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  • Bad News from HIV discoverer: 'To develop a cure is almost impossible'

    07/23/2015 2:42:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/23/2015 | Meera Senthilingam
    She's the woman who co-discovered HIV in 1983, and won a Nobel Prize for her work. But next month, French scientist Francoise Barre-Sinoussi will retire from her lab. She spoke with CNN at this week's International AIDS Society Conference, in Vancouver, about activism, the future of HIV and why there's still no cure -- as well as answering questions submitted by our readers on Twitter. Q: At the beginning, the epidemic was in San Francisco in the gay community. How have you seen this change over time? A: The epidemic changed in the gay population, for example, because they were...
  • Obama Heads to a Kenya in Turmoil on His First Visit to the Country as President

    07/23/2015 10:52:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    vice ^ | 7-23-2015 | Jacob Kushner
    Millions of Kenyans are celebrating the long-awaited return of Barack Obama, who on Friday will visit his father's homeland for the first time as president to attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi. Obama's visit will focus on economic development and counterterrorism efforts within the country against the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, but it comes amid widespread abuse by Kenyan security forces of Muslims, refugees, and journalists. This has raised worries among rights advocates that he risks lending undue legitimacy to one of Africa's more unscrupulous regimes. Similar concerns have been voiced about a presidential tripto Ethiopia that...
  • CDC advise on AIDS prevention: Talk about it and have sex

    07/18/2015 6:09:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2015 | Dustin Siggins
    Over the last 30 years, HIV/AIDS has killed hundreds of thousands of people in America. Despite tremendous advances in medicine that allow victims of HIV/AIDS to live long, healthy lives, it is still a devastating disease that was diagnosed in nearly 14,000 people who died in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And most of those men were what the CDC calls “men who have sex with men,” or MSM (a specific CDC label).In fact, MSM “accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections” in 2010, despite making up,...
  • Cuba Just Eliminated HIV Transmission between Mother & Baby

    07/01/2015 6:52:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Quarks and Quasars ^ | July 1, 2015 | Posted By: Jolene Creighton
    Thirty years ago, HIV was a death sentence. But not any more. The World Health Organisation has just confirmed that Cuba has become the first country in the world to effectively eliminate mother-to-baby transmission of HIV. Notably, they also state that they have eliminated the transmission of syphilis. Director general of the WHO, Margaret Chan, stated that the advancements made as a result of this breakthrough simply cannot be overstated, calling it, one of the greatest public health achievements possible. She told the press, this is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and...
  • HIV / AIDS Cases In Hillsborough Rise For Past Three Years

    06/30/2015 7:39:15 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 38 replies
    <p>TAMPA Health officials in Hillsborough County are keeping a close watch on the rising number of HIV/AIDS cases in the area.</p> <p>The Florida Department of Health reported 272 new cases of the human immunodeficiency virus in Hillsborough County in 2012. In 2013, that number jumped to 347, and in 2014 it jumped again to 445.</p>
  • ISIS fighter is executed for spreading Aids to at least one other Islamist and 15-year-old sex slave

    06/24/2015 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 23, 2015 | By JOHN HALL
    Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have brutally executed an Aids-infected jihadi after he was accused of knowingly passing on the illness to at least one other terrorist via donated blood. Positive tests on a Egyptian jihadi who received infected blood, his 15-year-old Yazidi sex slave, and at least two Saudi nationals who also raped the girl, proved the illness has already spread and there are now claims at least one of the terror group's local commanders may also be infected. Other ISIS fighters who had raped the helpless Yazidi sex slave and identified at least two Saudi...
  • Kim Jong-un Claims to Have Cured Aids, Ebola, Sars and Mers With Single 'Miracle Drug'

    06/19/2015 11:55:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Mirror ^ | 19 JUNE 2015 | STEVE WHITE
    North Korean officials said scientists had developed Kumdang-2 from ginseng and other ingredients - which they chose not to revealKim Jong-un claims to have succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed... by producing a single drug which can prevent and cure Aids, Ebola, Sars and Mers. North Korea is currently suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history while still pursuing a nuclear programme. The official Korean Central News Agency said the portly despot's scientists developed miracle drug Kumdang-2 from ginseng and other ingredients - without saying which. North Korea claimed the same drug cured deadly...
  • Federal officials want to spend $20B on AIDS drugs, based on 45 cases

