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Scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited babies’ jailed

Scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited babies’ jailed

A Chinese scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited’ babies that were resistant to HIV has been jailed for three years for unethical practices. He Jiankui faced a global backlash in 2018 when he announced the birth of twin girls who he claimed he had successfully ‘gene edited’ to make them immune to HIV. […]

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Monthly HIV medication hits roadblock as FDA knocks back approval

Monthly HIV medication hits roadblock as FDA knocks back approval

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has knocked back new HIV medication Cabenuva, declining to add it to the list of approved medications in the USA. The new medication is a once a month treatment for people living with HIV, rather than the regime of daily pill taking. The treatment sees patients receiving two injections […]

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In the future PrEP could be delivered by a once-a-year implant

In the future PrEP could be delivered by a once-a-year implant

Rather than a once a day pill, in the future PrEP might be something you only have to think about once a year. Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments have seen the rate of new transmissions of HIV plummet in areas where the daily medication is readily available. Scientists are now testing more long-term ways of delivering […]

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Trump says he will oversee the end of the AIDS epidemic in America

Trump says he will oversee the end of the AIDS epidemic in America

US President Donald Trump has declared America is on the way to seeing the end of the AIDS epidemic, and cures for cancers – during a campaign rally in Cincinnati. “The things we’re doing in our country today, there’s never been anything like it,” Trump said at a rally in Cincinnati. “We will be ending […]

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‘Blade Runner’ actor Rutger Hauer dies aged 75 following short illness

‘Blade Runner’ actor Rutger Hauer dies aged 75 following short illness

Actor Rutger Hauer, best known for his co-starring role in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, had passed away aged 75. Hauer’s representatives announced he’d died on 19th July following a short illness. Alongside his long career on screen the Dutch actor was committed to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and set up a foundation to fundraise […]

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Johnson and Johnson start widespread trials of HIV vaccine

Johnson and Johnson start widespread trials of HIV vaccine

Pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson has announced the commencement of a widespread trial of an injectable vaccine for HIV. The vaccine will be tested on people across several countries in Europe as well as in the USA. The company is already running a trial in five countries in southern Africa. 3,800 men who have sex […]

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New HIV diagnosis in Australia hit eighteen year low

New HIV diagnosis in Australia hit eighteen year low

The number of new diagnosis of HIV in Australia has hit an 18 year low, the success largely attributed to uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment. There’s still lots of work to be done though to reach the goal of no new transmissions by 2020, and rates amongst indigenous Australians and hetrosexual people are not […]

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North Korea may be hiding spiraling rates of new cases of HIV

North Korea may be hiding spiraling rates of new cases of HIV

North Korea has long claimed that there are negligible cases of HIV been transmitted in the rogue state, but a new report suggests the complete opposite may be the reality. Last year on World AIDS Day North Korea claimed it had zero new transmissions of HIV in the previous year, a claim that seemed unlikely […]

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To tackle rising rates HIV Taiwan is making home testing easier

To tackle rising rates HIV Taiwan is making home testing easier

Faced with a dramatic rise in new infections of HIV health agencies in Taiwan are making home testing more easily available. The nation’s Centre for Diseases Control announced on Friday a new scheme that would see blood and saliva based home testing kits being made available via convenience stores. Previously the kits were only available […]

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Health workers team up with Grindr to tackle HIV in Bulgaria

Health workers team up with Grindr to tackle HIV in Bulgaria

Health workers in Bulgaria have teamed up with dating app Grindr rolling out an innovative program that aims to get more people testing for HIV. New cases of HIV are soaring in the socially conservative country, so to reach out to their target audience a charity offered free self testing kits to anyone who wanted […]

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