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HIV/AIDS News Archive - August 2015

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Infection with multiple HIV-1 variants leads to poorer clinical outcomes
31-Aug-2015 - Study shows number of HIV-1 variants at the beginning of infection affects viral load setpoints
HIV-1 infection with multiple founder variants points to poorer clinical outcomes than infection with a single variant, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Medicine.

Ban on entry into Singapore eased for foreigners with HIV
Aug 31, 2015 - SINGAPORE - For more than two decades, foreigners infected with HIV have not been allowed to set foot in Singapore. However, the ban on those entering on short-term visit passes was lifted on April 1, The Straits Times has found out. The ban remains for long-term visitors, such as those looking to work in Singapore or those who want to accompany a child studying here, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed.
Read more... The Straits Times - News -

Editorial: America’s sexual education deserves an ‘F’
August 31, 2015 - According to The National Conference of State Legislators, only 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education, only 33 states and the District of Columbia require HIV/AIDS instruction and only 19 states require sex education to be medically, factually or technically accurate, as of Jan. 1, 2015.
Read more... University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News - News -

Key barriers block widespread protection with PrEP
August 31, 2015 - Despite the potential of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, several barriers make it ineffective at the individual and population levels, according to researchers at Emory University who have designed a simple care continuum to improve protection.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Northwestern, Partners Launch Research Center To Stop HIV
08/31/2015 - NIH grant will help Northwestern, University of Chicago, City of Chicago and others to stem epidemic
Dr. Abigail Hankin-Wei told WABE that Grady Hospital gets roughly two or three new diagnoses of HIV in a day, a problem that keeps her “awake at night.”
Hankin-Wei said that among the patients that test positive for HIV, nearly half of them have AIDS the day they are diagnosed.
Read more... Northwestern University NewsCenter - News -

Grady: Half of Atlanta's newly diagnosed HIV patients have AIDS
08/31/2015 - Dr. Abigail Hankin-Wei told WABE that Grady Hospital gets roughly two or three new diagnoses of HIV in a day, a problem that keeps her “awake at night.”
Hankin-Wei said that among the patients that test positive for HIV, nearly half of them have AIDS the day they are diagnosed.
Read more... Atlanta Sun Times - News -

AIDS Saskatoon brings colourful campaign to 20th Street
Aug 30, 2015 - AIDS Saskatoon and Out Saskatoon have decorated the town red to bring awareness to their cause and promote the campaign leading up to their annual fundraiser walk.
Read more... News Talk 650 CKOM - News -

HIV-stigma ‘denies’ patients of human rights, says study
August 29, 2015 - ISLAMABAD - The HIV-related stigma and discrimination for the people infected with the disease or those who are at the risk of contracting the disease make it difficult for the suffers to exercise their human rights, a study found.
Read more... The Nation - News -

Ottawa Citizen -
Nurses push for injection site support on campaign trail
August 29, 2015 - A coalition of nurses and nursing students is hoping to put injection sites on the agenda during the federal election campaign.
The group called Nurses for Supervised Injection Services is encouraging others to vote for parties that support the creation of more sites throughout Canada.
Read more... Ottawa Citizen - News -

Continuing to Address HIV/AIDS in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
August 28, 2015 by Michael Byun - Summary: The AAPI community faces unique challenges to improving health and access to care, and HIV/AIDS is an issue that affects the AAPI community in particular.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States and faces unique challenges to improving health and accessing care. HIV/AIDS is an issue that affects the AAPI community in particular. HIV-related stigma that prevents those at risk from feeling safe, respected, and accepted has deterred AAPIs from HIV testing. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Asians and one-third of Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV. For AAPIs who may want to be tested, culturally and linguistically relevant HIV services are not always available.

Gay Men and HIV/AIDS: A Global Epidemic
August 28, 2015 - There are 2 things in common in every region of the world – the increased risk of HIV gay men are at and so are young people. Due to some mixed factors gay men are often left out research, policy and programs that often adult gay men, general youth or the rest of the population. Here is an infographic presentation of the current state of the global epidemic among young gay men and how do we address it.
Read more... STD INFO -

HIV testing rates low for gay male adolescents
August 28, 2015 - Gay and bisexual teenage boys were unlikely to undergo HIV testing, according to research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
“As one of the first studies to investigate the HIV testing behaviors of adolescent gay and bisexual men, findings highlight the many modifiable barriers that young men face in accessing testing services,” Gregory Phillips II, PhD, of the department of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, and colleagues wrote. “Barriers such as lack of knowledge about the closest testing site are ones that can easily be addressed through interventions and programs that target high school-age adolescents.”
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News -

Positive Living Society of British Columbia -
Stamping out stigma: Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE turns 30
August 28, 2015 - Vancouver, BC: Vancouver’s Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE is turning 30 next month, and celebrations are ramping up to honour BC’s largest public fundraising and awareness event for people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Use condom always - AIDS ambassador
August 28, 2015 - Human Immune Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), Ambassador Rev. John Azumah, has said low rate of condom use during sex is the main cause of the recent upsurge of the HIV and AIDS virus in the country
Read more... GhanaWeb - News -

Over 60 pct of HIV people likely to quit treatment as donors cut funding
August 28, 2015 - Vietnam will stop providing antiretroviral, or ARV, treatment for free for HIV-positive people from next April, which risks more than 60 percent of them, who are not insured, giving up treatment, a health official was quoted in the media as saying Friday.
Read more... Thanh Nien News - Health -

VOA - Voice of America -
Once-a-Week HIV Injections May Free Millions From Pills
August 28, 201 - An injectable HIV treatment is entering advanced clinical trials, potentially freeing millions of men and women living with the virus from pills. Developers say the once-a-week injections could help people living with HIV lead more normal lives.
Read more... VOA - Voice of America - News - Health -

Road map to an AIDS-free Swaziland
August 27, 2015 - It was during the official opening of the second session of the 10th parliament of the Kingdom that His Majesty King Mswati III challenged all of us to work towards ensuring that the First World Swaziland is AIDS-free.
Additionally, His Majesty King Mswati III indicated that Swaziland is well placed to become one of the first African countries with a generalised epidemic to attain an AIDS-free generation.
Read more... Swazi OBSERVER - News -

HIV Particles Do Not Cause AIDS, Our Own Immune Cells Do
August 27, 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA The virus turns host immune cells into suicide machines, using them to spread the virus and cause the progression from HIV to AIDS
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus’s direct effect on the host’s immune cells, but rather through the cells’ lethal influence on one another.

