The BBC reports that there has been a sharp rise in the purchase of fake HIV test results in Uganda. Persons testing positive for HIV are compelled to purchase negative test results from health professionals in order to secure work. Infection carries a heavy social penalty in Uganda.
In 1996 The Independent called Stephen Crohn, “The Man Who Can’t Catch AIDS”, after they found his white blood cells had a genetic defect that made him resistant to the virus even when tested with “HIV concentrations thousands of times greater than would be encountered outside a test tube.” Being “immune” to HIV, he saw all of his friends die and last month, took his own life at age 66.
According to the New York Times, two patients in Boston infected with HIV have been virus-free for two weeks after having bone marrow transplants for blood cancer. The international AIDS conference announced on Wednesday that their antiretroviral drugs were stopped and improvements have continued to have been made. One of the patients has been off [...]
A report released by UNAIDS details decreasing numbers of HIV in South African children. These improved numbers do not mean the country can become complacent though.
Baby cured of HIV. Cardinal apologises for sexual vibes. Queen in hospital. Rodman tells Obama to call Kim Jong Un. Private spacecraft docks with ISS. Granddaughters launch Mandela wine in US. Pistorius bill R1miilion so far.
I came across a hard-hitting article on my iPad from the latest issue of TIME magazine, entitled “Generation of Orphans: South Africa’s AIDS epidemic forces grandmothers to parent again. Here it is in it’s entirety.
A team of South African scientists has discovered that certain people’s blood is capable of producing antibodies that can kill nine of ten known strains of HIV.
Good news! It’s time for another government backpedal! After revealing to you on Friday that the government approved a tender for R22,5 million to supply banned HIV Testing kits, the decision has been reversed. The tender process is now also under scrutiny.
Canadian researchers recently received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commence testing an HIV vaccine on humans.
Visitors to Cape Town (let’s face it, the migration to the Mother City for the summer has definitely started) may appreciate it if you point out Table Mountain to them tomorrow evening. With 1 December marking World Aids Day, the City of Cape Town has agreed to light up the natural wonder in red between 7pm and 11pm.
I’ll just leave this here: A female doctor from Brazil has reacted to the frequent robberies Sobardinho property by studding the walls around her property with HIV-infected needles to keep burglars away. We know this because she’s kindly put up a hand-written sign,saying “HIV positive blood. Do not trespass.”
Two recent medical studies claim that antiretroviral medications could help protect healthy people from contracting the HIV virus through sexual contact. How? Just drink an antiretroviral daily! The findings claim that this could greatly cut a person’s infection risk by as much as 73%. If this is true, then humanity could be looking at a potential game-changer in the fight against AIDS.
While the rest of us have been wondering whether or not people are born gay, India’s Health Minister has know all along: that it is in fact a disease from the West. The only thing he is still struggling with is identifying sufferers from this illness as it is “difficult to find them because you don’t know who is doing it and where they are.”
Hooray for science. US government scientists say they have discovered three powerful HIV antibodies, the strongest of which neutralizes 91% of HIV strains, more than any HIV antibody yet discovered. Details inside.
I’m not entirely sure what to think of lady Gaga’s latest outfit that she wore on Thursday’s edition of “Good Morning America”. She said that the outfit was based on a condom. Where on God’s green earth does this woman come up with these ideas?
In November ’09, Aids activist group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) launched a campaign to remove an ad on ETV by the Christ Embassy church. In the ad the church claims they cure Aids. This week, finally, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) managed to force ETV to pull the ad. A little too late as it turns out.