Monday, November 01, 2004

Catching up is hard to do

That's the new song I've started singing. Just back from a wee bit of sick leave with a bunch things to blog. Here goes:

* Innovative Health Solutions is offering a health insurance policy and life insurance for people who are HIV positive. There's no information about rates in the press release. The life insurance policy can be issued up to $10,000 in coverage.

* One Earth Foundation has announced that:

their national HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives will include the launch of Living for a Cure® Wristbands. The red Living for a Cure® Wristband symbolizes awareness among humankind in promoting a consciousness about the devastating AIDS disease. The foundation’s mission is to reduce the number of individuals infected daily by raising the nation’s level of awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The wristbands will sell for $2.00. Proceeds will be used for HIV/AIDS prevention and research programs.

The Austin American Statesman provides another take on wristbands as a marketing tool.

* The Houston Chronicle added Disease Intervention Specialist to the list of "worst jobs" in the Houston area. While the article may have been a tongue-in-cheek attempt to localize the recent Popular Science "Ten Worst Jobs" list, but it makes the worthy point that:

The annual list is an important reminder that improving public health or adding to scientific understanding is not always easy or glamorous.

An interview with a Houston DIS provides some background on the necessary but neither easy nor glamorous work performed on behalf of public health.

* The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15) marked the beginning of a national push to increase awareness and boost HIV prevention in the Latino community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been sponsoring health fairs with a tie-in to NLAAD. A fair was held in McAllen on October 24. Fairs will also be held in Dallas (November 14) and Houston (November 21).

More catching up when I catch up!

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