LOS ANGELES – APRIL 28: Joe Mendoza, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) mobile testing program manager, uses the photographer’s finger to demonstrate how a lancet from the OraQuick Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test kit would be used to obtain a blood sample inside the AHF mobile HIV screening lab on its first day of operations April 28, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The test reports a client’s HIV status in only 20 minutes with accuracy reportedly greater than 99 percent using a single drop of blood drawn from the finger. AHF gives same-day counseling and support to walk-in clients who test positive to HIV. Rapid testing solves the problem of large numbers of people not returning for their test results from older methods that take as long as two week to return results. California’s multi-billion dollar pornography industry is currently in a voluntary 60-day moratorium following the recent HIV infection of two porn stars who had been in sexual contact with dozens of people in the adult entertainment industry. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Some in the Texas LGBT community are blaming social media and the influx of so-called ‘hook up apps’ for the number of growing HIV infection clusters identified in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, Houston, and San Antonio.
Brett Camp, the Texas regional director for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said technology can also be used to track HIV and AIDS cases. “They now have the ability to link how people were infected and if we’ve got somebody who is a ‘super-infector’.”
The volunteer LGBT group Impulse, which their website says is a “group dedicated to promoting healthier sexual lifestyles among gay men,” is urging everybody who uses the apps, both gay and straight, to be on alert.
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Source: DFW CBS