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Oct 29

Elton John AIDS Foundation Invests in MSM, LGBT Programs

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is donating funds to new HIV programs focused on the U.S. LGBT population as well as on men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa, according to an EJAF press release. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish—the EJAF founder and chairman, respectively—met with Secretary of State John Kerry to ...
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Oct 22

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December ...
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Oct 17

'Wonder drug' which can reduce HIV risk by 92% could be offered on the NHS

An HIV 'wonder drug' could be made available on the NHS, in what has been hailed as the most significant breakthrough against the virus in a generation. A landmark trial in England is to be sped up after interim analysis of the the drug Truvada found it to be 'highly protective against HIV'. Campaigners have urged the NHS to offer the medication ...
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Oct 8

People With HIV and Kidney Problems Should Avoid Viread (Tenofovir

While antiretroviral (ARV) therapy is beneficial for HIV-positive people with reduced kidney function, they should not take Viread (tenofovir), according to updated guidelines from the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the guidelines take into account the findings of large studies published since their last update in 2005. ...
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Oct 7

Computers turned into powerful allies in fight against AIDS

Effective treatment of HIV-virus is a race against time: Many of the drugs that have been potent killers of HIV-virus, have today lost their power, because the virus has become resistant to them. As a result science must constantly develop new drugs that can attack the virus in new ways. Now researchers from the University of Southern Denmark present a method ...
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Sep 17

CDC Launches HIV Treatment Awareness Campaign

“HIV Treatment Works” is a new awareness campaign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The campaign promotes the benefits of care and treatment for people living with the virus and seeks to get more of them in care and on treatment. It is the latest campaign in the CDC Act Against AIDS initiative.    In addition to helping people ...
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Sep 16

HIV Combo Pill Less Toxic Thanks to New Form of Tenofovir

An investigational single-tablet combination regimen to treat HIV has comparable efficacy to and is less toxic than a similar regimen of individual tablets, thanks to the new form of tenofovir in the combo pill, MedPage Today reports. Reporting their findings at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington, DC, researchers conducted a Phase II, placebo-controlled, randomized ...
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Sep 9

Flu Shots Work for Pregnant Women Regardless of HIV Status

The influenza vaccine is just as effective for pregnant women living with HIV as for those without the virus, Reuters reports. Publishing their findings in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers conducted double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials in 2011 and 2012 with 2,237 pregnant women; 188 were HIV positive. After receiving either a flu shot or a placebo, the women, ...
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Sep 3

About.com Selects Top 20 HIV/AIDS Charities for 2014

About.com, an online information and resource site, has selected its top 20 HIV/AIDS charities for 2014. The criteria included: spending at least 75 percent of their budgets on programs, raising $100 from every $15 spent fundraising, not holding more than three years of available assets in reserve, and operating with financial transparency. In 2013, the list was restricted ...
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Aug 27

AIDS Grove Renames Youth Scholarship to Honor Pedro Zamora

The National AIDS Memorial Grove has renamed its youth scholarship program after the late Pedro Zamora, according to a statement by the group. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program recognizes young people for their active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. Zamora was an AIDS educator, activist and reality television star. At the age of 22, the HIV-positive gay ...
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