Diagnosed HIV cases plummet during pandemic — but that’s probably bad news

New HIV diagnoses dropped 17% in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. But the drop in new cases might not be something to celebrate. In fact, experts are concerned that thousands of people across the country are living with undiagnosed infections … Read more

Monkeypox mutates at unprecedented rate, study finds

Researchers investigating the monkeypox virus said it appears to have mutated at an unprecedented rate — much quicker than experts initially predicted, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the medical journal Nature Medicine on Thursday, found that there were an average of 50 mutations in samples from this year when … Read more

Los Angeles County reports 14 total probable cases of monkeypox as infections slowly rise across US

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — As the number of monkeypox infections continues to rise across the US, Los Angeles County public health officials on Thursday reported 14 total probable cases in the region. LA County confirmed its first presumptive case of monkeypox on June 2 after an adult county resident traveled, and had a known close … Read more

US FDA authorizes Covid vaccines for children as young as 6 months

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months, opening the door for vaccinating millions of the youngest American children. The agency authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years of age, and Moderna Inc’s shot for those aged 6 months to … Read more

CDC issues bizarre tips for sex while having monkeypox

Americans who think they might have been exposed to monkeypox should take precautions like masturbating 6 feet apart from their partner to prevent the spread of the virus, according to health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month issued a list of safe activities for sexually active patients to engage in. … Read more

CDC Issues New Guidance on Monkeypox Symptoms as US Cases Balloon – NBC New York

The US has reported 72 cases of monkeypox across 18 states in the last month, making it the country’s largest monkeypox outbreak ever. That total has grown significantly since the beginning of June, when just 19 cases were confirmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance Tuesday about how to identify monkeypox … Read more

fda: US FDA advisers move Covid-19 shots closer for kids under 5

Covid-19 shots for US infants, toddlers and preschoolers moved a step closer Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up to Moderna’s two shots for the littlest kids. The panel is set to vote later Wednesday on whether to also recommend Pfizer’s three-shot series for those youngsters. The outside experts voted … Read more

14 NYC Cases, ‘Greater Risk’ for Some Men in LGBTQ Community – NBC New York

The number of monkeypox cases in New York City continues to tick up, with 14 likely cases now found within the five boroughs, and city officials are telling one group in particular to be on alert. The 14 people have tested positive for orthopoxvirus, the city’s health department said Tuesday. The monkeypox virus belongs to … Read more

Kids’ immune systems weakened after COVID lockdowns

Children are becoming infected with up to three different viruses at the same time after widespread COVID-19 lockdowns eviscerated their immune systems, doctors have warned. Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut has reported staggering numbers of young patients with cases of the adenovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human metapneumovirus, influenza, and parainfluenza—in addition … Read more