NEWS FLASH

NEWS FLASH
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Researchers eliminate HIV from cultured human cells for first time

Date: July 21, 2014

Source: Temple University Health System

Summary:  

HIV-1, the most common type of the virus that causes AIDS, has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh attack. Now, a team of researchers has designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for good.

Link:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140721151905.htm

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Obama and African leaders to discuss U.S. funding for HIV/AIDS

Date: August 2nd 2014

Source: Washington Post

Summary: 

For more than a decade, the United States has taken the lead in this fight, providing significant funding — $52 billion so far — to the cause through a program known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Begun by President George W. Bush in 2003, it is widely considered to be among the most successful foreign policy initiatives in history, credited with saving countless lives and helping to enhance the nation’s image abroad…Congress is still debating the program’s allocation for fiscal 2015, a situation that has created deep concern among some health officials and activists in Africa.

Link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-and-african-leaders-to-discuss-us-funding-for-hivaids/2014/08/02/c3004cb6-18d1-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html 

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HIV-Killing Condom Approved in Australia

Date:  July 22, 2014

Source: IFL Science

Summary: 

VivaGel contains an antiviral compound that, when used as a coating for condoms, can reduce the risk of exposure to viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections. In the lab, the lubricant’s antimicrobial agent

 Link:  http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/hiv-killing-condom-approved-australia#xofkydXAJHzmgGYQ.99

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Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV

Date: July 23, 2014

Source:  National Public Radio (NPR)

Summary: 

If prostitution were legal around the world, the transmission of HIV among female sex workers would go down by at least a third, according to a paper presented at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia…We see across many settings that criminalization leads to more violence. Policing practices displace sex workers, sending them to more hidden places where they’re less safe and where they lose the ability to negotiate conditions, such as condom use.

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/23/334456606/legalizing-prostitution-would-protect-sex-workers-from-hiv?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140723 

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Aids epidemic under control by 2030 ‘is possible’

Date:  July 16th 2014

Source:  BBC News

Summary:  

It said the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids were both falling.

However, it called for far more international effort as the “current pace cannot end the epidemic”. And charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warned most of those in need of HIV drugs still had no access to them.

Link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28325761 

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Early HIV drugs ‘may not stop virus’

Date:  July 21, 2014

Source:  BBC News

Summary :  

HIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research.

A baby was thought to have been cured with treatment hours after birth, but the virus emerged years later.Monkey research, published in Nature Journal, suggests untouchable “viral reservoirs” form even before HIV can be detected in the blood.

Link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28352370

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Joep Lange, AIDS Expert And Former President Of The International AIDS Society, Died In Plane Crash

Date: August 19th, 2014

Source: Huffington Post

Summary:  

Joep Lange, a pioneer in the field of AIDS research and the former president of the International AIDS Society, was killed in a plane crash on July 17, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.“Joep had an absolute commitment to HIV and care in Asia and Africa,” Professor David A Cooper stated. “The joy in collaborating with Joep was that he would always bring a fresh view, a unique take on things, and he never accepted that something was impossible to achieve.”

Link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/joep-lange-dead-aids-expert-plane-crash_n_5597834.html 

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The WHO Wants All Gay Men to Take HIV Prevention Medication

Date:  July 11th 2014

Source:  The Atlantic

Summary: 

Condoms alone aren’t cutting it, the World Health Organization declared today, urging all men who have sex with men—regardless of HIV status—to begin using antiretroviral drugs as a means of protection against the disease.Taken regularly, the recommended pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP—a single daily pill containing two separate medications—is up to 92 percent effective in protecting its users from HIV. In an update to its HIV Prevention guidelines, the WHO estimated that the widespread use of PrEP among gay and bisexual men could prevent as many as one million new HIV infections over the next decade.

Link:  http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/the-who-wants-all-gay-men-to-take-hiv-prevention-medication/374330/

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‘Remote control’ contraceptive chip available ‘by 2018’

Date:  July 7th 2014

Source:  BBC News

Summary: 

The chip is implanted under a woman’s skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.This will happen every day for 16 years, but can be stopped at any time by using a wireless remote control.The project has been backed by Bill Gates, and will be submitted for pre-clinical testing in the US next year – and possibly go on sale by 2018.

Link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28193720

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Jamaica’s underground gays caught on film

Date: May 23rd 2014

Source:  Gay Star News

Summary: A new documentary shows how a group of LGBTI youngsters in Jamaica live in a sewer, forced there after being expelled or escaping from their homes for being gay.

Link:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jamaica’s-underground-gays-caught-film230514

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Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens (Full Length)

Date:  July 28, 2014

Source: YouTube

Summary: Documentary

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILXVpFQVEbw

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VICE News Gully Queens: “Beautiful Girl” (Unofficial)

Date: Recent 2014

Source: You Tube/ VICE

Summary:  Music Video

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpNhzMWjVVM

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Bill Gates Funded The Super Thin Condom Guys Have Been Waiting Their Entire Lives For

Date: June 6th 2014

Source: Elite Daily

Summary:  

(video included) Bill Gates believes he has found the solution to the AIDS crisis in the form of a skin-like condom that, unlike current condoms, men will actually want to wear.

Link:  http://elitedaily.com/news/technology/bill-gates-donated-100000-science-new-type-condom/623286/

One thought on “NEWS FLASH

  1. Keep writing, I love reading your reports. You talk about the things other writers are too afraid to touch. Keep up the great work!

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