Morocco makes headway against HIV but stigma remains | AFP

In Morocco, the struggle against HIV has been so successful in recent years that campaigners worry about losing funding for combatting the virus, but for people living with the disease it remains a heavy stigma.

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HIV outbreak sparks panic in Southern Pakistan

Hundreds of people in a village in southern Pakistan have allegedly been infected with HIV by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. Health officials say more than 400 people, many of them children, have tested HIV positive in recent weeks as experts warn of a surge in infection rates across Pakistan, due to the use of unsanitary equipment and rampant malpractice — often at the hands of quack doctors.

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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8 Takeaways From Trump’s 2019 State Of The Union

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. Initially scheduled for last month, his speech was postponed because of the partial government shutdown — the repercussion for his demand that Congress pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.  Trump’s main points focused on unemployment, immigration and border control, healthcare, and foreign policy. If you missed his speech, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know in the video above.

Following is a transcript of the video.

President Trump: Members of Congress: the State of our Union is strong.

[“USA” chants]

Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.

1. More Jobs

In just over 2 years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom. We have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs…Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century. More people are working now than at any time in the history of our country — 157 million at work. 

2. More women in the workforce

All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before. 

3. Prison sentencing reform

My Administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the First Step Act into law. This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.

4. Immigration and border control

Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business.As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for this tremendous onslaught. I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.

5. Lower drug costs

In 2018, drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years. It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place. I am asking Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients, finally.

6. Prohibit late-term abortion

To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.

7. Eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030

My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. We have made incredible strides, incredible. 

8. North Korean relations

If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam.


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8 Takeaways From Trump’s 2019 State Of The Union