Tag: HIV

Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV From Mice Genome Using CRISPR

Is a cure for HIV in the horizon? Scientists take a huge step forward by successfully removing HIV from the genomes of infected mice with the help of gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Biotech July 3, 2019

Private Insurance Policy Holders Could Soon Get Free Daily HIV Prevention Drugs

PrEP, a treatment that prevents the transmission of HIV, has received an 'A' recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This means that insurance will soon cover medicine for high-risk individuals at no cost.

Medicine June 13, 2019

Nearly 500 Pakistani Children Infected With HIV

Since April, 607 individuals have tested positive for HIV in Pakistan and most of the cases involve children as young as 2 years old. Experts say unsafe medical practices are likely the root of the outbreak.

Public Health May 22, 2019

Gilead To Donate HIV Prevention Pill Truvada To 200,000 People

American drug maker Gilead Sciences is donating up to 2.4 million bottles of Truvada to the CDC each year until at least 2025. This will allow 200,000 more people to have access to the life-saving drug.

Medicine May 10, 2019

Two Spa Patients Contract HIV After Getting Vampire Facial

Facials may be harmless most of the time, but health officials say it's important to be cautious when injections are involved like in 'vampire facials.' Two people who went for a vampire facial are now diagnosed with HIV.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2019

New Type Of Antibody Can Hold HIV Virus At Bay For 4 Months

A clinical trial of an experimental injectable drug was proven effective in suppressing the HIV virus among patients diagnosed with it. Researchers reported that it is as effective as taking a cocktail of pills every day.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Doctors Use HIV, Gene Therapy To Cure Bubble Boy Disease

Researchers developed a new way to treat SCID and doctors call this a cure. Children who received the new therapy are now producing the type of cells needed to fight infection.

Public Health April 17, 2019

More US Males Now Having Sex Before Age 13, Says Study

Teenagers on average used to have their first sexual experience at age 17. The number is lowering in recent years, according to a recent study based on two national surveys.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 11, 2019

Living HIV Patient Donates Kidney In First Transplant Of Its Kind

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine carried out the first-ever HIV-to-HIV organ transplant, where both donor and recipient are still alive. The milestone event challenges how the public views the debilitating disease.

Public Health March 29, 2019

3 Philadelphia Dental Practices May Have Exposed Patients To HIV And Hepatitis

Three dental clinics in Philadelphia may have exposed their patients to HIV and Hepatitis. The dental practices were prohibited from operating after the health department found out that they have unsafe infection control practices.

Public Health March 26, 2019

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

Düsseldorf Patient: A Third Person May Have Been Cured Of HIV

Just after the second patient ever to be cured of HIV was revealed, a third potentially successful case is announced from Germany. Both patients have been HIV-free since undergoing cancer treatment.

Medicine March 8, 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

CRISPR-Edited Babies Might Have Improved Brain Functions

Could the babies who were genetically modified to be immune to HIV receive an enhanced brain function because of the procedure? A study revealed that the gene associated with susceptibility to HIV plays a major role in memory and cognition.

February 22, 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

Singapore Says US Citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez Leaked HIV Record Of More Than 14,000 People

Singapore's Ministry of Health said the HIV-positive U.S. citizen who previously worked in the Southeast Asian city state leaked the confidential information online. Who is Mikhy Farrera Brochez?

Feature | Health January 28, 2019

Tattoo Artist Charged For Failing To Tell Sex Partners About Being HIV-Positive

A tattoo artist is being charged with six felonies after failing to inform sexual partners that he is HIV-positive. At least one of the women have tested positive for HIV.

Public Health January 12, 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

HealthPlus Surgery Center In NJ Faces Lawsuit For Exposing Nearly 3,800 To HIV, Hepatitis

A couple filed a lawsuit against HealthPlus Surgery Center alleging it exposed nearly 3,800 patients to bloodborne infections. One patient has so far tested positive for hepatitis C.

Public Health December 30, 2018

New Jersey Surgery Center May Have Exposed 3,778 Patients To HIV And Hepatitis

The HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook sent out a letter to 3,778 patients who may have been exposed to blood-borne infection. Most of those at risk are from New York and New Jersey.

