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HIV-positive children in South Africa more likely to have developmental disabilities

HIV-positive children in South Africa are more likely to have developmental disabilities compared to children who are HIV negative, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. HIV-positive children ages 4 to 6 had nearly four times the odds of delays in sitting, standing, walking, and speaking, and more than twice the odds of a hearing disability and cognitive delay compared to HIV-negative children. The findings are published online in the journal PLOS ONERead More

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‘We’ll break your lives’: Debt collectors in Russia threaten to infect borrowers’ kids with AIDS

‘We’ll break your lives’: Debt collectors in Russia threaten to infect borrowers’ kids with AIDS

A Russian mother of three has filed a report to the police, saying that debt collectors threatened to infect her children with AIDS over her husband’s 30,000-ruble (US$480) debt.

Since early July, the collectors have been bombarding the account of the borrower’s wife, Irina Mulykhina, on social media with warnings if the debt isn’t settled fast, she claims. Read More

Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health crisis CDC director fears most

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has dubbed the overprescription and abuse of painkillers the "public health crisis of our time." (Associated Press/File)

The federal government’s top disease fighter, who built his career battling the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, says the opioid epidemic will be even worse.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has dubbed the overprescription and abuse of painkillers the “public health crisis of our time” and said it will take a massive effort to combat the problem. Read More

VICTORIAN AIDS COUNCIL CHANGES NAME TO THORNE HARBOUR HEALTH ON 35TH ANNIVERSARY

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Australia’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has announced that it will change its name to Thorne Harbour Health to mark its 35th anniversary.

The new name honours Alison Thorne and Keith Harbour, two community leaders from early in the organisation’s history of advocating for the people living with HIV (PLHIV) and LGBTI communities. Read More

Ex-AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor threatens to kill herself and her children

Controversial ex-‘AIDS Ambassador’ Joyce Dzidzor Mensah has issued what is being considered a pre-suicide note – threatening to end her life and those of her three young children today, July 7.

In a Facebook post Saturday morning, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah wishes her soul and those of the children ‘rest in peace’, predicting July 7 will be their last day on earth.   Read More