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  • Health News Review analysis of Bloomberg's coverage of PrEP

    This story takes as a given that the drug being discussed is 92% effective for preventing HIV infections. Exploring that statistic would have uncovered some fundamental concerns about the value of this treatment approach.

    24 February 2015 | Health News Review
  • Health News Review analysis of Reuters' coverage of new hepatitis C drugs

    We wish that more stories would bring some skeptical thinking to their coverage of expensive new hepatitis C treatments. The emphasis on short-term effects obscures the lack of long-term data about benefits.

    13 February 2015 | Health News Review
  • Aids denialism in London – It is really 2015?

    The latest in a 30-year long effort to mislead the public was an event in London earlier this month. The Frontline Club – a charitable foundation supporting journalism around the world – chose to lend its venue and name to the promotion of a 16-year old, long discredited book by Joan Shelton questioning the proven link between HIV and AIDS.

    09 February 2015 | Incidence 0
  • Déjà Vu – Claims of HIV Cures and Re-Treading Old Ground

    A few days ago while in Abuja, I was surprised to hear the news presenter announce that a Federal High Court had “lifted the ban” on Dr Abalaka’s “vaccine” against HIV. I was struck by a number of things – an abiding discomfort at the quality of reporting on science and health matters in the Nigerian media; a sense of guilt that, in failing to tell our stories, younger Nigerians are at risk of repeating missteps of the past; and a fear that many, misled by the news item, may put their lives at risk.

    28 January 2015 | Nigeria Health Watch
  • 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
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