Few gay, bisexual teen males being tested for HIV
Aug 27, 2015 - (Reuters Health) - Only about one in five teenage gay and bisexual males in a new study said they'd ever been tested for HIV, despite their increased risk of infection.
And almost half the teens didn't know where they could go to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, researchers found.
Read more... REUTERS - Health -

Group proposes plan to stop HIV epidemic in Saskatchewan
August 27, 2015 - SHARE outlines 90-90-90 strategy for testing, treatment and viral suppression
If Dr. Ryan Meili has his way, Saskatchewan will no longer be lagging behind other provinces in detecting, treating and preventing HIV infection.
Read more... CBC - News -

MSM with HIV show greater rate of abnormal anal cytology
August 27, 2015 - Data published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases demonstrated that HIV-positive men who have sex with men, and those with persistent high-risk HPV, had a higher incidence of abnormal anal cytology.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

MTV Public Service Announcement on HIV/AIDS Featuring Japan's First Lady, Mrs. Akie Abe
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My Fabulous Disease -
‘Small Town Rage’ Documents ACT UP in the Deep South
August 26th, 2015 - It was 1989, and she lived in Shreveport, Louisiana.
“I had to do what I could to help my friend,” says Alana. “What was happening was cruel. People were discriminated against everywhere. Another friend of mine was fired from his job for having AIDS.”

Straight Outta Condoms
August 26, 2015 - If you have driven around Crenshaw and Rodeo in South Central, or Sunset and Cahuenga in Hollywood, then perhaps you’ve seen the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) ‘StraightOuttaCondoms’ campaign across billboards, and bus benches. 50 bus bench ads have been distributed across East L.A. and West Hollywood to shed light on the importance of using condoms.
Read more... CSULA University Times - News -

New strategy aims to curb HIV 'epidemic'
August 26, 2015 - Sask. rate much higher than national
A new plan to tackle Saskatchewan's HIV infection "epidemic" aims to ensure 90 per cent of people living with the virus are diagnosed by 2020.
Read more... Star Phoenix - Saskatoon News - -
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Marks 25 years of Service
August 26, 2015 - Chicago House announced Monday that Jenner will speak at their seventh annual speaker series luncheon on Nov. 12
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDs Resources Emergency Act marked a milestone recently as it celebrated its 25-year anniversary of providing comprehensive care for nearly 525,000 low-income people living with HIV.
Read more... - News -

Botswana prisons: Foreign inmates win case for free HIV treatment
August 26, 2015 - Botswana's court of appeal has upheld a ruling that foreign prisoners should receive free treatment for HIV/Aids, rights lawyers say.
Read more... BBC- News -

HIV/AIDS: A Discussion Not Just For The Youngest, But Also For The Young At Heart
August 25, 2015 - Each year, September 18th is recognized as National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. If you are, or if you know someone who is 50 years of age or older, then this information may be of interest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ) fact sheet entitled HIV Among People Aged 50 and Over reports that as of 2011, 26% of the estimated 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV are in this subgroup. It also reminds the reader that older Americans may have similar risk factors for HIV infection as younger ones, but they are more likely than the young to be diagnosed later, leading to a delay in treatment and sometimes greater damage to one’s immune system.
Read more... Western North Carolina AIDS Project -

SciDev.Net -
Drug culture behind HIV wave engulfing Malaysian fishermen
25/08/15 - Injecting drugs, rather than sexual activity, is linked to high rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections in Malaysian fishermen, a study has shown.
HIV infection rates in fishing communities in Africa and Asia are four to 14 times higher than those of the general population. While past studies associated this high prevalence with risky sexual behaviour among fishermen, a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE this month (5 August) finds that unsafe drug injections are to blame.
Read more... SciDev.Net - News -

AIDSinfo Releases New Edition of HIV/AIDS Glossary Featuring the Addition of Images
August 25, 2015 - AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to many Federal HIV-related resources, including the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms, a guide to help people understand the complex terminology of HIV/AIDS. The glossary includes definitions in English and Spanish for more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms.
The latest edition of the glossary includes many images and infographics to help users visualize and grasp complex scientific concepts.
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The Georgia Straight -
Passions gala moves to Roundhouse to benefit Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
by Carolyn Ali on August 24th, 2015 - The Scotiabank Passions gala is back for a 12th year this September—but at a different venue.
The fundraiser for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation will take place on September 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews). Over 20 of the city's top chefs will be preparing lavish small plates.
This year's participating restaurants include Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chambar, Cibo Trattoria, CinCin, Forage, Hawksworth Restaurant, Minami, Tojo's, and Torafuku, among others.

Chinese Government Implements HIV/AIDS Prevention Classes
August 24, 2015 - China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Education declared last week that teachers must now cover HIV/AIDS prevention in the classroom.
The move was in conjunction with the announcement that some areas of China are seeing higher rates of HIV/AIDS cases among students than other populations.
Read more... The Borgen Project - The Blog -

She's 24, a law student and HIV positive
August 24, 2015 - Statistics show that more than 2,700 Australian women - mothers, sisters and daughters - are living with HIV. You might not think you know anyone, but these five women, who are bravely speaking out to de-stigmatise the disease, will make you think again.
Read more... The Australian Women's Weekly - Real life -

Transparency, Ownership, Accountability: Monitoring the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy
August 24, 2015 - Summary: The Administration releases the Indicator Supplement -- a companion document to the recently updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Today, we are releasing the Indicator Supplement, a companion document to the Update. It provides detailed information on each of 10 quantitative indicators that will be used to measure progress toward meeting the Strategy's national HIV prevention, treatment, and care goals. For each indicator, the supplement highlights annual targets leading up to 2020, as well as information about the rationale, data sources and measures (e.g., numerator, denominator), expanding on details outlined in the “Indicator Development and Progress” Appendix of the Update.

