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Malawi: HIV+ Man Had 'Cleansing' Sex With Scores of Girls

Eric Aniva charged with defilement over ritualistic 'evil acts'

(Newser) - Malawi police on Tuesday arrested a man who said he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was described as ritual cleansing. President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, who told local and international media he had been... More »

Because of Grindr, 2 Men Learn They Have HIV

Researchers posted 300K banner ads on Grindr in fall 2014

(Newser) - Researchers are pushing for banner ads that offer free HIV test kits to gay men on the dating and hookup site Grindr after a UCLA and Indiana University study. Results from the study, reported in the journal Sexual Health , suggest that greater access to free testing will improve rates of... More »

Charlie Sheen's New Gig: Condom Spokesman

He's hawking a new product called the Lelo Hex

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's announcement of his HIV diagnosis led to a huge burst of HIV awareness —and, now, a new gig for Sheen as a condom spokesperson. London-based sex-toy maker Lelo has a new line of condoms, the Lelo Hex, and Sheen is the face of the brand, Business ... More »

3K Need HIV Tests in Surgery Tech's Drug-Stealing Case

Rocky Allen, accused of swapping syringes at Colorado hospital, tested positive for virus

(Newser) - Another bombshell Wednesday about an ex-surgical tech at a Colorado hospital who allegedly stole liquid painkillers by swapping syringes, per federal prosecutors: He has HIV, putting thousands of former patients at risk, the Denver Post reports. Rocky Allen, 28, accused of stealing fentanyl citrate in January from Swedish Medical Center... More »

Study Finds HIV-Positive Men Age 5 Years Faster

That puts them at early risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and more

(Newser) - HIV-positive people are aging faster than their HIV-negative peers, putting them at earlier risk of things like dementia, osteoporosis, and heart disease, according to a study published last week in Molecular Cell. Researchers looked at 26,927 DNA tags—called methylation—on the genomes of 137 HIV-positive men; these methylation... More »

Study: 'Sheen Effect' Raised HIV Awareness

Raised it big-time, researchers say

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen, HIV awareness advocate? A new study finds that during the three weeks after Sheen announced his HIV status on Nov. 17, there were more HIV-related Google searches in the US than at any other time since 2004, making his announcement "the most significant domestic HIV-prevention event in... More »

CDC: Porn Actor Spread HIV After Testing Negative for It

Frequent testing alone can't prevent the spread of HIV, researchers stress

(Newser) - Frequent testing alone can't prevent the spread of HIV, researchers stress in a CDC report on a few cases centered in the porn industry. Researchers say a 25-year-old male porn actor, labeled "Patient A," tested negative for HIV in 2014 and over the next 22 days had... More »

US Hospital Gets OK for HIV-Positive Organ Transplants

Johns Hopkins will be first in the nation

(Newser) - Patients who are HIV-positive and in need of an organ transplant have had HOPE since 2013—but now they officially have hope. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act gave the OK more than two years ago to allow organ transplants from one HIV-positive patient to another, a previously illegal procedure,... More »

Why Charlie Sheen Went Off His HIV Meds

He thought he'd try an alternative treatment

(Newser) - On The Dr. Oz Show Tuesday, Charlie Sheen revealed that he was off his HIV medications and was instead trying alternative treatment. But that show was taped Dec. 8, and Sheen "is back on his meds," his manager tells People . "He tried a cure from a doctor... More »

Charlie Hid HIV, Made Me Have Abortion: Ex's Suit

Brett Rossi says Sheen 'erupted into fit of rage' over her pregnancy

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's latest troubles come in the form of a lawsuit by an ex-fiancee. Per legal documents obtained by People , Brett Rossi, 26, filed a complaint Thursday alleging assault and battery, emotional distress, false imprisonment, and negligence, with her specific beefs being that Sheen, 50, initially hid his HIV... More »

Harsh Sony Email Joked About Sheen's HIV Diagnosis

It was released in Sony hack, but never publicized

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's HIV diagnosis was joked about in an email exposed, but never publicized, during last year's Sony hack, the Washington Post reports. The email from a Sony exec was joking about the fact that Sheen wasn't showing up to work on Anger Management, his FX series.... More »

Charlie Sheen Says Porn Star Ex Is Lying

But other women are planning lawsuits

(Newser) - Bree Olson says Charlie Sheen exposed her to HIV without telling her , but according to sources close to Sheen, he says she's lying. Those sources tell TMZ that Sheen wasn't diagnosed with HIV until he returned from his " Violent Torpedo of Truth " tour in May 2011,... More »

Sheen's Porn Star Ex: He Didn't Tell All Sex Partners About His HIV

Bree Olson says she was in the dark

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen claims he told all his sexual partners about his HIV status, but Bree Olson—one of the actor's porn star "goddess" galpals during his 2011 meltdown—says that's not true. On Howard Stern's radio show Tuesday morning, an absolutely livid Olson said she was... More »

Charlie Sheen: I've Been HIV-Positive for 4 Years

'It's a hard three letters to absorb'

(Newser) - It's true : Charlie Sheen revealed to Matt Lauer on the Today show Tuesday morning that he is, in fact, HIV-positive, and has known for four years. "It's a tough three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life," says Sheen. The diagnosis... More »

Charlie Sheen Is HIV-Positive: Reports

Gossip media say he'll reveal it Tuesday on 'Today'

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is HIV-positive, according to multiple reports in the gossip media. The National Enquirer first broke the story, and now TMZ says multiple sources connected to NBC's Today show have told the gossip site that is, in fact, what Sheen is set to announce on the show Tuesday.... More »

Study Offers More Good News in the Fight Against HIV

HIV could potentially be kept at bay with injections every month or two

(Newser) - Preliminary testing of two long-acting injectable drugs indicates it might be possible to keep HIV at bay indefinitely with injections every month or two. Johnson & Johnson and partner ViiV Healthcare, which specializes in HIV drugs, on Tuesday announced results from the first 32 weeks of the planned 96-week study,... More »

Woman Fights to Keep Man Who Gave Her HIV Behind Bars

'It’s not fair that he can get out in 6 years and can do this to somebody else'

(Newser) - Katharine Richards was in a three-year relationship with Lonnie Shane Tabor—she had even lived with him—when she came home from a vacation to learn that he had been arrested for attempted sexual assault. A detective told her Tabor, now 50, was HIV-positive. Richards, now 43, knew Tabor had... More »

How to Tell a 10-Year-Old She Has HIV

HIV-positive since birth, 'JJ' finally learns the truth

(Newser) - "She’s 10. She has HIV. And she’s about to learn the truth." So begins a nearly 5,000-word article detailing the story of a girl in Washington, DC, identified only as JJ, gleaned from five months the Washington Post spent shadowing her with her adoptive mother'... More »

Insurer Announces Major HIV Breakthrough

Daily pill prevented HIV infection for all patients in new study

(Newser) - Big news in the fight against HIV: Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco's biggest private insurer, says that over a 32-month period, not a single one of its clients taking Truvada contracted HIV. Truvada is the name of the daily pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, pill that the CDC recommended for use... More »

HIV Clinic Reveals Patient Names in Mass Email

London clinic faces 'outraged' patients and potential fines over data breach

(Newser) - A major HIV clinic in London revealed the names and email addresses of approximately 780 patients yesterday when it forgot to hide the recipients of its monthly e-newsletter, BuzzFeed reports. Patients at 56 Dean Street—BuzzFeed calls it "Europe's busiest sexual health center"—say they're "... More »

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