For adolescent girls in Kenya, poverty increases the likelihood of sexual exploitation. When older men take advantage of a girl’s need for food, medicine and school fees by demanding sexual favors, it can have long-lasting consequences, like HIV/AIDS, the second leading cause of death for adolescents in southern Africa. Continue reading
We lost 100 researchers and activists that were dedicated to improve the health of others. Heaven is now a wealthy place #MH17 #AIDS2014 — Katrina Tsoutsoulis (@katrinat91) July 18, 2014 As many as 100 AIDS researchers, activists and health care … Continue reading
While the United Nations has reported optimistic news about controlling the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS, Uganda’s infection rates are growing. Public health officials say the trend is partially tied to stigma faced by at-risk groups like gay men and sex workers. Jeffrey Brown reports on how discrimination and marginalization can be a major roadblock for effective treatment and prevention. Continue reading
We will be taking your questions for four activists and human rights workers who deal specifically with at-risk populations in Uganda. Continue reading
AIDS researchers announced a setback in the long search for a cure. Doctors believed that they had cured a baby girl by using aggressive and early treatment. But after years without requiring therapy, she tested positive for HIV during a follow-up visit. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, who has been involved with the case. Continue reading
Terminally ill patients often are frustrated to hear about experimental drugs they think might help them, but have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration — a process that often takes years.
British Columbia has successfully stemmed an epidemic of AIDS in one of the hardest to reach populations: intravenous drug addicts. Correspondent William Brangham examines the ways that medical professionals are taking on the spread of H.I.V, including a look inside a controversial facility where nurses help drug addicts inject illegal drugs. Continue reading
News of three promising approaches raised hope at an AIDS conference this week: the prevention of HIV infections in monkeys through intravenous injections; the second successful treatment of a baby born with HIV; and a study showing the safety of genetically altering cells to prevent infection. Jeffrey Brown turns to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health to walk through the developments. Continue reading
It’s been an interesting week in the field of AIDS research.
There’s been talk about potentially giving people quarterly shots or injections instead of daily pills, gene therapy to fight off HIV, and an infected baby that was treated so aggressively with AIDS drugs within hours of its birth that HIV can no longer be detected. Scientists in Boston have been meeting at an annual conference and have been discussing these early, but important new findings. Continue reading