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July 24, 2017 8:10 AM South African child (9) 'cured of HIV' after a year of treatment

Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their lives to keep AIDS at bay. But this child, still off treatment and now almost 10 years old, has no signs of the disease. This and other recent, isolated cases of remission have given additional hope to the 37 million people worldwide infected with the virus 38

July 24, 2017 8:01 AM New hope for HIV cure as child remains virus-free years after final treatment

A South African boy, believed to have been infected with HIV around the time of his birth, has remained free of the virus for 8½ years after early treatment — renewing hope among scientists that such outliers may hold clues to help end the decades-old epidemic. The case study, described by researchers before a presentation Monday at an international 45

July 24, 2017 3:02 AM Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris. The body's normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer. But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with terminal cancer go into complete remission. The hope is that a similar 39

July 24, 2017 3:02 AM HIV and cancer teams double up to seek out new disease killers

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters)- HIV experts at an international conference starting on Saturday are keenly courting colleagues in oncology to explore whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS. The two diseases, while very different in many ways, have some key crossover points when it comes to developing 40

July 23, 2017 7:18 PM 'Draconian' US funding cuts would cost lives: AIDS meeting

Leaders in the fight against HIV on Sunday urged the US government, the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment, to reject "draconian" funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. "As we gather today, the largest and most important donor in HIV response has threatened devastating cuts to funding for research and treatment programmes 57

July 20, 2017 2:22 PM Amid Turning Tide, AIDS Claimed 1 Mln Lives In 2016: UN

2016 marked the first time that more than half of infected people were receiving anti-retroviral treatment, which subdues the AIDS virus but does not kill it. Paris, France: AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming "the scales have tipped". Not only are new HIV infections 42

July 20, 2017 1:41 PM For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those 46

July 20, 2017 9:57 AM Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million last year. It said the "scales have tipped", with more than half of people getting drug treatment for the first time. An HIV infection cannot 33

July 7, 2017 2:00 AM Oral sex producing unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization says. It is warning that if you contract gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. Experts said the situation was "fairly 63

July 1, 2017 5:00 AM Bakwena gives thumps up to Khama’s initiatives

When President Khama ascended to the highest office in 2008 he declared the President Day holidays a period to celebrate the country’s arts. He further set aside an annual budget for government to purchase works of art from local artists for its various departments. To Bakwena, Khama was a messiah sent to save the arts because his predecessors showed 50