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UN Makes Dramatic Change to HIV Advice

Immediate treatment plan will cost billions

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. That guidance fits with what's already recommended in many developed nations, including the US. The UN health agency had previously said doctors should... More »

Here's How Price-Gouging Drug CEO Says He Sleeps at Night

'You know, Ambien' suggests Martin Shkreli is A-OK with exorbitant price hike

(Newser) - Price gouging for a tuberculosis drug may have been walked back , but the CEO of another pharmaceutical company is standing firm with his decision to drastically raise the price of a drug that treats the potentially deadly parasitic infection toxoplasmosis. Turing Pharmaceutical's Martin Shkreli—an ex-hedge fund manager who... More »

Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex Isn't a Felony

Terrance Williams' partner got sick, but appeals court says that's a misdemeanor

(Newser) - In 2011, New York prosecutors charged a 22-year-old Syracuse man who had neglected to tell his sexual partner he had HIV and subsequently infected him with a felony. But two lower courts ruled the charge should be switched to a misdemeanor, and yesterday the New York State Court of Appeals... More »

Nancy Reagan Refused to Help Dying Rock Hudson

9 weeks before actor's death from AIDS, she turned down his plea for assistance

(Newser) - Nine weeks before his death from AIDS complications on October 2, 1985, Rock Hudson was in France trying to get treatment not available in the United States, but Nancy Reagan refused his request for the White House to help. BuzzFeed tells the story for the first time, explaining that after... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

An AIDS Shot? Tests Raise Hope of Easier Prevention

Monkeys who got injection were protected from disease

(Newser) - Successful tests on monkeys suggest that people at risk of AIDS might be able to get a shot every three months or so to keep them healthy, reports AP . In two separate tests, each monkey that got an injection of anti-AIDS drugs remained protected for weeks after exposure, unlike those... More »

For HIV+ People, Even Safe Sex Can Mean Jail

ProPublica investigation delves into controversial laws

(Newser) - In at least 35 states, exposing another person to HIV is a crime—even if the virus is not transmitted—and, in some cases, it's a crime even if the sex in question was safe, according to a ProPublica investigation. The article focuses on Nick Rhoades, an Iowa man... More »

New, Aggressive HIV Strain Develops Into AIDS Faster

So far it's only seen in West Africa, but could spread quickly

(Newser) - Researchers have found an aggressive new strain of HIV in West Africa they say develops into AIDS much faster than other strains. According to a new study from Sweden's Lund University, the strain is a "recombinant" virus, or a combination of two different viruses that join together in... More »

UN Report: We're Making Real Progress on AIDS

New infections down 33% between 2001 and 2012

(Newser) - The UN today released its annual report on the state of HIV/AIDS around the globe, and though the big number is still big—roughly 35.3 million people are currently infected with HIV—the report contains a laundry list of encouraging numbers. Highlights, per Reuters and the Guardian :
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2 Men With HIV Are Off Drugs, Seem Virus-Free

After undergoing a bone marrow transplant

(Newser) - The two men who saw HIV seemingly vanish from their blood after getting bone marrow transplants to treat their blood cancer are still apparently virus-free and feeling "great"—weeks after they stopped taking anti-retroviral drugs. Researchers gave the encouraging update today at the International AIDS Society Conference in... More »

Baby 'Cured' of HIV Probably Never Really Had It

Today's drugs good at stopping transmission, but not eliminating infection

(Newser) - Don't get too excited by last week's news of a baby in Mississippi being "cured" of HIV , warns Mark Siedner in the Wall Street Journal —just because the baby had been exposed to HIV does not mean she was really infected with the virus. Most likely,... More »

Ex-Surgeon General Koop Dead at 96

Conservative shocked America by spreading information on AIDS

(Newser) - C. Everett Koop, the best-known surgeon general of the 20th century, died today in Hanover, NH, at the age of 96, the Washington Post reports. Recognized for his appearance—an epauleted uniform and grim expression that harked back to the Civil War—he also waged a fierce war on tobacco... More »

Dead Bats Could Provide AIDS Clue

Study finds similar immune system response

(Newser) - One positive development may come out of the study of white nose syndrome , the devastating disease killing off swaths of bats: insight into AIDS. Researchers studying bats who survived white nose, only to die anyway, eventually realized the bats' own aggressive immune response was to blame. After fighting off the... More »

Nude AIDS Activists Invade Boehner's Office

Three women arrested

(Newser) - Seven protesters showed up at John Boehner's office wearing nothing but their birthday suits today to voice their support for federal funding to fight AIDS. "Boehner, Boehner, don't be a d---, budget cuts will make us sick," sang the protesters, each of whom had slogans like... More »

Panel: HIV Tests for Everyone

Experts want to make the test routine for those ages 15 to 64

(Newser) - A US panel of experts wants HIV tests to be a routine part of medical checkups for everyone aged 15 to 64, the Los Angeles Times reports. The US Preventive Services Task Force last came up with a set of guidelines in 2005, suggesting routine screening only for those at... More »

LA Voters Pass Law Requiring Porn Stars to Wear Condoms

They also reject 'Frankenfood' labels

(Newser) - Californians voted yesterday in a pair of hot-button referendums, passing a law mandating that porn stars wear condoms while striking down another that would require the food industry to label genetically modified foods. The former means that adult performers in LA County not only have to wrap up, reports the... More »

AIDS-Like Disease Identified

Patients, mostly in Asia, suffer from weakened immune system

(Newser) - Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the US with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers... More »

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