Deaths among youth with HIV less common; other complications emerge
August 24, 2015 - Although opportunistic infections and death are less common among HIV-infected youth receiving ART, these patients are now experiencing higher rates of psychiatric, neurodevelopment, metabolic, inflammatory and genital tract diseases, according to a recent study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Caitlyn Jenner Chosen as Keynote Speaker for Chicago House Event
23 August 2015 - Chicago House announced Monday that Jenner will speak at their seventh annual speaker series luncheon on Nov. 12
Caitlyn Jenner will make her Chicago debut in November as the keynote speaker for an event put on by an organization that provides housing for LGBT individuals and those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Read more... NBC Chcago - News -

Why religious bodies should stop compulsory HIV testing for prospective couples – EKSACA
23 August 2015 - Doherty said recent experience in the state had shown that such actions by religious organisations could destroy homes as well as frustrate marriages.
Read more... Daily Post - News -

18th Edition of ICASA AIDS conference launched
23 August 2015 - The 18th edition of the biggest International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) has been launched in Accra.
The conference to be held on November 29th to December 4th in Zimbabwe is on the theme: AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights.
Read more... GhanaWeb - Health News -

Male Circumcision is not a passport for unprotected sex – Tembo
August 22, 2015 - Provincial Voluntary Male Circumcision Coordinator (PVMC) for Muchinga Province, Daniel Tembo says Male Circumcision (MC) is not a passport for unprotected sex.
Read more... - News -

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa in for the long haul. Two, in fact
AUGUST 21, 2015 - Twenty-one Victoria women will put on their spandex outfits next month for a long-distance cycling fundraiser for grandmothers in Africa.
Victoria Grandmothers for Africa will ride from Campbell River to Victoria from Sept. 11-13. They’ll be raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother campaign to help to grandparents in sub-Saharan Africa.
Read more... Times Colonist - News -

How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV?
20-Aug-2015 - Disease-causing viruses engage their hosts in ongoing arms races: positive selection for antiviral genes increases host fitness and survival, and viruses in turn select for mutations that counteract the antiviral host factors. Studying such adaptive mutations can provide insights into the distant history of host-virus interactions. A study published on August 20th in PLOS Pathogens of antiviral gene sequences in African monkeys suggests that lentiviruses closely related to HIV have infected primates in Africa as far back as 16 million years.

Desert AIDS Project -
Darrell L. Tucci to receive State Farm Good Neighbor Award at Palm Springs Equality Awards on October 10
PALM SPRINGS, CA, August 20, 2015 - Tucci was drawn to the cause of HIV and AIDS on a personal level. “While I was still very young, both my grandfather and my best childhood friend died of AIDS. When presented the opportunity to join D.A.P., I knew it was the next, right step to take, not only for my career but because the mission resonated with my soul,” Tucci said. “In less than three years, Palm Springs has become home in a way that no other place has. I'm a lucky man to have so many great colleagues and friends here.”

Great American Condom Campaign Targets HIV Among Young People
August 20, 2015 - Who needs condoms?
Young people do, according to Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit that works to help young people make informed decisions about their sexual health.
Each day almost 25,000 young people in the United States ages 15 to 24 contract a sexually transmitted disease, according to the organization. The most serious is HIV. One-fourth of all new HIV infections occur in young people ages 13 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more... Youth Today - News -

Interview with HIV denier-turned-science-advocate John Strangis
August 20, 2015 - Long-term readers of the blog know of my interest in HIV denialism, especially as it is maintained and spread via the Internet. In my online travels, I recently met John Strangis via this blog post. John has an interesting story to tell regarding his experiences with HIV denialism and subsequently, his turn to patient and science activism. Many thanks to John for sharing it here.
Read more... Aetiology - aetiology

SciDev.Net -
HIV vaccine trial to start in Zimbabwe
20/08/15 - [MUTARE, ZIMBABWE] The United Nations AIDS Programme estimates that about 1.4 million people living in Zimbabwe have HIV, making the country one of the hardest hit by the disease in the world.
The early phase clinical trial to be conducted by the University of Zimbabwe in partnership with the US-based University of San Francisco, California, has vaccines similar to the RV144, commonly known as the Thai Trial, which cut the risk of HIV infection by about 31 per cent.
Read more... SciDev.Net - News -

Sharp rise in heterosexuals contracting HIV
August 20, 2015 - Men make up about 70% of new carriers in Israel in 2014; about 42% of them engaged in homosexual relations
Data compiled by Israel’s National Center for HIV Testing reveals a sharp increase in the number of heterosexual individuals who contracted HIV in 2014, as well as a slight rise in the number of people who currently suffer from the disease compared to previous years.
Read more... Times of Isreal - News -

STDs pose major health threat to MSM
August 2015 - Sexually transmitted diseases have become a significant public health challenge in the United States, and in particular, the burden of disease in men who have sex with men shows no signs of abating.
Cases of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis are rising nationally, especially among MSM, according to the CDC’s 2013 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea declined slightly in the general population, but appear to be increasing for MSM.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - STDs -

Preventing The Spread Of HIV In Parramore, One Condom At A Time
August 19, 2015 - Activists say HIV and AIDS is a problem in the Parramore area. More than three people out of every 100 are infected.
Read more... WMFE - Health -

HIVandHepatitis -
IAS 2015: HIV+ Youth Are Less Likely than Adults to Achieve Viral Suppression on ART
August 19, 2015 - While adolescents and young adults are about as likely as older people to be linked to care after being diagnosed with HIV, less than a third were retained in care or started antiretroviral therapy (ART), and only 7% reached undetectable viral load -- much lower than the rate for older individuals, researchers reported at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention last month in Vancouver. Prompt referral to youth-friendly services, however, increased the likelihood of viral suppression.
Read more... HIVandHepatitis -

Sightline Innovation Inc. -
World-Renowned HIV Physician-Scientist Named New Chair of Sightline’s Scientific Working Group
WINNIPEG, Aug. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Sightline Innovation Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of Sightline’s Scientific Working Group and thrilled at the appointment of the world’s premier HIV/AIDS physician-scientist, Dr. Frank Plummer, as its Chair.
Read more... -
It's Time to Retire the Medical Category of AIDS
August 19, 2015 - Sexually transmitted diseases have become a significant public health challenge in the United States, and in particular, the burden of disease in men who have sex with men shows no signs of abating.
Cases of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis are rising nationally, especially among MSM, according to the CDC’s 2013 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea declined slightly in the general population, but appear to be increasing for MSM.
Read more... -

