Man infects juvenile girlfriend with HIV

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A BULAWAYO man has been arraigned for deliberately infecting his 15-year-old girlfriend-cum-tenant with HIV.

The man (32) who cannot be named to protect the minor, also impregnated the girl.

He pleaded not guilty to deliberately infecting the girl with HIV before regional magistrate Mr Mark Dzira.

He was remanded in custody to yesterday for continuation of trial but did not appear in court.  Read More

People At High Risk Of HIV Are Having The HIV Prevention Pill Taken From Them

Exclusive: The NHS is stopping participants in a major study into the drug Truvada from having further access to it – a move which Britain’s biggest HIV charity said would lead some to become infected.

People at very high risk of contracting HIV who took part in a groundbreaking NHS study into the drug that prevents the virus have been told that they will no longer be given the medication, BuzzFeed News can reveal.  Read More

Ghanaian children to attend AIDS summer camp in China

The “Love under the sun” China-Africa Summer Camp is an activity initiated by the Chinese association of STDs and AIDS prevention and control to care for children affected by AIDS.

A brief media launch and send-off ceremony was held at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana here Thursday night for the Ghanaian delegation which includes 10 children, two teachers and one official.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong said her government would actively support African countries to end AIDS, while supporting the UNAIDS and WHO to strengthen AIDS prevention and control in Africa.  Read More

CD4/CD8 ratio a predictor of heart disease in HIV-infected patients July 29, 2016

The ratio of CD4 to CD8 T cells in the blood-a marker of immune system health and associated with mortality risk in the general population-is an independent predictor of coronary heart disease in HIV-infected patients, according to a new study published in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.

Coauthors Enrique Bernal Morell, José Serrano Cabeza, Ángeles Muñoz, Irene Marín, and Alfredo Cano, Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofia de Murcia, and Mar Masía and Félix Gutiérrez, Hospital General Universitario de Elche, Spain, present the results of the 3-year study that evaluated virally suppressed HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). The researchers measured patients’ CD4/CD8 ratio, assessed their cardiovascular risk factors, and determined the degree of subclinical atherosclerosis using cIMT at the beginning of the study and after 3 years.  Read More

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Not only was the nationally publicized HIV crisis in rural Indiana last year preventable, but other U.S. communities are at high risk for nearly identical outbreaks, according to a recently released study from the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

The study, published last week, also reveals contradictions between what Indiana public health officials think is best for the state and the policies currently in place. Read More

Undercovered: Condom Seizures Hamper Effort to Curb HIV Among Chinese Sex Workers

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Police in China routinely perform condom seizures as part of a crackdown on sex workers, and this is having the consequence of hindering efforts to curb HIV transmission among high-risk groups.

According to a report in Reuters, sex workers are one of the populations in China where the HIV prevalence is conspicuously high.  Read More

StarTimes partners with UN agency to help fight HIV-Aids

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The free to air digital boxes launched by StarTimes Media.  Photo\KARUGA WA NJUGUNA

Chinese-owned digital television company StarTimes will partner with the United Nations towards the development and delivery of broadcast content aimed at boosting the fight against the HIV-Aids pandemic.

In a statement yesterday, the company said it will work together with the UN agency UNAids in an anti HIV-Aids campaign aimed at eliminating the HIV pandemic by 2030.

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Leading gay actor comes out as HIV positive

‘I’m constantly undetectable, really fit and absolutely determined to become a shrill old man’

A leading gay actor has come out as HIV positive in a new interview.
Georg Uecker is one of Germany’s leading actors, best known for his role in weekly drama Lindenstrasse, where he plays the role of openly gay Dr Carsten Flöter.
He also acted in the first same-sex kiss to be shown on German pre-watershed television in 1987; the second on-screen kiss followed in 1990, something which lead to Uecker and his co-star receiving death threats.
In recent years, there have been rumors about his health, even more so since a Lindenstrasse-producer revealed the actor was ill, without delving into further detail. – Read more 

Tanzania: TACAIDS Paints Grim Picture of HIV Infection Among Youth

Moshi — Youths in the age group of 16 to 24 are more affected by HIV/AIDS in the country, it has been disclosed here.

A senior official with the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), Renatus Kihongo, said that the country needs a united front to fight the disease. “We should give support to people living with HIV/ AIDS because they do not only need assistance but also want the nation not to turn against them,” he said.

He said Tanzania has made enviable progress in preventing new infections but the problem remains with the youth who are daily infected with the pandemic. Read More