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U2 Will Break 'Sacred Pledge,' and You Could Take Part

Up for a game of mini-golf?

(Newser) - When the members of U2 were just young Irish lads, they made "a sacred pledge" to each other that has remained steadfast throughout their decades-long run as rock stars: Never play golf. "We didn't think it was rock 'n' roll," frontman Bono tells the AP... More »

Elton John Calls Out Georgia Rep. for 'Horrific' HIV Comment

The singer became the latest to attack Betty Price

(Newser) - Elton John has jumped into the American culture wars in response to comments from a Georgia state representative suggesting a quarantine might be necessary to stem the spread of HIV, Politico reports. In a statement released by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the legendary British singer-songwriter lashed out at Rep.... 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 »

AIDS Deaths Fall by Half From 2005 Peak

In a first, more than half of people with HIV are taking medication for it

(Newser) - For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the UN said Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they... More »

6 Members of Trump's HIV/AIDS Panel Quit

PACHA members say Trump 'simply does not care' about HIV/AIDS

(Newser) - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest last week over what they call an administration that has "no strategy" to deal with the epidemic, and "a president who simply does not care," NBC News reports. A member of the group accused the... 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 »

He Fought AIDS by Convincing World It Was Security Threat

No modern epidemic had ever been considered a security matter before

(Newser) - No one person turned the tide in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but Richard Holbrooke—former US ambassador to the UN and president of the Security Council—was an instrumental part of saving millions of lives from the disease. In 2000, Holbrooke—having visited places like Cambodia and Namibia—was convinced... 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 »

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 »

'Patient Zero,' Who Brought AIDS to Our Shores, Actually Didn't

Canadian was just one of many early cases

(Newser) - The French Canadian flight attendant dubbed "Patient Zero" in the AIDS epidemic in North America was no such thing, researchers say. In a study published in the journal Nature , researchers analyzed HIV genomes and determined that the virus came to the US from Haiti around 1971 and had already... More »

We're Losing Ground in War on AIDS: UN

Ending epidemic by 2030 now seen as unrealistic

(Newser) - AIDS isn't a wounded enemy on the brink of defeat, it "is still one of the biggest killers in the world" and the target of ending the epidemic by 2030 now looks completely unrealistic, warns the chief of the United Nations program on HIV and AIDS. Former UNAIDS... 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 »

His Dad Injected Him With HIV 24 Years Ago. Here's How He's Doing

Brryan Stewart still sees life as an adventure

(Newser) - Brryan Stewart was only 10 months old when his father injected him with HIV-positive blood—and now, burdened with health challenges at age 25, Stewart is not only surviving but seeing the positive. "Man, either I could be sitting around being so mad at the situation, or I can... More »

Clinton Bashed for Praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS Role

'The most offensive thing possible for my generation of LGBT Americans'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease, the AP reports. Clinton made her initial comments—in which she... More »

CDC: 50% of Black Gay Men Will Contract HIV

New research reveals stark differences in risk

(Newser) - About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates. Overall, for the average American, the odds of an HIV infection is 1 in 99 and has been declining. But the risk varies widely for different groups.... More »

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