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December 2, 2014

'In the future, people could have no symptoms for decades'

HIV is evolving into a milder form, a major study has claimed.

Researchers at the University of Oxford says the virus is becoming 'watered down' as it adapts to our immune systems.

This means it is becoming less infectious and less deadly.

With changes in the virus, it is taking a longer time for HIV infection to cause AIDS and could eventually even become 'almost harmless', according to some virologists.

December 1, 2014

'This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation'

In honor of World AIDS Day, US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation.

Released on 28 November, the two page document noted the early stage of the epidemic.

'Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus,' Obama wrote.

October 28, 2014

'Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began ... one in eight gay men (in the US) is HIV-positive'

Elton John is celebrating the dramatic advances made on the marriage equality front in recent years but he believes it has come at the expense of a life and death issue.

July 24, 2014

Seven people who were traveling to the International AIDS Conference have been confirmed to be among the dead from the shooting down of flight MH17 but the figure of 100 dead researchers appears to have been a rumor that spread among conference-goers in Melbourne

Reports that around 100 people on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne appear to have been the result of a rumor that spread in the absence of the airline making public the passenger list for the flight.

At least seven leading HIV experts were killed when the plane was brought down over a rebel held area of the Ukraine but the figure of 100, sometimes given as 108, dead who were traveling to the conference is now known to be incorrect.

July 23, 2014

'Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men'

President Barack Obama is being accused of using the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week to further a ‘radical gay agenda’.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer ranted in a predictable manner after the president paid tribute to the loss of dozens of HIV and AIDS researchers.

Obama said the US will ‘continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose’.

Fischer was not happy.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

March 21, 2014

Jake Jenkins, nurse practitioner for LGBT services at 56 Dean Street, tells us why testing early for HIV can seriously improve our health

1 Knowing your status can save your life

Untreated HIV can lead to serious illness (AIDS). Advanced HIV still kills – 390 people died of it in 2012 in the UK and an incredible 15,529 in the US in 2010.

2 Early diagnosis can add years to your life

An early HIV diagnosis means fewer complications and a longer healthier life.

3 You can be healthier

December 1, 2013

Even if you think you know it all, you’ll be shocked by the myths about the virus and the real truth behind the lies

In the quarter century since the world first learned about HIV and AIDS, our knowledge on how to fight it has improved by leaps and bounds.

But the myths have grown too. Here we bust 11 of the biggest.

Myth: The very worse thing you can do is have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive.

November 26, 2013

Many famous gay men have pledged their support to National HIV Testing Week, including Christian Jessen, Charlie Condou and Dan Gillespie

A gay pop star has revealed how getting an HIV test saved his life.

Andy Bell, Erasure's frontman, is speaking out to encourage other LGBTI people to get tested during National HIV Testing Week in the UK.

Running up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, the testing week is taking place from now until 29 November.

Bell illustrated the importance of getting tested with his own story.

'[The] test actually saved my life,' he said. 

July 12, 2013

Bryan Fischer alleges a US serviceman lost his re-enlistment contract due to supporting Defense of Marriage Act

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative organization American Family Association, is claiming the US military is kicking out Christians and replacing them with 'hyper-masculine homosexuals.'

In a clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch, the notoriously anti-gay Christian, added the gay soldiers are 'similar to the kind of homosexuals that formed Hitler's storm troopers.'

June 24, 2013

Gay US author and pundit Dan Savage says climate change denial reminds him of gay men who refused to accept that AIDS was a threat in the early 1980’s

Dan Savage has compared climate change denial to AIDS denial among gay men in the early 1980’s in a column in Seatle’s The Stranger newspaper.

Savage made the comments after watching an episode of This American Life on climate change showing dramatic changes in seasonal patterns in the United States but also that farmers were the most likely to deny climate change science because they would be the worst effected if it were true.

May 19, 2013

For 28 years, there is a day in May when New Yorkers come together for for AIDS awareness and education

The weather was less than perfect. It constantly rained and the temperature should have been higher for a May Sunday. However, even less than ideal conditions did not keep approximately 30,000 people from raising money for AIDS/HIV support services.

