HIV/AIDS

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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 »

How a Policy Change Kept 120 People From Getting HIV

Needle exchange program not without opponents

(Newser) - Beginning in 1998, Washington, DC, wasn't permitted to use its funds to support needle exchanges. Changing that policy spared an estimated 120 drug users from HIV infection over a two-year period, per a study by George Washington University published today in AIDS and Behavior . The change came in late... More »

Teen's HIV in Check for 12 Years Without Drugs

French girl's health is described at AIDS Society conference in Vancouver

(Newser) - An 18-year-old French teen born with the AIDS virus has had her infection under control and nearly undetectable despite stopping treatment 12 years ago—an unprecedented remission, doctors are reporting. The teen might have some form of natural resistance to HIV that hasn't yet been discovered. But her case... More »

'Sweet Tooth' May Be 'Achilles' Heel' of HIV

Researchers block virus from feeding on sugar, starve it to death

(Newser) - Imagine you're hankering for a snack, but your refrigerator is chained up. Now imagine you're the HIV virus, and inside your fridge is the food you need to grow and spread. A new study from Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University provides the chains: Researchers say they've found... More »

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Fly: California Judge

Ruling says students should learn about STD prevention, all kinds of birth control

(Newser) - California has a sex-ed law on the books that bans schools from pushing abstinence alone in teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention, and a Fresno County judge has now enforced that law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Superior Court Judge Donald Black's decision ruled that the Clovis Unified School... More »

HIV Epidemic Strikes an Indiana County

Needle-sharing fueled the outbreak

(Newser) - In one southern Indiana county, at least 72 people have been diagnosed with HIV since December. The Scott County "epidemic" has been fueled by opiate addicts sharing needles, and it's moving fast—another seven residents have tested "preliminary positive," and Reuters reports that officials fear the... More »

2nd-Deadliest HIV Group Traced to Its Source

The origins of all 4 HIV groups have now been pinpointed

(Newser) - Of the four identified groups of human AIDS viruses—HIV-1 M, N, O, and P—only M and N had been traced to their source. Until now. Researchers from institutions around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , are reporting that the origins of groups O (the... More »

New Compound Totally Blocks HIV

Team says it's getting close to AIDS vaccine

(Newser) - In an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS, four monkeys injected with an experimental compound have remained HIV-free for almost a year despite repeated efforts to infect them with large doses of the virus. The researchers, whose study is published in the journal Nature , say the compound they've... More »

Scary New HIV Strain Appears in Cuba

It turns into full-blown AIDS in only 3 years

(Newser) - A fierce new strain of HIV in Cuba is highlighting an old danger—of sleeping around without using any protection, CBS News reports. Researchers say the new HIV is a combination of strains (possibly from multiple sex partners) that more quickly invades cells and turns into full-blown AIDS. A study... More »

Craigslist Personals Drive HIV Spike

A decade of research shows a 16% jump in transmissions when Craigslist arrives

(Newser) - Those "personals" ads on Craigslist are bringing more than hot dates to a neighborhood near you. When Craigslist enters a new market, the rate of reported HIV cases in the area jumps 16%, according to new research out of the University of Minnesota and published in the journal MIS ... More »

FDA Lifting Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

But there will still be restrictions

(Newser) - The FDA announced today that it will lift its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, the Los Angeles Times reports. Instead, men who have had sex with men will be allowed to donate blood one year after last having sexual contact with another man, the FDA... More »

Village Wants HIV-Positive 8-Year-Old Kicked Out

Even boy's own grandfather hopes he's banished from Chinese village of Xichong

(Newser) - The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old "Kun Kun" (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy's own grandfather, signed a... More »

Congrats, Humans: Life Just Got Longer

Average life expectancy up about 6 years since 1990

(Newser) - The average life is stretching longer. A new study in the Lancet —which analyzed 240 causes of death in 188 countries, the Wall Street Journal reports—finds humans today are living 71.5 years on average, an increase of about six years since 1990. Men are living an average... More »

HIV May Evolve Into Harmless Virus

Study: It's gradually becoming less lethal

(Newser) - HIV has evolved into a less potent disease than it was 30 years ago, says a new study , and scientists say it might one day turn into a relatively harmless version of itself. British researchers drew the conclusions after studying HIV patients in Botswana and Africa, reports HealthDay . HIV arrived... More »

Most Americans With HIV Are Doing Nothing About It

Only 30% are taking effective doses of antiretrovirals

(Newser) - More than a million Americans have HIV, but even among the 86% who know they're infected, only a minority are doing anything to control the virus, a new CDC study warns. The study found that only around 30% of the 1.2 million people with HIV have the virus... More »

HIV Pandemic Traced to 1920s African Metropolis

'Perfect storm' caused virus to emerge in Kinshasa

(Newser) - More than half a century before AIDS even had a name, the HIV virus was already spreading across Africa via the city now known as Kinshasa, researchers say. In the 1920s, the city was Leopoldville, capital of the Belgian Congo, and scientists say a "perfect storm" of conditions caused... More »

2nd Child 'Cured' of HIV Has HIV Once Again

Italian boy stopped treatment with news of 'cured' Mississippi baby

(Newser) - "The search for an HIV cure continues." That from a new study published in The Lancet that reports a second child believed to have been cured of HIV has seen a return of the virus. A baby boy, born HIV-positive in Milan in December 2009, was given antiretroviral... More »

2 More HIV Patients 'Cured'

After bone marrow transplants, though they may relapse

(Newser) - Are bone marrow transplants the key to an HIV cure? Two men who had both cancer and HIV appear free from both diseases after receiving transplants, researchers say. One man received replacement stem cells from a donor with a gene believed to protect against HIV, while the other's donor... More »

Baby 'Cured' of HIV Now Has HIV

It emerges again in Mississippi girl, now 4

(Newser) - For more than two years, it seemed too good to be true. And now it turns out that a Mississippi baby thought to have been cured of HIV wasn't cured after all, reports NBC News . The girl, now 4, tested positive last week and is back on antiretroviral drugs.... More »

How HIV+ Men Can Father HIV-Free Kids

Ben Banks knows, because he did it

(Newser) - Ben Banks contracted HIV as a child, during a blood transfusion while he was being treated for an aggressive form of cancer. But it was always his dream to have a biological family—and he accomplished it last year, despite his HIV status, when his daughter was born HIV-free. As... More »

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