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How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV?

A study published on Aug. 20th in PLOS Pathogens of antiviral gene sequences in African monkeys suggests that lentiviruses closely related to HIV have infected primates in Africa as far back as 16 million years.

Published
21 August 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
ACON: Here for health and HIV for 30 years

Thirty years ago this week on August 18, ACON was officially set up by our community to fight HIV and AIDS. Reg Domingo speaks to some of the figures who have guided the development of the key community organisation over the last three decades.

Published
20 August 2015
From
Gay News Network
It's Time to Retire the Medical Category of AIDS

AIDS is not, and has never been, a label of precise definition. It has been a soft-moving target, used to classify people with certain symptoms, but it has no relevance to living with HIV infection today.

Published
20 August 2015
From
The Body
Groundbreaking HIV researcher Suniti Solomon passes away at 76

Groundbreaking HIV researcher Dr Suniti Solomon, the first to bring to the world the prevalence of the infection in India in 1986 and one who successfully led research into the treatment of the deadly virus, passed away at her residence here.

Published
29 July 2015
From
Economic Times
Tribute to Bob Munk: long-time HIV positive US treatment activist and educator

It was with great sadness that in the week before IAS we learned of the death of Dr Robert Munk, a long-time US activist, friend and colleague.

Published
21 July 2015
From
HIV i-Base
People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001

People living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century, thanks to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs, the UN said in a major report on a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy. The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001, according to the report by the UN’s Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids).

Published
14 July 2015
From
The Guardian
Is It Time for the End of 'AIDS'?

Two decades into the antiretroviral era, the often misused term 'AIDS' has an awkward place in the dialogue about the HIV epidemic.

Published
02 July 2015
From
Poz
Remembering Alan Brotherton

Everyone at the Alliance is extremely saddened to hear news of the death of our friend and colleague Alan Brotherton yesterday in Sydney, Australia. Alan was a leading HIV, LGBTI health and social justice advocate. He joined the Alliance in 2008 as Senior Advisor: Policy, then later took the position of Senior Advisor: HIV Prevention until he left in 2010.

Published
16 June 2015
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
In Memoriam: Mario Cooper

Mario Cooper, who played an important link between grassroots AIDS activists and the political establishment in the epidemic’s early decades, died May 29, 2015. He was 61.

Published
05 June 2015
From
Poz
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
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