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  • Why scientific AIDS explanations struggle in townships

    HIV/AIDS educators often seem to enjoy raising an eyebrow at outlandish beliefs over the disease. But in doing so they fail to realise that the joke is on them – these ideas continue to hold sway despite their best efforts.

    26 January 2015 | Africa Check
  • Preventing bad reporting on health research

    Academics should be made accountable for exaggerations in press releases about their own work

    10 December 2014 | BMJ
  • Is HIV Weakening Over Time?

    There has been an explosion of media stories positing that the virulence of HIV is decreasing and that the virus is evolving into a “milder form." But the study prompting the coverage relies primarily on laboratory measurements of HIV replication capacity, despite the fact that a prior publication—by several of the same authors—reports that results from this test do not predict the rate of CD4 T cell decline over time.

    03 December 2014 | TAG
  • Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

    On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

    31 October 2014 | Poz
  • Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

    Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.

    14 October 2014 | The Conversation
  • HIV Research Fraud Highlights Scramble for Federal Science Grant Money

    In the most brazen case of medical research fraud since the 1974 "patchwork mouse" scandal, scientist Dong-Pyou Han has admitted to faking an HIV vaccine experiment to gain federal funding.

    24 September 2014 | Healthline
  • Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

    Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

    23 September 2014 | Africa Check
  • Egypt's Military Regime Still Pushing Bogus HIV, Hepatitis "Cure"

    The so-called 'miracle' device originally made media headlines in February when it was slammed for its tenuous grasp of the science surrounding both life-threatening diseases.

    09 July 2014 | Poz magazine news
  • Researcher Admits to HIV Vaccine Fraud

    United States prosecutors have filed charges against a researcher who admitted to fraudulently reporting data while conducting research for a HIV vaccine. Dong-Pyou Han, a former laboratory manager at Iowa State University, admitted to putting human antibodies into samples of rabbit’s blood to create the illusion that an experimental vaccine was potentially effective. After millions in grants from the National Institutes of Health and years of work, another laboratory discovered irregularities that showed the results were false.

    26 June 2014 | Guardian Liberty Voice
  • Media Cooks Up Claim That Soy Sauce Treats, Even Cures HIV

    Numerous media outlets have erroneously reported that soy sauce contains an ingredient that treats or even may cure HIV.

    15 May 2014 | AIDSMeds
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