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Most HIV-positive gay men in European survey are on HIV treatment, though fewer in the east

The large EMIS survey of gay men living in Europe has found that over 70% of respondents with HIV are taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). Of those who

Published
30 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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tablets, which are used for the treatment of Hepatitis C, and Everlong tablets, the registration of which has long been withdrawn.

Published
04 March 2015
From
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.

Published
24 February 2015
From
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.

Published
13 February 2015
From
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.

Published
09 February 2015
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African American people’s AIDS conspiracy beliefs best understood in terms of social anxiety and distrust, not ignorance

The idea that AIDS was created as part of a government-led conspiracy to decimate the African American population remains salient to a significant minority of black people,

Published
29 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
28 January 2015
From
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.

Published
26 January 2015
From
Africa Check
Preventing bad reporting on health research

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

Published
10 December 2014
From
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.

Published
03 December 2014
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