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Study: U.S. HIV Infection Rates Drastically Underreported

The United States is in far worse shape when it comes to HIV infection rates than researchers previously thought, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that attributes the whopping 40 percent adjustment to more precise research methods.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


AIDS Still an Uphill Battle

Every year about a million HIV patients globally are given potentially life-saving treatments, while about 2 1/2 times that number are infected. On top of that, the vast majority of HIV-positive people around the world don’t know they’re infected.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Scientist: HIV Vaccine at Square One

Nobel Prize-winning biologist David Baltimore has told his peers that researchers are no closer to discovering an HIV vaccine after decades of study. He called for new approaches and said the challenge was difficult because “to control HIV immunologically the scientific community has to beat out nature, do something that nature, with its advantage of four billion years of evolution, has not been able to do.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Downsizes AIDS Estimate

Finally, some good news in the world (relatively speaking):  AIDS scientists at the United Nations are ready to announce that they have been overestimating the scale of the viral epidemic for quite some time now, and that the spread of AIDS has actually been decelerating over the last decade.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


AIDS Vaccine Disappoints

A promising AIDS vaccine developed by Merck has proven unsuccessful in a major international trial. It’s a huge setback, not just because this particular vaccine was further along than others, but because it used a new strategy shared by a number of alternatives.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Seniors
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Sex Ed for Seniors

Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bad News About Global AIDS Rate

Even though the sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS appears to have dropped off in mainstream media and culture in recent years, the latest news about infection rates is far from favorable.  President Bush’s adviser on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, reports that we’re “losing ... the numbers game” with respect to new infections around the globe.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


Bongos
AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Stop Ignoring AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bongos
AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Getting Personal With AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Jenna and George
boingboing.net

Jenna Bush Has a New Career

First daughter Jenna Bush (left) may be known for late-night reveling and getting kicked out of Argentina, but HarperCollins is betting at least $300,000 that she has enough gravitas to carry off a nonfiction book about AIDS and poverty in the Third World. According to Radar Online, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” is bad, but at least Jenna (unlike her dad) endorses the condom.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


New Jersey Considers Mandatory HIV Test

A new proposal would make New Jersey the first state to require HIV testing for pregnant women and their babies, unless the women decline the test in writing. Currently four states test just mothers, and two others only newborns. The bill is opposed by the D.C.-based Center for Women Policy Studies on the grounds that it limits health rights.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Borders, Bullies and Global Health

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is hurting politically, and so he has despicably turned against the vulnerable, arguing recently that Australia should have a blanket ban against HIV-positive immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk

According to officials from the National Institutes of Health, circumcision reduces the risk in men of contracting HIV through heterosexual sex by roughly 50%.  The announcement was based on several recent studies conducted in Africa.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Overcoming the Stigma

In advance of World AIDS Day, a new anthology confronts the stigma of HIV in the black community.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


HIV-infected Ugandan boy
Marco Longari /AFP

AIDS Rises With Abstinence Push

HIV infection rates were dropping for a decade in Uganda until that country began emphasizing abstinence over condom use—like in Bush & Co.‘s Bible-based, sexually prudish mandates. HIV rates are now on the rise again.

  • Don’t bother Bush with facts; his mind is made up.

  • Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


    U.N. Says 39.5 Million People Have HIV

    It’s spreading fastest in Eastern and Central Asia and Eastern Europe, but almost two-thirds of the world’s cases are in sub-Saharan Africa. “AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria make up the deadliest triad the world has known,” said the U.N.‘s Kofi Annan.

    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Gene Gerard: White House Failing America?s AIDS Crisis

    A new report shows that Bush has slashed anti-AIDS programs across the board. Meanwhile, he’s pandering to the religious right by pushing abstinence-until-marriage programs—regardless of the fact that they are proven ineffective at stopping the spread of HIV. Don’t bother Bush with facts; his mind is made up.

    Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Gerson
    From Robert A. Reeder/ Washington Post

    Bush’s Favorite Writer Leaving the White House

    Michael Gerson wrote every major speech of Bush’s presidency, led a crusade to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty, and pushed for stronger action in Darfur. He also formulated Bush’s plan to spread democracy around the globe—with somewhat mixed results. No apparent scandal here: He’d been talking about leaving since 2004.

    Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    India Tops World for HIV/AIDS Cases

    With an estimated 5.7 million infections, India has surpassed previous global leader South Africa’s 5.5 million. Per capita, however, the rates are still worst in sub-Saharan Africa. (In Swaziland, a third of adults are infected. In India, only 0.9%.)

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


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