Sexy health includes knowing your HIV status: Don’t hesitate
Aug 19, 2015 - Knowing your HIV status is an important part of a healthy sex life and a good relationship. The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is partnering with Interior Health on a campaign that aims to destigmatize HIV and AIDS and encourage all First Nations and aboriginal peoples, along with all sexually active adults in the region, to get an HIV test.
Read more... Kelowna Capital News - Lifestyle -

Indian government launches mobile app on HIV/AIDS
Aug 19, 2015 - Panjim, Goa: This mobile application will provide complete information on HIV and help the government in reaching out to the unreached.
Now, a mobile application called HELP (HIV Education and Linkage to Prevention) will provide complete information on HIV, increase awareness and risk perception.
Read more... OneWorld South Asia - News -

Fake AIDS cures continue to appear
Aug 19, 2015 - Once again, this month government had to come forth to refute some charlatan’s claim that he has found a cure for AIDS, and he is willing to share this medical miracle with one and all – provided of course that they pay him money.
Kanya Mabuza, National Executive Director for the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) felt compelled to counter news reports of a traditional healer’s purported cure before the matter got out of hand.
Read more... Swazi OBSERVER - News -

Vancouver Courier -
A year after Bradford McIntyre was diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he was given six months to live. He did not expect to live to be 63. Photo Dan Toulgoet.
Living longer with HIV
August 19, 2015 - Study shows life expectancy of HIV-positive Canadians receiving anti-retroviral therapy is 65
Bradford McIntyre never expected to live to be 63. A year after he was diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he was told he had only six months to live.
But he beat the odds and is one of many Canadians now aging with HIV. New research from the Canadian Observational Cohort Collaboration found the average life expectancy for HIV-positive people receiving antiretroviral therapy is now 65.

ExeGi Pharma Partners with NIH-Funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group to Study Probiotic in People Living with HIV
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 18, 2015 - Researchers will explore potential role of probiotics in immune activation
ExeGi Pharma has announced participation in a clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the probiotic Visbiome™ in people living with HIV. Conducted by the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the study will evaluate the safety, tolerability and effect of probiotics on the gut microbiome and immune activation markers in people living with HIV who are currently on suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART). In early stages of HIV infection, both the immune function of the gastrointestinal tract and its microbiome are altered and fail to normalize, even when patients are treated with ART over many years.
Read more... ExeGi Pharma - News -

Bracelet of Hope gets new director of fundraising and development
Aug 18, 2015 - GUELPH -Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been a lifeline for untold numbers of patients with HIV. But as mounting evidence shows the infection may increase their risk of cardiovascular disease with age, new research is targeting statins as a potential preventive agent for people living with HIV.
Read more... Guelph Mercury - News -

Targeting HIV in semen to shut down AIDS
18-Aug-2015 - PHILADELPHIA - Breaking up amyloid fibrils in semen makes cells less likely to be infected, Penn preclinical study finds
There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule - to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. HIV is most commonly transmitted between individuals in semen, the male reproductive fluid, which contains deposits of protein fragments called amyloid fibrils. These fibrils can increase the transmission of HIV by helping the virus attach to the membrane surrounding human cells. The scientists surmise that therapies that reduce the levels of amyloid fibrils in semen might be able to reduce the transmission of HIV.

Agricultural intervention improves HIV outcomes
18-Aug-2015 - Helping HIV positive Kenyans improve farming practices counters hunger
A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled trial led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Exploring Statins to Decrease HIV-Related Heart Disease Risk
Aug 18, 2015 - Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been a lifeline for untold numbers of patients with HIV. But as mounting evidence shows the infection may increase their risk of cardiovascular disease with age, new research is targeting statins as a potential preventive agent for people living with HIV.
Read more... JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association - Current Issue -

Uganda holds beauty pageant for young people with HIV
August 18, 2015 - The beauty pageant auditions for young people living with HIV started Monday in Fort portal Town.
The young positive beauty pageant is an annual event developed to celebrate beauty with Zero Discrimination, and aimed at fighting stigma and discrimination against young people affected and living with HIV and AIDS.
Read more... New Vision - News -

Prince Harry to open new children's centre in Africa to honour memory of Diana A Powerful Stigma
August 18, 2015 - The prince will officially launch the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho in December, which will be a new base for the charity Sentebale he founded in 2006 alongside Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
The charity aims to reach the most needy children, many who are victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the landlocked country where 23% of the two million inhabitants are HIV positive and life expectancy is just 48 years.
Read more... - News -

Daily PrEP lowers hip, spine BMD in HIV-seronegative patients
August 17, 2015 - Researchers found a small but statistically significant decrease in bone mineral density in the hip and spine for HIV-seronegative patients taking Truvada daily for pre-exposure prophylaxis, according to recent data.
Further, changes in bone mineral density (BMD) at 24 weeks for patients taking Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, Gilead Sciences; FTC/TDF) was inversely correlated with intracellular tenofovir diphosphate (TFV-DP), which researchers identified in 53% of study patients.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - HIV/AIDS -

Though Not A Death Sentence, HIV/AIDS Still Holds A Powerful Stigma
August 16, 2015 - Today on For the Record: HIV then and now. Two survivors, from two different generations, tell their stories.
Read more... NPR -

One HIV pill treatment for Uganda
August 16, 2015 - KAMPALA, Uganda - Cipla Limited, a global pharmaceutical company which uses cutting edge technology and innovation to meet the everyday needs of all patients has launched ‘One Pill a Day’ HIV/AIDS therapy following the visit of Dr YK Hamied, Chairman, Cipla Ltd. to Kampala Uganda
Read more... East African Business Week - News -

ARVs for HIV negative people
August 16, 2015 - A ground- breaking development in HIV prevention has led to many countries in the world, including Swaziland, exploring the possibility of using ARVs on HIV negative people in order to curb new infections.
This will be done through the use of a bio-medical prevention approach that is technically known as the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
The term prophylaxis means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.
Read more... The Swazi Observer - News -

It isn't 'terror' or 'unstable elements' providing the greatest threat to China's Muslims... it's AIDS, says whistleblower
August 16, 2015 - A Chinese whistleblower has revealed HIV is the most “harmful social phenomenon” sweeping a region in the country’s north-west – rather than “unstable elements” such as terrorism and religious extremism.
Read more... The Independent - News -

Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) -
JOB POSTING: Communications and Project Coordinator - Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation
(August 15, 2015 - The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) ( ) is seeking an experienced and dynamic Communications and Project Coordinator.
Start date September 14 th , 2015, or as soon as possible . This post will be advertised until filled.

