Tag Archive | AIDS

WHO: HIV drugs risk running out as COVID-19 hits supplies

WHO: HIV drugs risk running out as COVID-19 hits supplies

(Reuters) – More than a third of the world’s countries say they are at risk of running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because of disruptions to supply lines and other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Twenty-four out of those 73 nations have already reported critically low supplies […]

AIDS took away our freedom – the pandemic is doing the same, says Patti Smith

AIDS took away our freedom – the pandemic is doing the same, says Patti Smith

Since punk rock pioneer Patti Smith agreed to write the introduction to a new version of “De Profundis”, the anguished letter Oscar Wilde wrote from jail to his former lover, she has had plenty of opportunity to reflect on incarceration. Smith, whose poetic lyrics and androgynous appearance earned her cult status in the 1970s, should […]

Toronto-based artist depicts drag-queen Donnarama

Toronto-based artist depicts drag-queen Donnarama

Toronto-based visual artist, Lorette C. Luzajic, who works in collage and mixed media, has created a recent series of art, inspired by, and in collaboration with, a drag queen named Donnarama. These artworks are from a series of 50 squares inspired by Lorette’s muse, the legendary drag performer, Donnarama. They worked in collaboration to present […]

US: PrEP use to transition from ‘Truvada’ to ‘Descovy’ within year

US: PrEP use to transition from ‘Truvada’ to ‘Descovy’ within year

(Reuters) The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s Descovy to reduce the risk of [HIV infection]. The approval does not include use of the drug by women to prevent HIV infection. Descovy, a combination drug, was approved in 2016 to treat people already infected with HIV. It contains a newer […]

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

Delays in rolling out an HIV prevention pill in Britain are putting gay men’s lives at risk, with thousands buying it online without medical supervision, HIV campaigners said on Wednesday. Britain is lagging behind the United States and Kenya, where the highly-effective drug is more widely available, as health authorities only give the pills to […]

Buyers’ clubs aim to tackle HIV prevention ‘crisis’

Buyers’ clubs aim to tackle HIV prevention ‘crisis’

A new generation of drug buyers’ clubs, like those set up at the height of the AIDS epidemic, is seeking to combat a ‘crisis’ in preventing new HIV infections, by providing access to cheap generics of a breakthrough prophylactic. The original buyers’ groups, made famous in the film, Dallas Buyers Club, were set up in […]

World Aids Day 2018: Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on AIDS Day

World Aids Day 2018: Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on AIDS Day

Donald Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2018 – full text below: “For more than three decades, our Nation and the world have confronted the challenges posed by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Today, thanks to lifesaving medications, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence. […]

UNICEF warns of HIV crisis in teen girls, with 20 cases every hour

UNICEF warns of HIV crisis in teen girls, with 20 cases every hour

(Reuters) – Teenagers, and particularly girls, are bearing the brunt of the global AIDS epidemic with around 30 adolescents becoming infected with HIV every hour, according to a report by the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF. Of those 30 new infections each hour among 15 to 19 year-olds in 2017, around 20 – or two-thirds […]

US: HIV Privacy Breach – Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout

US: HIV Privacy Breach – Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout

US healthcare insurer, Aetna, settled a lawsuit for $17 million, on Wednesday last over a data breach that happened in the summer of 2017. The privacy of as many as 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised in a very low-tech way: The fact that they had been taking HIV drugs was revealed through the clear window […]

UNICEF: Among children, AIDS epidemic is far from over

UNICEF: Among children, AIDS epidemic is far from over

Eighteen children every hour were infected with HIV last year, a sign of scant progress in protecting the world’s young from the deadly AIDS-causing virus, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Friday. At the current rate of infection, there will be 3.5 million new cases of HIV among adolescents by 2030, according to projections […]