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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



CDC Director Compares Ebola Epidemic to AIDS

On Thursday, a day after the Ebola virus claimed the first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked another recent and ongoing health crisis while fundraising in Washington, D.C.

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Hopes for HIV Treatment Dashed After Virus Reappears in ‘Cured Girl’

HIV scientists believed they were on the path toward a cure for AIDS when an infected newborn showed no signs of the virus after a new treatment. Years later, the illness has been detected again.

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A Living Hell Beneath Romania’s Capital

In a video companion to a written report filed last week, Britain’s Channel 4 News takes viewers beneath the streets of post-Communist Bucharest to a world inhabited by hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse, HIV and tuberculosis.

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‘Stand Up Planet’: Hasan Minhaj Follows the Funny Around the Globe

Hasan Minhaj wants everyone to see “Stand Up Planet.” But that’s not because he’s the host—Minhaj believes the documentary shows how comedy can change the world a joke at a time.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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The Dawn of AIDS Ages Ago

Researchers hypothesize the first human infected with HIV was a Bantu hunter who came into blood-to-blood contact with a chimpanzee with a similar virus in a jungle in Cameroon more than a century ago.

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Back in the Day, Minimum Wage Could Feed a Family

Current minimum wage earners can’t make it above the poverty line, but this wasn’t the case before the ’80s; a radioactive bomb can be used to clear out the AIDS virus in the body; meanwhile, a new study finds a correlation between intelligence and drinking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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On the Verge of Genocide

“Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children’s throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles” as malaria and AIDS wreak parallel horrors, The Guardian reported Friday.

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Child Born With HIV Still Shows No Sign of Infection

A child diagnosed with HIV at birth “is still showing no detectable levels of the virus in her blood, despite finishing antiretroviral treatment … 18 months ago,” The Independent reports.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico

Sexist behavior is nothing new in Mexico, but perhaps what some don’t realize is the effect it’s had on female health as men refuse to use condoms, and women, fully dependent on their partners, are left without a choice. In the state of Chiapas, the most common way to contract HIV is from a lifelong partner or husband.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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HIV Sneaks Into Porn Industry

After the adult film industry lifted a ban on production, an AIDS advocacy group is claiming that the fourth porn actor in a month has contracted HIV.

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America Keeps Swindling Students

The U.S. government is making college loans easier than ever to get, further ensuring the debt slavery of the nation’s youth; it’s possible the cure for AIDS is actually universal HIV screening; and, Craigslist has been accused time and again of killing newspapers, but is this argument valid? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE


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An AIDS-Free Generation: Dream or Future Reality?

The International AIDS Conference is making dangerously impossible promises about putting an end to the epidemic; the London Olympics’ opening ceremonies included a unique tribute to free, universal health care; meanwhile, British graffiti artist Banksy has proved he will not be erased. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



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What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE


What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE



George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Bush and His Open Heart

This is a moment for all Americans to be proud of the single best thing George W. Bush did as president: launching an initiative to combat AIDS in Africa that has saved millions of lives.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



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AIDS Conference Excludes Many of Those Most Affected

The International AIDS Conference returned to the United States this week after a 22-year hiatus, thanks in part to President Obama’s lifting of a 1987 ban on entry into the country by people with HIV or AIDS. But sex workers and drug users, two groups most affected by the epidemic, remain shut out.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Condom Crackdown Subverts HIV Prevention Efforts

Women who carry around condoms—including sex workers who use them to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases—are being criminalized in cities across the United States, as police agencies view possession of prophylactics as evidence of prostitution.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Apparent Progress Made in Gene Treatment of HIV

Researchers are encouraged by the results of a 16-year study of T cells that have been engineered to kill cells infected with HIV. The altered cells reproduce themselves successfully and have not led to the development of cancers, as previous attempts to tinker with T cells’ genetics have.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Not Only Slavery, but AIDS Too

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin suggest in their new book, “Tinderbox,” that colonialists’ aggressive trade practices opened new travel routes in central Africa that helped spread a disease rooted in a dense forest to the world beyond.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Discover Immune Molecule to Lead AIDS Vaccine Trials

AIDS vaccine developers said they are cautiously optimistic after a conference this week in Bangkok, where scientists reported molecular observations from the first-ever successful trial of an HIV vaccine on humans that could change the way future vaccines attack the retrovirus.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Computer Gamers Decipher Structure of AIDS Enzyme

To the astonishment of scientists, online gamers deciphered the 3-D structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus in just three weeks, a feat that had evaded researchers for 10 years.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE


Circumcision Gadget Is Easier and Safer, but Does It Hurt?

