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HIV/AIDS News Archive - April 2015

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Voice of America -
Young Women Bear HIV Burden
April 30, 2015 - It’s been 34 years since HIV/AIDS was officially declared an epidemic. While much progress has been made in recent years through treatment and prevention, younger generations remain vulnerable to the virus.
Read more... Voice of America - News - Africa -

Norway is a 'herpes hotspot', while syphilis searches are highest in Mississippi: Maps reveal the most Googled STDs by region
April 30, 2015 - They are often an embarrassing topic that leaves many people unwilling to talk about them, let alone own up to having one.
But analysis of popular search terms on Google has revealed the areas around the world that seem to be most concerned with sexually transmitted diseases.
By far, the most searched for term globally is HIV and AIDS, followed by herpes and then Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can cause cervical cancer.
Read more... Daily Mail - Science -

In Minnesota, 307 new HIV cases, nearly 8,000 living with infection
April 30, 2015 - Minnesota recorded 307 new HIV cases last year, bringing the number of residents living with the infection to nearly 8,000 and prompting advocates to call for more supportive housing, medication therapy and other services to stop the disease from spreading.
Read more... Star Tribune - Health -

Quebec OKs bid for Montreal safe-injection sites
April 30, 2015 - The Quebec government has given the green light to a project introducing facilities in the Montreal area where drug users can legally and safely inject themselves, but it's still far from becoming a reality.
Read more... CBC - News -

YouTube -
GIV - The HIV Positive Poster
Published on Apr 29, 2015 - The aim of this video is the stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV currently face in Brazil. Though the HIV epidemic is more than 30 years old, in which we had enormous advances in treatment and prevention, the stigma still persists.
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France could ease ban on gay men giving blood after ECJ ruling
April 29, 2015 - European court of justice ruling suggests identifying individuals involved in high-risk behaviour rather than excluding all gay and bisexual men
France could loosen its ban on gay men giving blood after the European court of justice ruled in favour of adopting less restrictive measures than excluding all gay men who have ever had sex.
Read more... The Guardian - World -

Vangardist Magazine prints entire issue using ink infused with HIV-positive blood
April 28, 2015 - HIV is more than just three letters – it’s an entire issue.
Read more... New York Daily News - News -

Eight People Executed For Drug Offenses in Indonesia
April 28, 2015 - Statement from Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance
Indonesians should be ashamed of their government's atrocity earlier today. The execution of these eight people for non-violent drug offenses will do nothing to reduce the availability of drugs in Indonesia or other countries, or protect people from drug abuse. All it demonstrates is the savagery of which governments are capable.

HIV groups call on PrEP maker Gilead to seek Health Canada nod
April 28, 2015 - Gay men’s health and HIV prevention organizations are calling on the manufacturer of a drug that can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection to file an application with Health Canada so that HIV-negative people in Canada can more easily access Truvada.

Relative infectivity of HIV-1 acute phase may be overestimated
April 28, 2015 - In the study, researchers evaluated previously published estimates measuring the relative hazard (RH) of transmission during the acute phase, and developed a new measure using excess hazard-months (EHM) of acute phase infection. EHM was determined using RH and acute phase duration. Measurements of trajectory viral load throughout the acute phase were used, rather than the previous practice of peak viral load.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

As Circumcision Wounds Heal, HIV-Positive Men May Spread Virus To Female Partners, Study Shows
April 28, 2015 - In the midst of an international campaign to slow the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization recommends male circumcision (the surgical removal of foreskin from the penis) which reduces HIV acquisition by 50-60%. However, scientists report that a new study of HIV-infected men in Uganda has identified a temporary, but potentially troublesome unintended consequence of the procedure: a possible increased risk of infecting female sexual partners while circumcision wounds heal.

Stopping HIV in its tracks
April 28, 2015 - Oak Crest scientists develop novel subdermal implant for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
Is the end of HIV near? Findings published this week in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report that a novel, subdermal implant delivering potent antiretroviral (ARV) drugs shows extreme promise in stopping the spread of HIV.
Scientists from the Oak Crest Institute of Science, in Pasadena, CA, report that they have developed a matchstick size implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, that successfully delivers a controlled, sustained release of ARV drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects. "To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose," says Dr. Marc Baum, president and founder of Oak Crest.

Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) -
David Furnish Announced as Grand Marshall of Pride Toronto Parade
April 28, 2015 - The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is very pleased to announce that our Chairman, David Furnish, will serve as Grand Marshall for the Pride Toronto Parade on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
As a native son of Toronto, David is very proud to lead the parade for the largest Pride celebration in North America. It reflects his deep commitment to supporting the human rights of LGBT people everywhere and ending homophobia, one of the principal drivers of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) -
CAAN Launches National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Campaign in Ottawa
Ottawa, ON (April 28, 2015) - Think Global - Act Local: Indigenous People and HIV & AIDS
The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Hepatitis Services, BC Centre for Disease Control have partnered to launch a month long National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Campaign. The launch event will be co-hosted by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada on May 1 st from 11am to 2pm in the Parliament Block in Ottawa. Additional events will be held in Halifax, Vancouver, Red Deer, Saskatoon, and Opaskwayas First Nations in Manitoba.

Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit -
Call for Abstracts: North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit VIII
April 28, 2015 - The eighth North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit will be held on September 14 - 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Abstracts are now being accepted for oral or poster presentations. For information about formatting your abstract, and for a list of topics of interest, please visit the North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit website. The deadline for abstract submission is May 29, 2015.

Toronto Star -
David Furnish to lead Toronto’s 2015 Pride Parade as grand marshal
April 28, 2015 - Toronto native, filmmaker and husband of superstar musician Elton John coming back to his roots for parade on June 28
He's using the visit to give back, appearing as the guest of honour at a private reception to benefit Pride Toronto and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, of which Furnish is the chairman. The event is being held by Canadian philanthropist Salah Bachir, a Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research founding member and past Pride Toronto grand marshal.
AIDS is something that hits close to home for Furnish. “I watched lots of friends die very horrible, lonely, very stigmatized deaths, where they were filled with so much shame,” he said.

HIV funding not adequately reaching women, girls – study
April 28, 2015 - Organizations of women living with HIV and women’s rights organizations in Uganda are not adequately accessing funding although billions of Ugandan shillings were spent on HIV and Aids in previous years.
This is according to the first-ever rapid assessment report of the status of access to funding by organizations of women living with HIV, gender and human rights.
The study was conducted in all districts in Uganda in 2014 by the International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) and funded by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
Read more... New Vision - News -

Brains of HIV-Positive Elders Have Less Alzheimer's-Linked Damage
April 27, 2015 - Elderly people with HIV/AIDS have fewer lesions of Alzheimer's disease in their brains than their HIV-negative peers, new findings presented here at Touro College Research Day show.
Read more... The Touro College and University System - Tuoro College News -

HIV home test kit goes on sale in UK
27 April 2015 - The first legally approved HIV self-test kit that allows people to get a result in 15 minutes at home has gone on sale in England, Scotland and Wales.
Unlike other kits, these tests do not need to be sent off to a lab to get the results.
It works by detecting antibodies on a small drop of blood, which are often only detectable three months after the infection is caught.
Experts warn that any positive tests must be reconfirmed at clinics.
Read more... BBC - News - Health -

HIV prevention and risk behaviors follow weekly patterns
April 27, 2015 - Better understanding of HIV-related behaviors could lead to better ways to improve health, reduce transmission
The peak time for seeking information on topics related to HIV, such as prevention and testing, is at the beginning of the week, while risky sexual behaviors tend to increase on the weekends, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Monday Campaigns.
The researchers also found that among people living with HIV, adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is slightly lower on weekends, and evidence indicates an association between breaks in daily routine and sporadic interruptions to ART adherence.

