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  • Younger people with HIV lose lung function faster

    03/30/2020 6:54:34 PM PDT · by fwdude · 43 replies
    AIDSMap ^ | 12 March 2020 | Keith Alcorn
    People living with HIV under the age of 50 lose lung function faster than HIV-negative people, a review of a large US cohort has shown. People with a previous low CD4 cell count also had faster declines in lung function. The findings were presented at the 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Conference presentations are taking place online to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission.
  • LGBT+ community at heightened risk of coronavirus, groups warn

    03/27/2020 9:55:07 AM PDT · by qwertyz · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2020 | Oscar Lopez
    More than 100 LGBT+ rights groups on Wednesday called on U.S. public health officials to address the heightened vulnerability of gay and trans people to the coronavirus, warning that their frequently weakened immune systems can put them at risk.
  • Ready for H.I.V.'s Sexual Revolution? (Truvada to encourage more sodomy)

    05/23/2014 9:27:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 23, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Pretend it’s 1960, and the Food and Drug Administration has just done something startling. It has taken a drug it had previously approved for infertility — brand name Enovid — and approved it for the opposite use: birth control. That pill — soon simply the Pill — triggered the sexual revolution. But not overnight. Doctors at first resisted giving it to unmarried women. Women were shy about carrying evidence that they actually planned to have sex. Feminists like Margaret Sanger and Katharine D. McCormick braved vilification to champion it. Madison Avenue chimed in: Ads featured Andromeda, the princess of Greek...
  • Coronavirus patient in Spain reportedly recovers after being treated with HIV drug

    03/06/2020 3:57:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/05/20 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A 62-year-old man who became Spain’s first coronavirus patient is believed to have made a full recovery after being treated with an HIV drug, according to a report. Miguel Ángel Benítez was hospitalized at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Seville, where he received lopinavir-ritonavir, an antiretroviral drug sold under the brand name Kaletra, according to Metro UK, which cited El Pais. The drug - which has been used to treat HIV and AIDS for over 10 years - was combined with interferon beta, a protein that prevents cells from becoming infected and is used on people with multiple sclerosis...
  • FACT CHECK: Mike Pence Moved Slowly in Combating HIV Outbreak

    02/29/2020 3:26:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    FactCheck.org ^ | 02/28/2020 | Rem Rieder
    In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, newly crowned coronavirus point man Mike Pence spun the facts in claiming he moved decisively when confronted with a disturbing HIV outbreak in a rural Indiana county when he was governor of the state. “We worked the problem early in the year from a law enforcement standpoint, from a health standpoint,” the vice president told Hannity on Feb. 27. “I don’t believe in needle exchanges as a way to combat drug abuse, but in this case, we came to the conclusion that we had a public health emergency, and so, I took...
  • Coronavirus 'could be 1,000 times more infectious than SARS', scientists warn as they discover it plagues the body the same way as

    02/28/2020 8:00:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 238 replies
    <p>The coronavirus could be up to 1,000 times more infectious than SARS because it plagues the body in the same way as HIV and Ebola, scientists warn.</p> <p>Experts initially presumed the spread of COVID-19 would follow the same trajectory as the SARS outbreak in 2002/3, because the viruses are almost identical genetically.</p>
  • Democrats freak out over Mike Pence’s role coordinating coronavirus efforts; They accuse him of killing people with HIV in Indiana

    02/28/2020 6:29:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/28/2020 | Andrea Widburg
    For people who are neither leftists nor caught in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Vice President Mike Pence is an intelligent, principled, competent man. When President Trump announced on Wednesday that he was putting Pence in charge of coordinating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus, it seemed like an eminently sensible decision. For Democrats, though, Pence is the man who caused an HIV outbreak in Indiana. This, of course, is a lie. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a woman so desperate to drive Trump from the White House that she seemed unconcerned that Mike Pence would become president, summed up...
  • From felony to misdemeanor: Bill would ease penalty in Washington [state] for exposing a partner to HIV

    02/23/2020 12:02:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 02/22/2020
    The state Department of Health has proposed legislation that would make such exposure a misdemeanor, asserting the state’s HIV laws aren’t reflective of current treatments and perpetuate a stigma against people living with the virus. The proposal also calls for more intervention from local and state health officers, allowing them to recommend options ranging from testing to counseling, and even mandate treatment for an individual determined to be placing others at risk. Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center and a member of the committee, said she supports efforts to de-stigmatize HIV but said reducing the penalty for intentional transmission diminishes the...
  • Youth with HIV less likely than adults to achieve viral suppression

    02/20/2020 4:57:18 PM PST · by fwdude · 16 replies
    National Institutes of Health ^ | February 10, 2020 | NIH
    Despite similar rates of enrollment into medical care, youth with HIV have much lower rates of viral suppression — reducing HIV to undetectable levels — compared to adults, according to an analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health. Among more than 1,000 youth, most of whom were newly enrolled in care at treatment centers throughout the United States, 12% had attained viral suppression, far lower than the 32% to 63% observed in studies of adults over age 24. The findings suggest that after they enroll in an HIV treatment program, a low proportion of youth adhere to care regimens....
  • U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

    02/20/2020 9:30:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2020 | Lindsey Tanner
    Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes, who came out as gay at age 17, it’s when doctors automatically assumed he sleeps with women. Ask any LGBTQ patient about awkward doctor visits and chances are they’ll have a story to tell. When being heterosexual is presumed even in doctors’ offices, those who identify otherwise can feel marginalized and...
  • Russian Google Searches for HIV Tests Soar by 5,000% After Influential Blogger’s Doc

