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Sydney Man Steven Spencer Contracts HIV Despite Taking PrEP Anti-HIV Drugs

A man in Sydney has contracted HIV despite taking PrEP anti-retroviral drugs. Advocates hope the case does not discourage potential patients from taking the medication.

Medicine March 23, 2019

CDC Study Says Most HIV Infections Are Transmitted By Undiagnosed Individuals

Eight in 10 new HIV infections were transmitted by people who do not receive the care they need to suppress the virus. The CDC launched an initiative to reduce new infections and keep those who are infected in treatment.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Injections Better Than Pills At Treating HIV

A new treatment for HIV promises to eliminate the need for daily pills to suppress the virus that causes AIDS. If approved, patients only need to visit a clinic once a month to get the necessary shots.

Medicine March 9, 2019

London Patient Could Be Second Person Cured Of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant

An HIV patient in London could be the second person to be cured of the AIDS-causing infection. He had hematopoietic stem cell transplant from a donor with a genetic mutation that prevents the expression of an HIV receptor.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Trump Puts Goal Of Eradicating AIDS Squarely In His Sights

President Donald J. Trump has joined the fight against HIV/AIDS. At his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he declared that he will ask for a budget that will go toward eradicating the epidemic in the United States.

Public Health February 6, 2019

Popular Gay Dating App Halts Registration Following Reports Of Underage Users Contracting HIV

The gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration. The decision was made after a report had emerged claiming that juvenile users contracted AIDS-causing HIV after going on dates that were set up through the app.

Public Health January 7, 2019

AIDS Patient Christopher Seerden Tried To Infect Cop With HIV By Biting Him In The Leg

Christopher Seerden asked a police officer if he wanted to have AIDS before biting him in the leg. Police later confirmed through medical records that indeed the 37-year-old HIV.

Public Health December 2, 2018

HIV Numbers In Europe At Record High, Says Report

Last year, Europe's human immunodeficiency virus cases increased, albeit at a slower pace than the previous years. Health officials urged government officials to take necessary actions to address the issue.

Public Health November 28, 2018

FDA Announces Approval For 2 New HIV Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs for patients diagnosed with HIV-1. Delstrigo and Pifeltro will be widely available across the country in the coming months.

Medicine September 3, 2018

‘Mosaic’ HIV Vaccine Shows Promise In First Human Trial

An experimental HIV vaccine showed promise of protecting healthy adults from contracting the deadly virus that killed millions of people in the past years. The drug showed it could boost the immune responses against HIV.

Medicine July 7, 2018

Man Wins Lawsuit For $18.4 Million Where Doctors Failed To Test Him For HIV

A man who contracted HIV and then AIDS, as a result, won an $18.4 million lawsuit. Doctors canceled an HIV test that would've showed he had the disease.

Medicine June 21, 2018

Three Victims Sue Ex-Gambian President Over Fake AIDS Treatment

The ex-president of Gambia is being sued for his fake AIDS treatment program that forced people to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs. The country is slowly making significant progress in response to HIV/AIDS.

Medicine June 1, 2018

British Man Gets Life Sentence For Deliberately Giving Men HIV

A man was found guilty of purposely trying to infect men with HIV by sleeping with them without using protection. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 but never sought treatment.

Public Health April 18, 2018

iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Editions Expected To Launch April 9

Apple has been collaborating with the (RED) foundation to fight against HIV/ AIDS and it's getting ready for another launch. According to reports, the company is about to launch iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Editions.

Apple April 9, 2018

ABC Reporter Karl Schmid Breaks Stigma, Reveals He’s HIV Positive In A Lengthy Facebook Post

ABC7 reporter Karl Schmid admitted publicly that he has been HIV positive for the last 10 years. In a Facebook post, Schmid said he held off the announcement because his peers told him that it would ruin his reputation.

Public Health March 26, 2018

Veteran AIDS Researcher Robert Redfield Appointed As CDC Head Amid Protests On Misconduct

Robert Redfield, a longtime AIDS researcher, has been appointed as the new chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His appointment is clouded by controversies in effect of the HIV treatment scandal in the 1990s.

Public Health March 22, 2018

Model Sues New York For Identifying Her As HIV Patient In AIDS Campaign Photo

After a state agency illegally used her stock photo for an HIV campaign, the NY court ruled in favor of Avril Nolan. The model can now pursue a lawsuit demanding payment for the emotional distress caused by the ad.

Public Health January 17, 2018

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

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