Georgetown is 1 of 6 institutions in new District of Columbia Center for AIDS research
April 27, 2015 - An interdisciplinary, city-wide consortium of institutions, including Georgetown University Medical Center, has received a significant National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to establish the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR).
The consortium, led by George Washington University, also includes Howard University, American University, the Children's National Medical Center and the Washington DC VA Medical Center. The five-year NIH grant totals approximately $7.5 million.

SciDev.Net -
New app for managing HIV treatment failure
27 April 2015 -[KAMPALA] - A health informatics specialist in Rwanda has developed a computer-based application to help clinicians reduce medical errors in managing HIV treatment failure.
Read more... SciDev.Net - News -

HIV Is Linked to Getting a Buzz on Less Alcohol
27 April 2015 - People with replicating HIV feel the effects of drinking with less alcohol than those with a fully suppressed viral load or HIV-negative people. Publishing their findings in AIDS and Behavior, researchers analyzed data from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study, including survey responses from 1,478 HIV-positive (divided between those with detectable and undetectable viral loads) and 1,170 HIV-negative men who said they were current drinkers.
Read more... AIDSMEDS - Treatment News -

HIV home test kit goes on sale in UK
27 April 2015 - The first legally approved HIV self-test kit that allows people to get a result in 15 minutes at home has gone on sale in England, Scotland and Wales.
Unlike other kits, these tests do not need to be sent off to a lab to get the results.
It works by detecting antibodies on a small drop of blood, which are often only detectable three months after the infection is caught.
Experts warn that any positive tests must be reconfirmed at clinics.
Read more... BBC - News - Health -

Funds for HIV/AIDS fight start to dry up
27 April 2015 - HA NOI (VNS) - Organisations involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and control need to chase funding as sources are drying up, a workshop in Ha Noi on Friday was told.
Read more... Viet Nam News - Society -

First DIY test for HIV goes on sale in UK: Self-testing equipment has a 99.7 per cent accuracy
27 April 2015 - The 99.7 per cent accurate BioSure HIV Self Test enables people to test themselves when and where they like
An HIV self-testing kit is on sale for the first time in the UK.
Read more... Daily Mail - Health -

7 Institutions of HIV Infection
April 26, 2015 - The spread of HIV is bigger than two people having sex or sharing needles.
On a micro level, HIV is spread from one person to another via sexual intercourse, childbirth, or the sharing of needles. But on a macro level, HIV infection is perpetuated by the teachings, policies, and beliefs of a few institutions that have a sweeping impact on the viewpoints and actions of others. In the beginning of the HIV epidemic, a lack of knowledge and understanding of the disease were to blame. Today, the misplaced morals and judgmental policies keep the disease alive and place everyone at risk of HIV.
Read more... Advocate.Com - Health - HIV & AIDS -

April 26, 2015 - Many famous people have acquired the HIV virus or have died from AIDS. The first famous person to announce that he had AIDS was actor Rock Hudson, who died from the disease in 1985. In 1991, Los Angeles Laker basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive. Tennis star Arthur Ashe, who died from AIDS in 1993, contracted the HIV virus during open-heart surgery. Other celebrities who have died from AIDS include Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty on TV's "Gunsmoke"; figure skater John Curry; pianist Liberace; Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for the rock band Queen; actor Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"; and Robert Reed, who played the father on TV's "Brady Bunch."
Read more... The Athens NEWS - David Bruce -

HIV patients today ‘can live long, healthy lives’
April 26, 2015 - TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Treatment of HIV positive patients has come a long way since the early 1980s, when it was considered a death sentence.
Read more... Washington Times - News -

Aidsmap -
Expanded vaccination and treatment could help eliminate hepatitis B worldwide
25 April 2015 - While universal infant hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination has already led to major advances in reducing new infections in some settings, further expansion of prevention and treatment are needed to significantly reduce HBV transmission and liver disease mortality, according to an analysis presented at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) 50th International Liver Congress this week in Vienna, Austria.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Hepatitis B -

The Georgia Straight -
Vancouver men who have sex with men can get tested online
April 24th, 2015 - Hey guys, now you've got even less excuses for not getting checked for sexually transmitted infections.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and Health Initiative for Men have joined forces to make it even easier for gay, bisexual, and all other men who have sex with men (MSM) to get tested through Canada's first web-based program.

 International HIV/AIDS Alliance -
Epidemic of Fear
24 April 2015 - Martin Choo, in his essay for our first edition of AIDS Today, sums up how HIV is “the epidemic of fear”.
He makes the point that there have been “tremendous gains” with regards to science and medication yet for many people “scientific progress has had limited effect on their daily lives”.
Read more... International HIV/AIDS Alliance - News -

Indiana HIV outbreak, hepatitis C epidemic sparks US alert
April 24, 2015 - Federal health offirds to science and medication yet for many people “scientific progress has had limited effect on their daily lives”.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

Transgender patients are dodging doctors
April 24, 2015 - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Discussing your sexual history with a doctor, or anyone for that matter, can be an uncomfortable experience.
But for many transgender people, the conversation never takes place because they aren't seeking health care, according to Adrian Juarez, PhD, a public health nurse and assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert
April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) - With narcotic painkiller abuse now linked to 142 cases of HIV in rural Indiana, U.S. health officials are alerting other states to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users.
Read more... U.S. News & World Report - Health News -

Broadway Bares Solo Strips Canceled
April 24, 2014 - A message from Executive Director Tom Viola:
It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and an April 24 follow-up post.
Read more... Broadway Cares -

Anti-HIV supplement 'promising
24 April 2015 - After three years of testing, researchers claim the supplement, which is named LIV (Live Happily with HIV), can increase CD4 cells — a type of white blood cell that fights infection — and reduce the spread of the HIV virus in the body by boosting the growth of T helper 17 or Th17, a type of immune cell whose functions are to rid the body of bacteria, virus and cancerous cells.
Read more... Bangkok Post - News -

Aidsmap -
Men taking HIV treatment have undetectable viral loads in the rectum; sexually transmitted infections make no difference
24 April 2015 - A small study assessing the infectiousness of HIV-positive gay men taking antiretroviral therapy has found that all study participants had an undetectable viral load in the rectum. Men who had rectal gonhorrea or chlamydia didn’t have detectable virus either, suggesting that concerns about sexually transmitted infections raising the risk of HIV transmission may be unfounded when people are taking effective HIV treatment.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - The search for a cure -

Aidsmap -
Many people living with HIV willing to take part in cure research, despite its risks
24 April 2015 - One pill a day HIV treatments such as Atripla, Stribild and Eviplera have the same rates of virological failure, drug resistance and side-effects as multiple tablet regimens, according to a meta-analysis presented to the British HIV Association conference in Brighton today. Single tablets cost the NHS five times more but have unproven clinical benefits, Andrew Hill of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital said.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Aidsmap -
Treatment outcomes no better with single tablet regimens than individual tablets
23 April 2015 - One pill a day HIV treatments such as Atripla, Stribild and Eviplera have the same rates of virological failure, drug resistance and side-effects as multiple tablet regimens, according to a meta-analysis presented to the British HIV Association conference in Brighton today. Single tablets cost the NHS five times more but have unproven clinical benefits, Andrew Hill of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital said.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news -

Aidsmap -
Merck HCV combination achieves 90% cure in advanced cirrhosis
23 April 2015 - A 12-week course of treatment with two direct-acting antivirals in development by Merck plus ribavirin cured 95% of people with hepatitis C who had experienced failure of a previous HCV combination containing a protease inhibitor, Dr Xavier Forns of the Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, told the International Liver Congress in Vienna on Thursday
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - New and experimental hepatitis C treatment -

