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  • Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

    04/25/2015 6:37:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 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 Gaëtan 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 FDA’s 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 HIV—and up to several months in rare cases—the 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 won’t 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. Don’t 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. They’d 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 Arafat’s 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 husband’s 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 André AIDS Program, Adolfo Lutz Institute, and University of São 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
    t’s 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 it’s 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 history’s 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 administration’s 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 Cuomo’s Ebola quarantine policy is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS. New York State’s 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 state’s 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...
  • Lawsuit: Pastor knew he had AIDS, had affairs

    10/14/2014 6:03:16 PM PDT · by Robwin · 32 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/14/2014 | PHILLIP RAWLS
    <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland.</p> <p>But from the very pulpit where he preached about God's love and service to the community, he delivered some stunning revelations: He had had affairs with women in the parish — and neglected to tell them he had AIDS.</p>
  • Similarities between Ebola and AIDS

    10/09/2014 8:46:54 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 7 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | Oct.11, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden compared Ebola with AIDS at a United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund forum held Oct. 9, in Washington, D.C. He stated: “I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,” Dr. Frieden is right asserts radio talk show host and author Chuck Morse. Ebola and AIDS are similar in terms of the politically correct approach by which both epidemics are being handled. We should learn from the mistakes of history and recall that back in the 1980's the...
  • Could Ebola Really Be the 'Next AIDS'? (How Many Ways Can You Barf?)

    10/09/2014 7:39:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Live Science ^ | Rachel Rettner
    The Ebola outbreak has been escalating in the past few months, but could it cause a global pandemic similar to that of AIDS, as was suggested today by a top public health official? Speaking at a meeting in Washington, D.C., today (Oct. 9), Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared the two diseases. "In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," Frieden said, referring to the Ebola outbreak. "And we have to work now so that this is not the world's next AIDS." Ebola...
  • CDC Director on Ebola: 'The Only Thing Like This Has Been AIDS'

    10/09/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 9th 2014 | Elizabeth Chuck
    The widening Ebola epidemic is reminiscent of the health threat caused by AIDS, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, urging action so Ebola "is not the world's next AIDS." "In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said at a World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where many countries pledged funds and services to try to stem the virus ravaging West Africa. "And we have to work now so that this is not the...
  • New HIV infections for African American women was 20 times that of white women

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/risk_HIV_AfricanAmericans.pdfThe estimated rate of new HIV infections for African American women was 20 times that of white women
  • American College of Pediatrics debunks the myth of “safe sex”

    10/06/2014 2:28:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Late last month, the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, released a policy statement entitled Contraception for Adolescents. The statement is an update to the Academy’s 2007 statement on the same topic. The update “provides the pediatrician with a description and rationale for best practices in counseling and prescribing contraception for adolescents,” according to the journal article. The abstract says: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians develop a working knowledge of contraception to help adolescents reduce risks of and negative health consequences related to unintended pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics seems to have taken...
  • U.S. Public Response to Ebola Could Echo Early Days of AIDS Epidemic

    10/05/2014 7:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October 5, 2014 | Lucy Westcott
    The outbreak of Ebola that has become a humanitarian crisis in West Africa finally reached the U.S. last week when a patient in Dallas, Texas was diagnosed with the virus. Ebola is not an airborne disease and is only transmitted through close contact with bodily fluids like saliva, feces and urine, but that hasn’t stopped a minor panic from setting in now that it has reached American shores. Global health experts are concerned that now, in the U.S., stigmatization of people from the three most affected countries in the region — Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — could follow. “On...
  • Origin of AIDS Pandemic Traced to the Democratic Republic of Congo

    10/03/2014 10:09:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    trove ^ | October 3, 2014 | Elliot Hannon, Slate
    Three decades after the world witnessed HIV begin to take its devastating human toll, scientists have isolated where the pandemic started in Kinshasa, in what was then Zaire, and now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The revelation is outlined in the journal Science, which dated the origin of the pandemic as early as the 1920s. While the virus is thought to have crossed into the human population years earlier, the Guardian notes, it remained largely localized until it reached Kinshasa, which catapulted throughout the region, and then world. A confluence of social factors led to what the authors call a...
  • Aids: Origin of pandemic 'was 1920s Kinshasa'

