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Trump reportedly fired his entire HIV/AIDS council by FedEx letter

Trump reportedly fired his entire HIV/AIDS council by FedEx letterPresident Donald Trump reportedly fired the sixteen remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) Wednesday via a letter FedExed from the White House.



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Trump Reportedly Terminated All Members Of HIV/AIDS Council Without Explanation

Trump Reportedly Terminated All Members Of HIV/AIDS Council Without ExplanationThe White House has reportedly fired the members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) without explanation.



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Federal program cuts disparities in HIV/AIDS care

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – When Gina Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, she considered it a death sentence, but nearly 23 years later, she’s living a full life in New Orleans, thanks largely to the federally funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2014, the safety-net program provided drugs, medical care and support services to more than 268,000 people in the U.S. living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Now a study shows that in 82 percent of them, including Brown, HIV is no longer detectable in their blood – a state known as “viral suppression.” Those who are virally suppressed take antiretroviral medications that allow them to expect to live a nearly average lifespan.
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Mozambique myth-busting helpline tries to tackle HIV/AIDS

By Hannah McNeish XAI XAI, Mozambique (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Mozambique’s Gaza province, if someone makes it to their 35th birthday, “you rejoice”, said Shady Zita, an English teacher in a rural secondary school. Most of the funerals that he goes to are for people who are even younger, as a deadly virus that no one wants to speak about keeps picking off Mozambique’s youth. “We are surrounded by people who have HIV, to be frank,” said Zita, who until recently also knew very little about the province’s biggest killer.
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Surging heroin use threatens Kenya’s HIV/AIDS gains

By Neha Wadekar NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rashid Hassan Mohammed began using drugs when he was 15, after fleeing an abusive home in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa and joining a street gang that robbed and stole to buy heroin. “I didn’t think that when you inject, or share the same injection with your friend, it may cause HIV,” said Mohammed, 34, who has been receiving methadone treatment for a year to wean his body off heroin. Narcotics have spilled on to the local market, where people are largely unaware that injecting drugs can lead to HIV infection, sparking concerns that Kenya’s success in tackling HIV could be reversed.
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HIV/AIDS still top killer of African adolescents

People sit in the waiting room at an anti-retroviral clinic, in Emmaus hospital in Winterton, South AfricaHIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Africans aged between 10 and 19, UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said Monday at the start of a major international conference on the virus. "Despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death," Lake said in a statement released on the first day of AIDS 2016, held in the South African city of Durban. "AIDS is still the number two cause of death for those aged 10-19 globally — and number one in Africa," added the head of the UN children's agency.



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Post-Charlie Sheen Diagnosis Spike in Internet Searches Shows Lull in HIV/AIDS Awareness

Post-Charlie Sheen Diagnosis Spike in Internet Searches Shows Lull in HIV/AIDS AwarenessThis past November, actor Charlie Sheen revealed to the public that he is HIV positive. Depending on who you ask, this news was either shocking or not surprising in the slightest. Regardless of what reaction we may have had to the news of his diagnosis, it appears that the prominent Hollywood celebrity coming out as HIV positive has had a…



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More evidence HIV/AIDS fight requires multiple approaches

A nurse tests a blood sample during a free HIV test at a blood tests party, part of a campaign to prevent HIV infection among male same-sex couples, in BangkokBy Andrew M. Seaman A currently available pill could significantly curb new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in the UK, if prevention and treatment programs are also expanded, researchers say. Wider use of the once-a-day pill, along with HIV blood tests and treatment among very sexually active men who have sex with men, could potentially reduce new cases by about 44 percent by 2020, researchers say. The new research shows that "combination approaches, even if implemented among only a targeted or limited population, can have a larger impact than single interventions alone," said Dr. Jason Kessler, an HIV researcher who was not involved with the new study.



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India adds more cancer, HIV/AIDS drugs to essential medicines list

India has revised its list of essential medicines to add drugs for diseases ranging from cancer and HIV/AIDS to hepatitis C, in a move aimed at making them more affordable. The update to the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) is just the third since it was compiled in 1996. Reuters reported in April that more HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis medicines were likely to be added to list, which is posted on the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation’s website.
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World AIDS Day: See How Much Has Changed in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day: See How Much Has Changed in the Fight Against HIV/AIDSIn 1981 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first known report on AIDS looking at the case of five men who appeared to have a rare and virulent form of pneumonia that killed two of them. In honor of World AIDS Day, ABC News' medical unit has compiled important information to show how far the human race has come in the fight against HIV/AIDS and how much further the world needs to go. Dr. Larry Corey, a virologist and investigator at the nonprofit HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN),said in an earlier interview that many people think of the HIV epidemic as less of an issue due to new drugs that are better able at controlling the disease.



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