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Grandmothers Advocacy Network -
April 23, 2015 - Every year, almost one million children under five years of age die of pneumonia for which a preventable vaccine exists, but is too expensive for many developing countries. Most of pneumonia victims are less than 2 years old and most of those preventable deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Children with HIV-AIDS are particularly vulnerable to pneumonia.
Read more... Grandmothers Advocacy Network - News -

The Conversation -
People with HIV can conceive naturally without infecting partner or child
April 24, 2015 - A new pill could enable people living with HIV to conceive children through sex without risking the health of their HIV-negative partner.
Read more... The Conversation - Healthy & Medicine -

Julio Montaner, B.C. HIV/AIDS doctor, honoured at Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
April 23, 2015 - Vancouver doctor recognized for pioneering treatments for HIV/AIDS, now used around the world
Dr. Julio Montaner, who leads B.C.'s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in Winnipeg on Thursday night.
The Vancouver doctor has spent decades leading the fight against HIV/AIDS. His many accomplishments include pioneering the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) , and the model of Treatment as Prevention (TasP).
Read more... CBC - News -

YouTube -
Dr Julio Montaner CMHF2015 YouTube
Published on Apr 23, 2015 - Julio Montaner is a determined and passionate visionary whose life's work has directly contributed to the increased survival and dignity of people living with HIV in Canada and the world.
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3.2M Nigerians Live With HIV, Society Insists
April 23, 2015 - The Society for Family Health says more than 3.2 million Nigerians are still living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Mr Bright Ekweremadu, the Managing Director of the society, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a forum to mark the end of Enhancing Nigeria’s Response (ENR) to HIV and AIDS programme.
Read more... Leadship Newspaper - News -

Flourishing with HIV: an art showcase of people over 50
April 23, 2015 - The art exhibit — called “Well Beyond HIV” and funded by Walgreens — will be on display at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center Thursday through Saturday. It’s made up of photos and personal testimonials that were curated by two documentarians who have been tracking the global epidemic for years as part of a project called the Graying of AIDS.
Read more... SFGate - Health -

Project Inform marks 30 years
April 23, 2015 - An HIV/AIDS organization that has had to adapt to changing times – and changes in the epidemic – will mark its 30th anniversary this weekend.
Project Inform will have a brunch Sunday, April 26 at Fort Mason, themed "30 Years of Information, Inspiration, and Advocacy."
Read more... Bay Area Reporter - News -

Aidsmap -
HCV viral load levels during treatment and speed of decline do not predict cure with interferon-free therapy
23 April 2015 - Direct-acting antiviral regimens containing sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and the drugs in Viekirax/Exviera were highly effective regardless of how soon hepatitis C viral load became undetectable after starting treatment, according to research presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015). Furthermore, even having low-level detectable HCV RNA at the end of treatment does not preclude a cure, the investigators for a related study concluded.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Hepatitis C treatment -

B.C. HIV/AIDS pioneer to be honoured by Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
April 22, 2015 - Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Judith Hall, a professor emerita at the University of British Columbia, will be honoured Thursday at a ceremony in Winnipeg. They are among six researchers receiving the distinction.
Read more... THE GLOBE AND MAIL - News -

HIV/AIDS Crisis in Indiana Worsens; State's Weak Response Threatens Families Across Midwest
04/22/2015 - Advocates Call on Indiana Governor Pence and Legislature to Expand Syringe Exchange
Federal Funding Ban on Syringe Services Continues to Hamper Local Efforts to Address Heroin Use and Reduce HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

The Conversation -
Why are HIV survival rates lower in the Deep South than the rest of the US?
April 22, 2015 - The Deep South region has become the epicenter of the US HIV epidemic. Despite having only 28% of the total US population, nine states in the Deep South account for nearly 40% of national HIV diagnoses. This region has the highest HIV diagnosis rates and the highest number of people living with HIV of any US region based on data for 2008-2011. And new research has found that the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS is lower in the Deep South than in the rest of the country
Read more... The Conversation - Healthy & Medicine -

How Rock Hudson's Dying Wish Changed the World
April 22, 2015 - When Rock Hudson was first diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, he kept his disease a secret – but not for long.
In the year that followed, the closeted screen icon agreed to disclose his diagnosis with the hope of helping others. "He was well aware of the publicity," his doctor, HIV specialist Dr. Michael Gottlieb, tells PEOPLE. "He expressed he was glad he had gone public, that it was having an impact."
Read more... People - News -

Online meet-up services linked to increased syphilis transmission among
April 22, 2015 - An increase in syphilis transmission among men who have sex with men was associated with greater use of online services to meet sexual partners, according to data presented at the Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in Atlanta.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

YouTube -
Jack Mackenroth 4 #ImGladIknow campaign 4 HIV/AIDS Awareness
Published on Apr 21, 2015 - Jack Mackenroth 4 #ImGladIknow campaign 4 HIV/AIDS Awareness.
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Mylan Relay for Hope -
Mylan Relay for Hope celebrates inaugural day of cross-Canada run in fight against HIV/AIDS
ST. JOHN’S, NL - April 21, 2015 - The Mylan Relay for Hope kicked off at City Hall in St. John's, Newfoundland, today at a launch event featuring local dignitaries and the first group of runners setting off on an estimated 8,500 km relay across Canada in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Organized by Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) in partnership with the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), the relay will raise funds for people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and promote awareness and education about the disease for all Canadians.

Drug resistance possible risk for PrEP
April 21, 2015 - Recent data suggest that resistance to pre-exposure prophylaxis, while rare, can occur with both treatment initiation during acute seronegative infection and in pre-exposure prophylaxis breakthrough infections.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Few mutations implicated in transmission of drug-resistant HIV
April 21, 2015 - A small number of mutations are responsible for most cases of drug-resistant HIV transmission worldwide, according to recent findings.
“This is to our knowledge the first individual-patient-level meta-analysis of [transmitted drug resistance (TDR)] in HIV-1 infected, ART-naive populations,” Soo-Yon Rhee, MS, and colleagues at Stanford University wrote in PLoS Medicine.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Larry Kramer: 'How could you not realise Mark Twain was gay?'
April 21, 2015 - His new book displays the passionate politics that made him famous – and earned him heavy criticism, too. Yet at 79, the man who claimed that silence equalled death still has much to say
Read more... The Guardian - Books -

Gonorrhea Cases Surging in Utah
April 21, 2015 - Utah is experiencing a surge in gonorrhea cases, and health officials are attempting to combat it.
According to the Utah Department of Health, gonorrhea diagnoses rose 393% between 2011 and 2014. Cases of the sexually transmitted disease increased 717% among women and 296% among men. The age groups that saw the biggest increase in cases were 15- to 25-year-olds and 30- to 34-year-olds.
Read more... University of Utah Health Care - Health -

TruEvolution -
TruEvolution to Host AIDS Advocacy Night at UCR
April 20, 2015 - Organization working to educate Riverside community on truth about HIV and AIDS in America
Let’s face it — most people think of AIDS as a problem only developing countries, specifically Sub-Saharan African countries, face. But, there are approximately 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, living with HIV — and in Riverside County there are nearly 5,000 people living with the virus. In order to better educate our community on the infectious and sometimes deadly virus, TruEvolution is inviting everyone to this year’s AIDS Advocacy Night. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 6–9:30 p.m. at the UCR Highlander Union Building Outdoor Area.

A bad buzz: Men with HIV need fewer drinks to feel effects
April 20, 2015 - Researchers at Yale and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System compared the number of drinks that men with HIV infection, versus those without it, needed to get a buzz. They found that HIV-infected men were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than uninfected men.
The study published April 17 in the journal AIDS and Behavior.

