Was The Money Paid? – HIV-Infected Nurse Yet To Receive Funds; Law Firm Promises She Will Receive ‘Millions’ By Monday

Up to press time yesterday, Lydia James*, the nurse who was infected with HIV while working at a hospital in central Jamaica over a decade ago, stated that she was yet to receive any compensation.

However, the guarantee coming from Dixon and Associates Legal Practice, the law firm representing James, is that “millions” were deposited to her account on Friday afternoon, and the sum will be reflected no later than Monday.

“The firm can confirm that millions have been paid to Ms James today (Friday) between 3:30 and 4 p.m. before end of bank day,” the firm told The Gleaner late yesterday evening.   Read More

Africa: Using a Smartphone to Test for HIV, Flu, Dengue Fever

Scientists have developed an affordable, quick test for a number of common infectious diseases including HIV, flu and dengue fever.

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Keio University in Japan found a way to test for the presence of antibodies in the blood using a strip of paper and a camera.

The paper is mixed with a luminous sensor protein that emits blue light when it encounters blood, which is then converted to green light in a second step that confirms the presence of pathogens for a specific disease. Read More

How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

A United Nations initiative backed by global experts has set its sights on an ambitious programme to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

The 90-90-90 strategy aims to do this by reaching three targets: 90% of all people with HIV must know their status, 90% of those diagnosed with HIV must receive antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy must be virally suppressed. When a person is virally suppressed it means the virus in their blood is undetectable. The last goal is informed by evidence that people with a suppressed viral load are less likely to transmit HIV to others. Read MoreRead More

AIDS activists from the 1990s remembered in powerful new photo book

AIDS activists from the 1990s remembered in powerful new photo book

Floyd Martin and Dene Greenough, Atlanta, 1992 (Photo: Bill Bytsura)

A new book highlights AIDS activists around the world in the 1990s. It also reveals the reasons they chose to become involved in HIV activism.

The AIDS Activist Project comes from photographer Bill Bytsura. Born in Plattsburgh, NY, in 1956, Bytsura moved to Pennsylvania in 1974, where he began to pursue photography. He has been based in Panama since 2010.  Read More

Tanzania: Step Up Efforts in Fighting HIV/Aids – Public Urged

THE Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Brigadier General Marco Gaguti has appealed to residents in the region to increase efforts on fighting HIV/ AIDS, warning that in spite of some achievements made so far, the killer disease was still a major threat.

Mr Gaguti elaborated that records indicate that HIV new infections decreased from 1.6 per cent recorded last year to 1.1 per cent by June, this year. Read More

HIV-infected Hispanic adults face higher risks of HPV-related cancers

A new study reveals that Hispanic HIV-infected adults in the United States are at a higher risk of developing cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) than Hispanics from the general population. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings highlight the need for continued efforts to develop and implement appropriate HPV-vaccination and cancer screening programs for individuals with HIV, and for additional research that explains the causes of racial/ethnic disparities in HPV-related cancer occurrences. Read More

New tainted blood scandal: Patients infected with HIV were each paid around £24,000 to sign away their rights to sue – before being told they’d also contracted hepatitis C

More than 1,200 patients who had been infected with HIV were forced to sign a contract with government officials promising to drop all legal action (file picture)

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal were persuaded to sign away their legal rights without knowing they had a second deadly condition, the Daily Mail can reveal.

More than 1,200 patients who had been infected with HIV were forced to sign a contract with government officials promising to drop all legal action. Read More

Lawyer texted he hoped attorney ‘dies of dirty Jew AIDS,’ complaint says. He’s suspended

Jacksonville criminal and family law attorney Paul Green began a 60-day suspension this weekend after snapping in a way usually associated with family law clients instead of attorneys, according to Florida Bar discipline documents.

Then again, Green’s conditional guilty plea for consent judgment does say he was going through his own divorce in January 2017 when he “sent a text message regarding his wife’s attorney that said, ‘Tell Dana Price I hope she dies of dirty Jew AIDS.’” Read More

This is what it’s really like dating someone who is HIV-positive

I’m currently in a serodiscordant couple – a relationship where one person is HIV-negative and the other is HIV-positive. We’re a completely ‘normal’ couple and you probably wouldn’t suspect either of us would be affected by HIV or even ‘ill’.

A situation that would have once been actively discouraged is now completely safe for the both of us where we have access to all the resources we could possibly need. Read More