Scientists see mechanism for spontaneous HIV 'cure'

November 4, 2014 - Paris - AFP

French scientists said Tuesday they had found the genetic mechanism by which two HIV-infected men may have experienced a "spontaneous cure", and said it offered a new strategy in the fight against AIDS.

Both men were infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), one of them 30 years ago, but never developed AIDS symptoms.

The...

Court: Namibia Forcibly Sterilized Women With HIV

November 2, 2014 - Johannesburg - ABS News

By Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press

Namibia's Supreme Court upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent, a human rights group said Monday.

The 2012 judgment that was upheld had found that health workers had coerced three HIV-positive mothers to sign sterilization consent forms they did not fully understand, and while in labor, the Southern Africa Litigation Center said....

Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call

October 23, 2014 - TheBody.com.

By Anne-christine d'Adesky

"We need an ACT UP for Ebola. Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Ebola!"

That message, shared via the Internet with increasing hourly frequency in recent days among seasoned AIDS activists, has captured a growing sense of urgency for movement-level activism to address what some call AIDS on steroids -- the fast-moving, deadly Ebola epidemic.

"Epidemics need to be ignored to...

New UNAIDS publication: Gender Matters

via UNAIDS

Gender Matters: Overcoming Gender-Related Barriers to Prevent New HIV Infections Among Children and Keep Their Mothers Alive

After more than 30 years of the HIV epidemic—and an unprecedented medical and social response—discrimination, violence, harmful gender norms and related stigma continue to pose challenges to an effective HIV response. The findings of these assessments indicate that gender-related barriers pose significant obstacles to the uptake of services that...

Entire Female Reproductive Tract May Be Susceptible to HIV Infection

October 15, 2014 - HIVandHepatitis.com.

HIV may infect T-cells throughout the female reproductive tract including the vagina, ovaries, and surrounding lymph nodes -- not only the cervix, which has been the focus of most previous research, according to a study of macaque monkeys published in the October 9 edition of PLoS Pathogens.

Daniel Stieh and Thomas Hope from Northwestern University and colleagues used an engineered SIV-based...

Less Than Half of HIV-Positive U.S. Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care

Oct. 9, 2014 - HealthDay News.

CDC report also finds just 37 percent have the virus under control

Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.

The report, based on 2010 U.S. government health data, finds that while 80 percent of HIV-infected Hispanics...

HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty

October 9, 2014 - theguardian.com

by Clar Ni Chonghaile

Negligent nursing and poor practice claiming lives as pregnant women avoid antenatal care for fear HIV status will be revealed

Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status may be revealed during antenatal care, leading to discrimination in their communities and homes, according to Amnesty International....

HIV Rebounds in Second Child Thought to Be Cured

October 7, 2014 - AIDSmeds

Echoing the disappointment of the "Mississippi baby" case, a second child has experienced viral rebound after it was suspected he was functionally cured of HIV, The Washington Post reports. In a case study published in The Lancet, researchers describe the case of a boy born to an HIV-positive mother in Milan, Italy, in December 2009 who, like the Mississippi baby, was put on...

Iris House Programs at Work: Viral Load Suppression Rates Are 250% the National Average

October 3, 2014 - New York, NY. 

via Iris House

Today, Iris House Executive Director Ingrid N. Floyd announced that the programs provided by her agency in Harlem and the South Bronx have led to HIV viral suppression rates 250% the national average.

Her announcement coincides with a presentation titled "A Gender Responsive Framework for the HIV Continuum of Care (Treatment Cascade)" at the United States Conference on...

Approximately 4.2 million over 50s are now living with HIV

September 30, 2014 - aidsmap.

by Michael Carter

Persuasive new data showing the ageing of the global HIV epidemic have been published in the online edition of AIDS. Using UNAIDS prevalence figures, investigators estimated that 4.2 million people aged 50 years or older were living with HIV in 2013. Prevalence among older people has more than doubled since 1995. Comparison with alternative data sources suggested that the UNAIDS figure...