Global pandemic of fake medicines poses urgent risk, scientists say
April 20, 2015 - Up to 41 percent of drug samples studied did not meet quality standards
Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, according to the editors of a collection of journal articles published today.

HIV/AIDS: Stemming the Rising Tide
April 20, 2015 - Though you wouldn’t know it from the media, the Philippines is in the midst of an alarming public health crisis. It is at a critical juncture with its growing numbers of HIV/AIDS cases. World Health Organization studies indicate that, once prevalence rates exceed 5%, the spread of the infection becomes practically unstoppable. Currently, Cebu (7.7%), Manila (6.7%), Quezon City (6.6%)and Caloocan (5.3%) are over the line, while Davao (5.0%) and Cagayan de Oro (4.7%) are next on the list.
Read more... Philstar Mobile - News -

3rd Annual PRIDE Legacy Awards - May 28, 2015 -
Reminder: 3rd Annual PRIDE Legacy Awards
Thursday, 28 May 2015
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver PRIDE Society invites you to come out to support and celebrate some of the leading lights in Vancouver's LGBTQ+ community by attending the PRIDE Legacy Awards. Based on the eight-colour rainbow flag created by Gilbert Baker, the eight awards will be presented to outstanding community members. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee of representatives from community organizations throughout Vancouver after being nominated by members of the public.

Poster: Disclosure: Telling someone your are living with HIV -
Disclosure: Telling Someone You Are Living with HIV
April 20, 2015 - Positive Living BC has published a new resource, “Disclosure: Telling Someone You Are Living with HIV.
A guide on talking to others about your HIV status, based on the experiences of people living with HIV. The guide includes information on planning your disclosure and resources that can help you.

Men with syphilis at high risk for HIV
April 20, 2015 - HIV incidence among men diagnosed with syphilis is high, according to a recent study of New Yorkers. “We found that men in New York City who have been diagnosed with [primary and secondary] syphilis are at high risk for HIV, with more than one in 30 diagnosed with HIV within a year of syphilis infection,” Preeti Pathela, DrPH, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and colleagues wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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The University Of British Columbia (UBC) -
Criminalization of Sex Work an Enormous Barrier To Fighting HIV/AIDS
April 20, 2015 - “Decriminalization of sex work remains critical to the global HIV response,” says Dr. Kate Shannon, a Canada Research Chair in Global Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS and Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC.
This research proves that criminalization and punitive approaches directly undermine health and human rights of sex workers, by forcing sex workers underground—putting them at risk for violence, undermining their ability to safely negotiate working conditions including condom use and creating barriers to accessing sexual health and HIV/AIDS treatment and care services. Dr. Shannon was the lead author on a seven-part series on sex work and HIV recently published in the Lancet.

University Gala Commends Advocates for Campus Diversity
April 20, 2015 - The ceremony will be hosted by Jack Mackenroth, HIV/AIDS activist, athlete and Project Runway competitor, and will feature multicultural performances and a reception with food from various parts of the world. It will begin at 4 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. The event is open to the public.
Read more... The University of Texas at Dallas - News -

Needle Exchanges Could Have Saved Indiana From Its HIV Outbreak
April 20, 2015 - Expert: Lack of federal funding and fear of law enforcement have limited the success of needle exchange programs.
The cost of putting politics before public health now stands at 130 HIV infections in less than a two-month period in one small area of southern Indiana.
Read more... Healthline -Health News -

My Fabulous Disease -
Spilling My Guts at the ACT UP NYC Long-Term Survivors Forum
April 19, 2015 - When it came my time to speak, to offer my personal perspective on a lifetime with HIV, I abandoned my note cards and the story came pouring out of me. My voice quivered the entire time. I cried and told my secrets and my shame and my grief in ways I have never revealed on my blog.
Read more... My Fabulous Disease -

10th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence (aka Adherence 2015)
April 19, 2015 - The 10th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence (aka Adherence 2015) will take place June 28-30, 2015, at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, FL, USA. The conference is sponsored by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC).
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Truckers ferrying deadly HIV virus into NE
April 19, 2015 - A recent study shows that a staggering 80,000 truck drivers in India (8.5 per cent of the total of 3 to 5 million) are believed to be at risk from HIV and at least a million drivers practice high risk behaviour. For instance, a truck driver from the Northeast visiting sex workers when he is away from the region has the risk of contacting the deadly virus and spreading it in the region upon his return.
Read more... The Assam Tribune -

I Remember When AIDS Was Terrifying
April 18, 2015 - AIDS may not be the crisis-of-the-day, but Grace de Rond reminds us of how it still affects lives and how it can be prevented.
In the late 80s, AIDS was mentioned daily in the news, and misinformation and fear were widespread.
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Ontario HIV Treatment Network -
Call for Abstracts: North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit VIII
April 18, 2015 - Abstracts are now being accepted for oral or poster presentations.
The eighth North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit will be held September 14th through 16th, 2015, in Washington, DC. The scope of Summit VIII is expanded to include the full range of social drivers of HIV, including poverty, housing status, food security, employment, incarceration, race/ethnicity, behavioral health issues, stigma and intimate partner violence. What impact do these drivers have on health disparities? What policies and programs can influence these drivers or mitigate their negative effects?
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Understanding the Female Face of the HIV Epidemic
April 18, 2015 - While men continue to account for the majority of new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, women cannot be forgotten when it comes to addressing the epidemic. This is especially relevant to African-American women who make up 13 percent of the female population, but almost 75 percent of new HIV infections among women each year.
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Kenya: 17 Per Cent Youth Have HIV, Says NACC
April 18, 2015 - Seventeen per cent of AIDs related deaths every year occur among adolescents and youth, the National Aids Control Council has said.
NACC director Nduku Kilonzo said 9,720 adolescents and youth die of AIDs-related deaths annually. She said there are indications the number may go up if drastic measures are not put in place.
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Indiana Says H.I.V. Outbreak Is Worsening
April 18, 2015 - There are now 120 confirmed H.I.V. cases and 10 preliminary positive cases tied to Scott County, the Indiana State Department of Health said on Friday. That is up from 106 the previous week.
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HIV breakthrough 'imminent', says Medicine Nobel Laureate
18 April, 2015 - Nobel Laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi‚ who co-discovered the virus that causes Aids‚ believes it is possible that one day people will live with HIV‚ without taking medicine and yet remain healthy and un-infectious.
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HIV Risk Behavior Remains Common Among People Who Inject Drugs in U.S.
April 17, 2015 - An analysis from the CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system found that 11% of injection drug users in 20 U.S. cities were HIV-positive in 2012, according to a report in the March 20 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One-third of the interviewees reported sharing used injection equipment, putting them at risk for acquiring HIV and hepatitis B and C, while a majority reported sex without condoms.
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Mylan Relay for Hope -
Elton John AIDS Foundation joins forces with the Mylan Relay for Hope to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS
TORONTO, ON, April 17, 2015 - Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) are proud to announce that the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will partner with them for the Mylan Relay for Hope to raise funds and awareness for Canadians and people worldwide who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. The Relay begins April 21 in St. John’s, NL, and ends in Hope, BC, in mid-October, covering a distance of about 8,500 km. The relay will consist of 35 runners divided into provincial teams, each responsible for running the route in their province before “passing the baton” to the next provincial team to undertake its leg of the westward journey.

The University Of British Columbia (UBC) -
UBC researchers aim to find out how patients are accessing medical marijuana
April 17, 2015 - One year ago, UBC nursing professor Lynda Balneaves and PhD student Rielle Capler launched the Cannabis Access Regulations Study, (CANARY), to investigate how the end of homegrown medical marijuana would affect patients.