It has been shown that heterosexual men are significantly less likely to spread HIV when they are circumcised. Rwanda hopes to circumcise 2 million men across the spectrum of ages using a new device that promises to be cheaper, safer and easier than alternatives.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Staggering Rise in HIV Infection Among Young Black Males

The incidence of HIV infection among young, black American males who have slept with men shot up 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Uganda Weighing Life Imprisonment for Gays

Legislation that critics call the “Kill the Gays” law is under deliberation by a Ugandan parliament committee. It could make homosexual acts punishable by life in prison and add penalties for those who “aid and abet” homosexual activity.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Porn Industry Drags Its Feet on HIV Probe

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. porn industry attempted to block an investigation into the HIV infection of one of its actors, illustrating the dangers in an increasingly unregulated industry.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

She was a bona fide movie star by age 12, thanks to a horsey little number called “National Velvet,” but it’s safe to say that Elizabeth Taylor was able to avoid the curse of the child actor, given the countless memorable screen moments she produced over the next 50 years.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Pope’s Progress

Now, can millions of Catholics around the world be free to use condoms and worship God? Can thousands of priests and others free their tongues and hands to help fight the scourge of AIDS and not worry about the “evil” of condom use?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE


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More Big Condom News From the Pope

Now there’s a headline we didn’t count on writing anytime soon, at least not with this news under it: Pope Benedict XVI followed his surprising words about male prostitutes and condoms with a clarification, according to one Father Federico Lombardi ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Knows Condoms

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HIV-Positive Pop Star Could Go to Prison

Twenty-eight-year-old German singer Nadja Benaissa faces prison time for allegedly having unprotected sex with multiple partners without informing them that she has the virus that causes AIDS.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



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D.C. Upgrades Its Free Condom Program

It may just be an extraordinary guerrilla marketing tactic, but after complaints that the condoms given out by D.C. schools are too small and flimsy and awkward to receive, officials have announced they are stocking up on Trojan brand condoms—including the super-size Magnum variety in a shiny gold wrapper.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Crisis and Climate Could Affect HIV/AIDS Rate

The global economic crisis and climate change can obviously wreck economies and ruin the planet, but both could also help spread HIV/AIDS, experts say, as inequality increases vulnerability and, left unchecked, could lead to a “universal nightmare.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Epidemiologist Sees a Way to Curb Spread of HIV/AIDS

Going after HIV with antiretroviral drugs as soon after infection as possible could significantly slow the spread of the virus, according to epidemiologist Brian Williams. One familiar challenge in implementing this strategy, however, lies in getting people to agree to be tested.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Study: Herpes Drug Can Slow HIV Progression

A study published in The Lancet has found that aciclovir, a drug frequently used to treat genital herpes, could “help people with HIV infection stay healthy for longer,” according to Dr. Jairam Lingappa, leader of the research team out of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



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20 Is Enough

Polygamous South African President Jacob Zuma has apologized for fathering his 20th child with a woman who is not one of his three wives. Many health activists are arguing that the 67-year-old is setting bad example, given that South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV and AIDS.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Ends AIDS Immigration Discrimination

For 22 years, people with HIV and AIDS have been banned from entering the U.S. It’s pretty difficult to throw a global AIDS conference under such circumstances, which is why the policy is coming to an end.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


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South Africa Announces Treatment Plans for HIV-Positive Babies, Moms

South African President Jacob “Bring Me My Machine Gun” Zuma has become an unlikely supporter of HIV care in his country, announcing Tuesday—World AIDS Day—new, expanded health care measures to be implemented for HIV-positive mothers and their babies.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



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District of Corruption

Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of AIDS in the country, and millions of federal dollars are spent trying to alleviate it. But a new investigative piece uncovers a corrupt system where books were cooked, corners cut, and $400,000 lost to a nonprofit launched by the leader of a cocaine ring.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Researchers Find Key Clue in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Mystery

What exactly is chronic fatigue syndrome? Anywhere from 1 million to 4 million Americans suffer from the disease, which announces itself in the form of chronic pains and, well, fatigue. Its origins have been difficult to trace, but it looks as if that’s about to change, thanks to the discovery of a possible link between a retrovirus called XMRV and the syndrome.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


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HIV Vaccine May Cut Infection Rate

After almost 30 years since HIV surfaced in the United States, researchers in Thailand and the U.S. have created an experimental vaccine that has, over a seven-year study, been found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by one-third. The vaccine is a combination of two existing vaccinations that were not successful in reducing infection.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Should Hitler Be the New Face of AIDS?

Invoking the notorious images of dictators like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein as part of an AIDS-awareness ad series constitutes a serious gamble at best—and a deeply misguided move at worst, according to critics of the new “AIDS Is a Mass-Murderer” European campaign conjured up by a Hamburg advertising firm.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama to Seek to End Africa’s Conflicts

It seems that President Obama has finally taken Africa seriously—and in a way that doesn’t look like Bush-era health funding that reeks of an infomercial for Christian charity. In a speech on Saturday, Obama is expected to focus on the importance of democratic governance on the continent and will make the ending of conflicts a key diplomatic initiative.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Privatizing Health Care in the Third World

For only $5 a month, you too can undermine a developing country’s health infrastructure. Since 1990, foreign funding for “development assistance” has quadrupled, offering medical resources to the poor but also luring local health care workers away from government hospitals and toward more lucrative private companies.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Wait Till Wal-Mart Hears About This

Trying to raise some ... consciousness about sex education in China, an entrepreneur plans to open the country’s first sex theme park in October. It’s raising some local eyebrows too as development continues in the southwest city of Chongqing.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Who is Mogae?

Almost everyone in the United States or indeed anywhere else in the world knows about Zimbabwe’s sit-tight president, Robert Mugabe. But who is Mogae? Who is Chissano? Who is Kikwete? And who is Kufuor? Sadly, very few people outside Africa recognize these names.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 READ MORE


Pope’s Nightmares

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