Special S4C documentary tracks down roots of AIDS virus
15 August 2015 - Dr Olwen Williams of St Asaph reveals the ground-breaking research that has uncovered the birthplace of the virus on S4C on Tuesday at 9.30pm
The CDC projects that this year, 50 percent of the people living with HIV will be beyond age 50. -
Read more... Daily Post North Wales - News & Previews -

Growing old with HIV: It's almost a miracle, but with problems
Aug 15, 2015 - The CDC projects that this year, 50 percent of the people living with HIV will be beyond age 50. -
Read more... Geogia HEALTH NEWS -

Ugandan women with HIV 'die faster' than men
August 15, 2015 - Ugandan women with HIV who are not on treatment die faster than their male counterparts, according to a new study by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Read more... New Vision - News -

Indian American Dallas entrepreneur Arun Agarwal to be honored for HIV/AIDS philanthropic work
August 15, 2015 -DALLAS (TIP): Indian American entrepreneur Arun Agarwal will be honored with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award at Gift For Life’s 2016 gala, to be held in New York City on February 1, 2016.
Read more... The Indian Panorama - News -

 AIDS Healthcare Foundation -
AHF Highlights “Reaching Common Ground on PrEP” in New National Ad Campaign
LOS ANGELES (August 14, 2015) - AHF’s ad campaign, which offers principles for the administration of PrEP for the community's consideration, starts Aug. 19th in newspapers and magazines in seven markets or cities nationwide: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, DC and South Florida
“At the end of the day, PrEP is an individual option not a general solution.” - Michael Weinstein, President, AHF
Starting Wednesday, August 19 th , AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will launch a new national ad campaign, “Reaching Common Ground on PrEP,” in which AHF offers principles for the administration of PrEP for the community's consideration. In the ad, AHF puts forth eleven separate principles for the administration and use of Gilead Science's AIDS treatment Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.

 AIDS Healthcare Foundation -
AHF’s ‘StraightOuttaCondoms’ Ad Campaign Riffs Film, But Packs Serious Health Messages
LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2015) - While the condom campaign plays off the film title, it underscores—and offers some solutions to—significant health disparities affecting a key demographic of the film’s target audience: African Americans. According to the CDC, African Americans account for 44% of all people with HIV/AIDS in the US, yet only account for 12% of the population. N.W.A. rapper Eazy-E (Eric Lynn Wright) died of AIDS in 1995.
Timed to coincide with today's release of the widely anticipated new film, ‘ Straight Outta Compton,' AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is launching ‘ StraightOuttaCondoms,' a new safer sex media campaign that includes billboard and bus bench ads in Los Angeles as well as a related public service announcement promoting condom use that will play with the film in over 80 theaters in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Big Brother Winner 'Evel Dick' Donato: Going Public with HIV Status Was 'One of the Best Things I've Ever Done'
August 14, 2015 - Last October, Big Brother winner Dick Donato came forward to PEOPLE with a very personal revelation: He is HIV positive.
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Magic Johnson Just Hit a Milestone Many Thought Was Impossible 24 Years Ago
August 14, 2015 - Basketball legend and business mogul Magic Johnson turns 56 on Friday.
That may seem like a fairly innocuous milestone. But back in 1991, when Johnson, then 32, shocked the world and announced that he was HIV-positive, living through middle age seemed all but impossible.
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Published on August 14, 2015 - AHF's ‘StraightOuttaCondoms' Ad Campaign
As part of the campaign, AHF is also releasing a public service announcement titled ‘Real Talk.' The PSA, which promotes condom use, features a frank discussion between a father and son as the son heads out for a night on the town. The PSA will run in over 80 movie theaters that are screening the ‘Straight Outta Compton' film in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC over the next three weeks.

Forgotten History:The Hunt for Undiagnosed Patients with HCV
August 2015 - Millions of people are walking around the United States with undiagnosed hepatitis C infection, with estimates ranging from 3 million to 5 million or more. Amid the excitement of once-in-a-generation therapies — and all of the associated research and follow-up and observation of response rates and toxicities involved — the clinical community is also faced with the challenge of bringing those millions of patients into care and taking legitimate aim at eradicating the disease.
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HIV cure research today: Gene therapy, molecular scissors and Where’s Waldo
August 14, 2015 - More than 100 researchers gather at second annual Fred Hutch conference
The CDC projects that this year, 50 percent of the people living with HIV will be beyond age 50.
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Study suggests Ontario nearing UN targets to help end AIDS epidemic
August 14, 2015 - "The good news is that people with HIV who are in care are doing well," said Dr. Rourke. "The bad news is that there still are some gaps. Younger adults with HIV were consistently less likely to be receiving health care or taking antiretroviral drugs. This is especially true for younger gay men, who are being infected at a higher rate than others, and people who have a history of substance use and heterosexual men."

New HIV cases on the rise in Florida
August 14, 2015 - MIAMI - Health officials in Florida are seeing a resurgence in HIV cases, especially among adolescents and young adults. After three decades of medical advances against the potentially-deadly virus, it's on the rise again. The Sunshine State now ranks number one with new cases.
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Living on hope Sabuta's fight against HIV
August 14, 2015 - The CDC projects that this year, 50 percent of the people living with HIV will be beyond age 50.
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Safe injection site proponents push on despite Harper’s opposition
Aug. 14, 2015 - Both the Liberals and the New Democrats are in favour of safe injection sites, and a Supreme Court of Canada ruling said Insite saves lives.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) -
Large percentage of youth with HIV may lack immunity to measles, mumps, rubella
August 13, 2015 - NIH study finds those vaccinated before starting modern HIV therapy may be at risk
Between one-third and one-half of individuals in the United States who were infected with HIV around the time of birth may not have sufficient immunity to ward off measles, mumps, and rubella—even though they may have been vaccinated against these diseases. This estimate, from a National Institutes of Health research network, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on a study of more than 600 children and youth exposed to HIV in the womb.

