When I began writing for Healthline News in April 2013, I worked as a GA reporter. But I quickly began to specialize in public health/infectious diseases, which at the time comprised the bulk of Healthline’s pharma advertising (Gilead’s HIV and Hepatitis C drugs, then Abbvie’s entry into the Hepatitis C market).
Josh Robbins (Imstilljosh) and I became the first to report on PrEP, the HIV prevention pill, when even health news sites such as Healthline still were calling the pill too “irresponsible” to write about. The mainstream media did not pick up on PrEP until much, much later.
What a sea change there has been in how the medical establishment views that pill — even as other STIs among men who have sex with men have skyrocketed, and as older people increasingly find themselves unable to use PrEP due to bone density loss. These side effects are the very drawbacks that the pill’s detractors, who often are viewed as pariahs, claimed would happen.
Here’s my paid writing portfolio on news stories pertaining to infectious diseases and public health. Please click on the hamburger menu in the upper right hand corner of the page to see my other writing portfolios.
Killer “Smart Bacteria” learn to wreak havoc in the gut
Girls who play soccer suffer more concussions than football players
Climate change may be making our nation sick
Too many melanoma survivors are still seeking sun
Dirty Dozen: Here are the World’s Most Dangerous Bacteria
Give peanuts to infants? New allergy recommendations may surprise you
Cervical cancer death rates are higher than everyone thought
Cardiac arrest may have ‘domino effect’ in hospitals
Children are burning their eyes by playing with laundry pods
Strawberries top the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables containing pesticides
Lawmakers ask hospitals to stop simultaneous surgeries
Where you live may determine your risk of dying from certain cancers
Chewing gum can damage the digestive system, even if not swallowed
HIV patients have nearly double the heart attack risk: Study
‘Weekend warrior’ workouts linked to longer lives
Is your illness viral or bacterial? A new rapid blood test can tell
Black community leaders join forces to fight HIV
Though rare, it is possible to develop drug-resistant HIV while on PrEP
We just cured Hepatitis E – and you may not even know what that is
Delaying vaccinations is not OK, doctors say
Genetically engineered T-cells block HIV without drugs
Why people with HIV must stop smoking
Chronic Lyme Disease debates reaches U.S. Capitol
How Ebola is (and is not) like HIV/AIDS
Real-life “Dallas Buyer” remembers an era – and says he’s lucky to be alive
Oil boom helps fuel surge in HIV in North Dakota
Has PrEP launched Round 3 of the Sex Wars?
HIV care shifts from caring for the dying to caring for the aging
Research shows Hepatitis C can spread through sex, men with HIV at high risk
Life expectancies for people with HIV continue to improve
HIV: What’s my transmission risk? And other FAQs for sero-mixed couples
How not talking about sex could kill you
Syrian Crisis Sounds Alarm on Global Polio Outbreak
Harvoni takes the sting out of Hepatitis C treatment
HIV by the numbers: Facts, statistics and you
Combatting HIV by ZIP code
Doctors battle insurers for access to pricey Hepatitis C drugs
FDA: Condoms not approved for anal sex
Scrolling Scruff with PrEP
Why the leader of America’s largest HIV care organization wants you to wear a condom
Are gay men more interested in ecstasy than a pill to prevent HIV?
Why you should get behind the transgender equality movement
How gay bullying of bisexuals fans the flames of HIV
Sure you’re Bi. Wink, wink.
Bisexual men have sex with women, too. CDC labels it MSM?
Is PrEP necessary when your partner is HIV-positive and undetectable?
TASP and the importance of starting HIV treatment immediately upon diagnosis
Nancy Mahon of MAC AIDS Fund says it’s time to view HIV and Hepatitis C as one problem
Study: While STI rates remain high, HIV infections almost non-existent when PrEP provided for free
AHF’s ‘Straight Outta Condoms’ and Gilead’s ‘PrEP Up Alabama’ Focus on Prevention in Black Communities
6 Things to Think About When Considering PrEP