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Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the rapid emergence of HIV in this region during the mid-20th century was driven by iatrogenic transmission, according to a recently published study.

Published
22 January 2016
From
Healio
US: It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV

the final days of December, Congress quietly decided to change the 30-year-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. For advocates, researchers and health workers who’ve worked on this issue for decades, it was a welcome, but bittersweet change. Lawmakers were moved to act not by the scientific research but by a large outbreak of HIV in Indiana last year.

Published
11 January 2016
From
FiveThirtyEight
Thatcher tried to block 'bad taste' public health warnings about Aids

Newly released files show then PM tried to limit distribution of adverts as she feared explicit descriptions of ‘risky sex’ would harm young teenagers.

Published
30 December 2015
From
The Guardian
Collaboration and Conflict: Looking Back at the 30-Year History of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) supported groundbreaking research that transformed a death-sentence disease into a chronic illness that could be managed for decades with medication. It is now the largest network of therapeutic clinical trial units in the world.

Published
23 December 2015
From
JAMA
Did Liz Taylor Really Run a Bel Air Buyers Club for AIDS Meds, As Kathy Ireland Claimed?

Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as the pioneering celebrity AIDS activist is secure. But she was not in the trenches or at the barricades, and no one expected her to be. That’s why Kathy Ireland’s story about Taylor running a Bel Air buyers club sounded to me like bullshit.

Published
13 December 2015
From
New York magazine
Elizabeth Taylor ran 'secret underground network' to provide Aids patients with experimental drugs, friend claims

A close friend of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor has claimed she ran “a secret underground network” to get experimental HIV medication to patients.

Published
02 December 2015
From
The Independent
World AIDS Day: A Slut’s Perspective

"The gay culture in which I am enmeshed is no longer living in the grip of fear. ... I see gay men become increasingly confident and enthusiastic about interacting with one another, both online and in social spaces. We talk about the sex we’re going to have, and we negotiate boundaries. We take responsibility for our own health, and we show concern for the health of others. ... In short, sexuality is moving beyond being merely accepted; it is becoming celebrated. The rise of slut pride has emerged from the ashes of the 1970s."

Published
02 December 2015
From
Satyriconstories.com
The Reagan Administration’s Unearthed Response to the AIDS Crisis Is Chilling

Using never-before-heard audio tapes from three separate press conferences, in 1982, 1983, and 1984, When AIDS Was Funny illustrates how the reporter Lester Kinsolving, a conservative (and not at all gay-friendly) fixture in the White House press corps, was consistently scoffed at when he posed urgent questions about the AIDS epidemic.

Published
02 December 2015
From
Vanity Fair
Benefits of early HIV treatment are clear, but issues raised by START and D:A:D remain unresolved

The long-running controversy over when to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been definitively answered, but research is still needed to fully understand the implications of the large START

Published
23 October 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Gregg Gonsalves: It’s not just the germs

Veteran AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves wants to change the way you think about illness.

Published
15 September 2015
From
Yale Alumni Magazine
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