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- Thursday, December 1st, 2016 marked the 28th anniversary of World AIDS Day. In a Fox News interview, Robert Murphy, MD and Director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University, says that while a 20% decrease in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS in the last 10 years shows some improvement in the U.S., there has been a "net, multi-million increase" per year in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS world-wide. Murphy adds: "treatment and care have improved dramatically, and current therapies now are very safe, very effective...so anyone can find a medication to treat themselves." He warns, however, that current therapies are not a cure, since one's immune system is compromised before beginning medication, and complications occur throughout a person's life. Murphy would like to focus on the fact that there have been "remarkable successes" in the AIDS epidemic.
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- On March 25, 2016, Michael Angarone, D.O. and assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, weighs in on Zika in Illinois on the NPR show: The 21st. Dr. Angarone reports that his patients in IL are most concerned about their risk of infection, whether they should cancel their upcoming travel plans, and what to do if they become infected with Zika. Dr. Angarone adds that he hasn't gotten too many questions about Zika in IL because the weather is too cold for mosquitoes to spread Zika in IL. "The majority of individuals who become infected [with Zika] will be asymptomatic: 70-80% of people infected" Angarone relays. He adds that symptoms of Zika are similar to a viral infection, including fever, rash, body aches, and joint pains but that a unique symptom of Zika is conjunctivitis. Angarone that people who are symptomatic or pregnant women who are either symptomatic or have returned from an area affected by Zika get tested.