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Amazon Echo (Product) RED Now Up For Preorder: Support The Fight Against AIDS

Amazon has launched preorders for the Amazon Echo (Product) RED, a red version of the second-generation smart speaker for the same price of $99. Amazon will donate $10 out of every purchase of the device to the fight against AIDS.

Smart Home November 21, 2017

More Than Half Of People Infected With HIV On Life-Saving Antiretroviral Treatment

More than half of HIV-infected people are now on life-saving treatment. Experts, however, said that more could have been done given the amount of money spent for battling AIDS epidemic.

Medicine July 21, 2017

Top Members In Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Resign Because 'Trump Doesn't Care About HIV'

Six top members of Trump’s presidential advisory council on HIV/AIDS have resigned on June 13 to protest the administration’s lack of HIV/AIDS policies. What will happen to the ongoing fight against this disease?

Public Health June 19, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

West Virginia Becomes 29th US State To OK Medical Marijuana

West Virginia became the 29th state in the United States to legalize medical marijuana. The new law will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for terminally ill and support 16 medical conditions including cancer and AIDS.

Public Health April 20, 2017

Syringe Vending Machines In Las Vegas May Help Lower Hepatitis C And HIV Transmission Rates

The new syringe vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada will dispense clean needles for free to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. How do these machines work?

Public Health April 15, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

Public Health April 12, 2017

On World Health Day: Global Effort Necessary To End HIV/AIDS

Health organizations plan to continue the great progress in HIV treatment and prevention. Consistent efforts by PEPFAR are getting close to ending the AIDS pediatric epidemic in Africa.

Public Health April 7, 2017

Under New Bill, Not Disclosing HIV-Positive Status To Sex Partner Faces Lighter Punishment

New legislation seeks to downgrade some HIV-related felonies to a misdemeanor. Once it passes, it will no longer be a felony for someone to have consensual sex with others and expose them to HIV/AIDS without their partners knowing.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Therapeutic Vaccine Strategy May Be 'Functional Cure' For HIV Patients

A therapeutic vaccine strategy may be a 'functional cure' for patients with HIV, a new study revealed. The clinical trial found the vaccine is effective in controlling HIV levels without the need for antiretroviral drugs.

Medicine February 23, 2017

Combining 3 Antibody Drugs Shown Effective In Suppressing HIV

A new research at the Rockefeller University has shown that HIV can be suppressed by combining three antibodies in the treatment. This checks the ability of the virus to escape the immune system and mutate.

Medicine January 28, 2017

Apple Turns (RED) For World's AIDS Day, Boosting Efforts And Donations To Fight HIV And AIDS

Apple has expanded its partnership with Bono's (RED) foundation to help provide HIV/AIDS medication and has increased its efforts for this initiative. The company is donating a percentage of Apple sales made with Apple Pay and is putting up (RED) signs at 400 of its stores.

Apple December 1, 2016

WHO Releases New HIV Self-Testing Guidelines Ahead Of World AIDS Day

The WHO has released new guidelines for HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day. People can use finger-prick tests or their oral fluid to check their HIV status in private settings.

Public Health November 30, 2016

Researchers Reformulate HIV Vaccine, Ready To Begin Clinical Trial In South Africa

New HIV trial will begin in South Africa, in the attempt to diminish and even eradicate this disease. The subjects taking part in this trial will be monitored for two years after being administered the medication.

Public Health November 26, 2016

New Antibody Can Neutralize 98 Percent Of HIV Strains

The newly identified N6 antibody was found potent in neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains making it an attractive candidate for developing a potential treatment or preventive tool for HIV infection. What makes this antibody different?

Medicine November 20, 2016

'Patient Zero' Was Innocent: New Study Shows HIV Spread In The US Earlier Than Previously Thought

New research denies the influence of 'Patient Zero' on the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. in the 1980s. Far from being the epicenter of the disease, Gaétan Dugas was simply a patient who volunteered to help the research.

Public Health October 27, 2016

HIV Testing Shortfalls Could Limit Attainment Of Global Targets: WHO

Shortfalls in testing capacity could seriously undermine efforts to attain global targets against HIV/AIDS, a new WHO report revealed. Researchers suggest the improvement of both national and international measures.

Public Health August 24, 2016

People Hospitalized For Infection At Increased Risk Of Dying From Suicide

People who were hospitalized with infection have increased risk for suicide death, new research suggests. The risk is higher in those with HIV, AIDS or hepatitis.

Public Health August 11, 2016

Taking Anti-HIV Pill Before And After Sex Could Prevent Infection

Findings from a new study show that taking anti-HIV pills before and after sex can lower the risks of developing an HIV infection. The anti-HIV pill also helps lower the rates of condom usage among the participants.

Public Health July 21, 2016

Gay Men In The US Can't Donate Blood: 'Very Bizarre And Perverse Situation,' Says Gay Lawmaker

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, an openly gay member of Congress, is calling on the FDA to lift the ban on gay men who wish to donate blood. The ban creates a 'very bizarre and perverse' situation.

Public Health June 17, 2016

Can Charlie Sheen-Endorsed LELO HEX Condoms Be A Game Changer In STD Prevention?

The 'condom of the future' is here and Charlie Sheen is endorsing it. Will the innovative LELO HEX condom be a game changer in sexual health and help prevent HIV?

Biotech June 16, 2016

UN Vows To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

The recently concluded United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York announced that they have concrete plans to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The said meeting was well-attended by stakeholders from different fields.

Public Health June 11, 2016

California Governor Signs Bill To Allow Organ Transplant Between HIV-Infected People

The first organ transplant between an HIV-positive donor and an HIV-positive patient in California can take place this month. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on May 27 that made the procedure legal.

