President Bush Reiterates US Governments Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS

As the world marked the 20th AIDS Day on December 1st, President G W Bush reiterated his government’s commitment to fight HIV/AIDS globally. His statement was followed by President-Elect, Barack Obama, who informed of a national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS. Barack Obama said “Today is World AIDS Day, a day we reaffirm our commitment to […]

HIV/AIDS Experts, Doctors Voice Concerns About Health Problems Seen Among Long-Term HIV/AIDS Survivors

Some experts and doctors recently have voiced concerns that people who were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the early years of the epidemic are experiencing “prematur[e]” or “disproportionate numbers” of ailments associated with aging, the New York Times reports. CDC estimates show that the number of people ages 50 and older living with HIV increased by […]

Amino Acid Mutations In Protein Might Make HIV Vulnerable To Immune System Attack, Study Finds

Mutations found in four amino acids in the protein that surrounds HIV might make the virus vulnerable to the immune system, according to a study published in the January issue of PLoS Medicine, ANI/Thailand News reports. For the study, Julie Overbaugh of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and colleagues analyzed the HIV strain of […]

New York Times Examines How PEPFAR Could Be Bush’s ‘Most Lasting Bipartisan Accomplishment’

The New York Times on Saturday examined how the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief could be President Bush’s “most lasting bipartisan accomplishment.” According to the Times, PEPFAR is a “rare exception” to several of Bush’s other initiatives, which are “not fully embraced by Democrats.” About 1.4 million HIV-positive people have received antiretroviral drugs through […]

U.S. Needs ‘Strong’ Presidential Leadership To Continue Fight Against HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Opinion Piece Says

If the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is to “expand to help ensure everyone who needs AIDS-related care can get it, we will need to see strong leadership” after President Bush leaves office, Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance, writes in a Des Moines Register opinion piece. Scheffler adds that is why […]

Vermont Department Of Health Announces Increase In Syphilis Cases, Could Contribute To Spread Of HIV

The Vermont Department of Health on Wednesday announced an increase in the number of recorded syphilis cases in the state, the Barre Montpelier Times Argus reports (Hirschfeld, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 1/3). According to the AP/Burlington Free Press, nine cases of syphilis — which can increase the risk of HIV — were reported last year […]

Actress Gloria Reuben Returns To NBC’s ‘ER,’ Portrays HIV-Positive Woman

Actress Gloria Reuben, who played an HIV-positive woman on NBC’s television drama “ER” and left the show in 2000, on Thursday rejoined the cast for a “one-time appearance,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Reuben before leaving the show played a physician’s assistant named Jeanie Boulet who contracted HIV from her husband after he had sex […]

Indian Railways Considers Offering Fare Concessions To HIV-Positive People To Facilitate Travel To NACO Treatment Centers

Indian Railways is considering offering fare concessions to people living with HIV/AIDS in the country to facilitate their travel to the National AIDS Control Organisation’s antiretroviral treatment centers, which offer subsidized treatment at 127 locations, the Indian Express reports. According to the Express, Indian Railways is considering offering concessions as high as 75% to people […]

Bush Signs $555B Spending Bill, Lifts Ban On Funding Of Needle-Exchange Programs In Washington, D.C.

President Bush last week signed a $555 billion fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending bill (HR 2764) that effectively lifts a ban on city funding for needle-exchange programs in Washington, D.C., the New York Times reports. Since 1999, the district has been the only U.S. city barred by federal law from using local funds for needle-exchange […]

HIV/AIDS In Developing Countries Requires ‘Continued Attention,’ But Other Public Health Needs Should Not Be ‘Ignored,’ Opinion Piece Says

Although HIV/AIDS in developing countries requires “continued attention” and preventing deaths from the disease remains “imperative,” other public health needs should not be “ignored,” Daniel Halperin, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, writes in a New York Times opinion piece. According to Halperin, the “well-meaning promises” of some 2008 presidential candidates to […]