    06/11/2015 4:48:15 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 14 replies
    Pharmaceutical Processing ^ | 06/11/15 | Jane M. Orient, M.D.
    The AIDS industry and its government allies were just waiting for evidence to justify a change in policy. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, which sponsored the trial, said he had had no doubt how it was going to turn out. The trial was stopped early, when a (statistically) significant difference of 53 percent favoring the treatment group was announced . Many patients have been reluctant to start early treatment because of drug side effects. Newer regimens are more tolerable. The 53 percent difference is likely to persuade many to opt for...
  • San Francisco Considers Health Warning on Soda Advertising

    06/09/2015 2:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. The "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance" would require health warnings on advertising within city limits on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity.
  • MASSIVE CROWD Watches As ISIS Hangs Homosexual By His Feet Then Tosses Him Off Building

    06/02/2015 4:58:40 PM PDT · by familyop · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 2, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    A massive crowd assembled to watch ISIS rebels throw another gay man off a building top this week. Hundreds of spectators came out to watch the brutal public execution. It looks like they drove their cars to the execution! The hung the man from his feet and then let him drop! The execution was most likely filmed in Nineveh Province where the Islamists have murdered several gay men. Tweet Translation: Media Office for # and Aah_ninoy Establish the limit on the reaction of the workers of sodomites ISIS is reportedly using flirting squads to single out gay men for trial...
  • Porn Actors Will Have To Wear Goggles Under New California Regulations (goverment at 'work')

    05/28/2015 2:34:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | 13:59 EST, 28 May 2015 | By Louise Boyle For Daily Mail Online
    Porn stars may soon be forced to wear goggles along with condoms as part of a stricter set of rules for adult film sets. According to a proposed set of regulations in California, published on Thursday by the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, goggles could soon be introduced as a way of preventubg the spread of STDs. The goggles were just part of a plan which includes film producers paying for medical visits and Hepatitis B treatments and making sure there are proper showers on set. The 21 pages explain in graphic detail the preventative measures aimed at...
  • Trade agreement could limit access to medicines

    05/16/2015 2:49:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 5/15/15 | Rebecca Trager
    A leaked draft of a trade agreement under negotiation among 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan, contains language that could delay the entrance of generic competition for much-needed medicines and keep pharmaceutical prices high, according to the Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR), an international non-profit headquartered in New York. The organisation is lending its voice to those expressing similar concerns, like humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. Although details of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been kept confidential, leaked texts of the treaty have offered some clues, such as its embrace of intellectual property protections that go...
  • APOSTATE PASTOR RICK WARREN AND ELTON JOHN HOLD HANDS, JOKE ABOUT KISSING EACH OTHER [Jeremiah 23]

    05/15/2015 8:12:56 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 44 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | 5/9/2015 | Geoffrey Grider
    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind [Homosexuals], Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 (KJV) Laodicean church pastor Rick Warren appeared in Congress with pop icon and outspoken homosexual Elton John on Wednesday to ask for more money for AIDS research. They were clearly having such a good time that they started holding hands as you see in the photo. Did Rick ever...
  • Clinton Foundation distributed useless drugs to AIDS patients

    04/26/2015 8:11:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 4/26/15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK While skimming tens of millions of dollars from U.N. levies imposed on airline travelers, the Clinton Foundations Clinton Health Aids Initiative worked closely with a pharmaceutical company in India to distribute drastically substandard generic antiretroviral drugs to Third World countries that had no chance of helping HIV/AIDs patients, according to a Wall Street analyst. As WND reported Wednesday, over the past six weeks, Charles Ortel shared with WND, prior to publication, the results of his six-month, in-depth investigation into what he characterizes as an elaborate scheme devised by the Clintons to enrich themselves. WND reported Thursday the...
  • Clinton Foundation distributed useless drugs to AIDS patients

