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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

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

Outbreak Of Syphilis And HIV In Milwaukee Affecting Babies, Teens

Over a hundred people tested positive for syphilis and HIV in Milwaukee in a cluster infection. The outbreak of sexually transmitted disease among teens alarmed the health authorities.

Public Health March 9, 2018

Fake Doctor Arrested After Allegedly Infecting Dozens Of People With HIV In India

A fake doctor in India infected dozens of people with HIV by using the same syringe on multiple patients. He was arrested by the authorities and is set to face several charges in court.

Public Health February 8, 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

New Drug Capsule For HIV Treatment Could Someday Allow For Weekly Medication, Not Daily

A new drug capsule could one day allow once-a-week antiretroviral therapy for HIV rather than daily. The slow-release capsule could revolutionize HIV treatment delivery, combating one of the most prominent problems: adherence to treatment.

Medicine January 10, 2018

How Do You Stop The Spread Of HIV? Quarantine Those Infected, Suggests Georgia Lawmaker

Georgia lawmaker Betty Price has come under fire for asking whether there is legal basis for the quarantine of people infected with HIV. She has now spoken out amid the controversy, claiming her comments were taken out of context.

Public Health October 23, 2017

Knowingly Giving Someone HIV No Longer A Felony In California

California Governor Jerry Brown has now signed a bill lowering the punishment for HIV positive people who knowingly have unprotected sex with partners without telling them about their infection. Once a felony, it will soon just be a misdemeanor.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 9, 2017

Aetna Mailers Accidentally Expose HIV Status Of Thousands Of Clients

On July 28, possibly 12,000 Aetna clients received mailers from the health insurance provider, exposing private medical information. Clients are taking legal action as a result of the serious privacy breach.

Public Health August 26, 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

Kenya Becomes First African Nation To Test Generic HIV/AIDS Drug

Kenya is the first African country to get a generic version of dolutegravir, the current first-line drug for people living with HIV. Experts also highlight the continuing importance of antiretroviral therapy in tackling HIV/AIDS.

Public Health June 28, 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

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

Bill Gates Worried Trump's America First Might Jeopardize Foreign Aid That Prevents Deaths In Poor Countries

President Donald Trump's America First policy has a shotgun effect that might also hit global health care. Bill Gates and wife Melinda are worried about its effects on foreign aids that help save lives in poor countries.

Public Health February 14, 2017

Lab On A Chip Can Detect Disease Early But Costs Only A Penny To Make

The lab on a chip technology promises early detection of cancers and other diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV. This new device, which costs only less than a penny to make, will advance the cause of healthcare and accelerate research in the field of biomedicine.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 12, 2017

HIV Patients More Susceptible To Diabetes, Says Study

A recent study reveals that the risk of getting afflicted with diabetes mellitus is slightly higher in HIV-positive adults. The researchers surveyed data from MMP and NHANES for the purpose of the study.

Public Health January 31, 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

NIH Testing Injectable Cabotegravir To Prevent HIV: Move Over, Truvada?

Injectable cabotegravir is being tested by the NIH in an effort to develop other HIV prevention options. Currently, the oral tablet Truvada is the only HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis approved for use.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Study Suggests Blocking A Protein That Initiates Immune Response Can Actually Aid In Fighting HIV

A study performed by UCLA researchers revealed that blocking the Type I interferon protein, the functions of a failing immune system can be boosted, which in turn can fight against viral infections. The treatment is believed to be a stepping stone in the eradication of chronic infections like HIV.

Public Health December 26, 2016

Patients With HIV Have Nearly Double The Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

Heart attack and stroke risks are important health indicators. Now, researchers have found that those with HIV actually have double the risk, saying that the current risk prediction tool needs an update.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 24, 2016

Dentist May Have Exposed Nearly 600 Veterans To HIV and Hepatitis

A dentist at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center possibly exposed 592 veterans to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C by failing to follow standard infection control procedures. The dentist had been using his own equipment, cleaning and reusing it.

Public Health December 3, 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

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