HIV/AIDS activists: 27th annual AIDS Walk Miami an opportunity to reach young people
April 16, 2015 - Dr. Jaime Franco, a Care Resource board member, said the greatest challenge is reaching young people who “didn’t come of age during the heyday” of the usually-fatal AIDS pandemic of the 1980s and ‘90s.
“They’ve become desensitized” to talk of HIV testing and safe sex, said Franco, 43, an assistant professor of the Division of Medicine & Society at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
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Better HIV Prevention Could Be Leading to Higher Syphilis Rates
April 16, 2015 - Syphilis rates increased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013
But that’s not the entire story. Denvir reports that the availability of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drugs that prevent HIV in high-risk individuals could be to blame. Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation tells Denvir that by promoting PrEP drugs like Truvada, the CDC and other organizations could be sending the message that condom use isn’t necessary
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Research informs HIV treatment policy for inmates
April 16, 2015 - Improving HIV services and treatment for inmates is considered a significant public health concern. Inmates are considered at high risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and its prevalence among inmates is more than twice that of the general population.
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Global Recession Linked To Rising HIV Deaths, Study Finds
April 16, 2015 - Rising unemployment is linked to higher death rates from HIV, according to research published in the Journal of Global Health. The study, which looked at the effects of the global recession on HIV mortality, also found that increased public health spending helps to reduce deaths from the disease.
A Harvard, Imperial College London and Oxford University-based research group investigated rates of unemployment and HIV deaths across 74 countries (2.19 billion people). They also looked at levels of healthcare spending and HIV deaths in 75 countries (2.22 billion people).
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Institutional ethnography
Uploaded on Apr 15, 2015 - Institutional ethnography and investigations into the social dimensions of HIV, hosted by Colin Hastings
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) -
NIH launches largest clinical trial focused on HIV-related cardiovascular disease
April 15, 2015 - Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

AIDS Commission deploys 400 condom dispensing machines
April 15, 2015 - The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has deployed 400 condom dispensing machines at strategic locations throughout the country.
The aim is to help promote condoms usage and make them easily accessible to people.
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HIV prevention pill was no magic bullet
April 15, 2015 - News two years ago that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States had given approval for the marketing and sale of a pill that can assist in stopping HIV infections resulted in both happiness and hope but also wariness here in Swaziland.
It seems the caution was well-placed. While useful, the drug called Truvada, which can be taken as a daily pill to “inhibit the reproduction of HIV,” was not the end of HIV and AIDS, not a cure and not even a preventative.
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Critical Outcome Technologies Receives First U.S. Patent for Next Generation HIV Treatment
London, Ontario (April 15, 2014): Second Generation HIV Integrase Inhibitor Compounds Discovered Using Proprietary Drug Discovery Platform Technology, CHEMSAS®
Critical Outcome Technologies Inc. (“COTI” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: COT; OTCQB: COTQF), announced today that it has been granted a U.S. patent for the Company’s novel HIV integrase inhibitor compounds.

Aidsmap -
Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people doing well on HIV treatment
15 April 2015 - Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people taking antiretroviral treatment who have a suppressed viral load and a CD4 count above 250 cells/mm3, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Their study showed that people in this situation had a very low risk of experiencing a drop in their CD4 count below 200 cells/mm3 or of developing a serious HIV-related illness.
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The Patient at Risk for HIV Infection
4/15/2015 - This CME activity will focus on the utilization of PrEP in patients at risk for developing HIV infection supplemented with a case presentation.
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The University Of British Columbia (UBC) -
From killer to chronic, epidemic to eliminated: stopping the spread of HIV+AIDS through effective, sustained treatment
15 April 2015 - Just two decades ago, an HIV diagnosis brought with it stigma and suffering and eventually, death. End of story. But not any more, thanks in large part to ongoing work pioneered in the 1990s and continuing to this day at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Julio Montaner is the determined and much-decorated head of UBC's Division of AIDS and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), a UBC-affiliated centre based at Providence Health Care's St. Paul's Hospital.

Six questions about HIV/AIDS that deserve more attention
15 April 2015 - As HIV investigators work to control and eradicate the virus worldwide, certain myths or misconceptions about the disease have been embraced, whereas other concepts with merit have been left relatively unexplored, argues American HIV/AIDS researcher Jay Levy, MD, in a commentary publishing April 14 in the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine. He calls on fellow researchers to continue questioning and not to lose sight of alternative strategies that could ultimately lead to a sustainable, long-term solution to HIV infection.

Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers
15 April 2015 - A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

Poster: Suits - Poz Gay Working Men's Dinner Group - April 27, 2015 - Forage -
Suits - Poz Gay Working Men's Dinner Group - Monday April 27, 2015 - Forage
Join other working guys on April 27, 2015 at Forage restaurant, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC. Come savor the “sustainable & farm-to-table” culinary creations of Chef Chris Whittaker. A vibrant addition to the Vancouver dining scene. Join your host Bradford for an evening of delicious food at Forage.

YouTube -
amfAR CEO Kevin Frost presents Award of Inspiration to Cher
Published on Apr 15, 2015 - amfAR CEO Kevin Frost spoke passionately about amfAR's Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, with the goal of developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020. Announcing a $100 million cure research investment strategy, Frost stressed that “amfAR has the will, the commitment, and the know-how to get this done, and to truly make AIDS history.”
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amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research -
Surge of HIV Cases Among Drug Users in Indiana Underscores Value of Syringe Services Programs
NEW YORK, April 14, 2015 - New brief from amfAR decries decades-long ban on use of federal funds for these highly effective programs
Amid growing evidence that HIV and hepatitis C are on the rise among people who inject drugs (PWID) in some parts of the United States, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today released a new brief that underscores the importance of syringe service programs (SSPs) as a highly effective tool in the fight against the spread of each of these preventable infections. Despite an overwhelming body of scientific evidence demonstrating their effectiveness, however, the U.S. Government continues to prohibit the use of federal funds for SSPs.

Elizabeth Taylor's Grandchildren Continue Her Fight for Those with HIV and AIDS
April 14, 2015 - Following in their grandmother's footsteps, five of Elizabeth Taylor's ten grandchildren traveled to Washington D.C. Monday to participate in AIDS Watch, an annual advocacy event where people from all over the country meet with members of Congress to discuss the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS.
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London man the key to Aids cure?
April 14, 2015 - London - A London man could hold the key to finding a cure for the Aids virus.
The prevalence for high blood pressure was “a potentially alarming” 20% among a cohort of children with HIV, according to recent study findings.
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High blood pressure more common than previously believed in children with HIV
April 14, 2015 - The prevalence for high blood pressure was “a potentially alarming” 20% among a cohort of children with HIV, according to recent study findings.
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Medical Marijuana: the Myths and Realities
April 14, 2015 - Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 3,000
The most common reasons for medical marijuana use are relieving pain, controlling chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting and stimulating appetite in patients with cancer and/or HIV/AIDS. Additionally, a 2014 study by the American Academy of Neurology reported that medical marijuana may be beneficial in easing some of the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.
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Planned hospital move catches city off-guard
April 14, 2015 - Maxine Davis, executive director of the foundation that runs the Dr. Peter Centre for HIV/AIDS care, said the facility will continue its close relationship with St. Paul’s when the hospital moves to its new location.
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Elizabeth Taylor’s commitment to fighting AIDS continues today
April 14, 2015 - Our grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, spent the last 26 years of her life committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Before the world took note of the AIDS epidemic, she demanded action. She co-founded amfAR to help discover lifesaving medications; established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) to fund HIV prevention and care programs. She raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against HIV and AIDS around the world, and her advocacy spurred a generation into action and propelled HIV/AIDS into the global spotlight. In 1987 she persuaded President Reagan to make his first speech on AIDS (six years after the epidemic took root in the United States;)
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Brad Gooch's New Memoir Reflects On '80s Gay Life In New York Amid HIV/AIDS Epidemic
04/13/2015 - Brad Gooch had moved back to New York's Chelsea neighborhood with his current partner, HuffPost's own Rev. Paul Raushenbush, when memories of his time living there in the '70s with his then-partner, the filmmaker Howard Brookner, started flooding his mind.
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Group therapy improves depression outcomes among adults with HIV
April 13, 2015 - Group support psychotherapy significantly improved depression outcomes among patients with HIV and depression in northern Uganda, according to study findings in The Lancet HIV.
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Human immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting ‘kick and kill’ cure is possible
April 13, 2015 - The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill' strategy, finds new research led by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ‘kick and kill' strategy aims to cure HIV by stimulating the immune system with a vaccine, then re-awakening dormant HIV hiding in white blood cells with a chemical ‘kick' so that the boosted immune system can identify and kill them.