    04/26/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 35 replies
    WND ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jerome Corsi
    NEW YORK While skimming tens of millions of dollars from U.N. levies imposed on airline travelers, the Clinton Foundations Clinton Health Aids Initiative worked closely with a pharmaceutical company in India to distribute drastically substandard generic antiretroviral drugs to Third World countries that had no chance of helping HIV/AIDs patients, according to a Wall Street analyst. As WND reported Wednesday, over the past six weeks, Charles Ortel shared with WND, prior to publication, the results of his six-month, in-depth investigation into what he characterizes as an elaborate scheme devised by the Clintons to enrich themselves. WND reported Thursday the...
  • Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

    04/25/2015 6:37:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/25/15
    The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. The HIV outbreak, the biggest in state history, is centered on Scott County near the Kentucky border and now includes at least five cases in neighboring Jackson County, officials said. "We likely haven't reached the peak of this outbreak, but we hope to soon through the continued comprehensive response made possible by the joint efforts of so many people...
  • Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debate (Uranium, Kazakhstan, mining, profit, RATS, greed)

    01/31/2008 9:38:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 2/01/08 | Alex Spillius
    Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debateBy Alex Spillius Last Updated: 3:02am GMT 01/02/2008 Bill Clinton used his influence with the president of Kazakhstan to help a business friend gain a lucrative uranium mining deal, it has been claimed. Bill Clinton: influence The report in the New York Times will raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest that the former president could face if he returns to the White House as "first gentleman" and raised the spectre of the financial scandals that dogged the Clintons in the White House. Mr Clinton has already began cutting his links to Ron...
  • DOH: 20 new HIV cases each day (homosexuals account for 79% of cases from 1984-Feb 2015)

    04/12/2015 5:46:20 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 31 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | 4/12/2015 | Not given
    According to the latest report by the Department of Health (DOH) last February, 20 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are diagnosed every day. This is almost 50 percent higher from the number of cases reported daily in 2012.
  • An Old New Way To Stop AIDS

    04/02/2015 2:44:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    By signing a religious freedom bill that provoked a hail of criticism, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did a brilliant job of diverting attention from something deserving of commendation. That same day, he took a wise step to contain an outbreak of HIV infections in southern Scott County. Since December, more than 80 new cases have been identified in the county. That's up from five in a normal year and the worst epidemic the state has ever seen. Pence was advised by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that stopping the epidemic would require opening a needle exchange --...
  • HIV-related cardiovascular diseases worry medics

    04/01/2015 7:13:57 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 10 replies
    Observer.UG ^ | 3/31/2015 | Rachael Ninsima
    There is growing concern among scientists that inflammation caused by HIV and the side effects of some antiretroviral drugs, especially protease inhibitors, are increasing cardiovascular risk among people living with HIV. This was revealed during the fifth annual East African health and scientific conference held in Kampala last week. It was held under the theme; Investing in health through strengthening regional health systems and institutions towards the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are heart and blood-vessel-related conditions, including hypertension, stroke, heart attacks and heart failure, among others and these account for nine per cent...
  • (Atlanta) Half of newly diagnosed HIV patients have AIDS, Grady testing finds

    03/21/2015 5:24:34 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 23 replies
    Wabe.org ^ | March 20, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    Atlanta is ranked number one among US cities when it comes to the rate of new diagnoses of HIV. Experts say that's because routine HIV testing is not offered in the places where most people get their health care. By the time patients are diagnosed in Atlanta, almost one third have advanced to clinical AIDS. Since starting a routine testing program in 2013, Grady Hospital has diagnosed an average of two or three patients with HIV every single day.
  • Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds (Truvada?!?)

    02/24/2015 7:54:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 4:20 PM EST | Marilynn Marchione
    For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test on demand use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to...
  • How the AIDS epidemic really began

    02/22/2015 1:28:28 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | 02/22/2015 | Stephen Lynch
    In Randy Shilts history of AIDS, And the Band Played On, he tells the story of an Air Canada steward named Gatan Dugas, who suffered from what Dugas called gay cancer and infected 40 people or more with HIV. He was, Shilts wrote, Patient Zero. Modal TriggerDugas, through his extensive travels and unrepentant, unprotected sex even after he was diagnosed, undoubtedly helped spread AIDS. But was he the man who brought the disease to America? In the new book, The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Rain Forest (W.W. Norton), author David Quammen says no.
  • Cuban super-AIDS most aggressive ever studied in humans.

