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WA AIDS Council searches for a new name

WA AIDS Council searches for a new name

The Western Australian AIDS Council is welcoming suggestions for a new name for the organisation. More than 30 years after the organisation was formed its operations have grown to encompass a wide range of activities, many of which are not represented by their current name. In a video explaining their desire to rebrand the organisation […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1994 author Randy Shilts passed away

Author Randy Shilts was known as the first openly gay journalist Randy Shilts died on this day in 1994, the author is best known for his 1987 book And The Band Played On which documented the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Shilts studied journalism and the University of Oregon and came out while he working on […]

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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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