AIDS

AIDS virus originated in 1908 in south-east Cameroon

AIDS virus originated in 1908 in south-east CameroonLondon, Feb. 23 - A new book has claimed that AIDS virus first began in 1908 in south-east Cameroon.

A hunter became infected with blood from a chimpanzee and was the first known person to catch the disease, the Daily Star reported.

But it took more than 60 years before the killer virus spread to the US when infected blood used in transfusions was imported from Haiti.


AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030: UN

AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030: UNLondon, July 16 - United Nations AIDS Agency has revealed in a new report that there is a chance that the AIDS epidemic can be brought under control by 2030.

However, the agency has called for far more international effort as the "current pace cannot end the epidemic" and that the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids were both falling, the BBC reported.


What it will take to achieve an AIDS-free world

What it will take to achieve an AIDS-free worldLondon, Nov 7 - Leading researchers and clinicians united together at a conference to discuss recent findings that could bring hope to the estimated 35 million people world-wide who live with HIV and to identify what needs to be done before an AIDS-free world can go from dream to reality.


`Functional cure` for AIDS down the pipeline

`Functional cure` for AIDS down the pipelineSydney, July 28 : New studies have given researchers renewed hope that a cure for AIDS may be possible.

None of the strategies are easy, proved, or ready. But all involve procedures or drugs already in use and able to be deployed widely if further research bears out the early findings.


AIDS deaths declining steadily but ‘too slowly’, finds UN report

AIDS deaths declining steadily but ‘too slowly’, finds UN report London, July 19 : The global AIDS epidemic is on the decline, but progress is worryingly slow, according a new United Nations report.


L.A. may vote for mandatory use of condoms for porn stars

L.A. may vote for mandatory use of condoms for porn starsMelbourne, Dec 29 : Residents of Los Angeles may soon vote on whether condom use should be mandatory for those who work in the City of Angel's prolific porn industry.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization that spearheaded the proposal, collected more than 70,000 signatures, which were certified by the city clerk Tuesday.


Ethiopia gay meet creates buzz on Facebook

Ethiopia gay meet creates buzz on FacebookAddis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dec 3 : A controversial gay conference, which began here in the Ethiopian capital despite an uproar from the public and religious leaders, has generated a lot of buzz on social networking platforms like Facebook.

The two-day 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICASA) began at the UN Conference Centre Friday.


AIDS on the downswing in Brazil, but 630,000 still sick

AIDS on the downswing in Brazil, but 630,000 still sickBrasilia, Nov 29 : The mortality rate from AIDS in Brazil fell from 7.6 per 100,000 suffering from the disease to 6.3 between 1998 and 2010, but there are still 630,000 carriers of the HIV virus in the country, the health ministry announced Monday.


UN says AIDS related deaths in 2010 fell 21 percent since peak in 1997

London, Nov 22 : Deaths caused from AIDS-related illnesses has decreased by 21percent since 2005, according to a report by the United Nations.

The UN Aids 2011 report revealed that, globally, the number of new HIV infections in 2010 was 21 percent down on that peak, seen in 1997, the BBC reports.

The organisation said both falls have been fuelled by a major expansion in access to treatment.


Hope for millions after new AIDS vaccine ‘removed all traces of disease in monkeys’

 Hope for millions after new AIDS vaccine ‘removed all traces of disease in monkeys’ London, May 12: In a promising development that could potentially help those with HIV virus and AIDS, researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre have developed an experimental vaccine that helped monkeys with a form of the AIDS virus successfully control the disease for more than a year.


New test hastens diagnosis of top cause of AIDS-related deaths

New test hastens diagnosis of top cause of AIDS-related deaths Washington, Mar 5 : Early diagnosis of fungal meningitis, a leading cause of AIDS-related deaths in developing countries, may now be possible— thanks to a new, rapid blood test.


AIDS immunity is all in the proteins!

AIDS immunity is all in the proteins!London, Dec 27 : It is the proteins which help some HIV infected people not end up having AIDS, a new study has suggested.

A large-scale genetic analysis has suggested that tiny changes in the structure of a protein help the immune system to recognize and destroy infected cells, reports Nature.


Red Ribbon Express arrives in Delhi

RRENew Delhi, Nov 29 : The Red Ribbon Express arrived in the capital Monday, a year after its journey around the country to spread awareness about AIDS and other diseases.

Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia received the train at Safdarjung Railway station.


Now, an ‘armour’ to avoid infection from AIDS virus

Now, an ‘armour’ to avoid infection from AIDS virusWashington, July 31 : Scientists have developed a new method that creates `armour' in the body - a system that may help fight AIDS infection in its initial stages.

A study by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) and led by Mr Félix Goñi, director of the Biophysics Unit at the CSIC-University of the Basque Country Mixed Centre, has developed the method of attack against the AIDS virus.


Why some monkeys are resistant to AIDS

Why some monkeys are resistant to AIDSWashington, June 30 : Scientists may have found an answer to why some monkeys don''t develop AIDS, despite being infected by the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the monkey equivalent of HIV.

The findings could help researchers better understand how HIV will affect different individuals.

The study, by Professor Miles Davenport of the University of New South Wales and colleagues, appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Some patients can control progression of AIDS

Some patients can control progression of AIDS  Washington, Feb 26 : Some people infected with AIDS control the progression of their illness naturally as they develop high levels of a specific molecule, a new study shows.

The authors of the study, from Spain, said the state of the molecule called ALPHA-DEFENSINAS 1-3 is associated with better control and slower progression of the disease, says a Prensa Latina report.


New TB vaccine offers hope for AIDS patients, German researchers say

New TB vaccine offers hope for AIDS patients, German researchers sayHamburg  - An early tuberculosis vaccine dating back to the 1920s has been vastly improved thanks to genetic engineering technology, according to a team of German researchers.


Officials: 1.6 million Ugandans dead from AIDS since 1982

Officials: 1.6 million Ugandans dead from AIDS since 1982Kampala  - AIDS has killed 1.6 million people in Uganda since it was first diagnosed in the country in 1982, health officials said Tuesday.

"The deaths have been accumulating since 1982 and maybe the figure could reach three million in the future," Dr Alex Opio, assistant commissioner for national diseases control in the health ministry, told reporters.


AIDS vaccine made in India found safe in Phase I trial

AIDS vaccine made in India found safe in Phase I trialWashington, Aug 17 : The successful completion of phase-1 of clinical trials of the AIDS vaccine developed in India has indicated that it had acceptable levels of safety and was well tolerated, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) announced.


AIDS-hit countries urged to increase male circumcision

Washington/Mexico City - Male circumcision can prevent 65 per cent of new HIV infections in adult heterosexual men, but AIDS- hit countries are lagging in their efforts to promote it, researchers said Tuesday.

With no vaccine or cure for AIDS, many health experts believe male circumcision could drive the epidemic into a declining state toward extinction. They urged countries with high rates of HIV infections being transmitted predominantly through heterosexual contact to include circumcision in a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy.


AIDS vaccine experts dampen expectations, push for riskier tries

AIDS vaccine experts dampen expectations, push for riskier triesWashington/Mexico City  - An international AIDS vaccine consortium called Tuesday for the setting of smaller, interim goals in the elusive search for a vaccine and urged bolder research that could raise objections from regulators.


Mexico's gay leader of AIDS efforts urges open discussion

Mexico City - Mexico's gay leader of AIDS efforts urges open discussionAs host country for the August 3-8 International AIDS Conference, Mexico's own country efforts will play a prominent role in widening the message of prevention to the entire Latin American region and the world.


Aids Risk Rising Among Indian Call Center Romeos

A top Aids specialist Dr. Suniti Solomon, who noticed the first HIV case in Aids Risk Rising Among Indian Call Center RomeosIndia in 1986, has warned that a new Aids threat is continuously growing in different Indian call centres, where young employees are increasingly having unprotected sex with several partners in affairs developed during night shifts.


UN: AIDS devastating Africa, 14 million people have died since 2000

UN: AIDS devastating Africa, 14 million people have died since 2000New York  - The AIDS epidemic has eroded African societies in multiple ways, from threatening government institutions to decreasing agricultural production, a report said Monday, adding that more challenges were expected in coming years.


AIDS vaccine may never be possibility, say leading scientists

AIDSLondon, Apr 24 : Millions of dollars, and countless number of hours have been spent in the effort to find an AIDS vaccine. The target however, still remains a distant dream, and has leading scientists now believing that it may never be achieved.

In the poll, conducted by the Independent, many boffins believe that a vaccine against HIV is further away than ever.


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