HIV cure: From pipe dream to promising
Aug. 13, 2015 - A longtime activist offers cautious optimism on the eve of HIV cure conference
Recently, Jeff Sheehy — a longtime gay civil rights and HIV/AIDS activist in San Francisco — had a conversation with a 23-year-old man who had just learned he was infected with HIV.
“I said to him, ‘Take your medications. Take care of yourself,’” Sheehy said. “‘You have so much opportunity as a gay man. You can get married. You can have a family. When I was your age, that wasn’t possible.’”
And then he told the younger man this: “We will be able to cure HIV for you. In your lifetime, you will be cured.”
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Blood from gay, bisexual and transgender men to be shown in art exhibit protesting FDA's ban
AUGUST 13, 2015 - WASHINGTON - A Washington museum will exhibit a sculpture that uses the blood of nine gay, bisexual and transgender men to protest the federal ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men.
The American University Museum will showcase Jordan Eagles' sculpture, entitled "Jordan Eagles: Blood Mirror," in an exhibit opening Sept. 12. The artwork includes blood donations encased in resin.
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Positive Thoughts: HIV Is Not Your Enemy
8/13/2015 - Please don't be afraid of HIV. It doesn't deserve it, and you deserve better.
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Russian Lawmakers Advocate Mandatory HIV Testing Plan For Couples Seeking To Marry
8/13/2015 - Pokrovsky said that Russia has over 930,000 confirmed cases of HIV, of whom about 192,000 people have already died. He added that the number of cases is expected to rise to over 1 million by the end of the year as the disease increasingly affects the country’s heterosexual population as well.
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Aidsmap -
Study sheds light on how tenofovir is processed in different body tissues
13 August 2015 - Tenofovir, which is widely used for HIV treatment and prevention, is activated in a tissue-specific manner, being processed by different enzymes in immune cells, the vagina and the colon, according to a study published in the July 19 advance edition of EBioMedicine. These findings have implications for the effectiveness of tenofovir for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
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The Trouble with Tina: A Conversation about Meth with Adam Carrico
August 12th, 2015 - When I began my HIV practice in San Francisco five years ago, I quickly learned that methamphetamine was the drug of choice for many of my new patients and others in their community of urban gay and bi men. For many patients, meth use was a factor in their becoming HIV infected in the first place, and sometimes actually caused more health problems than HIV did.
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Aging With HIV: Does Time Heal All Stigma Wounds?
August 12th, 2015 - According to new research from University of Washington, age makes a quite a big difference when it comes to the stigma faced by adults living with HIV/AIDS. But the connection between age and stigma is not straightforward. Instead, it depends on the type of stigma experienced and another surprising factor—depression. A new study of HIV stigma from the University of Washington shows an important association between depression, stigma, and age, indicating that stigma falls steadily with age among those who are depressed but rises to age 50 and then declines in older people who are not depressed.
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Aidsmap -
Third of people with HIV who use drugs intentionally miss doses of HIV treatment when planning to use drugs
12 August 2015 - Beliefs about possible toxic interactions between antiretroviral therapy (ART) and illicit drugs are causing large numbers of people living with HIV who use drugs to intentionally miss doses of their HIV treatment when planning drug use, US investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
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Tories' false claims about pot laws put youth at risk: drug policy centre
Aug.12, 2015 - VANCOUVER - Beliefs about possible toxic interactions between antiretroviral therapy (ART) and illicit drugs are causing large numbers of people living with HIV who use drugs to intentionally miss doses of their HIV treatment when planning drug use, US investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
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Desert AIDS Project -
Desert AIDS Project receives recognition and funding as Federally Qualified Health Center
PALM SPRINGS, CA, August 12, 2015 - Serving nearly 23 million patients nationwide, health centers like D.A.P. are vital sources of primary care in communities across America. These centers also provide patients with crucial information on the importance of regular checkups and screenings, which encourage timely care and decrease the need for emergency treatment. By providing health insurance enrollment assistance to millions of individuals, these health centers are playing a significant role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to its long tenure as an AIDS service organization since 1984, D.A.P has been a FQHC Look-alike since 2012. As a full-status FQHC, they will target low-income members of the community in need of services.

People living longer with HIV, but First Nations, drug users, women with disease lag behind
08/11/2015 - Those with HIV are living about 16 years longer than they did in 2000
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Israeli scientist claims breakthrough in HIV research
08/11/2015 - A researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found similarities between leukemia and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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Aidsmap -
First Brazilian PrEP data reinforce evidence that PrEP is most used by those at greatest risk
11 August 2015 - The first data from a Brazilian open-label demonstration project of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) show, in common with several other studies presented at the Eighth IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada, last month, that the higher a person’s risk of HIV, the more likely they are to seek and use PrEP.
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Jamaica Observer -
AIDS Healthcare Foundation donates 3 million condoms to Jamaica
August 10, 2015 - IN keeping with the slogan "Love is the BEST protection" the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) recently donated three million of its LOVE brand condoms to further assist Jamaica in its drive to promote safer sex through condom distribution.
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AIDSTruth: Our work is done
August 10, 2015 - AIDSTruth begain in 2000 to provide accurate information that countered the nonsense of AIDS denialism. We have long since reached the point where we — the people who have in one way or another been involved in running this website — believe that AIDS denialism died as an effective political force.
We have therefore decided that there are no further compelling reasons to continue updating this website. However, the website will continue existing indefinitely. It is a valuable source of accurate information on HIV, and it serves as an important archive of the battle against AIDS denialism.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
New study shows increased accessibility to methadone treatment through primary care decreases spread of HIV
August 10, 2015 - As British Columbia's methadone maintenance program comes under provincial review, a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) highlights major benefits of methadone in Vancouver. The study, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet HIV shows a link between increased access to methadone for injection drug users and a decrease in the spread of HIV in this population.

