Mar 26

Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak tied to IV drug use

Indiana’s governor is preparing to declare a public health emergency over a rapidly spreading, intravenous drug use-linked HIV outbreak in a rural southern county. At least 72 people — all tied to Scott County — have been infected in southern Indiana since December, and another seven have preliminary positive HIV infections, health officials said. Scott County usually sees about five cases ...
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Mar 12

HIV can be controlled by genetic engineering

A therapy that involves modifying DNA cells has proved effective in controlling HIV without drugs, and trials have been expanded and extended. The treatment works by infusing patients with a dose modified white blood, or 'T cells’, so the patient becomes largely resistant to HIV. Although current HIV regimens can control the virus, they can have side effects and a number people ...
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Mar 10

Functional HIV Cure Step Closer To Reality With FDA Approval Of Clinical Human Trials

A possible “functional cure” for HIV has recently been granted FDA approval for further human testing. The method uses genetic modification to cause a specific mutation in the white blood cells of HIV patients which mirrors those found in the naturally immune. It has so far shown to be both receptive and long-lasting. The novel therapy involves taking stem cells from ...
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Feb 23

US could cut HIV transmission rate by more than 90 percent, CDC says

More than 700,000 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are undiagnosed or not receiving care, a population responsible for 91.5 percent of the transmissions of the infection in 2009, researchers reported Monday. Diagnosing even some of those people, starting them on antiretroviral drugs and keeping them in treatment could have a large and immediate effect ...
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Feb 11

With more patients insured, county trims HIV medical care spending

Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday cut back on contracts to provide medical care to AIDS and HIV patients, citing increased numbers of people now insured under the federal healthcare overhaul. The move to cut $4 million from the contracts, paid for with federal monies, marked the latest clash between the county and the powerful nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, one of ...
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Feb 10

Jamaica on track to eliminate mother-to-child HIV

Jamaica, according to the release, has demonstrated commitment to eliminate HIV among children through its leadership and investments. UNAIDS reports that in 2004 the HIV transmission rate from mothers to children was 10 per cent and by 2012 the rate had dropped to below two per cent. The organisation attributes the success to the Government’s investments, improved collaboration between national, regional ...
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Jan 26

Real Stories of How the Ryan White Program Helps Folks With HIV

How has the Ryan White Program helped people living with HIV? Why not let some of the beneficiaries tell you in their own words. That’s exactly what they do in “Ryan White. Real Lives. Stories on the Real Impact of the Ryan White Care Act,” a campaign spearheaded by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA).   The campaign’s goal is to ...
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Jan 26

HUD Announces $1.8 Billion for Homeless Programs

  To support the Obama administration’s goal to end homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1.8 billion in grants for nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the nation, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing ...
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Jan 21

The Deep South Is Being Hit Hard by HIV/AIDS

The Deep South has the highest death rate of newly diagnosed AIDS cases in the country, according to new research which analyzes the growing epidemic in the region and seeks to articulate its causes, which include social stigma, rural geography, and poverty. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and the Centers for Disease Control worked together to analyze ...
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Jan 6

The Berlin patient, first and only person 'cured' of HIV, speaks out

Timothy Ray Brown, long known only as the "Berlin Patient" had HIV for 12 years before he became the first person in the world to be cured of the infection following a stem cell transplant in 2007. He recalls his many years of illness, a series of difficult decisions, and his long road to recovery in the first-person account, "I ...
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