HIV/AIDS

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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 »

Major CDC Shift: Use Pill to Block AIDS

Advice for at-risk groups is big policy shift

(Newser) - With HIV infection rates stubbornly high for a decade and condom use actually decreasing, federal health officials now recommend groups most at risk of AIDS start taking a daily pill. The Truvada pill has been shown to vastly reduce infection rates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's... More »

Team Thinks It Cracked an HIV Mystery

Genital disease may explain why majority of Africa's AIDS victims are women

(Newser) - Why are 60% of Africa's AIDS victims women when in the rest of the world, the majority are men? For researchers, it's a longstanding mystery—but Norwegian experts working in South Africa have a theory. A disease called genital schistosomiasis, or "schisto," can lead to vaginal... More »

HIV+ Guy Gets Booted From Florida Rec League

Dakota Basinger, 21, diagnosed last week

(Newser) - Last week, a 21-year-old Florida man was diagnosed with HIV. After he posted about it on Facebook, Dakota Basinger was pulled from a local basketball league game on Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. In the second half of a playoff game, a Kissimmee city official called a time out, then... More »

Sex Between Women Spreads HIV in Rare Case

CDC says it's the first confirmed case of this occurring

(Newser) - It's rare but definitely not impossible for HIV to be transmitted by sexual contact between women, according to a paper published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the first confirmed case of its kind, the CDC believes one Texas woman infected another with HIV... More »

After-Sex Gel Could Block HIV

Researchers test treatment in monkeys

(Newser) - A study on monkeys may offer hope for women in the fight against HIV—especially in cases of rape. The study involved a gel that appears effective in blocking HIV in monkeys up to three hours after sex, the New York Times reports. That could mean protection for rape victims... More »

Hospital to Patients: We Maybe Exposed You to HIV

Bad instructions on insulin pen lead to warning letter

(Newser) - More than 4,000 people on Long Island are getting the most unwelcome kind of letter from a local hospital—a warning that they might have been inadvertently exposed to HIV. As ABC News explains, the risk is low, but it stems from improper use of an insulin pen. It... More »

Another Baby Born With HIV 'Cured'

Disease in remission thanks to quick treatment

(Newser) - Another baby born with HIV appears to be free of the disease thanks to an aggressive early treatment regimen that began just four hours after she was born, reports the Guardian . The baby was born in LA and is still getting AIDS medicines because doctors aren't entirely confident yet,... More »

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