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  • ‘Medic’ who says he can cure Ebola, Aids and autism with bleach enema is coming to the UK

    Jim Humble, who calls himself the Archbishop of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, is due to speak at the Spirit of Health conference in Seaford, East Sussex. But campaigners want organisers to prevent him from promoting his goods.

    10 April 2015 | Metro
  • CUREiculum

    The CUREiculum is a suite of tools that provides simple, accessible information on HIV cure research, organizing into a systematic format for ongoing or issue-specific learning. The CUREiculum was developed in a multi-collaboratory process by leading scientists, community educators and various advocacy organizations who recognized the need for increasing literacy in this exciting arena. The tools are designed for community educators, funders, media and other stakeholders. Fifteen key areas of HIV cure research have been developed into free standing modules.

    08 April 2015 | AVAC
  • Pakistan: Factory making fake Hepatitis C drug raided

    Assisted by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), personnel of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) raided one of the local industries in Islamabad’s Kahuta industrial area here Saturday, leading to the discovery of unlawful manufacturing of Sofasbuvir tablets, which are used for the treatment of Hepatitis C, and Everlong tablets, the registration of which has long been withdrawn.

    04 March 2015 | The International News
  • 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
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