GermTraX
Tracking the spread of sickness and disease

Public Health News

Select a news feed

Breast infections: What to know

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:00 PST

Breast infections can happen for a variety of reasons. They are more common when a person is breastfeeding, but they can also affect people who are not. Learn more in this article.


What causes a loss of appetite?

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:00:00 PST

Loss of appetite can have many causes, including short-term infections, psychological or mental health conditions, cancers, and certain medications. In this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of appetite loss, along with treatments and home remedies.


What to know about HIV false-positives

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 PST

A false-positive HIV test occurs when a test incorrectly indicates that a person has contracted the virus. It can be stressful, and seeking support, taking another test, and learning the reasons for the result can help, as can taking measures to prevent contracting HIV in the future. Learn more here.


What are neutrophils and what do they do?

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 04:00:00 PST

Neutrophils are the most common form of white blood cell. They help the body respond to infection and heal damaged tissue. Levels in the blood can rise and fall due to many reasons, including infection, chronic conditions, drugs, and surgery. Learn more about what altered levels mean and how to test them here.


How can alternative treatments help with HIV?

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 PST

Alternative treatments and natural therapies can complement usual HIV medications to improve a person’s mental and physical health. In this article, we look at the benefits, risks, and possible drug interactions related to alternative therapy in people with HIV.


Red meat raises heart disease risk through gut bacteria

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:00:00 PST

A diet rich in red meat increases gut bacteria production of a compound that raises heart disease risk and reduces the compound's removal by the kidneys.


What is the normal pH range for urine?

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:00:00 PST

The acidity of urine varies greatly depending on a person’s diet and any medical conditions they may have. In this article, we discuss the normal pH range for urine, and what abnormal test results might mean.


What is the link between HPV and HIV?

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:00:00 PST

HPV and HIV are both sexually transmitted infections caused by viruses. They are separate conditions with different symptoms, treatments, and preventions. A person with HIV may be more prone to contracting HPV and experience worse complications. Learn more here.


Single-tablet regimens for HIV

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:00:00 PST

Following a single-tablet HIV regimen involves taking one pill per day. The pill will contain a combination of two or more antiretroviral drugs. In this article, we look at the benefits of the single-tablet regimen and provide a list of the relevant drugs.


What to know about genital herpes

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:00:00 PST

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection. It can cause blisters and sores around the genitals and anus, but it may cause no symptoms. This article provides an overview of the symptoms, causes, and treatments for genital herpes.


Herpes simplex: Everything you need to know

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:00:00 PST

Herpes simplex is a very common virus that affects billions of people globally. It can cause sores around the mouth or on the genitals and surrounding areas. Learn more about herpes simplex here.


How safe are probiotics?

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:00:00 PST

Products that contain probiotics are more popular than ever. A recent article asks if they are safe and whether the evidence backs up their claims.


Pictures and symptoms of common STDs

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:00:00 PST

Understanding the symptoms of common STDs can help people notice any changes in their bodies, so that they can identify the signs and get the right treatment. In this article, we provide a visual guide to common STDs with pictures, symptoms, and treatments.


Weight may affect the risk of flu hospitalization

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:00:00 PST

Hospitalization due to flu or flu-like viruses is more likely in underweight adults or those with obesity in the morbid range or higher, says a new study.


What are the complications of HIV?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:00:00 PST

While modern medical treatments have drastically reduced the risk of HIV complications, people living with HIV may be more prone to certain illnesses. Learn more here.


Infections and cancer: The link could be stronger than we think

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:00:00 PST

Study reveals a common cellular mechanism through which bacterial infection could promote cancer and increase resistance to anticancer drugs.


What to know about HAART for HIV

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:00:00 PST

HAART refers to any treatment for HIV that uses two or more antiretroviral drugs. Also called combined antiretroviral therapy, this regimen revolutionized HIV treatment in 1996, making it possible to manage HIV long-term. HAART can use seven classes of medication and over 30 antiretroviral drugs.


What is a 4th generation HIV test?

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:00:00 PST

Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect both HIV antibodies and p24 antigens, while the older tests can only check for antibodies. This means that the newer tests can identify HIV sooner. Learn more here.


HIV and hair loss: What's the link?

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:00:00 PST

While older HIV drugs may have caused hair loss, this is unlikely with modern medicines. In this article, learn more about the possible links between HIV and hair loss.


Differences between HIV-1 and HIV-2

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:00:00 PST

HIV-1 and HIV-2 are the two main types of HIV. Most people with HIV have HIV-1. Genetic differences between the two viruses mean that diagnosis and treatment of HIV-1 and HIV-2 can be different. Learn more here.