We can eliminate HIV by 2030. Regular testing is a crucial part of the solution
August 10, 2015 - By 2020, 90% of all HIV-positive people must get tested, 90% of those who test positive must get treated and 90% of those treated must have effective response
The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded the highest number of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in a single month last June, overtaking figures culled in May and setting the number of newly diagnosed cases per day at 22.
In its latest surveillance report, the DOH said a total of 772 cases of HIV/AIDS were recorded in June, which was 56 percent higher compared to the number registered during the same period in 2014 at 494.
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772 cases of HIV/AIDS recorded in June, the highest ever in one month – DOH
August 9, 2015 - The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded the highest number of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in a single month last June, overtaking figures culled in May and setting the number of newly diagnosed cases per day at 22.
In its latest surveillance report, the DOH said a total of 772 cases of HIV/AIDS were recorded in June, which was 56 percent higher compared to the number registered during the same period in 2014 at 494.
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Zambia Musician Gets Shoutout From President Obama for Highlighting Struggle Against HIV/Aids
8 August 2015 - The world is used to seeing the President of the United States, Barack Obama, mingle with music superstars such as Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce at the White House and other upmarket venues.
But it is not every day that the leader of the planet's most powerful country sounds out an up-and-coming musician from the developing world. That is precisely what Obama did during an address at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 2015 summit in Washington when he singled out Zambia's Brian Bwembya, better known by his stage name B Flow, and extolled his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS in his songs.
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Expert urges national plan to improve HIV treatment
August 8, 2015 - Not everyone living longer with disease
The federal government would do well to adopt a nationwide strategy similar to the one in place in British Columbia, with its emphasis on early treatment and prevention.
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The compelling story of Faustine, a person living with HIV
August 8, 2015 - Meet a young man who pedals his way to raising awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and bravely battles the ignorance, the discrimination, the prejudice and the stigma attached to individuals living with a potentially debilitating and fatal condition.
Let’s be perfectly honest here. Even in this day and age when a surfeit of information tells us that the human immunodeficiency virus is spread through sex, sharing of needles with an infected person, or transmission of certain bodily fluids that include breast milk – none of us “normal” persons would readily and unhesitatingly shake hands or even do the polite beso-beso (kissing of the cheek) with a person who has HIV. There is, after all, that “cringe” and “fear factor” that many of us have to overcome – and it is this fear and misconception that 27-year-old Faustine Luell Tupas Angeles Jr. is valiantly trying to break down.
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HIV-AIDS Monitoring Mechanism Initiated In The Virgin Islands
August 7, 2015 - The “Test and Treat” mechanism which ensures better outcomes for the immune system in the prevention of HIV transmission as well as its progression to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), has been initiated in the Virgin Islands.
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Are Condoms Next on Putin’s Import Hit List?
August 7, 2015 - The nation makes few of the things its citizens need, including some that could save their lives
Russians are learning to live without imported cheese and other luxuries barred by Kremlin sanctions. But when reports surfaced this week that the government might ban condom imports, there was genuine alarm, including dire predictions of a spike in HIV/AIDS infections and unwanted pregnancies.
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Vancouver’s Dr. Peter Centre weighs in on study on
HIV life expectancy rates
August 7, 2015 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - A new study suggests Canadians with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment can now expect to live as long as 65 years. But Maxine Davis with Vancouver’s Dr. Peter Centre takes issue with it, however, saying that’s only for people who do not have complications, such as mental illness and addiction.
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Patti LaBelle Raises Health Awareness During 'Vote 2 End HIV' Concert
August 7, 2015 - “Vote 2 End HIV: #BlackVotesMatter”
On Thursday night Patti LaBelle, award-winning rapper and actor Common and Reverend Al Sharpton partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to headline the “Vote 2 End HIV: #BlackVotesMatter” concert.
The free event -- which took place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta -- was a call to action to raise awareness surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and highlight health disparities in black and Latino communities.
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Alan Brotherton's HIV diagnosis spurred 30 years of effective advocacy
August 7, 2015 - Alan Brotherton dedicated himself to improving the lives and furthering the human rights of HIV positive and LGBTI people in a career that spanned over 30 years. He characterised and shaped Australia's response to HIV.
Read more... The Sydney Morning Herald - Obituaries -

Aidsmap -
Starting ART reduces TB risk for HIV-positive patients in South Africa
07 August 2015 - Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) significantly reduces the risk of tuberculosis (TB) for patients in South Africa, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Overall, ART initiation was associated with a 45% reduction in TB risk, which was lower than the effectiveness observed in other research. The authors believe this difference is because of their rigorous methodology, which unlike earlier studies, took into account patients’ pre-treatment CD4 counts.
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Farha Foundation -
Evelyn Farha Dedicates her 90th Birthday to HIV/AIDS
Aug. 6, 2015 - MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Mother of Ron - Farha Foundation Founder - encourages all to DANCE. WALK. MOVE. with her at CA MARCHE 2015
The Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, and its honorary president Evelyn Farha are calling on Montrealers to join them along with ALDO for the 23 rd edition of ÇA MARCHE, a parade to end HIV/AIDS, on September 27, 2015.

