HIV/AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19598/all en India: Disabled more vulnerable to AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/110403/india-aids-hiv-disabled <p> MUMBAI &mdash; If doctors had treated&nbsp;Subash&rsquo;s&nbsp;eye infection, which was&nbsp;related to HIV, he may not have&nbsp;gone blind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/110403/india-aids-hiv-disabled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Aid India Health Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:43:11 +0000 5635169 at http://www.globalpost.com AIDS drug stops virus spreading among heterosexual couples http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110714/aids-drug-stops-virus-spreading-among-heterosexual-couples <p> In Africa, 6.6 million people are on AIDS drugs</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110714/aids-drug-stops-virus-spreading-among-heterosexual-couples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa HIV/AIDS Health United States Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:31:00 +0000 News Desk 5670496 at http://www.globalpost.com AIDS-related deaths at lowest level since 2005 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111121/aids-hiv-unaids-report-michel-sidibe <p> &quot;We have seen a massive scale up in access to HIV treatment which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere,&rdquo; UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe told BBC News.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111121/aids-hiv-unaids-report-michel-sidibe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa HIV/AIDS Health United States Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:38:00 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5682160 at http://www.globalpost.com Economic crisis blamed for Global Fund cuts to AIDS, TB, malaria grants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111124/global-fund-funding-cuts-aids-tb-malaria-financial-crisis <p> The group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) called the cancelation &quot;an unprecedented event which will have a direct impact on tens of thousands of people living with HIV.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111124/global-fund-funding-cuts-aids-tb-malaria-financial-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ghana HIV/AIDS Debt Crisis Aid Global Economy South Africa Health Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:14:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5682424 at http://www.globalpost.com Antivirus software used in HIV vaccine research (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/phylod-microsoft-antivirus-software-hiv-aids-research-south-africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No longer just for blocking Viagra ads and scam emails, researchers are now using spam-filtering antivirus software in the hunt for an HIV vaccine. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> DURBAN, South Africa &mdash; Antivirus software is helping researchers in the hunt for an HIV vaccine, a surprising new use for a filtering system otherwise used to block email lottery scams and spam about erectile dysfunction drugs.</p> <p> Researchers from Boston and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, along with Microsoft&#39;s research division, are using a spam-fighting antivirus software to search for the virus that causes AIDS, which like email spam is constantly mutating and adapting to bypass blocks, <a href="http://www.businesslive.co.za/southafrica/2011/12/04/now-hiv-will-face-anti-virus-software">Johannesburg&#39;s Sunday Times reported</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> David Heckerman, who developed the computational biology software called PhyloD, <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/spam-filter-hiv.html">told the Los Angeles Times</a>&nbsp;that he and his team are searching for the &quot;Achilles&#39; heel&quot; of the virus that causes AIDS:</p> <blockquote><p> &quot;We have an adversarial situation going on between spam filters trying to block the spam and the spammers changing and mutating ... And in the case of HIV, we have the immune system fighting the virus and HIV mutating to try to get through.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p> Microsoft is working with researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal&#39;s <a href="http://www.caprisa.org">Center for the Aids Program of Research in South Africa</a> and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, and at the Ragon Institute of the Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/phylod-microsoft-antivirus-software-hiv-aids-research-south-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Science South Africa Technology Health Weird Wide Web Sun, 04 Dec 2011 22:24:11 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5683261 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa's population would be 4.4 million larger without AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120123/south-africa-population-aids-deaths Without AIDS, by 2040 the population of South Africa would have reached 77.5 million — a whopping 24 million people more than is currently projected.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120123/south-africa-population-aids-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS South Africa Health Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:59:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5688566 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe: HIV-positive maid laces child's porridge with menstrual blood http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/zimbabwe-hiv-positive-maid-laces-porridge-menstrual-blood <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 17-year-maid from Zimbabwe was caught lacing the porridge of her employers' four-year-old child with her own HIV-positive menstrual blood, according to a report. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; Are you ready for one of the most disturbing stories you&#39;ll ever hear?</p> <p> Okay. Here we go.</p> <p> A 17-year-maid from Zimbabwe was caught lacing the porridge of her employers&#39; four-year-old child with her own menstrual blood.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.newsday.co.zw/article/2012-02-25-hiv-maid-laces-kids-porridge-with-menstrual-blood/">According to NewsDay</a>, Pelagia Mureya, who is HIV-positive, &quot;carried out the disgusting act several times until luck ran out.