Health risks heighten in Zimbabwe after Cyclone Idai

Healthcare workers are concerned about increased health risks in cyclone-hit Zimbabwe after some HIV and AIDS patients living in the affected areas lost their medication and health cards in the floods.

Doctors describe possible second HIV cure

During a HIV conference, a London-based researcher presented the case of a second patient who has lived 18 months after stopping HIV treatment without sign of the virus following a stem-cell transplant, a possible second case of HIV being cured. (Mar 5)

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UN ‘greatly encouraged’ by news of HIV remission case

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General says the ‘Joint United Nations’ Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)’ is “greatly encouraged” by news that a patient is in sustained remission from HIV. Ten years almost to the day since the first confirmed case of an HIV-infected person being rid of the deadly disease, a man known only as the “London patient” has shown no sign of the virus for nearly 19 months, doctors reported in the journal Nature.

AIDS group wary of Trump pledge to end HIV by 2030

In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. But that pledge is being greeted with skepticism by some AIDS researchers and non-profits. (Feb. 6)

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Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe 2018

(17 Dec 2018) Filipina Catriona Gray, who was crowned Miss Universe 2018 at the final in Bangkok, says her first project will involve HIV awareness and reiterates her backing of medicinal marijuana. (Dec. 17)

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Zara Larsson’s sex education classes

(7 Nov 2018) Swedish pop star Zara Larsson, who’s currently fronting a new campaign from Durex and AIDS organization (RED) promoting sexual health awareness and raising money for HIV treatment in South Africa, says pupils at her school first started learning about sex in sixth grade. (Nov. 7)

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No condom, no luck in Amsterdam’s red light district

As Amsterdam prepares to host the International AIDS Conference, sex workers in the city’s red light district say they take every precaution to prevent the HIV virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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Chilean woman with HIV sounds cautionary note for youth

Carolina del Real, 37, who was diagnosed as seropositive seven years ago, now devotes her time to teaching people about prevention, in a country where more promiscuous, liberated and frequently careless young Chileans are shattering taboos about sexuality in their country, sparking an explosion of HIV cases that has alarmed authorities.

Iowans Are Trying To Legalize An Underground Needle Exchange (HBO)

In Iowa, a spike in opioid abuse among people under 30 is causing another public health crisis: cases of Hepatitis C — a virus that attacks the liver — are up 375 percent according to the CDC.

To combat the problem, a group of Iowans has been operating an underground needle exchange. And now, they’re lobbying for a bill to legalize that effort. Under state law, it’s illegal to possess or distribute clean syringes for an “unlawful” purpose.

The Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition, founded in 2016 by medical student Sarah Ziegenhorn, 29, provides weekly outreach services in cities across Iowa by distributing safer injection kits, condoms and test kits for HIV and hepatitis C. The clean syringes, provided by partnering non-profit Prairie Works, are handed out discreetly from the back of a car.

More than 30 states have legalized distribution of needles and Iowa could be next if the bill, slated for a vote in the Senate next week, continues its journey to the governor’s office. Ziegenhorn is a weekly fixture at state capitol, leading the charge and drawing numbers of constituents to bring the issue to the attention of legislatures.

This is the second attempt to legalize in a state where there are very few opioid related regulations or policies in place. Many legislators believe the presence of needle exchange programs would encourage drug use and prevent proper law enforcement.

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