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February 27, 2014
I will take it away from him as a disease and give it back to him in the form of a cure. This is the greatest form of scientific breakthrough.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the head of Egypt’s Cancer Treatment and Screening center • Discussing the army’s invention of a device which claims to cure AIDS and Hepatitis C, by replacing the infected blood with purified blood that doesn’t have AIDS. The reaction? Short version: Nobody believes him, and there’s evidence that it’s a fake bomb detector rather than a fake cure for AIDS.
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December 2, 2013
18:23 // 4 months ago
November 30, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 30, 2013

An American-born detainee in North Korea—one who didn’t have a chance to star in a music video filmed in the country—has apologized (likely under duress) for ”indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people.” The man, 85-year-old Merrill Newman, is a Korean War veteran and has been detained by the country for more than a month.

Researchers have discovered a new, more aggressive strain of the HIV virus. They say it leads to full-blown AIDS in just five years.

Thailand’s anti-government protests have flared up once again. The past few years have been pretty active on this front.

If you want to own some of Whitey Bulger’s stuff, you’re going to soon have an opportunity.

This Headline Smasher site deserves to go viral.

16:42 // 4 months ago
June 12, 2013
nbcnews:

Once-a-day pill prevents HIV in drug users
(Photo: Getty Images file)
A once-a-day pill can protect people who inject drugs from the AIDS virus, lowering their risk by nearly 50 percent, researchers reported Wednesday.
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Big deal in the fight against AIDS.

nbcnews:

Once-a-day pill prevents HIV in drug users

(Photo: Getty Images file)

A once-a-day pill can protect people who inject drugs from the AIDS virus, lowering their risk by nearly 50 percent, researchers reported Wednesday.

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Big deal in the fight against AIDS.

18:16 // 10 months ago
March 23, 2013
Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure? If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs?
A statement on the Grand Challenges for Global Health website • Discussing an initiative for a next-generation condom which recently received $100,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative, despite its potential to help global health worldwide, understandably leads to some jokes. “To say that Bill Gates is calling for new development on high-tech condoms might be a bit of an overstatement,” snarks PC Magazine’s David Murphy, “given that it conjures up the idea of Wi-Fi-friendly prophylactics running a stripped-down version of Windows 8 or something to that effect – we’ll let you make your own jokes on whether they’d be touch-friendly.”
17:40 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2013
18:08 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012

Democracy In (NSFW) Action: Naked protesters gathered inside of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office today to voice their displeasure with potential “fiscal cliff” budget cuts that could target HIV/AIDS-funding. To our knowledge, Speaker Boehner has not commented on the incident at this time. Our hats off to the recently rebooted Digg for finding this one. source

14:30 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2012
I should have contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in the 1990s, just like [Queen lead singer] Freddie Mercury, just like [actor] Rock Hudson. Every day I wonder, how did I survive?
Sir Elton John • During his speech at the International AIDS conference on Tuesday morning. John spoke on his own battles with cocaine addiction, societal stigmas of those with HIV/AIDS, and recognized the $15 billion President’s Emergency AIDS Relief fund created by President George W. Bush while calling on the United States to do more for its people.  If this country wanted to end HIV infections at home it could do so in a heartbeat,” said Sir Elton, adding, “All it takes is a bit more funding and a bit more understanding. All it takes is dialogue.” source (viafollow)
15:08 // 1 year ago
July 19, 2012
humanrightswatch:

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV.
Don’t take away people’s condoms!
Read more and watch our interviews of sex workers here.
© 2012 Human Rights Watch

Questionable approach of the day. Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 300 people in putting together this report, and some of the findings are fairly shocking. “Criminalizing HIV prevention undermines human rights and endangers the public health,” said Human Rights Watch senior health researcher Megan McLemore.

humanrightswatch:

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV.

Don’t take away people’s condoms!

Read more and watch our interviews of sex workers here.

© 2012 Human Rights Watch

Questionable approach of the day. Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 300 people in putting together this report, and some of the findings are fairly shocking. “Criminalizing HIV prevention undermines human rights and endangers the public health,” said Human Rights Watch senior health researcher Megan McLemore.

12:55 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2012

AIDS vaccine: After decades of struggle, are we finally close to one?

  • 1984 Margaret Heckler, the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, wrongly predicted that there’d be an AIDS vaccine within just two years.
  • 2007 A trial of an AIDS vaccine created by drug conglomerate Merck was a disaster; it actually appeared to raise the risk of HIV infection.
  • 2009 Finally, an actual breakthrough: A clinical trial of 16,000 people in Thailand showed a surprising 31 percent decline in infection rates.
  • next? While no AIDS vaccine is close to success, the lessons from the 2009 trial have put researchers closer than they’ve ever been before. source

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10:52 // 1 year ago