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Is Curing HIV Like Curing Cancer? Probably, And It Will Be As Difficult

HIV, also known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that is contracted through sexual contact or bodily fluids. It reduces the body’s ability to defend against illnesses. In other words, it weakens the immune system which is responsible for defending our bodies against all sorts of attacks. This virus is a dangerous one that doctors have been having trouble combatting for years now. We now have a treatment process in place to help those with HIV to maintain a...
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When is the Best Time to Disclose One’s HIV Status While Dating?

If you are dating somebody and you also suffer from HIV, it can be difficult to know when to disclose your status to them. A potential romantic interest is exciting but also scary when you have HIV. Fear of their response to this information is why many people with HIV feel like they can’t tell them. You can’t hold it back forever though and the longer you keep it secret, the more difficult it will be in the long term....
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Suicide Accounts for 2% of deaths in people with HIV/AIDS

According to a study that took place over the period of 15 years in England and Wales, men living with HIV are much more likely to commit suicide than people who don’t have the condition – especially in the first year after they have been diagnosed. Public Health England representative Sara Croxford reported this result at the British HIV Association which was recently held in Liverpool. There is a lot of stigma surrounding HIV and these findings prompted her to...
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Treatment Targets for People who Inject Drugs Will Fail without Focus on Privacy, Rights and Prisons

During the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference which was held in Canada this month, it was revealed that reaching certain HIV treatment targets is required in order to keep certain individuals out of prison. Although HIV was discussed, there were other topics that were brought to light which took the attention away from the subject slightly. This included amphetamine-type substances and how they are used throughout the world, in addition to unsettling suicide rates by overdose in North America. There...
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Swaziland: New Infections Halved in Five Years as HIV Treatment Scales Up

For a country that has borne the greatest brunt of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the latest news from Swaziland is encouraging and most welcome. In a new study presented at the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science, it was revealed that between 2011 and 2016, the country had a decrease in new HIV infections of about 46%. To understand the significance, of the study, you need to understand the context of the HIV/AIDS situation in the southern African country. Swaziland has the highest rate of...
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International Study of Gay Couples Reports no Transmissions from an HIV-positive Partner on Treatment

During a recent study of 343 gay couples conducted in Paris, France, where one person in the relationship had HIV and the other did not, it was revealed that HIV was not transmitted once during 16,889 encounters of unprotected anal sex. The “Opposites Attract” study was undertaken to discover if the disease is transmitted when one person in the relationship is undergoing long term treatment for HIV. It was discovered that 98% of the HIV sufferers had an undetectable load....
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World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

By the year 2020, AIDS related deaths are set to decrease even more and effective treatment for HIV is increasingly on the rise. However, it was revealed during the AIDS Society Conference about HIV Science in Paris by UNAIDS that some regions are not getting access to the necessary treatment due to lack of commitment by politicians. Around 53% of people in the world who have HIV are receiving treatment for the condition and it’s thought to be for this...
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