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  • Mariëtte Botes: ARV pioneer who became the victim of abuse and hostility

    Dr Mariëtte Botes, who has died in Pretoria at the age of 50, was an early pioneer of antiretroviral cocktails that saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with Aids. But, reports The Times, while running a clinical trial at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria in 1999, she became the target of a hostile campaign by Patricia de Lille, who was then an MP for the PAC, who accused her of abusing and exploiting her patients.

    16 March 2017 | Medical Brief
  • Turning the tide on HIV in Zimbabwe, one AIDS denialist at a time

    How does a country—with a history of AIDS-denialism in government, and a financial crisis spanning 10 years—turn the tide on AIDS?

    15 February 2017 | BETA blog
  • Nigeria: Nigeria Aids Agency Warns Against HIV Cure 'Publicity'

    The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has expressed displeasure with the publicity given to the claim of a cure for HIV/AIDS by a Nigerian professor.

    07 February 2017 | AllAfrica
  • Fake news claims that Walmart bananas have HIV virus are fruitless

    "HIV virus detected in Walmart bananas after 10 year old boy contracts the virus," reads the headline on a post we first saw on Feb. 6, 2017, from a website called CNNews3.com. Facebook users flagged the story as part of the social media platform’s efforts to stamp out fabricated news stories.

    07 February 2017 | Politifact
  • China issues five-year plan on HIV, aims to treat more people with traditional medicine

    The government will attempt to find and help those with HIV; reduce transmissions through drug use, blood transfusions and from mother to child; minimize the fatality rate; and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, according to a plan posted on the website of the State Council on Sunday.

    06 February 2017 | Global Times
  • Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

    The joint initiative by Human Rights Campaign and Prevention Access Campaign has been created after finding major inaccuracies about PrEP and undetectability in news articles and on HIV information sites.

    31 January 2017 | Poz
  • Is the Hope for a Miracle Cure Just Magical Thinking?

    I can’t stop myself from hoping that someday we will see a miracle cure and HIV will be history. I know this isn’t realistic. But whenever I see a mention of a miracle cure, I can’t stop myself from checking it out. Always disappointing. Should I give up hope?

    23 January 2017 | HIV Plus
  • Exposed: Southern African trio 'sold expired ARVs' in Europe at a 4 000% markup

    Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Africa's public health system to sell in Europe.

    17 November 2016 | Bhekisisa
  • Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

    This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

    15 November 2016 | Health News Review
  • 'Infuriating': People With HIV, Doctors, Advocates Speak Out on Bad 'HIV Cure' Reporting

    If you're reading this article right now, it's likely that someone reached out to you this week to share the "good news" that an HIV cure is heading your way. And, as you probably have done time and time again, you gently -- or firmly -- reached back to say, well, no.

    05 October 2016 | The Body
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