Feb 072013
Uganda - Country launches mandatory HIV testing, incorporated into routine medical care

All people who seek treatment in public health centres across the country will undergo mandatory HIV testing under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment, the health ministry has announced. Under the multimillion dollar programme codenamed ‘provider-initiated testing’, HIV counseling and testing will be incorporated in the routine medical care, according [...]

Feb 062013
USA - Food availability linked with poor outcomes for HIV-positive children reports Baylor College of Medicine

An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital reported. In a study of HIV-positive patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital HIV Specialty Clinic, researchers found that patients who [...]

Feb 042013
Philippines - New HIV campaign: "The sexiest thing a man can do..."

LOVE YOURSELF, the country’s fastest-growing, 100%-volunteer HIV advocacy group, launched its 2013 visual campaign dubbed Project ‘Indulge’. It’s like no other HIV Awareness drive in the country and probably in the world. Collaborating on this project are multi-awarded advertising agency Campaigns and Grey, and top-ranked photographer Jeanne Young. “We wanted to contribute to HIV awareness [...]

Feb 012013
UK - HIV levels in gay men 'not falling'. A 'resurgence of risky sexual practices could be behind failure'

A resurgence of risky sexual practice could be behind a failure to curb HIV in gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, researchers suggest. New infections were static at about 2,300 a year between 2001 and 2010, despite rises in early diagnosis and far more people taking medication. Scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious [...]

Jan 312013
A 'neurosteroid' found to prevent brain injury caused by HIV/AIDS

A team of scientists from Canada, Thailand and Morocco have found that DHEA-S may prevent neurocognitive impairment that affects a significant percentage of AIDS patients. In a report appearing in the February 2013 issue of The FASEB Journal, they describe how a network of steroid molecules found in the brain, termed “neurosteroids,” is disrupted during HIV [...]

Jan 302013
China - CPPCC report recommends lower hurdles for AIDS organizations

Shanghai should make it easier for community-based organizations (CBO) working on AIDS prevention to register with authorities, members of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) said in a report Wednesday. In 1995, Shanghai was the first city in the country to establish a CBO focused on AIDS prevention. By the [...]

Jan 302013
USA - Film about ACT UP and Treatment Action Group, ‘How to Survive a Plague’, aims for Oscar

“If you think you know the story of AIDS—and everybody thinks they know the story of AIDS—this movie will be a surprise.” That’s what David France (pictured), director of the documentary How to Survive a Plague, tells audiences before they see his film. And that’s what he’s telling as many Academy members as possible between now [...]

Jan 292013
Argentina - "La gonorrea se escapa de nuevo"

El control de las enfermedades de transmisión sexual presenta una nueva amenaza: la cefixima, el antibiótico que se utiliza desde hace años para combatir la gonorrea, está empezando a no ser efectiva. La última voz de alarma viene de Canadá, donde un estudio realizado por un equipo capitaneado por la microbióloga Vanessa G. Allen muestra que el 7% de los pacientes tratados con este fármaco demostraron una resistencia al tratamiento, un porcentaje que crece en toda Norteamérica desde el año 2000. De los 133 pacientes que se sometieron a una prueba de curación tras el tratamiento en una clínica de Ontario, 13 de ellos mostraban aún la enfermedad tras el tratamiento con el antibiótico. Según los autores del estudio, el fracaso clínico ocurrió en 4 de 76 infecciones uretrales (5,26%), 2 de 7 infecciones faríngeas (28,6%), y 3 de 39 infecciones rectales (7,69%).