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9 MAY 2014, VOLUME 15, ISSUE 19

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  • A police raid on an established research program in Uganda has left scientists worried that their projects may be targeted by authorities granted sweeping powers under the country's harsh new antihomosexuality law....As this issue went to press, [Makerere University Walter Reed Project] operations were suspended to ensure the safety of local staff.

    May 9, 2014
    Nature Medicine
  • An increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases among youths, especially those aged between 20 and 30, is alarming said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. Hilmi said 78.8 per cent of the cases involves youths who are between 20 and 30 years old.

    May 8, 2014
    Borneo Post
  • Youth living with HIV through their newly launched National Association of Young People Living with HIV in Malawi have asked government and other stakeholders to involve them in the decision making process on issues that directly affect them. Speaking during the launch of the association which was graced by Minister of Industry and Trade, Sosten Gwengwe, on behalf of President Dr.

    May 8, 2014
    Malawi News Agency
  • ....HIV cure research has gained momentum and picked up speed.  The scientific obstacles to a cure have been illuminated, and with a vigorous research effort and sufficient investment, these challenges can be overcome.

    May 7, 2014
    CNN
  • All illusions of love, trust and dedication to a relationship flew out the window for Mayda Torres in 1992, when she found out she was HIV-positive while undergoing routine exams to start a new job. "I had a stable relationship. I wasn't unfaithful.

    May 7, 2014
    IPS News
  • Since the beginning of the year, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has noticed a disturbing spike in the number of people contracting sexually transmitted diseases -- in particular, HIV and syphilis. While the numbers are preliminary, they're still a concern.

    May 5, 2014
    KTUU
  • Healio reported on a study of causes of death among HIV-positive patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Researchers for the Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration reviewed data on patients enrolled in 16 cohorts in Europe and North America.

    May 5, 2014
    Healio
  • Healio reported that US gonorrhea rates among adolescents reached an all-time low in 2012, while chlamydia rates remained constant. The findings, presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, may be positive news, but researchers noted that overall STD rates still remain high in youth, especially in certain subgroups.

    May 4, 2014
    Healio
  • KnowMore TV reported that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, given to young women between the ages of 14 and 19, has caused a 56-percent decline in the number of new HPV cases in the same age group, according to a new CDC study. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the study results, which were higher than expected, are "striking" and demonstrate the need to "increase [HPV] vaccination rates."

    May 4, 2014
    KnowMore TV
  • For HIV patients being treated with anti-AIDS medications, resistance to drug therapy regimens is commonplace. Often, patients develop resistance to first-line drug therapies, such as Tenofovir, and are forced to adopt more potent medications.

    May 4, 2014
    Science Daily
  • The Herald Scotland reported that the Scottish Government has decided to make HIV treatment free to everyone in Scotland, regardless of their residency status. The policy change aligns Scotland with England and exempts HIV from National Health Service (NHS) charges in the same way that TB and other infectious diseases are.

    May 2, 2014
    Herald Scotland
  • In New York City, you can get just about anything delivered, from Thai food to mattresses. Now, for the lover in a hurry in the city that never sleeps, a bike messenger will bring safe sex to your door. L. Condoms, a company specializing in prophylactics made from natural latex with no chemicals added, just launched a one-hour condom delivery service in Manhattan.

    May 2, 2014
    NBC News
  • Voice of America reported that according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), only 20 percent of HIV-positive individuals in French-speaking West and Central Africa receive antiretroviral therapy (ART). MSF explained that although there is low prevalence of HIV in West and Central Africa, where less than 5 percent of the population is infected, ART is available to only one-fifth of the patients who need treatment.

    May 1, 2014
    Voice of America
  • The Asia Times reported that Bangladesh sex workers help keep the country's HIV rate one of the lowest in the world....The government's strong political commitment and partnership with nongovernmental organizations are credited for the low HIV incidence by targeting high-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, and transgender people.

    April 30, 2014
    Asia Times
  • The Kansas City Business Journal reported that the US National Institute of Mental Health awarded a $3.2 million grant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Department of Psychology to study religiously appropriate HIV intervention strategies in African-American churches.

    April 30, 2014
    Biz Journal
  • Johns Hopkins biochemists have figured out what is needed to activate and sustain the virus-fighting activity of an enzyme found in CD4+ T cells, the human immune cells infected by HIV. The discovery could launch a more effective strategy for preventing the spread of HIV in the body with drugs targeting this enzyme, they say.

    April 1, 2014
    Science Daily

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