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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.

Published
31 October 2014
From
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.

Published
14 October 2014
From
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.

Published
24 September 2014
From
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.

Published
23 September 2014
From
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The so-called 'miracle' device originally made media headlines in February when it was slammed for its tenuous grasp of the science surrounding both life-threatening diseases.

Published
09 July 2014
From
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.

Published
26 June 2014
From
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.

Published
15 May 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Killing With Kindness - How HIV Denialism Murders Women

Today, Friday 25 April, on the 30th anniversary of the isolation of HIV, the School of Oriental and African Studies is screening a film by a German director that denies HIV is the cause of AIDS and that, instead, HIV treatments probably are.

Published
25 April 2014
From
Huffington Post
You're Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many

About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, but some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, a survey shows. Three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected African Americans with HIV.

Published
19 March 2014
From
Reuters
Egypt claims miracle cure for HIV and Hepatitis

Almost certainly a political miracle rather than a medical one, Egypt's claim to have an instant cure for HIV and Hepatitis shows the lengths the coup leaders will go for legitimacy.

Published
27 February 2014
From
The Commentator
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