POZ Opinion: Another Miracle Baby, a Still-Broken System
Two Babies “Functionally Cured.” But to put treatment within reach to all pregnant women and newborns, we need to fix our broken healthcare system, and we need reproductive justice:
• We need Medicaid expansion in all states, and quality, accessible HIV testing and healthcare for all people (including the undocumented immigrants who are denied many of the promises of Obamacare).
• We need comprehensive mental health services and trauma-informed care for women and all other people living with HIV.
• We need policies and programs to allow women to access perinatal and health services that respect their human rights and that support them as parents, rather than using or threatening punitive measures, and
• We need to scale up comprehensive and combination HIV prevention strategies so women can protect themselves from HIV before, during and after pregnancy.
Hydeia Broadbent was born HIV positive in 1984; when she was 3, doctors diagnosed her with AIDS. (She defied a diagnosis by doctors that she wouldn’t live past 5.) We featured her on our cover in October 1997, as a young girl committed to the fight against the virus. Today, at 29 years old, Hydeia is still defiant, and is an outspoken advocate against a disease that many people believe has been cured. But that’s so not the case.
We couldn’t resist the opportunity to enlist Doge, the nonsensical Shiba Inu Meme pup for HIV/AIDS awareness. He has shown us that sometimes just a few simple words will do. So, in that spirit, repeat after us: Very HIV. Much AIDS. Need cure. Want now.
Fascinating study about using radioimmunotherapy (RIT) and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in HIV cure research. In RIT, which has been used for a while to treat cancer, antibodies charged with radioactive isotopes target and destroy cancer cells, while leaving untargeted (healthy) cells unharmed. Read more here.
After vaccinating 16 rhesus macaque monkeys, the scientists then infected them with a highly aggressive form of SIV. Nine of the monkeys gradually cleared the virus—the first time this feat has ever been achieved in this avenue of HIV study. After the investigators ground up all of the monkeys’ organs and analyzed 240 samples from each to look for virus, finding none, they pronounced the monkeys cured.
The Hepatitis C Drug Pipeline Report: A Groundswell to Become a Sea Change
Frantic competition between the major pharmaceutical players has accelerated progress to a breakneck speed. Scientists are charged with excitement over the promise of a new paradigm in hep C treatment: Simplified, all-oral, interferon-free therapies with high cure rates for broad swaths of the hep C population.
The Case of the Baby ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV: A Detective Story
Was the famous baby really functionally cured of HIV, or was this just a case of post-exposure prophylaxis? Was the child infected at all? Is this actually the first cured baby? The skeptics want answers.
Maker of Fake Goat Blood Cure Faces Civil Suits
An investor alleges the maker of a bogus drug made from goat’s blood owes him $200,000.
Road Map to a Cure
A new report shows a path to ending HIV/AIDS — but needs the gumption, vehicle and gasoline to get there. Click here for more.