Champions come together to announce strengthened efforts for an AIDS-free generation in Africa
JOHANNESBURG, 13 April 2015 - The Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation gathered together today to announce new efforts to ensure that all children in Africa are born free from HIV and that children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment. Since young people continue to be deeply affected by the epidemic, the Champions also announced that they will add adolescents and HIV to their portfolio of work.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) -
NIH, South African Medical Research Council award $8 million in HIV, TB grants
April 13, 2015 - Two- and five-year awards are first issued under joint program
The awards, which total $8 million in first-year funding, are the first to be issued through the South Africa–U.S. Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research. The program, which was established in 2013 with funding from NIH and SAMRC, is designed to foster and/or expand basic, translational, behavioral and applied research to advance scientific discovery among U.S. and South African researchers working collaboratively in the areas of HIV/AIDS and TB. The new awards will support research conducted at eight South African institutions and link scientists at these institutions with U.S. researchers at more than 20 U.S.-based research organizations, including the NIH.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) -
Health sciences undergrad wins national HIV research award
April 13, 2015 - Natalie Kinloch, an undergraduate life sciences student in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), has won a national scholarship to present her honours thesis at the 24th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS research April 30-May 3, 2015 in Toronto.
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Group therapy improves depression outcomes among adults with HIV
April 13, 2015 - Group support psychotherapy significantly improved depression outcomes among patients with HIV and depression in northern Uganda, according to study findings in The Lancet HIV.
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Mechanism of action of ABIVAX’s First-in-class anti-HIV drug published today in peer-reviewed journal Retrovirology
Paris, February 2nd, 2015 – Novel mechanism of action - prevention of viral RNA exit from nucleus of infected cells - associated to unique anti-viral properties
ABIVAX, a clinical phase II stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class anti-viral drugs and vaccines, announced publication today of the mechanism of action of ABX464 in the April issue of Retrovirology. ABX464 is a novel small molecule in phase II clinical trial that inhibits HIV replication through an entirely new mechanism.

Ottawa Citizen -
Including boys in HPV vaccination programs the right thing to do, doctors say
April 13, 2015 - Vaccinating boys — as well as girls — against HPV would not only prevent cases of cancer, but could save the Canadian health system millions of dollars, new research suggests.
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Desert AIDS Project -
Dining Out For Life continues adding more participating businesses to benefit D.A.P. on Thursday, April 30
PALM SPRINGS, CA, April 12, 2015 - 53 places to Dine Out, Fight AIDS on Thursday, April 30 Record number of participating businesses this year!
For nine years, restaurants, coffee and snack shops, and bars participating in the annual Dining Out For Life event have been making it easy to donate to services at Desert AIDS Project on the last Thursday of April.

Some providers reluctant to prescribe PrEP to high-risk patients
April 12, 2015 - Despite generally favorable attitudes toward pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, some health care providers remain hesitant to prescribe the treatment to high-risk individuals, according to recent survey results.
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ICW: The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS -
International Maternal Health and Rights Day
April 11, 2015 - ICW calls on global policy makers to 'Make it Happen' for women and girls living with HIV.
This International Maternal Health and Rights Day ICW is joining the global call to action to ensure respectful and dignified maternal care and human rights for all women and particularly women living with HIV around the world.

20 Filipinos catch AIDS virus daily
April 11th, 2015 - TWENTY people acquire the Human Immunology Virus every day, according to the latest Department of Health Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry Report, which also says the majority of the cases involve males having sex with males.
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YouTube -
How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' HIV infections
Published on Apr 10, 2015 - An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year. And in a city where huge strides have been made in battling the epidemic that's killed tens of thousands of people, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.
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YouTube -
Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque
Published on Apr 10, 2015 - Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is turning 25 and will welcome back to the director's chair Jerry Mitchell, Bares' creator and executive producer. The 2015 edition will fill NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday, June 21.
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Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians about the Impact of HIV and AIDS on Young People
04/10/2015 - Harrisburg, PA - April 10 is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
In the United States, one in four new cases of HIV occurs in persons under the age of 24. In 2012, an estimated 62,400 youth were living with HIV nationally, roughly half of whom do not know they are infected.

New HIV cases highest since ’84
April 10th, 2015 - There are 646 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reported in February, the highest number of new cases reported since 1984, according to the Department of Health.“
This is a 33-percent increase from figures seen in the same period last year,” the DOH said.
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‘This is what it’s really like to live with HIV’
April 10th, 2015 - The number of young men being diagnosed with HIV has doubled in ten years – but many people are ignorant of what it means to live with the condition now. Here, three men in their twenties talk about living with the virus
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Aidsmap -
Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence
10 April 2015 - Post-study interviews and computer questionnaires conducted with former participants in a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reported zero effectiveness show that participants concealed their low adherence to the study pills because, despite reassurances from researchers, they feared they would be asked to leave the study.
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Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network -
Why we need prison-based needle and syringe programs NOW
April 10, 2015 - There's a public health emergency in Canada's federal prison system. In prison, the reported prevalence of HIV and hepatitis C are approximately 10 and 30 times the estimated prevalence in the general population. This isn't a surprise; it's been known for years and it's a situation similar to that observed in prisons in other countries. Why is this the case?
Pourquoi il faut des programmes de seringues en prison MAINTENANT
Il y a une urgence de santé publique dans le système des prisons fédérales canadiennes. En prison, les taux déclarés de prévalence du VIH et de l'hépatite C sont approximativement 10 et 30 fois supérieurs aux taux estimés dans la population générale. Ce n'est pas surprenant; on le sait depuis de nombreuses années et cela ressemble à ce qu'on observe dans les prisons d'autres pays. Pourquoi en est-il ainsi?
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New HIV cases highest since ’84
April 10th, 2015 - There are 646 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reported in February, the highest number of new cases reported since 1984, according to the Department of Health.“
This is a 33-percent increase from figures seen in the same period last year,” the DOH said.
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HIV Cascade Waterfall Video (Updated 2015)
Published on Apr 9, 2015
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Campus condom machines planned for Beijing
2015-04-09 - The number of reported HIV/AIDS cases in Beijing has continued to rise in recent years, reaching 18,635 by the end of October, according to the commission.
The number of newly reported HIV/AIDS cases in the capital in the first 10 months of last year was 2,932, a year-on-year increase of 21.3 percent. The figure included more than 100 students, the commission said.
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Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR
9-Apr-2015 WORCESTER, MA5 - UMMS scientists seek ways to use powerful gene editing tool to excise latent HIV virus
In an attempt to render latent HIV completely harmless, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are using Cas9/CRISPR, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent virus out of an infected cell.
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Belarus confirms it applies no restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV
GENEVA, 9 April 2015 - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes confirmation by the Government of Belarus that it applies no restrictions on the entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV. In addition, Belarus provides foreign nationals equal access to health care services, including antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV.

