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Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

(Reuters) – A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists, and the head of the drug’s main Russian producer. More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a […]

Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

As coronavirus sweeps the world, many people living with HIV are asking whether their status counts as an underlying condition and makes them more at risk. Many HIV-positive people in countries such as Britain and the United States are aged over 50, having contracted the virus during the AIDS pandemic in the 1980-90s, making them […]

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

(Reuters) – Scientists at Britain’s Oxford University have started a clinical trial to investigate the effects of an HIV medicine and a steroid drug in UK patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus. The first patients have already been enrolled for the trial within the country’s National Health Service, the researchers […]

Russia: Blogger’s HIV docu reaches millions, including Kremlin

Russia: Blogger’s HIV docu reaches millions, including Kremlin

(Reuters) – A hard-hitting YouTube documentary about Russia’s HIV epidemic, by a popular blogger, has attracted more than 13 million views in a week, and even drawn praise from the Kremlin. Some pharmacists have also reported a rush to snap up express HIV tests, after the film, which is just under two hours long, was […]

US: Democrats seek release of trans migrants

US: Democrats seek release of trans migrants

Dozens of Democrats in the US Congress on Tuesday asked government immigration authorities to release all transgender migrants held in federal detention, saying they are particularly at risk of being attacked or harmed. Transgender migrants are vulnerable to sexual harassment, physical assault and medical neglect and often are put in solitary confinement, the 44 lawmakers […]

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 […]

Celebrity HIV disclosures help reduce stigma

Celebrity HIV disclosures help reduce stigma

It was a photograph that went around the world. The image of Britain’s Princess Diana shaking hands with AIDS patients at a London hospital in 1987 was hailed as a milestone in the battle against the stigma surrounding people with the virus. Yet more than three decades later, despite recent moves by television star, Jonathan […]