HIV/AIDS

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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 »

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 »

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