    02/20/2015 8:08:00 PM PST · by akalinin · 23 replies
    19.February.2015 | PAYTON GUION
    CRF-19, a fast acting HIV variant found recently in Cuba.
  • Aggressive HIV strain turns into AIDS within just 3 years say Belgian scientists

    The strain, CRF19, can transform from an infection to full-blown AIDS within just three years. That is considerably faster than the average conversion time of around 10 years - and can be so quick that a person may not even realise they are infected. Scientists were prompted to investigate amid a rising number of patients in Cuba suffering rapid progression to AIDS within three years of infection.
  • Aggressive HIV strain identified in Cuba, develops into full-blown AIDS in three years

    02/16/2015 7:04:10 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 26 replies
    News Everyday ^ | 2/15/2015 | Staff reporter
    A strain of HIV that could develop into AIDS before patients realize they are infected has been identified in Cuba. This HIV strain if not treated develops into full-blown AIDS within three years, according to a new study.
  • Aggressive new HIV strain detected in Cuba

    02/15/2015 7:30:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    upi.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2015 | Denise Royal
    A new HIV strain in some patients in Cuba appears to be much more aggressive and can develop into AIDS within three years of infection. Researchers said the progression happens so fast that treatment with antiretroviral drugs may come too late. Without treatment, HIV infection usually takes 5 to 10 years to turn into AIDS, according to Anne-Mieke Vandamme, a medical professor at Belgium's University of Leuvan. According to the study, published in the journal EBioMedicine, Vandamme was alerted to the new aggressive strain of HIV by Cuban health officials who wanted to find out what was happening.
  • Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust

    01/27/2015 7:28:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a marvelous chapter in the Book of Proverbs that ought to be studied by every young person who must live in this lustful world. Its sets forth plainly the stance that any son or daughter of God should have regarding the lust so often celebrated by this age.Many preachers and teachers wince at the Book of Proverbs on this topic since it tends to portray seduction and lust as coming from women.However it must be recalled that Proverbs features a father speaking to his son....
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Gay Men Can Donate Blood If Abstinent for 1 Year, Says FDA in New Policy Lifting Lifetime Ban

    12/28/2014 12:32:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier. In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter. "Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts FDA proposal on gay sex (calls it too restrictive)

    12/24/2014 3:43:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | December 23, 2014 | Trevor Eischen
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the FDAs proposed new policy on blood donations from gay men, saying that while the recommendation is a step forward it is still discriminatory. The liberal legislator and potential 2016 presidential candidate tweeted that the FDA must have courage to set policies based on science in order to commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screenings. The policy, introduced Tuesday by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, would replace a 30-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men with a new rule permitting donations from men...
  • The U.S. Government Should Stop Discriminating Against Gay Blood Donors (New Republic)

    12/23/2014 12:16:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 16, 2014 | Elaine Teng
    ... Currently, the FDA bans men who have had sex with other men at any time since 1977 (the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States) from giving blood based on their heightened risk for HIV. Because it still takes about two weeks after exposure to detect HIVand up to several months in rare casesthe HHS recommends the one-year deferral period to be safe, following in the footsteps of the U.K., Sweden, Australia, and Japan. The new rule would be a step in the right direction from a government that has long clung to outdated conceptions of HIV...
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular has advanced in the intervening...
  • FDA panel wont support eliminating ban on gay men giving blood

    12/10/2014 5:57:39 AM PST · by wagglebee · 43 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/9/14 | Dustin Siggins
    A FDA panel has declined to support lifting the lifetime ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.The ban, which has been in place for over 30 years, has grown increasingly controversial in light of groups such as the American Red Cross and the American Medical Association joining homosexual activists in saying the ban is based upon unscientific discrimination. However, supporters of the policy say keeping it in place is based on sound science and risk assessment, given that a majority of HIV/AIDS carriers are MSM, and the number of MSM who use condoms to prevent...
  • FDA advisers mull lifting ban on gay blood donors

