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HIV self-test kit available on the market

28 Apr, 2015 | by Daniel Tomas | 0 comments
First legally-approved HIV self-test kit went on sale in Britain this week, with the promise of 99.7 percent accuracy in just 15 minutes. BioSure HIV Self Test is hoped to help identify an estimated 26,000 people in Britain who may not know they have HIV. "Knowing your HIV status is…


Therapy using antibodies reduces 300-fold HIV viral content

10 Apr, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
A major breakthrough in the scientific world seems to end the long string of failed attempts at combating the virus causing AIDS, as scientists announced the first successful human study using antibody therapy which has been specifically designed to block the key viral protein receptor needed to infect human blood…


Tongue scan helps identify potential illnesses

8 Dec, 2014 | by Daniel Tomas | 0 comments
A digitized image of a patient’s tongue can help identify several illnesses, researchers from India have announced. This method finds immediate and useful applicability in remote areas where patients do not have access to a medical facility and are unable to ask a doctor, and works by correlating general descriptions of…


European HIV testing week is under way

25 Nov, 2014 | by Daniel Tomas | 0 comments
After being appreciated for its beneficial social impact, the 2014  edition of the European HIV testing week is under way. This year's edition also precedes the International HIV day on the 1'st of December. The initiative targets population at risk of getting HIV, offering free HIV screenings in hospitals and…


HIV microbicides’ effectiveness negated by semen

13 Nov, 2014 | by Gabriel Rosoga | 1 comment
Microbicide gels interfere with semen to prevent HIV, but these results appear only in the lab, never in real-life situations, new study finds. Microbicides applied to vagina should work as intended, but certain protein fragments in semen severely restrict gel’s effectiveness. The findings were published in journal Science Translational Medicine.…


Hepatitis C completely cured by new drug, Biotron claims

10 Oct, 2014 | by Daniel Tomas | 1 comment
Australian drug maker Biotron claims to have found a cure for  Hepatitis C Antiviral drug BIT255, was administered to HIV patients suffering from Hepatitis C and, after 12 months of treatment, the results showed undetectable virus levels in the patients’ blood. The clinical trials were held in Bangkok, according to the…


Abstinence costs $18 USD per month in small African country

9 Oct, 2014 | by Daniel Tomas | 0 comments
In the small African country of Swaziland, the government is taking actions to impose sexual abstinence, trying to keep the nation's women virgin  as long as possible. More precisely, young virgin women are given an $18 per month allowance in exchange for not having sex. Odd at first blush, the…


HIV treatment less available to homosexuals

27 Sep, 2014 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
Only 50% of gay or bisexual men in US receive proper HIV medical care. The incurable infection is kept under control by viral suppression, which means the virus is contained to a certain degree, where the patient is fairly healthy. Although the treatment is widely available for all HIV diagnosed…