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Scientists see mechanism for spontaneous HIV 'cure'

November 4, 2014 - Paris - AFP

French scientists said Tuesday they had found the genetic mechanism by which two HIV-infected men may have experienced a "spontaneous cure", and said it offered a new strategy in the fight against AIDS.

Both men were infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), one of them 30 years ago, but never developed AIDS symptoms.

The...

Court: Namibia Forcibly Sterilized Women With HIV

November 2, 2014 - Johannesburg - ABS News

By Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press

Namibia's Supreme Court upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent, a human rights group said Monday.

The 2012 judgment that was upheld had found that health workers had coerced three HIV-positive mothers to sign sterilization consent forms they did not fully understand, and while in labor, the Southern Africa Litigation Center said....

Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call

October 23, 2014 - TheBody.com.

By Anne-christine d'Adesky

"We need an ACT UP for Ebola. Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Ebola!"

That message, shared via the Internet with increasing hourly frequency in recent days among seasoned AIDS activists, has captured a growing sense of urgency for movement-level activism to address what some call AIDS on steroids -- the fast-moving, deadly Ebola epidemic.

"Epidemics need to be ignored to...

New UNAIDS publication: Gender Matters

via UNAIDS

Gender Matters: Overcoming Gender-Related Barriers to Prevent New HIV Infections Among Children and Keep Their Mothers Alive

After more than 30 years of the HIV epidemic—and an unprecedented medical and social response—discrimination, violence, harmful gender norms and related stigma continue to pose challenges to an effective HIV response. The findings of these assessments indicate that gender-related barriers pose significant obstacles to the uptake of services that...

Entire Female Reproductive Tract May Be Susceptible to HIV Infection

October 15, 2014 - HIVandHepatitis.com.

HIV may infect T-cells throughout the female reproductive tract including the vagina, ovaries, and surrounding lymph nodes -- not only the cervix, which has been the focus of most previous research, according to a study of macaque monkeys published in the October 9 edition of PLoS Pathogens.

Daniel Stieh and Thomas Hope from Northwestern University and colleagues used an engineered SIV-based...

Less Than Half of HIV-Positive U.S. Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care

Oct. 9, 2014 - HealthDay News.

CDC report also finds just 37 percent have the virus under control

Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.

The report, based on 2010 U.S. government health data, finds that while 80 percent of HIV-infected Hispanics...

HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty

October 9, 2014 - theguardian.com

by Clar Ni Chonghaile

Negligent nursing and poor practice claiming lives as pregnant women avoid antenatal care for fear HIV status will be revealed

Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status may be revealed during antenatal care, leading to discrimination in their communities and homes, according to Amnesty International....

HIV Rebounds in Second Child Thought to Be Cured

October 7, 2014 - AIDSmeds

Echoing the disappointment of the "Mississippi baby" case, a second child has experienced viral rebound after it was suspected he was functionally cured of HIV, The Washington Post reports. In a case study published in The Lancet, researchers describe the case of a boy born to an HIV-positive mother in Milan, Italy, in December 2009 who, like the Mississippi baby, was put on...

Iris House Programs at Work: Viral Load Suppression Rates Are 250% the National Average

October 3, 2014 - New York, NY. 

via Iris House

Today, Iris House Executive Director Ingrid N. Floyd announced that the programs provided by her agency in Harlem and the South Bronx have led to HIV viral suppression rates 250% the national average.

Her announcement coincides with a presentation titled "A Gender Responsive Framework for the HIV Continuum of Care (Treatment Cascade)" at the United States Conference on...

Approximately 4.2 million over 50s are now living with HIV

September 30, 2014 - aidsmap.

by Michael Carter

Persuasive new data showing the ageing of the global HIV epidemic have been published in the online edition of AIDS. Using UNAIDS prevalence figures, investigators estimated that 4.2 million people aged 50 years or older were living with HIV in 2013. Prevalence among older people has more than doubled since 1995. Comparison with alternative data sources suggested that the UNAIDS figure...

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