Tag Archives: HIV

HIV Antibody Curbs Virus In Trial Study

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: A new medicine to control HIV infection may soon become available, if promising results from a Phase 1 clinical trial are confirmed. The drug is an antibody that neutralizes a broad range of HIV strains. The broadly neutralizing antibody, called VRC01, reduced the level of circulating virus more than 10-fold in 6 of 8 HIV-positive …

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CDC: HIV Infections Dropped 19% Over Last Decade

The CDC today reports that new HIV infections dropped by 19% in the years from 2005 to 2014. But as their headline glumly notes, “progress is uneven” in some communities, especially for black and Latino gay and bisexual men. From their report: Annual HIV diagnoses in the United States fell by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014, driven by dramatic …

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World AIDS Day Photo Project: When Dogs Heal

A World AIDS Day photo project titled When Dogs Heal launches this week in Chicago and New York City. Watch below as the Associated Press explains. The exhibit opens tomorrow at Chicago’s FLATS Studio and on Thursday at NYC’s LGBT Community Center.

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Twitter Ends Blood Drive Over Gay Ban

Twitter has ended its participation in blood drives after a gay man was rejected from donating at their San Francisco headquarters. International Business Times reports: “These are the only policies that the FDA has based on a person’s identification and not any type of risky behavior that they’re engaged in,” said Jim Halloran, Twitter’s Associate Manager of Sales Operations and President …

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Pharma Douche Loses $14.6M In One Quarter

Business Insider reports: The 5,000% increase in the price of an anti-parasitic drug hasn’t brought Turing Pharmaceuticals into the black just yet. For the third quarter, ending September 30, the company posted a $14.6 million net loss. Those three months cover the time that Turing acquired the US marketing rights to Daraprim, a 62-year-old drug that’s used to treat malaria …

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TRAILER: Countdown To Zero

Airing two weeks from tonight on HBO. Clip recap: Twenty years ago, HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Now, through advances in medication, it has become a largely manageable chronic disease – and there may finally be a cure on the horizon. VICE investigates recent breakthroughs in medical science to see how close we are to life without AIDS. Hosts Shane …

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STUDY: Alcoholism Drug Can “Wake Up” Dormant HIV

Reuters reports: Scientists seeking a cure for the AIDS virus have made an unexpected discovery with a drug designed to combat alcoholism which they say could be a critical part of a strategy to “wake up” and then kill dormant HIV hiding in the body. The drug, branded as Antabuse but also sold as a generic called disulfiram, was given …

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Actor Charlie Sheen: I’m HIV+

This morning actor Charlie Sheen revealed that he is HIV+ during an appearance on the Today Show. “I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” the 50-year-old actor said. “I have to put a stop to this barrage of attacks and sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me that threaten the health …

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Anti-Viral Injections Show Promise Against HIV

Seeking to make HIV treatment less dependent on adhering to a daily dosing regimen, researchers have found that an injection of anti-viral medications every two months is just as effective. Pink News reports: The trial backed by Johnson & Johnson as well as GlaxoSmithKlein, tested whether an injected drug taken once every eight weeks could effectively suppress HIV. The head …

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Feds Fund Implantable PrEP Study

Poz.com reports: A group of 15 researchers and clinical investigators at Northwestern University received a $17.5 million grant to develop an implant capable of delivering meds that protect against HIV, according to a press release from the McCormick School of Engineering. The hope is that the implants would last for up to a year. The five-year project is underwritten by …

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STUDY: HIV Transmission Is Virtually Zero For Patients “Reliably” Taking Their Meds

Via the Charlotte News & Observer: Groundbreaking research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill has demonstrated that potent drug cocktails can disable HIV to the point that the deadly virus can’t be transmitted to other people through sexual activity. The findings were announced Monday by AIDS researcher Myron Cohen at the eigth International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Cohen, UNC’s chief …

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Former College Wrestler Sentenced To 30 Years For “Reckless” HIV Transmission

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A former Lindenwood University wrestler was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for recklessly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others. Jurors in May had found Michael L. Johnson, 23, guilty of five felony charges after testimony that included experts in infectious diseases and the men who had …

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FINLAND: What Happens When An HIV+ Man Asks Strangers To Touch Him

Buzzfeed reports: An HIV-positive man named Janne recently stood on the street next to a sign that read, “I’m HIV-positive, touch me,” to see if the negative stigma attached with HIV/AIDS still exists. The video isn’t in English, but actions speak louder than words. Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle Kioski, and Janne collaborated to make a video that truly reflected HIV …

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NEW YORK: Couple Sues Chili’s For HIV Exposure After Waiter Spits In Drink

After the police used a DNA test to confirm that a waiter had spit into their drink, an upstate New York couple is suing a Chili’s restaurant and the waiter for potential exposure to HIV and hepatitis. The Yerdons plan to sue Lamica and the owners of Chili’s this week. They want compensation for the psychological trauma they endured not …

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VICE: The Truvada Revolution

VICE has launched a three-part series titled The Truvada Revolution.  A drug called Truvada is the first the FDA-approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, they’re nearly 99 percent protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV-prevention changes …

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SPONSORED POST FROM THE CDC
Live Well With HIV By Seeking Treatment

An important message from the CDC:  More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. Approximately 168,000 of those people have never been diagnosed. Additionally, more than 50% of those infected with HIV are not being treated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knows that the key way to help people living with HIV to achieve longer, healthier …

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FEDS: Start HIV Treatment Immediately

The federal government has halted a large clinical trial on early HIV treatment because results already in conclusively show that newly diagnosed patients do best if they start on anti-retroviral therapy immediately. Via the New York Times: The study was stopped more than a year early because preliminary data already showed that those who got treatment immediately were 53 percent …

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MISSOURI: Former College Wrestler Found Guilty Of Reckless HIV Transmission

Steven Thrasher reports at Buzzfeed: Michael Johnson, the HIV positive former college wrestler better known as “Tiger Mandingo,” faces life in prison after being found guilty today of one count of recklessly infecting a partner with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a partner with HIV, and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV. “They’ve paid their …

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SPONSORED POST FROM THE CDC
HIV Treatment Will Add Years To Your Life

An important message from the CDC:  More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. Approximately 168,000 of those people have never been diagnosed. Additionally, more than 50% of those infected with HIV are not being treated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knows that the key way to help people living with HIV to achieve longer, healthier …

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FDA To Ease Gay Blood Ban

The FDA today followed up on its December hearings and announced that the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men will soon end. But under the new rules, gay men will only be allowed to donate if they have been abstinent for the previous year. The new policy is currently only in draft form and the public will have …

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