Aidsmap -
WAVES shows elvitegravir regimen beats boosted atazanavir for women with HIV
06 August 2015 - A study of antiretroviral treatment specifically for women with HIV showed that a single-tablet regimen containing the integrase inhibitor elvitegravir suppressed the virus better than a regimen containing ritonavir-boosted atazanavir, according to a poster presented at the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) last month in Vancouver, Canada. This study is important in part because it demonstrates that including more women in clinical trials is feasible.
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Life expectancy of HIV-positive Canadians rises to 65 years: study
August 6, 2015 - VANCOUVER - A new study has found that Canadians diagnosed with HIV are living longer than ever, but continued inequalities in life expectancy across the country have one researcher calling for a national HIV/AIDS strategy.
The study, from the Canadian Observational Cohort Collaboration, indicated the overall life expectancy of Canadians undergoing antiretroviral treatment for the AIDS-causing virus had climbed to 65 years -- about a 16-year jump since 2000.
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Africa: The HIV Epidemic - a Glass Half Empty?
August 6, 2015 - This glass half empty feeling comes from all the factors that are still there contributing to the higher mortality of adolescents: lack of awareness of their HIV status; diminished retention in care; lack of adherence to medication; poverty and poor education; and of course the old 'favourite' stigma and discrimination.
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2015 HIV World Conference Report
8/6/2015 - The Eighth International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention convened in Vancouver, Canada July 19-22. Throughout the corridors the excitement of delegates became obvious after hearing the many presentations describing recent progress in HIV treatment and prevention. Included was the most up to date information on vaccines, new therapies, approaches, co-infections, eradication and even a cure therapy for HIV.
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23-year-old eyes Everest climb for AIDS awareness
August 6, 2015 - BELAGAVI: His dream has a mission too - Akshay wants to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, urging support for people living with it. He said people living with HIV, especially those in rural areas, face a lot of problems in society which needs to be eradicated.
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Ukraine HIV Travel Ban: Kiev Lifts Restrictions For HIV-Positive People
August 06 2015 - The ban was repealed in June and applies to Ukrainian citizens traveling abroad and for foreign citizens entering the country, said Ukraine’s deputy health minister Igor Pereginets. Ukraine now joins the 140 other progressive nations that have lifted similar bans, the office of Ukraine’s human rights commissioner Valeriya Lutkovska’s said in a statement on Facebook. The statement said the decision to lift the restriction was “a significant step forward in our defense of human rights.”
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Mixed outcomes in HIV fight
5 August 2015 - While the rate of HIV infections has consistently plummeted among pregnant women, the number of homosexual, bisexual and transgender men with the disease has yet to be curbed by current intervention methods, according to findings revealed in a behavioural study on HIV prevalence, released yesterday.
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Social stigma makes life hell for HIV-infected orphan girl
August 05, 2015 - Narrating her story to Hindustan Times, she said: “I lived with my parents at Kapurthala, but my life changed completely when my mother expired. I had no one to look up to. A social worker, who was close to my parents, took me to Amritsar and got me examined. I was found positive for HIV infection. However, after recommending me a centre for medication, he left me as he was hesitant to live with me with this disease.”
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First self-injectable HIV antibody may prevent virus transmission
August 05, 2015 - A drug applied as a vaginal gel may substantially cut women's risk of contracting genital herpes, a common and incurable sexually transmitted infection.
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Experimental Gel Could Prevent Genital Herpes Infection
Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) - A drug applied as a vaginal gel may substantially cut women's risk of contracting genital herpes, a common and incurable sexually transmitted infection.
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Aidsmap -
Open-label PrEP in Botswana: very high adherence and no HIV infections seen
05 August 2015 - A study of open-label Truvada HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Botswana among heterosexual people found very high adherence rates. Around 90% of participants had useful levels of the drug in their blood; there was a high concordance between self-reported adherence and drug levels; and there were no HIV infections, Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) was told last month.
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Aidsmap -
Peer or community interventions improve outcomes for mothers with HIV
05 August 2015 - Peer- and community-based interventions can significantly increase retention in care of mothers with HIV and early antenatal clinic visits, according to results from two large multi-country studies presented last month at the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.
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IAS 2015: START Supports ART For All [VIDEO]
05 August 2015 - A simplified, single-tablet treatment regimen had the highest positive effect on patient-rated likely adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a prospective Web survey of 278 UK HIV patients that was presented at the International Aids Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in July.
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50.50 | openDemocracy |
Nobody Left Behind? The lives of indigenous women with HIV
5 August 2015 - HIV rates are driven by widespread global inequalities. What will it take to put the human rights of indigenous women living with HIV on the global map?
What is rarely recognised however, let alone acknowledged, are the enormous rights violations that these and all indigenous peoples – especially women - face around the world in relation to our health, our well-being and HIV. At the Melbourne AIDS conference, where the official conference Declaration was entitled “Nobody Left Behind”, we had, for the fourth time, an Indigenous People’s Zone where we sought to address some of the issues we face.
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Bone Loss and Long-Term Antiretroviral Therapy
AUGUST 04, 2015 - Loss of bone mineral density (BMD) among HIV-positive individuals treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) slows after the rapid decline seen in the first two years of treatment. However, as treatment continues, the rate of bone loss at the lumbar spine (LS) remains significantly greater than controls who did not have HIV, according to one of the first studies to follow bone loss in HIV over an extended period.
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Condom portrait of Pope Benedict XVI at art museum brings visitors, comments
Aug. 4, 2015 - When Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa in 2009 and said condoms, a no-no for Catholics, were not helping stop the spread of AIDS and actually could be making it worse, he became fair game for commentary and criticism. He's a man, not a god.
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Simplified ART Regimens Improve Adherence
August 2015 - A simplified, single-tablet treatment regimen had the highest positive effect on patient-rated likely adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a prospective Web survey of 278 UK HIV patients that was presented at the International Aids Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in July.
Read more... Infectious Disease Special Edition / HIV-AIDS / STIs /

HIV grows despite treatment, study finds
4-Aug-2015 - HIV can continue to grow in patients who are thought to be responding well to treatment, according to research by the University of Liverpool.
During treatment for HIV the virus hides in blood cells that are responsible for the patient's immune response. The virus does this by inserting its own genetic information into the DNA of the blood cells, called CD4 Tlymphocytes.

Pitt researchers to monitor resistance to HIV drugs in Africa
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 3, 2015 - Infectious diseases researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are leading a five-year, $5 million initiative to monitor drug resistance during the rollout of HIV prevention drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.
A cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will allow experts in the Infectious Diseases Division of the School of Medicine at Pitt to conduct laboratory research and develop evidence-based policy guidance for monitoring drug resistance during the large-scale rollout of drugs and microbicides that prevent HIV infection.

Highlighting the need for a science and people centred approach in the AIDS response
03 August 2015 - The AIDSImpact 2015 conference held in Amsterdam from 28 to 31 July has heard appeals for the better integration of behavioural and psychosocial scientific research in the AIDS response. Researchers from around the world presented the latest findings in behavioural and psychosocial science related to HIV prevention, treatment and care, focusing both on the global level and on specific countries and communities hardest hit by the epidemic.
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Athlete Greg Louganis on His New Documentary: ‘I Was Thinking I Was Not Going to See 30'
August 3, 2015 - With Back on Board: Greg Louganis, airing August 4 at 10pm ET on HBO, Louganis opened up his complex life to a documentarian’s camera. The diver, who competed in the 1976, 1984, and 1988 Olympics (winning four gold medals in the process), declared he was HIV-positive after his final Olympics, causing a controversy over the blood he spilled after an injury. He’s also undergone a series of personal challenges, including financial hardship coinciding with the 2008 financial crisis.
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Uganda can defeat HIV – Mrs. Museveni
Aug 01, 2015 - The First lady and minister for Karamoja affairs, Janet Museveni has said that it is possible for Uganda to defeat HIV/AIDS and have a generation that is free of HIV/AIDS.
She was speaking during a regional campaign for elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) in Teso sub-region.
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