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When Contact Tracing Works, Families, Friends, Co-Workers Avoid Infection

Statistics, Research Help Determine Route of Infection's Path

Despite roughly 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases in the Charlotte region, area health departments have only successfully tracked the origins of widespread COVID-19 infections a handful of times since March. Those examples, while rare, are proof it is possible to pinpoint exactly where and how people are getting infected, but it takes the public’s cooperation.

COVID-19: Its Journey Since December 2019

A Look at Reported Specs and a Firsthand Account from an N.C. Gay Couple

North Carolina residents and married couple Brian McCann and Tom Costales know first-hand how devastating the impact of COVID-19 can truly be. Both men became infected and extremely ill, were hospitalized, fought the illness and have lived to tell their stories.

Remembering HIV in the Time of COVID-19

Patients and Providers Still Battle HIV

September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day — a day to call attention to the growing population of older adults living with HIV/AIDS.

Gil Croy Addresses COVID-19

The Artist Draws Connections Across Pandemics

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, Croy has made a series of collages that were on display throughout June for Pride month. He was immediately inspired upon hearing the news of a coronavirus making its way through Wuhan.

Remembering a Leader: Larry Kramer

In Memoriam: 1935-2020

We lost a great leader with the death of Larry Kramer. Larry was an accomplished man, earning a degree from Yale, an Academy Award nomination as a screenwriter, a two-time Obie winner, Pulitzer prize nominee and activist.

HIV meds tested against COVID-19

PrEP Clinical Trials in Progress

With more than hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases, the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) continues spreading across the globe at an alarming rate. In an effort to find a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are considering a number of existing medications in pursuit in finding both an effective treatment, as well as a prevention protocol.

Zuni Johnson’s plasma could help COVID-19 victims…

But He Can’t Donate It — Yet

Melvin “Zuni” Johnson spent 48 hours in a Charlotte hospital battling pneumonia related to COVID-19 last month. His husband Jason McCraw had a milder case that only sidelined him for a few days. Both have valuable antibodies in their plasma, but the couple cannot donate because of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules on blood and plasma collection.