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HIV pushing sufferers in Britain into poverty

Thu Nov 30, 2006

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Shortly after breaking up with his partner, a British man with HIV found that his address was posted in a shop window along with a warning that he was an AIDS carrier.

Days later he was beaten with chair legs by men in his home.

"I spent years coming to terms with living with HIV, then just one person turned my life around through pure spite," said John, a 36-year-old who lives in the Midlands.


Best HIV prevention programs build skills: review

Tue Dec 5, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It takes more than just passing along good information to stop the spread of HIV, a new US-government-backed study on HIV/AIDS prevention programs has found.

It takes "enhanced education, where you actually build their skills and don't just give them information," said lead author Cynthia Lyles of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in a statement.


Lacking free AIDS drugs, 18 die in Indian town

Tue Nov 28, 2006

By Rupam Jain Nair

AHMEDABAD (Reuters) - Eighteen impoverished Indians with AIDS died in one district in western India in the last two months because the nearest state supply of free drugs is hundreds of kilometers away, an HIV advocacy group said on Tuesday.

"The absence of a regular supply of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs has claimed 18 lives in the past 60 days," said Umashanker Pandey of the Kutch Network of Positive People in Gujarat state.


Study: Taking a break from HIV drugs doubles risk of death

November 29, 2006

ATLANTA: One of the largest-ever studies of HIV treatment has found patients who temporarily stop taking their powerful medicines more than double their risk of dying.

Many HIV patients have sought doctors' permission to periodically take a break from the tiresome regimen of AIDS-fighting drugs, which can cause incapacitating side effects. Several small studies have suggested "holidays" from medication might be OK for patients who appear to be doing well.


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Third of adults with HIV 'unaware of infection'

By Emma Henry and PA

Last Updated: 1:48pm GMT 22/11/2006

An estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK - with around a third unaware of their infection, according to a report released today.

The Health Protection Agency's report said that around 20,100 people did not know they were infected.

The report, entitled A Complex Picture, is being launched ahead of World Aids Day on Dec 1 and contains "the most up-to-date description of both HIV and aids and sexually transmitted infections in the UK".


HIV cases still rising in Africa

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Almost three-quarters of deaths from Aids in 2006 occurred there and two-thirds of those living with HIV are in that area.

UNAids says there are an estimated 39.5 million people now living with HIV.

The number living with the virus has increased everywhere, with the most striking increases in East Asia and Central Asia/Eastern Europe.

Some countries, such as Uganda, are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were previously stable or declining.


Discrimination against AIDS patients will be curbed

Sunday, Nov 19, 2006

CHENNAI: A bill will be introduced in the budget session of Parliament to prevent discrimination against HIV/AIDS affected persons in places of education, work and treatment, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Saturday.

HIV/AIDS was also a developmental, social and economic problem and the Centre was mainstreaming its agenda to counter the stigma and discrimination faced by the infected.


S.C. leaders discuss HIV testing


South Carolina health officials, physicians, advocates and a lawmaker on Tuesday discussed the CDC’s new recommendations that HIV testing become a routine part of medical care.

“If we test more people, we’re going to find more people,” said Dr. Wayne Duffus, medical director for the STD/HIV division of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.