Newlywed's sudden loss bears lessons for sexually active adults
April 9, 2015 - The fairytale was supposed to end with the two dashing princes growing old together in their desert castle. Instead, last Nov. 22 — the day Allan Joy and Ed ONeil were planning to celebrate their first wedding anniversary — Joy hosted ONeil's Palm Springs memorial. That the Kansas City native died of AIDS is not shocking in and of itself. The epidemic is not over, and the disease still claims thousands of lives in the U.S. each year. What is unbelievable is that just 18 days separated ONeil's HIV-diagnosis and his passing.
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60% Of HIV+ Young People Don’t Know They’re Infected – What Are We Doing Wrong?
April 9, 2015 - This Friday is National Youth HIV & AIDS Day, a day to focus on talking, spreading awareness, and finding ways to get involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Getting involved extra important in 2015, because while there’s been many gains against this disease in recent years, the truth is, HIV is still impacting young people at rapid rates.
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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day 2015
April 9, 2015 - A single infusion of an experimental anti-HIV antibody called 3BNC117 resulted in significantly decreased HIV levels that persisted for as long as 28 days in HIV-infected individuals, according to Phase 1 clinical trial findings published online today in Nature.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) -
Anti-HIV Antibody Shows Promise in First Human Study
April 8, 2015 - Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

HIV accelerates development of age-related illnesses
April 8, 2015 - An increased risk for age-related illnesses among HIV patients may develop from epigenetic changes induced by the infection, according to recent data.
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A Way to Prevent HIV Infection after Exposure?
April 8, 2015 - Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking a combination of two to three types of anti-HIV (antiretroviral) drugs less than 72 hours after a possible exposure, as a way to reduce the risk of HIV infection. The drugs must be taken for 28 days. The medication must be taken exactly how the doctor prescribes. The sooner the drugs are taken, the more likely the drugs will work.
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In first human study, new antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection
April 8, 2015 - In the first results to emerge from HIV patient trials of a new generation of so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies, Rockefeller University researchers have found the experimental therapy can dramatically reduce the amount of virus present in a patient’s blood. The work, reported this week in Nature, brings fresh optimism to the field of HIV immunotherapy and suggests new strategies for fighting or even preventing HIV infection.
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Remembering Ryan White, 25 years after his death
April 8, 2015 - Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Ryan White, the Indiana teenager whose battle with AIDS raised awareness and, more importantly, compassion for those who suffered from the disease. In that time, so much has been learned about the disease and how it's treated that it's hard to fathom the treatment White received.
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Gilead Sciences, Inc. -
Gilead Submits New Drug Application to U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Fixed-Dose Combination of Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Alafenamide for HIV Treatment
FOSTER CITY, Calif.- (BUSINESS WIRE)- Apr. 7, 2015 – Potential New Backbone for Future HIV Therapy Combinations –
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:GILD) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Viread® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients ages 2-12.

Stanford-led study finds limited mutations involved in transmission of drug-resistant HIV
APR 7 2015 - A multicenter study has identified four key mutations involved in creating strains of drug-resistant HIV, which the researchers say is spreading at a more modest rate than once feared.
In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and their colleagues have found that worldwide only a limited number of mutations are responsible for most cases of transmission of drug-resistant HIV.

Ottawa Citizen -
Egan: New law could kill any hope for safe-injection site in Ottawa
April 7, 2015 - The federal government has signalled when the city of Ottawa will be able to open a safe-injection site for intravenous drug users. It’s called never.
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Telling the Stories of People Living with HIV: Khafre Abif
April 7, 2015 - Soon after Khafre K. Abif was diagnosed with HIV in the early-1990s, he discovered the power of living openly and working to uplift the voices of others living with HIV who were, for whatever reason, unable to speak up for themselves.

Larry Kramer’s Novel ‘The American People’ Adds a Gay Dimension to History
April 7, 2015 - Fourteen years ago, the playwright and activist Larry Kramer was preparing to die. His liver was failing, and the prognosis was grave.
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Aidsmap -
Six in ten US HIV infections are transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care
07 April 2015 - People in medical care only transmit one in twelve cases
The majority of HIV in the USA is transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care, a study recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows.
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Aidsmap -
End-stage liver disease is a concern for people with HIV and hepatitis B or C co-infection
07 April 2015 - People with HIV and hepatitis B or C virus co-infection are more likely to progress to end-stage liver disease (ESLD), or liver failure, than those with HIV alone, and individuals triply infected with all three viruses face the greatest risk, according to study findings presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA.
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Voice of America -
Mobile Device Diagnoses HIV, Syphilis in Minutes
April 07, 2015 - In a first, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been isolated and processed to treat patients infected with HIV through applied use of homoeopathic science. The research paper, after undergoing clinical trials for its safety and efficacy in Mumbai, was published in the Indian Journal of Research in Homeopathy (IJRH) on March 31. While the medicine, called ‘Nosode’, does not entirely cure HIV patients, the successful trial opens up possibilities of future research in homoeopathy.
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City homoeopath ‘isolates’ HIV virus to treat cases
April 7, 2015 - HIV infection affects the body immune system and makes the patient prone to other diseases.
Diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, require costly tests. Poor patients living in rural areas are even less likely to be able to receive such tests. So, researchers have developed a mobile phone device that may make the tests less costly and more available. The researchers say the device tells health care workers within 15 minutes whether someone is infected with HIV or syphilis.
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In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS
04/06/2015 - World Health Day marks a time to reflect on the many public health challenges to be addressed around the globe, such as the 35 million people living with HIV and AIDS. It's also a call to address such issues closer to home. In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking.
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An Era of New Possibilities: HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men
April 6, 2015 - We have achieved some hard-won victories against HIV in recent years. New infections among women and injection drug users are declining, people with HIV are living longer, and more people than ever know their HIV status. But one population — gay and bisexual men –is seeing infections rise, driven by increases among young gay men.
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Aidsmap -
Ritonavir concentrations not correlated with lipid levels in people with HIV taking boosted atazanavir or boosted darunavir
06 April 2015 - People taking HIV treatment based on ritonavir-boosted atazanavir and darunavir have comparable long-term increases in lipid levels, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Trough concentrations of ritonavir were not associated with lipid levels. This is an important finding.
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Guelph biotech firm’s HIV work gets funding
April 5, 2015 - GUELPH - Biotech firm PlantForm Corp. has received more federal funding for a series of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs it hopes to produce through its vivoXPRESS manufacturing system.
The Guelph-based company has developed a process of antibody production using genetically-engineered plants, as opposed to the more costly and slower mammalian cell culture process.
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A Goal Within Reach: DREAMS To End HIV/AIDS Among Women and Girls
April 4, 2015 - We envision a tomorrow with no HIV/AIDS -- a bold goal, considering the statistics.  In sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by the epidemic, over half of all people living with HIV/AIDS are women. Globally, 50 young women are newly infected with the virus every hour. And year after year, HIV infections among adolescent girls continue to exceed that of their male counterparts. In the hardest hit countries, young women are two to three times more likely to be living with HIV than young men.
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An Epic Debate Over Abstinence, HIV/AIDS Prevention Erupts On The Texas House Floor: WATCH
April 4, 2015 - Unfortunately, abstinence education is unrealistic and doesn't work. Case in point: Texas receives the most federal abstinence dollars of any state, but has the third-most HIV/AIDS cases and the fifth-highest teen pregnancy rate.
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UCLA research links HIV to age-accelerating cellular changes
By Enrique Rivero | April 03 2015 - Study suggests adults infected with the virus can develop age-related diseases a decade earlier than their uninfected peers
In a study published online in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, the researchers suggest that HIV itself accelerates these aging related changes by more than 14 years.

