85 infected with HIV after blood transfusion in 3 years

The city’s AIDS control body, in an RTI, has revealed that 85 people were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while getting bloodtransfusion in the last three years. The numbers, though based on voluntary disclosure of clients visiting HIV testing centres, have raised serious concerns about safety and testing protocols at blood banks in the city.

The RTI response by the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) shows that 18 got HIV through infected blood in 2015-16. The infections more than doubled (42) in 2014-15. In 2013-14, 25 infections were attributed to blood transfusion. The disclosure came as the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) claimed that transfusion-transmitted infections are largely restricted to rural areas with limited medical infrastructure. Read More

How John Legend and a World-Renowned Ndebele Artist Joined Forces to Beat AIDS

For starters, they got a giant bottle of vodka involved.

Esther Mahlangu hands me a chicken feather. She teaches me how to strip it and save a little tuft at the tip. She shows me how I’m supposed to hold it, dipping it into jet black paint. I follow her example and trace a pattern onto a swatch of canvas. When she stops to examine my work, she clasps her hands together. “This is Ndebele,” she whispers, referring to the centuries-old culture and traditions of the Ndebele people. Read More

REVEALED: Mike Pence was upset that HIV/AIDS activists spoke at 1996 GOP convention

Mike Pence on with Chris Wallace Sunday (Photo: Screen capture)

Mike Pence on with Chris Wallace Sunday (Photo: Screen capture)

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence reportedly took issue with the fact that HIV/AIDS activists were speaking at the 1996 Republican Convention.

Mike Pence doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to HIV/AIDS. As part of his continued war against Planned Parenthood while he was in Congress, his state GOP-led legislature slashed funding to the clinics that often provide people with HIV tests for low or no cost. Read More

Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts to offer pill to reduce HIV-infection risk

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Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak is president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.(Natasha Moustache)

An FDA-approved prescription medication used to reduce the risk of HIV-infection in adults who have tested negative but are at high risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS will be available as of Sept. 1 at all health centers operated by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  Read More

Botswana: HIV/Aids Remains Challenge

Gaborone — Different churches gathered in Gaborone on Sunday to officially launch September as the month of prayer against HIV/AIDS.

Speaking on behalf of the Assistant Minister of Health, Gaborone mayor, Mr Kagiso Thutlwe, said month of prayer against HIV/AIDS dated as far back as 1996.

“Those were the days when HIV and AIDS were so rampant. Since 1996, Batswana have without fail continued to turn to the Lord almighty in prayer and supplication every year during the same month,” he said. Read More

Cases of new HIV infections on a decline

Significant progress was registered among HIV exposed infants where the number of new infections drastically reduced by over 80%. 

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PIC: State minister for primary health care, Dr. Joyce Moriku (R) chatting with the national coordinator paediatric and adolescents HIV at the ministry of health Dr. Cordelia Katureebe (L) during the 9th Joint AIDS annual review at Silver springs Hotel in Kampala. Photo/ Violet Nabatanzi

The number of New HIV infections among all age groups have reduced in the country from 95,000 in 2014 to 83,000 in 2015, this is according to Uganda AIDS commission.

Significant progress was registered among HIV exposed infants where the number of new infections drastically reduced by over 80%.

There has also been a decline in AIDS related deaths to 28,000 from 31,000 in 2014. Currently it is estimated that the number of people living with HIV by December 2015 stood at 1.5million.  Read More

Docs probe HIV +ve ‘blood transfusion’ case

A team of five doctors, led by ADMO Dr Saroj Misra, visited blood bank of MKCG Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday to inquire into the alleged transfusion of infected blood to a thalassaemia patient, a four-and-half-year-old boy.

The child belonging to  Gajalbadi in Ganjam district was diagnosed with thalassaemia from the age of seven months and blood was being transfused every month.

A couple of days after blood transfusion last month, boils appeared on his body. On July 13, the boy’s parents rushed him to the regional diagnostic centre on MKCGMCH premises for a blood test where he was detected to be HIV positive. Another blood test at ICTC too confirmed him to be HIV positive.  Read More

Raising my HIV family

When one Romanian doctor became ‘father’ to 16 HIV-positive orphans in 1999, many thought there was no hope for them – or for the thousands of other children infected. What followed was something of a miracle. Geta Roman tells their story.

Dr Paul Marinescu has chosen to meet me on a cold winter’s day in a room stocked with plants, fish tanks and two parrots singing in their cages. It’s a room as lively as its incumbent’s life. This grey-haired man with a gentle voice acts as father to 18 – two his own children and 16 HIV-positive orphans that he took in at a time when nobody wanted them.   Read More

Africa: HIV Patients ‘Getting Old Before Their Time’

Melbourne — While combination antiretroviral therapy has meant that people with HIV can live longer lives,research shows that the virus makes fundamental changes to the immune system by increasing the risk of developing age-related conditions.

“What we are now realising is that HIV as a disease is really a disease of inflammation. We are able to control the virus, but what remains are the immune dysfunction and dysregulation in patients that are leading to the diseases of ageing such as cardiovascular diseases, bone disease, cancer and diabetes,” Alan Landay, chair of the immunology and microbiology department at Rush University Medical Center of Chicago, in the United States, tells SciDev.Net. Read More