    12/02/2014 12:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 3:26 PM EST
    Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure against the policy from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks. The ban dates from the first years of the AIDS epidemic and was intended to protect the U.S. blood supply from exposure to the little-understood disease.
  • Ending AIDS Requires Strategy, Funding

    12/01/2014 5:42:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 12/1/14 | Joe DeCapua
    December 1st, is World AIDS Day. In the 35-years of the epidemic, about 80-million people have become infected with HIV and nearly 40-million have died. But great progress has been made in recent years in preventing and treating the disease. UNAIDS the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS has set a goal of ending the epidemic by 2030. An advocacy group says a strategic plan and much funding are needed to achieve that goal.
  • Obama FDA Considers Lifting Ban on Sodomites Donating Blood

    12/01/2014 4:08:35 AM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 20, 2014 | Timothy Brown
    Again, this is another move under the Obama administration to put the American public in danger while promoting what is clearly an unhealthy lifestyle. The Food and Drug Administration advisors will be meeting the first week in December to talk about lifting a thirty year old prohibition on sodomites donating blood. ------------- Let me ask you America, would you be willing to run that risk of a sodomite donating blood with the slim chance that he may just give you HIV? Wouldn't that be like me offering you a coke with the possibility that it contained only 1% poison? Would...
  • Government could ease 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men

    11/29/2014 7:53:09 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/29/2014 | Brady Dennis
    The federal government is on the brink of lifting restrictions put in place more than three decades ago when regulators, alarmed by the spread of the virus that causes AIDS, barred men who had sex with other men from donating blood. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will begin a two-day meeting on the issue Tuesday, amid growing calls from medical groups, gay rights activists and lawmakers to jettison the ban as outdated and discriminatory.
  • Study Finds Most With H.I.V. Dont Take Medicine

    11/26/2014 6:43:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2014
    Just 30 percent of Americans with H.I.V. have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, health officials said Tuesday. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with H.I.V. in 2011 were not consistently taking drugs that suppress the virus. Of that number, 66 percent had been given an H.I.V. diagnosis but were not getting regular care; 20 percent did not know they were infected; 10 percent were prescribed antiretroviral medicines but were still not able to get the virus under control; and 4 percent were...
  • Gay Blood Donation Ban Could Be Lifted: Gay men may donate blood if abstinent for a year.

    11/14/2014 7:17:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 11/14/2013 | By Nikki Schwab
    Gay men just got a step closer to being able to donate blood. Since 1983, men who have had sex with men anytime since 1977 were barred from donating blood, a policy put in place because of the HIV/AIDs epidemic, which especially ravaged the gay community in its early years. But on Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety voted 16-2 to tweak the ban, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, suggesting instead that men who have had sex with men could give blood, but with a caveat. Theyd have to be abstinent for...
  • 'Only Arafat Could Have Brought Peace', Says Widow

    11/12/2014 4:04:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/14 | Giulio Meotti & Elad Benari
    Former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafats widow, Suha Arafat, believes her late husband is the only who could have brought peace. "Many say that my husband was an obstacle to peace. We saw, after his death, what happened to peace," she said on Wednesday, speaking to the Italian daily La Repubblica on the 10th anniversary of her husbands death. "History will tell whether Arafat was right to declare the Intifada, Arafat, who lives in Malta with her daughter, told the newspaper upon being asked about the armed resistance advocated by her husband. But now we have millions of refugees. We...
  • Can HIV be transmitted via manicure instruments?

