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Man Wins Massive Sum After Canceled HIV Test

A federal jury in Boston has awarded $18.4 million to Sean Stentiford

(Newser) - A federal jury has awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who said in a lawsuit that two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which allowed the virus to progress to AIDS. The Boston Globe reports the jury ruled Monday in favor of 48-year-old Sean Stentiford... More »

He Got HIV on Purpose. What He Planned Was Even Worse

Stephen Koch tells judge he wanted to infect others

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he purposefully contracted HIV with the goal of infecting others. Stephen Koch of Scranton was initially arrested on drug charges, though an informant later told police Koch was also viewing child pornography. A subsequent search of... More »

Bill Gates: Wife Didn't Love How Trump Spoke of Our Daughter

Gates also said Trump seemed confused about difference between HIV, HPV

(Newser) - Bill Gates recently helmed a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting with staff, and per the Guardian , he offered some anecdotes involving President Trump. In the footage aired Thursday night on MSNBC, Gates noted that when he first met Trump in late 2016, it was "kind of scary" how... More »

In Australia, HIV Cousin Is 'Shockingly' Prevalent

Experts say public health response is needed in remote areas

(Newser) - An ancient virus that has been called a cousin of HIV is "off the charts" prevalent in Australia, affecting more than 40% of adults in remote regions, experts tell CNN . Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, is considered a sexually transmitted infection since it can be spread... More »

Man Gets Life Sentence for Infecting 5 With HIV

He must serve a minimum of 12 years

(Newser) - For the first time in the UK, a man has been found guilty of intentionally infecting others with HIV. Daryll Rowe, 27, was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars with a minimum term of 12 years for infecting five men via unprotected sex and trying to infect five others by... More »

Grindr Busted Making 'Disturbing' HIV Revelations

Company admits it has shared users' HIV status with 2 analytics vendors

(Newser) - If Grindr users share their HIV status on the gay dating app, they may assume that revelation will stay among themselves, potential partners, and Grindr. But BuzzFeed reported Monday that Grindr shared that data (including HIV status and "last tested date," as well as email addresses) with two... More »

Cops: Track Coach Tried to Transmit HIV to Students

He's accused of sexually abusing 42 kids

(Newser) - The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has almost doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox News reports. In July, he was... More »

Lawmaker: Could Quarantine Fix 'Frightening' HIV Situation?

Georgia Rep. Betty Price is wife of Trump's former Health secretary

(Newser) - Georgia State Rep. Betty Price admitted during a meeting Tuesday that her "thinking sometimes goes in strange directions," Project Q reports. That may have been an understatement. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Price was serving on a committee tasked with finding and solving the barriers keeping people from... More »

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 »

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