Public Health December 25, 2018

Criminalizing Sex Workers Ups Risk Of Violence And STDs

Criminalization of sex work and purchase of sex further make sex workers vulnerable to abuse, violence, and sexually transmitted infections and diseases. A research that gathered data from 33 countries found that criminalizing sex work causes more harm than good.

Public Health December 12, 2018

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

UN Leaders Pledge To End TB For Good

The United Nations announced the effort to eliminate tuberculosis, which kills over 1 million people, worldwide. The UN General Assembly committed to provide 40 million people with the care they need within five years.

Public Health September 29, 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

UNICEF: Every 3 Minutes, A Teenage Girl Is Infected With HIV

Majority of those who were infected HIV in 2017 are women, according to a new report by the UNICEF. It sheds a light on the global AIDS crisis, and how girls are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.

Public Health July 26, 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

Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Vials of tuberculosis were accidentally released in two buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.

Public Health July 6, 2018

1 In 7 People Are Unaware They Have HIV, Encouraged To Get Tested For National HIV Day

For National HIV Testing Day, health officials are urging people to get tested while also finding new ways to bring awareness and prevent the virus. According to experts, 1 in 7 people are infected with HIV but are unaware of this.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 27, 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

Former Florida Police Officer Gets 8 Years In Prison For Not Telling Ex He Had HIV

A former Greenacres police officer was sentenced to eight years in prison. The 41-year-old is serving time in prison for not disclosing to his former sexual partner that he contracted HIV.

June 16, 2018

Hospital Tests 186 Patients For HIV After Nurse Reused Syringes

A nurse at a Cherokee Nation hospital reused syringes causing 186 patients to be tested for HIV. The nurse violated hospital protocols by reusing the same syringe on multiple patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2018

A 25-Year-Old Arkansas Man Gets 50 Years In Prison For Intentionally Contracting HIV To Infect Others

Stephen Koch, 25, of Arkansas admitted that he wanted to intentionally spread his HIV to his dates. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison on June 4 and must register as a sex offender.

Public Health June 7, 2018

HIV Drug Linked To Less Condom Use During Sex: Study

HIV-negative people who take pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs are using condoms less and less, according to a new study. As condom use drops, HIV risks rise.

Public Health June 7, 2018

Men Who Hide Their Sexual Preference Are At Risk Of HIV Infection, Study Claims

A University of Edinburgh research team found in a study that men who hide their sexual preferences are at risk of catching an HIV infection. The research team noted that the undisclosed men could get the disease from each other.

June 5, 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

Bill Gates Tells Story About The 2 Times He Explained To Donald Trump The Difference Between HPV And HIV

Bill Gates told a story to an audience where it showed that the current president of the United States doesn't know the difference between HPV and HIV. Gates had to explain the difference between the two on two separate occasions.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 18, 2018

HTLV-1 Virus Threatens Australian Aborigines: International Coalition Calls On WHO To Eradicate HIV’s Distant Cousin

An international coalition of medical virologists urged the WHO to implement strategies to eradicate the HTLV-1 virus. HTLV-1 is a distant relative of HIV, which can also be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse.

Public Health May 11, 2018

Scientists Show HIV-Infecting Cells During Sex Intercourse In This 2-Second Video

Researchers created a video to show a T cell as it transmits HIV to another cell. The visualization shows that it went after the epithelial cells above the macrophages.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 8, 2018

HTLV-1: Incurable Sexually Transmitted Virus Threatens Aboriginal Communities

The HTLV-1 is a blood-borne and sexually transmitted virus linked to AIDS-causing HIV. It does not have any cure and causes deadly complications like leukemia and a severe lung disease called bronchiectasis.

Public Health April 24, 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

Grindr Will Now Stop Sharing HIV Status Of Users After The Practice Was Exposed

Grindr faced backlash from its users after a research firm discovered that the app was sharing their HIV status data to third-party companies. Grindr defended the practice, but it was clearly at fault in protecting the privacy of its users.

Public Health April 3, 2018

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