Ghulam Nabi Azad, Health Minister of India, has today rebuked suggestions that he said homosexuality was a disease. Azad claims he was misquoted by media after reports emerged suggesting that he had said being gay was a disease.
Among Azad’s minced words were statements in Hindu about “men who have sex with men” and the word “unnatural”.
Azad has tried to clear up his blunders by claiming he was referring to HIV as a disease, not homosexuality. The topic of HIV in Azad’s speech came about as he addressed the issue of free trade negotiations that could prevent India from producing affordable generic drugs. more >>
Nearly 20,000 unsuspecting Americans discovered they were infected with HIV because of a new aggressive testing program offered by health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
CDC officials also estimate 20 percent of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States did not know they were infected, so expanding testing is critical, the report said.
These recent test results are monumental, according to U.S. health officials. more >>
The U.N. and the U.S. have announced the launch of a new initiative, “Countdown to Zero,” that is aimed at eliminating HIV among babies by 2015.
The new project will put in place provisions to treat HIV-positive pregnant women, which it is estimated will decrease infection of newborns to under five percent.
The estimated cost of the drive is $2.5 billion, and will seek to offer the service to 15 million women, double those currently being treated. more >>
World leaders must do everything in their power to end the AIDS pandemic by 2020, the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said at the U.N. Summit on AIDS in New York.
“Today, we gather to end AIDS,” Ban said as the United Nations General Assembly opened on Wednesday.
The three-day summit is being held as the world marks the 30th anniversary since HIV was first discovered. Ban told delegates gathered from across the world that AIDS must end: “That is our goal - zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths.” more >>
Timothy Ray Brown is being called the first patient ever to essentially be cured of AIDS.
For more than a decade Brown, now known as "The Berlin Patient" for being treated in the city, was infected with HIV. But afer an experimental bone marrow transplant, containing cells that were known to be immune and resistant to HIV, doctors did not detect any HIV in his blood.
The patient also stopped taking antiretroviral medications, taken by HIV positive patients to control the immunosystem crippling virus. And as of December 2010, almost three years after the experimental surgery, Brown's blood stream still remained HIV-free. more >>
The United Nations HIV/AIDS program has called for an increase in funding to help treat those with HIV, saying that a new study has revealed it could reduce the risk of HIV transmission by up to 96 percent.
UNAIDS head, Michael Sidibe, has explained the two greatest challenges currently were to expand access to drug treatments, and to combat the social factors that stigmatize the disease.
Earlier this week the U.N. released a report revealing that there had been almost a 25 percent reduction in new HIV infections, as well as a decline in AIDS-related deaths between 2001 and 2009. more >>