Activists Blame Indiana HIV Outbreak on Officials’ Ignorance About the Disease
April 3, 2015 - Doctors and scientists say education, HIV testing, and needle exchange programs are vital to stopping the spread of the disease.
Activists and drug addiction counselors say the HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, is the result of state officials burying their heads in the sand about opiate addiction and the risk of HIV.
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Nutrition Intervention Crucial In Managing HIV/AIDs – Expert
April 3, 2015 - “An estimated 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and occurring mainly in the sub-Saharan African countries.
“However, adequate nutrition is needed as a measure for one to stay healthy, prevent disease and speed up recovery from illness,’’ she said.
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Boston Medical -
Boston Medical Center to Provide Acupuncture Services for People Living With HIV/AIDs
April 2, 2015 - Boston - Boston Medical Center (BMC) has a new program to provide acupuncture services in group settings to people living with HIV/AIDS. The departments of family medicine and infectious diseases, as well as the Program for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities, will make these services available to the approximately 1,600 HIV/AIDS patients in care annually at BMC, as well as accept referrals from the community. Providers recently implemented the process of in-taking patients, which includes a one-on-one acupuncture consult. After intake, most patients will be treated in group visits.

NYU researchers dramatically improve ART adherence for minority PHLA
2-Apr-2015 - Novel behavioral intervention improves treatment outcomes for HIV-infected individuals who have previously delayed, declined, or discontinued antiretroviral therapy
Up to 60% of persons living with HIV (PLHA) in the U.S. are neither taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) nor well engaged in HIV primary care, with racial/ethnic minorities more likely to experience barriers to engagement along this HIV continuum of care than their White counterparts. In fact, only 30% of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in the United States have achieved "viral suppression," the ultimate goal of HIV treatment.

When history rhymes: The return of HIV
April 2, 2015 - The headlines in the news from Southern Indiana today are eerily similar to those from the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The social and political climate of that AIDS crisis produced a legacy of stigma toward people with HIV, creating barriers to care, distrust and fear over the years. Just as Mark Twain said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
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HIV spreads like computer worms, say scientists
April 2, 2015 - New model equates spread of worm across local networks and internet with progress of Aids virus through the body, suggesting early treatment is vital
HIV specialists and network security experts at University College London (UCL) have found that HIV progresses both via the bloodstream and directly between cells – akin to computer worms spreading themselves through two routes to infect as many computers as possible.
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Sudan preparing draft law to end discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients
April 2, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan is in the process of drafting a law to protect the rights of those living with HIV/AIDS and ensure that they receive medical and psychological care.
The bill, which is being drafted by legal experts, people living with HIV/AIDS, physicians and officials, will also criminalise the intentional transmission of the disease.
Read more... Sudan Tribune - News - sudantribune.coma

Safe injection services will expand, says Vancouver Coastal Health doctor
April 2, 2015 - Dr. John Carsley envisions more services like Insite being established in community health centres
Vancouver Coastal Health is optimistic it will expand its supervised injection services, despite federal legislation that critics fear will make it harder to open new facilities.
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Female Health Company -
The Female Health Company Reports Record Unit Sales for Second Quarter of FY2015
CHICAGO, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - "This record volume of quarterly unit sales demonstrates that the Company is uniquely positioned to be able to deliver very large quantities of product in a very short time period," stated Karen King, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Female Health Company. "It also reinforces the continued importance of the FC2 Female Condom in protecting women against sexually transmitted diseases and in family planning programs around the World."

A homeopathic experiment gives hope for treatment of AIDS
April 2, 2015 - Research at two institutes in Hyderabad is said to have shown medicine from snake venom can arrest multiplication of HIV
Research by doctors at the Hyderabad-based JSPS Government Homeopathic Medical College and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) is stated to have shown that homeopathic medicine from snake venom, Crotalus Horridus, can arrest the multiplication of HIV.
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YouTube -
Casey House Groundbreaking March 30 2015
Published on Apr 2, 2015 - On Monday, March 30, Casey House hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of our expanded home for HIV/AIDS care at the corner of Jarvis and Isabella Streets, adjacent to our current facility in downtown Toronto.
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AHO-WHO Experts Acknowledge Cuba's Attention to HIV/AIDS
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Apr 2 (acn) - Experts of the Pan-American and World Health organizations praised the results of the program of eastern Santiago de Cuba province to prevent and eliminate the mother-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and syphilis.
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Texas House Strips $3 Mil From HIV Prevention to Promote Abstinence, Is Incredibly Dumb
Apr. 2 2015 - At the end of 2013, there were just over 76,600 Texans living with HIV, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That's a lot. A decade ago, the figure was about 50,000. Texas ranks fourth among states in total HIV cases and 11th in HIV cases per capita, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. A disproportionate share of those cases are in urban areas like Dallas County, which has more AIDS patients per capita than anywhere else in the state.
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Grand Challenges Canada -
April 01, 2015 - Totonto, Canada - Randomized Trial Shows Culturally Sensitive Group Support Psychotherapy Reduces Symptoms of Depression Among People Living With HIV/AIDS in Uganda
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, congratulates innovator Dr. Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Makerere University (Uganda), with regards to her study to treat major depression among people living with HIV/AIDS. The results of her study are published today in The Lancet HIV.

Merger of local HIV/AIDS groups becomes official
April 1, 2015 - In a strategic move to strengthen services for residents and clients, the John Gordon Home (JGH) and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) announced their formal amalgamation on April 1.
In a media release calling the amalgamation a “significant milestone in the HIV/AIDS sector in southwestern Ontario,” it was stated that not only was the merger initiated and driven by the two organizations, but it was also supported by donors and partners while being recognized by government officials as “a model for integration and collaboration.”
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Aids: Texas could cut $3 million in spending on HIV and Aids prevention
01 April 2015 - State budget amendment would redirect that money to abstinence education
Texas could reduce funding for programs aimed at preventing HIV, Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases by $3 million if a Republican-sponsored initiative makes it into the state budget. That money would be redirected toward abstinence education under the budget amendment, which easily passed the state House on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
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In HIV patients, specific behaviors linked to S. Aureus colonization, SSTI
April 1, 2015 - Specific behaviors, not HIV-related factors, increase the risk for Staphylococcus aureus colonization and subsequent skin and soft tissue infections, according to recent data.
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Teachers living with HIV launches strategic plan
April 1, 2015 - The Network of Teachers and Educational Workers in HIV and AIDS, Ghana (NETEWAG) has launched their 2015-2020 strategic plans to educate teachers on the need to prevent HIV, its stigmatization and discrimination.
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Our HIV crisis: PrEP is not a cure
April 1, 2015 - Take a pill daily and prevent the contraction of HIV 99 percent of the time.
That is the narrative presented to many young men who have sex with men (MSM) by their peers regarding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). And, as is normally the case with anything framed in such a simple manner, the nuances of treatment fall through the cracks.
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Healthy eating for young people with positive HIV status
April 1, 2015 - You should be eating well and taking exercise to keep you fit. For the medicines we take to work properly we need to keep our immune system healthy. We also need the right amount of vitamins and nutrients in our body as some of the medicines we take need these to be absorbed into the blood stream. We need to eat a good balanced diet, plenty of fruit and vegetables, but we also need fat, protein and carbohydrate.
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