• HIV Jul 6

    AIDS Report: Kids Are Lagging and COVID-19 Is Harming Care

    New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic are showing some big successes, but also some tragic failures

  • Donald Trump Jun 17

    Trump Praises Scientists for Developing AIDS Vaccine That Doesn't Exist

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely suggested that scientists have developed a vaccine for AIDS, the late stage of HIV infection in which the virus badly damages the immune system.

  • In Memoriam May 27

    Larry Kramer, Playwright and AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

    Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands. Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” in 2011 were greeted by the playwright himself, deep in his 70s by then, handing out leaflets outside the Broadway theater demanding they do more to stop AIDS. “Please know that AIDS is a worldwide plague. Please know there is...

  • India Oct 29, 2019

    Vaccine Shows Promise for Preventing Active TB Disease

    An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine would be a big help against TB. The lung disease kills more than a million people a year,...

  • executive director Oct 10, 2019

    Global Fund Raises $13.92 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

    An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Bono of the rock band U2 “committed to raise at least a further $100 million...

  • China Aug 9, 2019

    Richard Gere Visits Migrants Stuck in the Mediterranean

    Carrying boxes of fruit, Richard Gere visited rescued migrants Friday on a humanitarian ship that has been struck in the Mediterranean Sea for over a week, landing smack in the middle of a debate over immigration that European nations have not been able to resolve. The American film star took food and supplies by boat to 121 people aboard the...

  • georgia Jul 23, 2019

    Sex With HIV Still a Crime? Updated Laws Divide Advocates

    As Sanjay Johnson describes it, his sexual encounter with James Booth on Oct. 2, 2015, was a one-night stand. But it would bind the men inextricably two years later, when Booth walked into an Arkansas police station and accused Johnson of exposing him to HIV. Little Rock prosecutors pursued a criminal charge against Johnson even though a doctor said he...

  • Donald Trump May 10, 2019

    Trump Admin. Offers Mixed Messages on Scrapping ‘Obamacare'

    The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. But at the same time, Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage its anti-fraud provisions, raising questions about keeping other parts as well. Serving up more mixed messages, President Donald Trump last week floated to a Democratic lawmaker...

  • Donald Trump May 2, 2019

    Stephen Moore Withdraws From Fed Board Consideration, Trump Says

    Conservative economics pundit Stephen Moore has withdrawn his bid to be appointed to the Federal Reserve Board — within hours of boasting that he expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate — President Donald Trump said Thursday in a Twitter post. Moore’s putative nomination for the central bank had faced intense criticism and scrutiny after Trump said he wanted...

  • The Associated Press Apr 18, 2019

    Doctors Use HIV in Gene Therapy to Fix ‘Bubble Boy' Disease

    They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with “bubble boy disease” have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system’s worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior,...

  • The Associated Press Apr 18, 2019

    Doctors Discover ‘Bubble Boy' Breakthrough

    A gene therapy developed at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has cured 10 infants born with a rare genetic disease called SCID-X1, also known as “Bubble Boy Disease,” which is named for the way kids have to be protected from germs.

  • Atlanta Mar 28, 2019

    Johns Hopkins Performs First Kidney Transplant From Living Donor Who Has HIV

    Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ.

  • Europe Mar 8, 2019

    Monthly Shots Control HIV as Well as Pills in 2 Big Studies

    Monthly shots of HIV drugs worked as well as daily pills to control the virus that causes AIDS in two large international tests, researchers reported Thursday. If approved by regulators in the United States and Europe, the shots would be a new option for people with HIV and could help some stay on treatment. Instead of having to remember to...

  • Europe Mar 5, 2019

    1st Man Cured of HIV Has Words of Support for 2nd Cured Patient

    Timothy Brown, the Berlin man known to be the first person cured of HIV, has words of support and encouragement for a second patient that scientists say are free of the disease after a successful stem cell transplant.

  • London Mar 5, 2019

    Second Man Seems to Be Free of AIDS Virus After Transplant

    A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant, the second success including the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported. The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to...

  • Massachusetts Feb 14, 2019

    Perennial Presidential Candidate Lyndon LaRouche Dead at 96

    Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including a campaign waged from federal prison, has died. He was 96. LaRouche’s political action committee confirmed Wednesday on its website that LaRouche died a day earlier. The cult-like figure, who espoused a wide range of conspiracy theories and advocated for an overhaul...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2019

    White House Moves to Help 50 Million Women in Developing Nations Prosper

    Ivanka Trump is unveiling an effort aimed at helping 50 million women in the developing world get ahead economically over the next six years. On Thursday, the White House will officially launch the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a governmentwide project led by the senior adviser and daughter to President Donald Trump. The initiative will involve the State Department,...

  • Donald Trump Feb 6, 2019

    Trump Plan to Stop HIV Epidemic Targets High-Infection Areas

    President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. Briefing reporters ahead of Trump’s State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials said the campaign relies on...

  • China Nov 29, 2018

    China Halts Work of Team Claiming to Make First Gene-Edited Babies

    China’s government ordered a halt Thursday to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it’s still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping told...

  • China Nov 28, 2018

    Scientist Claiming Gene-Edited Babies Reports 2nd Pregnancy

    Leading scientists see even more reasons to worry and have more questions than answers after a Chinese scientist attended an international conference Wednesday and repeated his claim to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui spoke at the gene-editing meeting in Hong Kong where the conference’s leader called his experiment “irresponsible” and evidence that the scientific community...

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