Tag Archive | HIV/AIDS

Global HIV funds underfunding GBT

Global HIV funds underfunding GBT

Funding to fight HIV among gay and bisexual men and transgender women is a fraction of what it should be, researchers said on Tuesday, with advocates blaming stigma for the shortfall. Gay and bisexual men account for about one in five new HIV infections, but they were only allocated 1% of the $57 billion in […]

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Michael Ryan, of the WHO, said world leaders “need to take a leaf out of the HIV/AIDS activist book” (Reuters) – Healthcare systems worldwide need to upgrade to control disease transmission, and cope with large numbers of sick people during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as future outbreaks, the head of the World Health […]

GSK says long-acting HIV drug 66% more effective than Truvada

GSK says long-acting HIV drug 66% more effective than Truvada

(Reuters) – Britain’s GSK said on Tuesday that an injection of its cabotegravir drug, given every two months, was found to be 66% more effective in preventing HIV infections than Gilead’s Truvada daily oral pills. HIV incidence rate – or the number of people who contract the infection in a period – was 0.41% with […]

HIV patient in remission offers hope to millions

HIV patient in remission offers hope to millions

When Ash Kotak found out he was HIV-positive in 1993, the diagnosis was still a death sentence. “I was told to go off and have a good life on the assumption I would be dead in a few years,” the 54-year-old playwright, writer, and HIV/AIDS activist told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday.

UN: Faltering AIDS battle risks 10-year setback from COVID-19

UN: Faltering AIDS battle risks 10-year setback from COVID-19

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this newly-emerged viral disease is now threatening to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United Nations said on Monday. “The global HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached,” the UN’s AIDS agency said […]

Obituary: Larry Kramer – playwright, AIDS activist and writer (1935-2020)

Obituary: Larry Kramer – playwright, AIDS activist and writer (1935-2020)

-By Ash Kotak Anyone who says one man cannot make a difference never met Larry Kramer, the playwright, author, essayist, screenwriter, and activist, who has died of pneumonia at the age of 84. Bold, unpredictable, angry, articulate, a revolutionary with a sharp tongue but a surprising streak of tenderness, he stirred many to action as […]

Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

It started with headaches then came nausea and diarrhea. Within two weeks, gay Ugandan barber, Eric, had became so weak without his HIV medication he could not walk, and had to be hospitalised. “I was in the hospital for a week and four days. I nearly lost my life,” said Eric, 26, by phone from […]

Elton John launches fund for HIV/AIDS during coronavirus

Elton John launches fund for HIV/AIDS during coronavirus

Elton John has launched a $1 million emergency fund to help organisations working with people living with HIV or AIDS, so they are not “left behind” during the coronavirus crisis. With the coronavirus pandemic putting pressure on health systems globally, the British musician said the Elton John AIDS Foundation would give cash to organisations for […]

UK: London HIV hospital fears closure

UK: London HIV hospital fears closure

London’s only HIV hospital, made famous by Princess Diana, could close by the end of this month due to a lack of funding, according to the charity running the facility. The Mildmay Hospital, which opened in east London in 1988, described itself as Europe’s only facility dedicated to providing healthcare services to HIV patients. The […]

Trial of HIV vaccine halted – failed to show benefit

Trial of HIV vaccine halted – failed to show benefit

(Reuters Health) – A clinical trial testing a promising HIV vaccine in more than 5,000 people in South Africa has been halted because it failed to show a benefit, US health officials said on Monday. The study, known as HVTN 702, built on results from the 2009 RV144 vaccine trial in Thailand, which was the […]