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Girl's HIV Drugs Were Halted 8 Years Ago. It's 'Promising'

Researchers point to early treatment that can possibly lead to long-term remission

(Newser) - A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines—more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at... More »

HIV Rate Could Hit 50% for Gay and Bisexual Black Men in US

HIV rate for gay, bisexual black men in US higher than any country in world

(Newser) - In 1981, the very first report on AIDS detailed five cases in gay white men. It left out a sixth case: that of a gay black man. The doctor behind the report now says that exclusion "might've made a difference." The HIV rate in gay and bisexual... More »

Man Charged With Murder After Girlfriend Dies of AIDS

Prosecutors say Ron Murdock knowingly infected her with HIV

(Newser) - Kimberly Klempner, 51, died of AIDS on Feb. 5—and her former boyfriend of five years is charged with her murder. Ohio prosecutors allege Ron J. Murdock, 51, of Toledo "absolutely knew" he had HIV, did not tell Klempner that fact, and infected her with the virus via unprotected... More »

HIV Doesn't Shorten Lifespans the Way It Used To

Researchers credit new antiretroviral drugs

(Newser) - The average American born in 2015 is expected to live to 78.8 years of age . HIV patients aren't far behind. A Lancet study finds a 20-year-old who begins treatment for HIV today can live to an estimated 78 years due in part to advances in antiretroviral therapy, reports... More »

Calif. Bill Would Reduce Punishment for Not Revealing HIV Status

Lawmakers want to change felony to misdemeanour

(Newser) - Democratic lawmakers in California say they want to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV by changing the law. Under a bill championed by state Sen. Scott Weiner, it would no longer be a felony for a person with HIV to have unprotected sex without disclosing their status, the Los Angeles Times... More »

88-Year-Old Woman Stops Rape by Claiming She Has HIV

She also 'kicked him where it hurt him the most'

(Newser) - An 88-year-old Pennsylvania woman says she talked an attacker out of raping her by lying to him that she was HIV-positive, the AP reports. Helen Reynolds tells WPVI the man forced his way into her Parkesburg apartment on the afternoon of Feb. 17. He rifled through her purse, took $40,... More »

A 25-Year-Old's High-Profile HIV Conviction Is Tossed

Appeals court find trial court did indeed 'abuse its discretion'

(Newser) - With HIV no longer a death sentence, decades-old HIV laws and the heavy sentences they carry have become more contentious. A prime and much publicized example was that of Michael L. Johnson, now 25, a Lindenwood University wrestling star at the time of his 2013 arrest who is serving 30.... More »

10 US Cities With Biggest Spikes in HIV

Baton Rouge tops the list

(Newser) - In 2014, it's estimated that more than 44,000 people contracted HIV, NBC News reports. In advance of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, GetTested looked at CDC data for that year to determine the 10 cities with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses. The top five:
  1. Baton Rouge,
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Scientists Discover New Weapon in Fight Against HIV

The antibody could work against 98% of HIV isolates

(Newser) - Scientists at the National Institutes of Health may have just discovered a powerful new tool in the fight against HIV. According to a press release , a newly identified antibody called N6 found in an HIV-infected person could successfully neutralize 98% of HIV isolates, including 16 of 20 HIV strains that... More »

Scientists Develop USB Stick That Tests for HIV

It could help patients keep an eye on viral levels

(Newser) - A revolutionary advance in the realm of HIV testing: Scientists in the UK have come up with a USB stick that can test a single drop of blood for HIV and have results in less than 30 minutes. As Gizmodo reports, such a test could be useful in remote regions... More »

A Parent's Unthinkable Crime: Injecting Son With HIV

'I wouldn't even recognize him as my father'

(Newser) - There's a reason Brryan Jackson spells his first name with two r's and uses his mother's surname. It's to put as much distance as possible between himself and his father, Bryan Stewart, which is more than understandable: When Jackson was a baby in 1992, Stewart stole... More »

An HIV Cure May Be Close

UK study sees promising results with new treatment

(Newser) - The first results of a study out of the UK are raising the tantalizing possibility that researchers have figured not just how to treat HIV but how to actually cure it. The first of 50 patients to undergo the experimental therapy, a 44-year-old British social worker, has no detectable traces... More »

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 »

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