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Smokers may have higher risk of HIV

LONDON (Reuters) - Smoking, already linked to several illnesses, may also increase the risk of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, researchers said on Thursday.

In a review of studies that looked at the association between smoking and HIV, British doctors said five of the six studies they analysed showed smokers had a higher chance of becoming infected.

Nine of 10 other studies in the review that tracked the progression from HIV to AIDS found no link with smoking.


AIDS no longer killing all patients: study

Tue Sep 19, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a quarter of New Yorkers infected with the AIDS virus are now dying of other causes, researchers said on Monday.

An analysis of 68,669 New York City residents infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, found that of those who died between 1999 and 2004, 26.3 percent died of something other than HIV. That is a 32 percent increase from 1999, when just under 20 percent of HIV patients died of other causes.


Botswana: Nutrition And HIV/Aids - the Debate Continues

Boitshepo Giyose

The question has never been whether nutrition plays a role in the management of HIV and AIDS. The debate, rather, is about the quality of nutrition? Yes, it may have taken a long time for most ordinary folk and experts to accept the central role of nutrition in disease management, particularly HIV/AIDS.


Business of AIDS reshaping reality of Africa's devastation

Friday, August 25, 2006

Regina McEnery

Plain Dealer Reporter

In the 25 years since AIDS began its death march, African images of wasted faces, abandoned children and despair have been ubiquitous.

The virus that emerged in Africa and now infects close to 40 million people worldwide has inflicted the most damage on that impoverished continent, home to about half the people in the world who have HIV/AIDS.

Stories of devastation continue to mount every day, but a new reality is taking shape.


Analysis: AIDS docs try to ease pill burden

By Ed Susman Aug 21, 2006

TORONTO, ON, Canada (UPI) -- The reality that infection with human immunodeficiency virus -- the microbe that causes AIDS -- means lifetime treatment, has prompted several research teams to find ways of lessening the burden on patients.

At the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto, doctors reported successfully treating patients with just one type of drug, and perhaps eliminating combinations of multiple classes of drugs to keep HIV suppressed.


Aids 'may kill 11m in India'

Wed 9 Aug 2006

AN HIV/AIDS epidemic may kill 11 million people in India over the next 20 years, the Times of India reported today, citing official census figures.

Along with the five million children not born to women who died young because of the virus, India's forecast 2026 population of 1.4 billion would be trimmed by 1.2 per cent, the paper reported.

The United Nations Aids agency says India now has the world's highest caseload.


AIDS drugs reaching greater number of patients



TEN times more people in Africa are receiving life-saving AIDS drugs than just three years ago, but most sufferers still get no treatment and the pandemic continues to spread.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported yesterday that 1.04 million people in sub-Saharan Africa receive the antiretroviral drugs that prevent pregnant women from passing the virus on to their babies.