13 posts from June, 2012

Take an HIV Test. Take Control.

Posted June 27th, 2012 by

“CDC estimates that 55 percent of adults – and 28 percent of adults with a risk factor for HIV – have not been tested.  Too many people living with HIV are being tested and diagnosed too late to take advantage of effective HIV treatment and prevention options.”
Dr. Kevin A. Fenton, Director,
CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Today Is National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day, now in its 17th year.  Given that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV and one in five is unaware of his or her infection, the goal of this annual event is to promote regular testing and early diagnosis.

If you haven’t gotten tested recently, here are three quick ways to locate a testing center near you:

Scared to take the test?  It’s perfectly understandable.  But there are good reasons to do it.  If you test negative, you can be certain of your status. If you test positive, you can begin receiving specialized care and treatment to help you stay healthy. You can also look to the 3,000+ patients in PatientsLikeMe’s HIV community for information and support.

More than 30 years after the discovery of AIDS, things are very different.  Thanks to advances in treatment, you can live a long, productive life with HIV, just like basketball legend Magic Johnson, who is now 20 years post-diagnosis and recently narrated an ESPN documentary about his experience entitled “The Announcement.”

So don’t put it off – get tested today.

Quote of the Day: Jamie Heywood

Posted June 25th, 2012 by

PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman, Jamie Heywood

“People often think of PatientsLikeMe as a social network, and I think what they miss is the fundamental part of our invention. What we’re really building is the first medical record designed to answer questions directly for patients. Not to do billing, not to do some other component of the healthcare system. To actually answer questions for patients.

Paul Wicks, the Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe, put down this question: ‘Given my status, what is the best outcome I can hope to achieve, and how can I get there?’  Another way of saying that – because I think that reflects our real mission – is how do we collect all of the meaningful health variables that will allow us to predict the patient’s future and give them the tools to understand how to improve that and all of the elements they care about in their lives?”

– PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman, Jamie Heywood