HIV/AIDS

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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 »

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 »

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 »

FDA Lifts Ban on Gay Blood Donors

But new policy does come with restrictions

(Newser) - The nation's three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate. The Food and Drug Administration says it is replacing the lifetime ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had... 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 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 »

Promising New HIV Vaccine Heads to Human Trials

Vaccine comes from AIDS pioneer after 15 years of development

(Newser) - The man who first proved that AIDS was triggered by the HIV virus more than 30 years ago is back with a potential vaccine that starts human testing this month, Science Alert reports. In the three decades since Dr. Robert Gallo made his breakthrough, more than 100 AIDS vaccines have... 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 »

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