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HIV, AIDS indeed preventable

Twenty-one years ago, on Nov. 7, 1991, America was jolted with the news that basketball legend Magic Johnson had contracted HIV and would immediately retire. Almost immediately, Johnson began taking the antiretroviral drug AZT, and his health quickly improved. Just three months later, Johnson ret ...

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New Approach to HIV Vaccine Development: Tricking the Immune System

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2012) — A new AIDS study, published Oct. 22 in the journal, Nature Medicine, describes how a unique change in the outer covering of the virus found in two HIV infected South African women enabled them to make potent antibodies which are able to kill up to 88% of HIV types fr ...

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Cow’s milk – an unlikely HIV/AIDS cure?

Could cow’s milk cure HIV/AIDS? A study has claimed that antibodies from cow’s milk that protect against HIV can be potentially developed into affordable creams that can help protect humans against the infection. Dr Marit Kramski from Melbourne University found that when pregnant cows were vac ...

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Indonesia issues compulsory licenses for generic ARVs

The Indonesian government has issued compulsory licenses for the generic manufacture of seven different antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs used for the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis. According to Peter Maybarduk of the advocacy group, Public Citizen, the move “is the single broadest use of licensing pow ...

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Nobel Prize winner addresses advances in HIV/AIDS research

AUSTIN -- The man who first identified the virus that causes HIV/AIDS addressed physicians from all over Texas at the Scott & White scientific research gathering at The Driskill Hotel Monday. The subject was significant breakthroughs that may be on the way in AIDS research. Luc Montagnier, ...

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Elimination of Stigma and Discrimination high on Global Agenda

Four newly appointed UN Secretary General Special Envoys for HIV met in Geneva on 4-5 October 2012 to discuss a plan of action with Michel Sidibé, UN Undersecretary General and UNAIDS Executive Director. In addition to sharing the strategic priorities for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Eur ...

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Commonly Prescribed HIV Drug May Attack Brain Cells Leading To Memory Decline

The way the body metabolizes a commonly prescribed anti-retroviral drug that is used long term by patients infected with HIV may contribute to cognitive impairment by damaging nerve cells, a new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Nearly 50 percent of people infected with HIV will eventually develop ...

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All HIV Patients, Regardless Of Demographics And Behavioral Risk, Benefit From Effective HIV Care

Improved treatment options, a multi-pronged treatment model, and federal funding from the Ryan White Program have helped an inner city Baltimore clinic improve outcomes for HIV patients across all groups, including those most often hardest hit by the disease. Published in Clinical Infectious Disease ...

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Fresh Research on HIV Urges New Approach to Gay Men

WASHINGTON, Sep 7 2012 (IPS) - Unlike the flattening or even declining rates of HIV infection among nearly all other communities, the epidemic among gay men globally is rapidly expanding. But according to new research, the reason for this fast expansion is biological, not behavioural, thus counter ...

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FDA approves HIV treatment that combines four medications into one daily pill

CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - A new drug that contains four different medications to help treat HIV infection has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Gilead Sciences' Stribild is a once-a-day treatment that can help control the virus that causes AIDS. It is intended to be used on people who  ...

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New AIDS-like disease found in Asia, some cases in United States; not contagious

Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. Wha ...

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Global Fund Results Show Broad Gains Against HIV

GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results today that show a significant increase in treatment of HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The results show that 3.6 million people living with HIV are now receiving anti-retrovir ...

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An HIV test in the privacy of your own home

The fact that fewer than half of people living with HIV do not know that they are infected with the virus is a huge barrier to treatment scale up and realizing the benefits of treatment for prevention. The situation in some of the worst affected areas is even more serious––a recent national s ...

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US approves over-the-counter HIV home testing kit

The United States announced Tuesday that it had authorized the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Under the testing procedure, the OraQuick In-Home HIV test kit will allow purchasers to collect an oral fluid sample b ...

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, Joins the March on Washington

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is one of the greatest living moral icons of our time who was a key leader in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. His strength of conviction and outspoken activism to stop injustices-including the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in his own country and ar ...

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Forum examines HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean

CHICAGO - While many Caribbean nations and even the United States struggle to get a handle on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Cuba seemingly has the disease under control, and now has one of the lowest HIV/AIDS infection rates. When the first symptoms of HIV/AIDS appeared on that island nation in 1983, the ...

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Sharing research on recent HIV infection

We’ve added a new title to our series of illustrated leaflets. Called Very recent infection, the leaflet covers key information for someone who has recently been infected with HIV, a stage sometimes called ‘primary’ or ‘acute’ HIV infection. During this period, which may include a short  ...

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President of the International AIDS Society speaks on the strategic importance of the upcoming International AIDS Conference

Professor Elly Katabira, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS), visited UNAIDS on June 15 to speak on the strategic importance of the upcoming International AIDS Conference for the global AIDS response. The XIX International AIDS Conference will take place in Washington DC from July 22-2 ...

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UN Secretary-General presents progress report on AIDS response

t the 66th session of the General Assembly held on 11 June in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon introduced the 2012 report on the progress made in the implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS. Mr Ban highlighted th ...

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UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board discusses the need for a renewed focus on combination HIV prevention

If the vision of zero new HIV infections is to be achieved, a reinvigoration of HIV prevention is urgently needed. This will be most effective if a combination prevention approach is adopted, where multi-faceted and tailored programmes are implemented. An in-depth exploration of how such an approach ...

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