    11/11/2014 6:24:58 AM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    Medical Press ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
    In the article "An HIV-1 Transmission Case Possibly Associated with Manicure Care," Elaine Monteiro Matsuda and coauthors from Santo Andr AIDS Program, Adolfo Lutz Institute, and University of So Paulo, Brazil, describe the case of a 22-year-old woman who had advanced HIV infection but no apparent risk factors for acquiring HIV. She reported having shared manicure instruments years before with a cousin who was later found to be HIV-positive. Genetic analysis of the viruses from both patients suggests that they shared a common viral ancestor, indicating the possibility that HIV was transmitted via the manicure instruments.
  • AIDS French scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure

    11/04/2014 6:45:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.biznews.com ^ | 11-04-2014 | Staff
    ts the holy grail of HIV and AIDS research: the search for a cure for the virus that attacks the immune system, allowing life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Significant strides have been made with pharmaceutical drugs antiretrovirals that help those diagnosed as HIV positive to manage their condition, and live longer, healthier lives. But so far, a cure has proved elusive. Now French scientists believe they have uncovered the genetic path by which two men were spontaneously cured of the HI virus. They believe its an exciting discovery which could offer a new strategy in the...
  • 'I can infect whomever I please': HIV-positive woman steals frozen food from Texas Walmart...

    11/01/2014 8:27:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 1, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Dallas police arrested Diamond Lawrence Thursday after she allegedly stole $11 worth of frozen food from a Walmart and then attacked the employee who stopped her. She scratched him in an attempt to draw blood and infect him with HIV, police said. Then told him, 'You're welcome.'A woman tried to swipe a stack of frozen dinners from a Texas Walmart by threatening a store clerk with HIV, police said. Dallas police arrested 25-year-old Diamond Lawrence Thursday after she allegedly attacked an employee in a bid to give him the virus and make off with $11 worth of stolen food. Lawrence...
  • Ebola response ignores historys lessons: Risks from AIDS were discounted and thousands died

    11/01/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2014 | Robert Knight
    The last time we treated a deadly disease as a political problem instead of using time-tested medical precautions, we doomed many hemophiliacs to early deaths, along with hundreds of thousands of homosexual men. I was thinking about the HIV-AIDS epidemic while perusing the Obama administrations latest rationales for rejecting mandatory, 21-day quarantines of health care workers and others coming from Ebola-stricken nations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the incubation period for Ebola is two to 21 days. Why not err on the side of safety? The similarities are striking. When HIV-AIDS erupted in the early...
  • Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

    10/29/2014 3:43:23 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 10 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesfreePress ^ | October 29, 2014 | AP/Staff
    <p>NEW YORK Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.</p> <p>John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He says Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"</p>
  • Anti-American Disinformation on Ebola and AIDS

    10/28/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/28/14 | Cliff Kincaid
    U.S. will continue to get a black eye internationally for trying to save the lives of black Africans Stories that the Pentagon manufactured Ebola in a laboratory have been surfacing in a number of U.S. and foreign media outlets, helping to create even more of a panic over the spreading disease. A new variation of an old Soviet charge, it is designed to besmirch the reputation of the United States in black Africa. In the hands of Russian disinformation specialists, it could spark protests against the stationing of U.S troops in Africa to restrict the Ebola outbreak.
  • NYT: AIDS Activists Oppose Cuomo on Ebola Quarantines

    10/27/2014 9:16:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Josh Barro
    Gov. Andrew Cuomos Ebola quarantine policy is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS. New York States imposition of a 21-day quarantine on health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa is not supported by scientific evidence and may have consequences that are the antithesis of effective public health policy, according to a letter released Monday with signatures from over 100 H.I.V. activists, researchers and clinicians. They consider the states quarantine policy unacceptable even though, as Governor Cuomo announced Sunday night, affected people will be able to serve...
  • A Look at Ebola

    10/21/2014 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/21/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Ebola virus disease (EVD) was first identified in 1976, in what was then called Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The name comes from the Ebola River, a tributary of the Congo River in central Africa, where the majority of EVD epidemics have occurred. However, recent outbreaks are now in Western Africa, and involve major cities, as well as rural areas. WHO pegs the average EVD case fatality rate at around 50%. Outbreaks in the past have logged case fatality rates of 25 to an astonishing 90 percent. Recently, symptoms of this dread disease have been well-publicized. Indeed,...
  • Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

    10/18/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2014 12:46 PM EDT | David Crary
    The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.The Human Rights Campaign, which recently has been focusing its gay-rights advocacy on same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination issues, joined those ranks with the release...