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Trump Aids Racists' Political Ambitions

Trump Aids Racists' Political AmbitionsRachel Maddow looks at the history of Ku Klux Klan in American politics and its quest for power and points out that it was no accident that Donald Trump helped give racists legitimacy with his remarks about the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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China promotes traditional medicine to combat AIDS

China promotes traditional medicine to combat AIDSChina will double the number of AIDS patients it treats with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), officials have said, part of a broader push to increase the use of the ancient practice in the country's medical system. The promotion of TCM is part of a five-year plan from the State Council, China's cabinet, to tackle HIV/AIDS. "The number of people living with AIDS who are treated with traditional Chinese medicine should be twice what it was in 2015," the State Council said on its website Sunday.



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Gay prince on front line of India’s war against AIDS

"Prince" Manvendra Singh Gohil, India's first gay royal and AIDS activist, speaks with an AFP reporter during an interview in New Delhi.From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India's first openly gay royal. A member of a royal warrior clan and heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in deeply conservative Gujarat state, Gohil uses his fame and status to educate the gay community about safe sex and their rights in a country where gay sex is a criminal offence. "People say homosexuality is a part of western culture.



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US life expectancy drops for first time since AIDS crisis peak

US life expectancy drops for first time since AIDS crisis peakLife expectancy in the United States dropped last year for the first time since the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis more than 20 years ago, as deaths rose from nearly every major cause, federal data showed Thursday. The total US population's life expectancy in 2015 was 78.8 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014, said the report by the National Center for Health Statistics. Deaths from eight of the top 10 causes mounted, including spikes in accidental deaths among children and deaths from Alzheimer's disease in the elderly.



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Vigils, campaigns mark World AIDS Day

People light candles to mark World AIDS day in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines(Reuters) – From awareness campaigns to candle-lit vigils, people around the globe are marking World AIDS Day on Thursday. Each year, people across countries gather on Dec. 1 to promote awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS and remember those who lost their lives. The hashtag #WorldAIDSDay trended on Twitter as users posted messages and pictures of red ribbons supporters wear to mark the occasion, as well as of people around the world lighting candles for commemoration events. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), some 36. …



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Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

HIV testing kits are seen in a vending machine in a university in ChengduYoung gay men are the frontline of China's battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold, one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, according to data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) that was cited by the official Xinhua News Agency late on Wednesday. By the end of September, more than 654,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS in China, Xinhua said.



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S.Africa launches major new trial of AIDS vaccine

S.Africa launches major new trial of AIDS vaccineSouth Africa on Wednesday begins a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the disease. More than 30 years of efforts to develop an effective vaccine for HIV have not borne fruit, but for the first time since the virus was identified in 1983, scientists think they have found a promising candidate. The new study, known as HVTN 702, will involve more than 5,400 sexually active men and women aged 18-35 in 15 areas around South Africa over the course of four years.



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S.Africa launches major new trial of AIDS vaccine

AIDS activists march through the streets of Durban on July 16, 2016South Africa on Wednesday begins a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the disease. More than 30 years of efforts to develop an effective vaccine for HIV have not borne fruit, but for the first time since the virus was identified in 1983, scientists think they have found a promising candidate. The new study, known as HVTN 702, will involve more than 5,400 sexually active men and women aged 18-35 in 15 areas around South Africa over the course of four years.



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Anti-gay sentiment seen threatening Indonesia’s goal to end AIDS by 2030

By Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Growing anti-gay sentiment in Indonesia could hamper efforts to combat fast-rising HIV infections among one of the most at-risk groups, threatening the country’s target to end an AIDS epidemic by 2030, a senior official has warned. Although new infections have been falling globally, Indonesia is one country where they are on the rise as the disease spreads rapidly among gay men and other men who have had sex with men (MSM) over the past decade. “In terms of number, MSM is the fastest growing (group),” the commission’s secretary Kemal Siregar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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‘Elephantiasis’ virus may boost AIDS risk: study

The parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti, is found in many areas in Africa where HIV infection rates are high, and can cause elephantiasis, a disease that horribly deforms the limbs and other parts of the bodyPeople infected with a common parasitic worm may be twice as likely to acquire the HIV virus that causes AIDS, a field study from Tanzania reported Wednesday. The parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti, is found in many areas in Africa where HIV infection rates are high, and can cause elephantiasis, a disease that horribly deforms the limbs and other parts of the body. The mosquito-borne worm can live in the human lymphatic system for years without symptoms emerging.



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