Public Health May 28, 2016

More Than 1,100 Sign Up For Trial Of New HIV Drug In Australia

A clinical trial in Australia for the new HIV drug recruits over 1,100 participants. According to doctors, the PrEP drug called Truvada could help in significantly reducing the rates of infection.

Medicine May 24, 2016

New York Gov. Cuomo Announces Legislations To End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushes to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state. The leader set out new legislation to curb the problem by enhancing testing and access to treatments for patients.

Public Health May 15, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau Allocates $785 Million To Support Fight Against Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis

Canada has pledged an additional $785 million CA to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country has a duty to lead by example.

Public Health May 10, 2016

HIV Cure In Three Years? Scientists Confident To Snip Out Deadly Virus With New Gene Editing Techniques

A new gene editing system may eventually cure HIV, one study presents. This special method is said to snip out HIV from cells infected by the virus.

Life April 3, 2016

Is Gene Editing Our Best Weapon Against HIV?

Gene-editing tool could replace antiretroviral therapy as treatment for HIV. CRISPR/Cas9 was able to eliminate HIV in infected human T cells in culture.

Life March 26, 2016

Men And Women Need Different Levels Of Truvada To Prevent HIV Infection

Latest study has found that women need daily doses of the HIV drug Truvada while men only need two doses a week. This is due to the way that the anti-HIV infection medication accumulates in different tissues in the body.

Life March 5, 2016

Drug-Coated Vaginal Ring Helps Protect Women From HIV

Two African studies have showed that a vaginal ring coated with an AIDS drug offered modest protection for women. However, there's a surprising age disparity in results, possibly due to irregular use of the anti-AIDS vaginal ring in younger segments.

Life February 23, 2016

Study: HIV Strains Becoming Resistant To Key Antiretroviral Drug Tenofovir

A new study has found that strains of HIV in Africa are becoming resistant to a key antiretroviral drug. If the resistance spreads, this could turn treatment and prevention for HIV/AIDS difficult.

Life January 29, 2016

Charlie Sheen Opens Up About Struggles With HIV Diagnosis During Interview With Dr. Oz

Charlie Sheen appeared on 'The Dr. Oz Show' and revealed his struggles with HIV. According to the actor, he has surpassed the dark moments and is now ready to dedicate his life to finding a cure for the disease.

Life January 12, 2016

US Ends Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

Gay and bisexual men can donate blood if they've abstained from sex with a man for one year, the FDA says. The new policy lifts the lifetime ban put in place 30 years ago.

Life December 22, 2015

Scientists Claim 'Super Condom' Can Help With War Against AIDS

HIV prevention just received a new ally dubbed as the 'Super Condom.' A team of Indian-American researchers created a hydrogel-based condom that contains anti-HIV properties that kill the virus in case the condom breaks.

Life December 17, 2015

Photos From Around The Globe: Here's How World AIDS Day Was Celebrated

Take a virtual tour around the world to see how thousands helped to raise awareness on World AIDS Day. Participants donned red ribbons on Dec. 1 to remind everyone that the AIDS and HIV pandemic is still a huge problem.

Internet Culture December 3, 2015

Life Insurance Company To Offer Coverage For HIV Patients

Prudential Financial Inc. partnered with AEQUALIS to start offering life insurance to people living with HIV/AIDS. The announcement came on World AIDS Day.

Life December 2, 2015

You Can Help Fight AIDS By Taking Selfies

Snapchat has partnered with Bono's RED AIDS-fighting organization to help fight AIDS. On Tuesday Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, each Snap taken with a certain filter will raise $3 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Apps/Software November 30, 2015

AIDS Now Top Killer Of Teens In Africa: UNICEF

UNICEF's new global data showed AIDS is now the top cause of death among teenagers in Africa. Around the globe, AIDS is the second most common cause of death among adolescents.

Life November 28, 2015

Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV Infection But Many Health Providers Do Not Know About It: CDC

The CDC released a report on the need for increased awareness among primary health care providers on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. This drug is taken daily by high-risk individuals to prevent being infected with the potentially fatal pathogen.

Life November 26, 2015

15.8 Million: Number Of People On HIV Treatment According To UN AIDS Program

UNAIDS officials revealed that the number of people receiving treatment for HIV infection has doubled in the last five years. The agency said that from the 7.5 million individuals who had access to antiretroviral treatment in 2010, the number has swelled to 15.8 million people in 2015.

Life November 25, 2015

Anti-HIV Drug For Infants Counters Virus In Breastmilk

A study found that babies who are given up to a year of liquid HIV drug formula, while being breastfed by HIV-positive mothers, were protected from infection. It emphasized the need to educate moms about continuing risks of HIV transmission to babies.

Life November 24, 2015

Vitamin D Deficiency May Impact Efficacy Of HIV Treatment

Vitamin D deficiency may limit the effects of current HIV treatment. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive patients with adequate levels of vitamin D are more likely to respond to anti-retroviral therapy.

Life November 19, 2015

The Truth About HIV and AIDS (And What You Should Stop Believing)

Charlie Sheen admitted that he is HIV positive and want s to educate the public about his disease. Here are some things you should know about HIV and AIDS.

Life November 18, 2015

Marketplace Silver Plans Offer AIDS, HIV Patients Limited Access To Drugs

A mere 16 percent of silver insurance plans – the most popular in the marketplace – fully cover the top 10 HIV/AIDS drug therapies and charge customers less than $100 in a given month. An expert warned that HIV is an exception in insurers' usually unified formulas.

Life November 15, 2015

California Voters To Decide Whether Or Not Actors Should Wear Condoms In Porn Films

People in California will soon vote on the fate of a referendum that would require adult film actors to wear condoms during explicit sex scenes. The new measure, which was designed to provide protection for adult film performers from sexually transmitted diseases, has qualified for a ballot initiative set for November 2016.

Life November 6, 2015

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