    02/18/2020 12:30:47 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Feb 2020
    Russians flocked to Google for information about HIV tests after an influential YouTuber’s documentary shed light on the scale of the country’s HIV epidemic this week. Journalist Yury Dud’s two-hour documentary addresses what he refers to as an ignored issue that “affects each and every one” of his millions of subscribers. Almost 8 million people viewed Dud’s HIV documentary in the 48 hours since it went online Tuesday. “We filmed this episode to add knowledge and make life a little easier for those with HIV,” Dud says in the video. The number of searches for Russian-language terms relating to HIV...
  • Many gay men living with HIV have a misconception about their current viral load, US survey finds

    02/16/2020 2:26:23 PM PST · by fwdude · 54 replies
    AidsMap ^ | 3 February 2020 | Michael Carter
    Over a quarter of a sample of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in a relationship with an HIV-negative partner did not have an accurate understanding of their current viral load, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Laboratory viral load results showed that a fifth of men who believed that they were undetectable currently had a detectable viral load, and that 7.5% were virally suppressed when they thought their viral load was detectable. Perhaps significantly, the participants were initially recruited to take part in an adherence intervention and 48%...
  • U.S. to Spend $700,000 on Eswatini’s “National Condom Strategy”

    02/06/2020 3:05:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles ^ | February 4, 2020 | Judicial Watch
    The U.S. government will spend more than half a million dollars to provide residents of a tiny, poverty-stricken African nation with condoms. The money, $700,000, will help fund a National Condom Strategy launched by the Ministry of Health in Eswatini, a landlocked south African country smaller than New Jersey. Until recently Eswatini was known as Swaziland but its tyrannical ruler, King Mswati III, changed it so the country could break with its colonial past. Estwatini is Africa’s only absolute monarchy and most of its population of about 1.4 million lives in poverty with the world’s highest rate of AIDS and...
  • No, The Wuhan Coronavirus Was Not Genetically Engineered To Put Pieces Of HIV In It

    02/04/2020 7:48:56 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2 Feb 2020 | Victoria Forster
    The newest of these was a little unusual because it was based on a pre-print of a real scientific paper, (since removed just a few hours ago) uploaded to website bioRxiv, where scientists can present their completed, or near-completed studies, prior to peer-review by other scientists. The work, by a group based in India, was entitled “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag.”
  • Thai medics claim coronavirus break-through: Patient is declared 'disease-free' in 48 hours using HIV and flu drugs

    02/02/2020 12:50:04 PM PST · by DannyTN · 100 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 2 February 2020 | ISABELLA NIKOLIC FOR MAILONLINE
    Thailand has reportedly seen promising results after treating a coronavirus patient with a mix of two antiviral drugs which are usually used to treat HIV. Medics tested the drug mix on a patient who was in a 'serious condition' with the disease and within 48 hours they were declared disease-free, reports Bloomberg. The drugs, originally used for HIV and influenza treatment, were a success according to a medical briefing given by Dr Kriangsak Attipornwanich. ...
  • No, the 2019-nCoV [coronavirus] genome doesn’t really seem engineered from HIV

    01/31/2020 8:50:37 PM PST · by catnipman · 242 replies
    The Prepared ^ | 1/31/2020 | Ari Allyn-Feuer
    They found that all four of these spike protein inserts appear as matches to at least one sequence in at least one variant of the HIV virus. The sequences come from the gp120 and Gag proteins in HIV, the former of which is also a viral envelope recognition protein. This has led many to credulously assume that this is evidence, or even a strong indication, that 2019-nCoV was engineered from its bat ancestor by humans inserting HIV sequences. But they’re wrong; it’s still not engineered. An analysis of the paper clearly reveals that: 1. There is nothing remarkable about the...
  • Indian scientists have just found HIV (AIDS) virus-like insertions in the 2019-nCov virus

    01/31/2020 11:58:42 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 96 replies
    Oh my god. Indian scientists have just found HIV (AIDS) virus-like insertions in the 2019-nCov virus that are not found in any other coronavirus. They hint at the possibility that this Chinese virus was designed ["not fortuitous']. Scary if true. https://biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.30.927871v1.full.pdf
  • STD in numbers: Risk of contracting various STDs with one-time unprotected homosexual sex for men

    01/20/2020 9:40:06 AM PST · by fwdude · 36 replies
    STD Center NY ^ | Undetermined | STD Center NY
    INTRODUCTION Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections acquired from another person mainly through the pathway of sexual activity. STDs are very common and are responsible of a heavy burden to public health in many countries. Luckily, these diseases are treatable. Some of them are curable, and most importantly, all of them are preventable. In the United States, about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year. That means that the average American has a 6% annual probability of getting an STD. Of course, this probability varies widely depending on many factors, and homosexual intercourse tends to be highly placed...
  • Gov's office shuts down branded condoms of Utah health department's HIV campaign

    01/16/2020 6:14:18 AM PST · by Kriggerel · 6 replies
    KUTV ^ | January 16 2020 | Jennifer Weaver
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) confirmed Wednesday that the governor's office asked that branded condoms stop being distributed so the packaging messages can be reworked. The campaign called "The H is for Human," launched on Monday and focuses on raising HIV awareness and includes a new website, HIVandME.com.
  • Natural selection is leading to more transmissible HIV in United States [Tangled Web Alert]

    01/14/2020 2:06:16 PM PST · by fwdude · 21 replies
    nam aidsmap ^ | 8 January 2020 | Keith Alcorn
    HIV that is being transmitted in large population clusters in the United States is more likely to cause high viral load in people who acquire it, leading US researchers to conclude that natural selection is causing HIV in the United States to become more infectious and virulent. The study by Dr Joel Wertheim of the University of California San Diego, Dr Walid Heneine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues is published in Nature Communications. Scientists have previously theorised that rapid onward transmission of HIV after primary infection would tend to favour the selection of HIV variants...