    10/03/2014 10:23:00 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 October 2014 | James Gallagher
    The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. An international team of scientists say a "perfect storm" of population growth, sex and railways allowed HIV to spread. A feat of viral archaeology was used to find the pandemic's origin, the team report in the journal Science. They used archived samples of HIV's genetic code to trace its source, with evidence pointing to 1920s Kinshasa. Their report says a roaring sex trade, rapid population growth and unsterilised needles used in health...
  • CDC: Gay men make up only 2% of US, but 63% of all new AIDS cases

    10/03/2014 8:36:08 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/1/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a new report that highlights the potentially lethal dangers of anal sex. In their most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the health agency said that while men with same-sex attraction make up only 2 percent of the total population, they accounted for 63 percent of all newly-diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases in 2010.  More than half of all AIDS-sufferers in the U.S. are homosexual, and most of them contracted it by engaging in anal sex. “Most gay and bisexual men acquire HIV through anal sex, which is the riskiest type of sex for...
  • One virus, four lives: The reality of being HIV positive

    10/02/2014 8:04:26 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 82 replies
    We agree to meet outside Pret A Manger on Southampton Row, central London. Waiting in the distance, through the grimy sunlight and the clatter of lawyers, City workers and literary types – all macchiatos and adrenaline – stands a frail-looking figure, bent over and clutching a walking stick. As I approach he smiles. His name is Hugh, he is HIV positive and he is 35 years old. What follows is a story we never hear. It is a tale of seizures and brain cancers, of mental illness short-circuiting anti-HIV medication. It is a story, far from unique, that has been...
  • CDC: Gay men represent 2% of the population, 52% of people with HIV

    10/01/2014 3:11:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    CBS ^ | 10-1-14
    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) make up 2 percent of the U.S. population but are the group most definitively affected by HIV, with 63 percent of those newly infected by HIV representing this group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly “Morbidity and Mortality” report shows that among persons newly infected with HIV in 2010, 63 percent were men who have sex with other men. Among Americans living with HIV, 52 percent were MSM – and a significant number of men with HIV are not receiving treatment. “Gay, bisexual, and other men who...
  • Behind the Increase in HIV Infections Among Gay and Bisexual Men

    09/30/2014 1:29:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 57 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Drew Altman
    Gay and bisexual men represent an estimated 2% of the U.S. population but more than half of all people living with HIV and 66% of new HIV infections. They are the only population group in the United States for which HIV infections are rising. Projections have shown that if current trends continue, half of all gay and bisexual men will be HIV-positive by age 50.
  • Kim Jong Un hasn’t been seen for weeks and no one is quite sure why

    09/26/2014 11:15:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/26/2014 | Adam Taylor
    In North Korea, political life revolves around Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Yet Kim appeared to have skipped a high-level governmental meeting Thursday – and no one seems to know quite why. Televised footage of the reopening of North Korea's Supreme People’s Assembly did not show Kim at the meeting, the Associated Press reports. South Korean officials tasked with keeping tabs on the North now believe that it is the first time that Kim has missed a meeting at Pyongyang's parliament since his father died in December 2011. In fact, Kim, usually a focus of North Korean state media, has...
  • Gay, bisexual men complacent about HIV testing, study finds

    09/25/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2014 | By Erin Allday
    Survey results released Thursday suggest a troubling complacency toward HIV among gay and bisexual men in the United States that public health experts say could undermine efforts to slow down or even stop spread of the disease. Fewer than 20 percent of gay and bisexual men have been tested for HIV in the previous six months — as recommended by national public health agencies — and nearly a third have never been tested at all, according to a survey conducted this summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The same survey found that gay and bisexual men were largely uninformed about...