For 28 years the AIDS Walk New York has attracted support from all neighborhoods in the city. This year, as reported by organization's Twitter feed, $5.5 million (€4,287,429) was raised today (19 May).

January 18, 2013

Australian researchers have created a modified protein that protects human cells from the immune deficiency virus

Australian scientists have said they have a made a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS.

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research say they have discovered how to modify a protein in HIV, so instead of replicating, it protects against the infection.

Associate Professor David Harrich says while it cannot cure HIV, the modified protein has protected human cells from AIDS in laboratory tests.

December 4, 2012

World AIDS Day showed Bisi Alimi that fear of HIV is still a great threat, just as it was when he first encountered the virus 12 years ago in Lagos, Nigeria

I was diagnosed as HIV positive eight years ago, and possibly infected two or three years earlier. Though I had no idea of my infection, my passion for HIV work was never based on the fact that I might have been infected.

When I started HIV care, support and prevention work in the 90s, I had not slightest idea I was ever going to get infected. However, I was in fear.

A few months before I started working for Nigeria’s foremost HIV charity that provides services for MSM, I had gone to see my friend in the hospital.

December 2, 2012

G-A-Y bar has broken the Guinness World Record for the most HIV tests administered in eight hours on World AIDS Day

Londoners have set a new Guinness World record for administering the most HIV tests in eight hours to mark World AIDS Day.

G-A-Y bar, one of the most famous bars in Soho, hosted medics from nearby sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street.

They tested 745 people in eight hours on 1 December, smashing the previous record of 467 people last year.

Six people tested positive for HIV, and were taken to the nearby clinic for confirmatory tests, counselling and will return to see a doctor this week.

November 25, 2012

An extremist Salafist militia in Libya captured twelve men promising to mutilate and kill them for allegedly being gay

Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after being captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia.

The twelve men were, apparently, having a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, the country's capital, when the militia captured them, late on Thursday night (22 November).

September 20, 2012

Bisi Alimi calls for a rational and scientific conversation about HIV to counter the superstitions that deny AIDS exists

When three weeks ago I wrote the article on HIV criminalization, I was not expecting to see the piece hijacked by AIDS denialists. I have nothing against conspiracy theories. However, I prefer intelligent arguments.

If there is a need to dispute something, it’s fair enough to provide arguments that are convincing. This is not only particular to HIV. I have had opportunity to grow up in Nigeria where almost every idea or reasoning is built around conspiracy and no logic.

July 13, 2012

'I came out of this HIV-negative. I was the luckiest man in the world'

Elton John is feeling reflective these days.

He has written a memoir, Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS, in which he details his drug use during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

July 12, 2012

Facebook group Movement Against the HIV-AIDS Theory set up in Malaysia

A dangerous theory that denies the connection between HIV and AIDS is being spread in Malaysia.

A Facebook group called Gerakan Bantah Teori HIV-AIDS Malaysia (meaning Movement Against the HIV-AIDS Theory Malaysia) was started two months ago and has 146 members.

Malaysian human rights activist Pang Khee Teik was alerted to the group when he was asked to be a member.

June 18, 2012

British police policies around HIV are outdated, stigmatizing and waste time and resources, says National AIDS Trust report

British police policies and training about HIV is often outdated, inaccurate and stigmatizing, the National AIDS Trust (NAT) has said.

An NAT report out today says the policies mean police often take HIV tests when there has been no risk to them which wastes time and resources and spreads myths about the virus.

January 23, 2012

Thabo Mbeki boosts gay activists by publicly denouncing Uganda's anti-gay bill.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has hit out at Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill during a visit to the country.

Speaking at a public question and answer session in Kampala on Thursday, Mbeki slammed Ndorwa West MP David Bahati’s bill, which seeks the death penalty or life imprisonment for homosexuals, saying what two consenting adults do in private 'is really not the matter of law.'

'Sexual preferences are a private matter,' said Mr Mbeki. 'I don’t think it is a matter of the state to intervene.'