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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 »

AIDS Epidemic Rages Through the Deep South

Mississippi's treatment rate comparable to Ethiopia's: Lisa Biagiotti

(Newser) - You might think HIV/AIDS has been relegated to a Third World problem, but the virus is ravaging populations right here in the American South. Some 50% of new HIV cases occur in Dixie, which is home to more HIV-positive Americans than any other region and also has the country's... More »

Drug Resistance Threatens HIV Fight in Africa

Eastern areas see 29% increase in resistance per year

(Newser) - HIV is developing a growing resistance to drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, and that has researchers worried, the BBC reports. Scientists found a 29% increase in drug resistance per year in East Africa, while Southern Africa saw a 14% increase, they say (compared to zero change in resistance levels in the... More »

Scientists Launch AIDS Cure 'Road Map'

Success a 'realistic possibility': researcher

(Newser) - Scientists are again on the hunt for an AIDS cure, and while they don't expect results any time soon, they see hope for the future. A research "road map" for a cure, released yesterday, is "the first step" toward solving the global crisis, says Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who... More »

1st HIV-Prevention Pill Gets OK—But It's Complicated

Truvada promising, but some worry it won't be taken correctly

(Newser) - A big milestone came in the fight against AIDS yesterday, when the FDA approved the first drug meant for HIV prevention—but there are quite a few issues to consider. Truvada, which has been on the market for years as a means of treating those who already have the virus,... More »

At-Home HIV Test Moves Step Closer to Reality

FDA panel gives OraQuick thumbs up; final decision expected later this year

(Newser) - About 240,000 HIV carriers in the US are unaware of their infection—and they may soon have a quick and easy way to test for the virus at home. The over-the-counter OraQuick test requires a mouth swab and delivers results in 20 minutes, and though it is likely slightly... More »

FDA Panel Backs First Drug to Block HIV

Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, is for healthy people at risk

(Newser) - A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the FDA advisory panel recommended approval of the... More »

Restaurant Owner Kicks Out 'Don't Say Gay' Senator

Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield not welcome, says Knoxville's Martha Boggs

(Newser) - Martha Boggs is being touted as a hero after kicking Tennessee GOP state Sen. Stacey Campfield out of her Knoxville restaurant last weekend. Campfield is the controversial author of the state's "Don't Say Gay" bill , and he got even more controversial in a recent interview during which... More »

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