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults with HIV or at risk for HIV infection.
NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch supports research on a range of topics, including the factors that make populations rise and fall, such as fertility and mortality. We checked in with branch chief Rebecca Clark to learn more about the branch’s work. Here’s what she had to say:
When John* developed an illness he could not shake, he went to his city health department to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He told nobody, not even his family, fearing the social stigma that often comes with HIV infection. The first test came back positive. He was called back for a second test, which confirmed that he had HIV.
“I was dealing with it by myself,” John recalled. “For 4 weeks, I kept on going with my life like nothing was wrong.”
NIH-sponsored study identifies superior drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission
Contraception allows couples to prevent pregnancy or better control the timing of when they conceive. The NICHD’s Contraceptive Discovery and Development Branch (CDDB) supports research on new contraceptive methods, for women and for men, to meet the diverse needs of individuals throughout their reproductive lives.
On average, men die about five years earlier than women and have higher mortality rates from some cancers and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s important, then, that men talk to their health care providers about what types of preventive medical tests and activities they need to stay healthy.
Gentlemen, there is no better time to do that than right now!