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/zimbabwe-hiv-positive-maid-laces-porridge-menstrual-blood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Health Zimbabwe Weird Wide Web Sat, 25 Feb 2012 23:43:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693467 at http://www.globalpost.com HIV rate drops in injection drug users http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120301/hiv-rate-drops-injection-drug-users More than 10,000 drug users in 20 metropolitan areas were surveyed and tested for HIV in 2009. About 1 in 10 tested positive for the virus. In the 1990s, roughly 1 in 5 tested positive.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120301/hiv-rate-drops-injection-drug-users" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Americas Health United States Fri, 02 Mar 2012 01:41:34 +0000 Jill Langlois 5694300 at http://www.globalpost.com Lack of funds hinders promising HIV/AIDS treatment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120331/lack-funds-hinders-promising-hiv-aids-treatment New evidence about the effectiveness of the treatment as prevention strategy (TasP) has offered hope for treating HIV/AIDS and also preventing transmission to sexual partners, but comes at a time when funding for implementation is running low.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120331/lack-funds-hinders-promising-hiv-aids-treatment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Health Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:12:39 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5698690 at http://www.globalpost.com UN chief: HIV/AIDS goals will not be met in 2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120430/un-chief-hivaids-goals-will-not-be-met-2015 HIV/AIDS declines are not meeting United Nations' targets said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120430/un-chief-hivaids-goals-will-not-be-met-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Health HIV/AIDS Science Health Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:17:16 +0000 Alexander Besant 5702609 at http://www.globalpost.com Activists question Obama's AIDS plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120530/activists-question-obamas-aids-plan <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">WASHINGTON &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">In July, Washington DC will host the International AIDS Conference, the first such conference on US soil in 22 years. More than 20,000 AIDS activists from every corner of the world will draw attention to whether America&#39;s historic commitment to fight the deadly virus can ramp up sufficiently to beat the disease.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120530/activists-question-obamas-aids-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Aid Health Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:11:00 +0000 John Donnelly 5706149 at http://www.globalpost.com Groups fighting HIV/AIDS in DC find lessons in Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120530/dc-aids-organizations-learn-africa <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">WASHINGTON &ndash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Washington, DC, which will host the International AIDS Conference next month, is finally getting a handle on how to fight HIV and AIDS effectively.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">The reason is surprising: It has learned from the fight against AIDS in Africa.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120530/dc-aids-organizations-learn-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Aid Health Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Juliana Schatz and John Donnelly 5706150 at http://www.globalpost.com Turning Point: A loving, HIV-positive couple gives back http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-loving-hiv-positive-couple <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">WASHINGTON &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">The couple, both 46 years old, are two of nearly 17,000 HIV positive people living in Washington, DC. They are considered a concordant couple, meaning they are both infected. Head and Thompson&rsquo;s honest relationship is unique in DC. Unlike places like South Africa where sexuality and status are less taboo, the infected in Washington rarely disclose their status.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-loving-hiv-positive-couple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Health United States Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Juliana Schatz 5706351 at http://www.globalpost.com Turning Point: A dying friend's idea for fighting HIV/AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-a-dying-friends-suggestion <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">WASHINGTON &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">In its early days, Young and a staff of five started out by distributing condoms in the neighborhood. Today, with 25 outreach workers and eight mobile testing units providing tests and referrals to clinics, it has become one of the most respected community-based organizations in the city.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-a-dying-friends-suggestion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Health United States Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Juliana Schatz 5706357 at http://www.globalpost.com Turning Point: Showing DC some tough love on HIV/AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-showing-dc-some-tough-love <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">WASHINGTON &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Fresh off a tour as Centers for Disease Control country director in Zimbabwe, Shannon Hader saw firsthand how a streamlined approach, coordinating private and public entities, gathering data, and accountable programming could produce efficiency and change. It was an approach she intended on applying to DC&rsquo;s chaos.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120531/turning-point-showing-dc-some-tough-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Health United States Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:00:20 +0000 Juliana Schatz 5706361 at http://www.globalpost.com