Category Archives: Public Health

Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed annually on May 18th to recognize and thank all the dedicated individuals working to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

As Battle over Transgender Bathroom Policy Rages, Legacy Warns of Mental Health Consequences

All Gender Restroom Sign

Top Texas doctor specializing in transgender care: ‘I don’t want my patients pushed into even higher-risk categories.’

The Pulse: Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Legislation, Zika Virus Update in Houston and more

On The Pulse this week, we dig into the the following headlines: – Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, discusses “religious freedom” legislation – Legacy’s Dr. Ann Barnes, Chief Medical Officer, updates listeners on the pregnant woman in Houston who tested positive for Zika – Kathy Bilnoski of Faithful Paws talks about using mans best …

First Legacy Patient Tests Positive for Zika as Houston Flooding Sure to Boost Mosquito Population

Health center re-issues advisory to its patients. And to Congress. HOUSTON – Legacy Community Health, one of the nation’s largest community health centers, today announced its first patient, a pregnant woman, testing positive for Zika virus.  The woman had lived in El Salvador, where the virus is widespread, prior to coming to the U.S. earlier this year, …

PrEP: A Game changer in HIV Prevention

In America, new HIV-infection rates continuing to rise in many at-risk communities, prevention is the key in getting to zero new HIV infections. A new option in HIV prevention is pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP. PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool that, when combined with other prevention methods, can greatly reduce a person’s …