Pharmagate: Pharma Groups Conspired to Bolster South African Drug Patents
A leaked email has revealed that South African pharma group IPASA colluded with U.S.-based lobby PhRMA to obtain stronger patent laws for drugs in Africa… a move that could ultimately limit the availability of HIV antiretrovirals in one of the hardest-hit nations in the world. Ugh.
HIV Coalition Sees ‘Disturbing Trends’ in Health Care Reform
31 HIV/AIDS groups are making claims that new government insurance plans are not covering all HIV drugs, discouraging HIV-positive people from enrolling, or that they are singling out all the ARVs with high co-pays. Eeesh.
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Neurocognitive Impairment Tests Often Miss Milder Cases
Before the era of antiretrovirals that began in the mid-1990s, severe cognitive impairment was widespread among the HIV population. Today milder cases are more the norm, and as many as half or more of people with HIV experience some form of impairment.
Many of the countries with the greatest HIV epidemics are now in a sense winning the war against the disease, says the NYT.
Explained: If a country begins to put more people on therapy than are newly infected, a crucial “tipping point” is reached. Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti, among others have gotten to this point within the last few years, as a result of high impact prevention models in these regions.
Newly Found HIV Replication Pathway May Lead to New Drugs
More than 90% of HIV fails to integrate its DNA into human cells, leaving unintegrated viruses the cell. In the past, researchers have assumed that these stranded viruses could not copy themselves. But new research has discovered that some of these DNA cells are able to skip the integration process and still reproduce itself, making new viruses that can in turn infect other cells… which helps HIV survive in the face of most ARV drugs.
The Mark of a Runner: T2+
David Ernesto Munar wears his green TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) wristband every time he runs, marking his membership to a training program that fights HIV/AIDS with endurance sports.
"With [ARV] therapy, my world changed. I ran my first of many marathons at age 35. I rediscovered running in the leaves of fall and in the deep freeze of winter. Not only did I conquer the pool, I trained for a triathlon in Lake Michigan!"
U.K. Pastors Tell Young Church Members to Stop HIV Meds
Some Pentecostal pastors in England are telling patients they will be healed by prayer.
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