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Making waves but will it cross the pond? Maurizio Gambarini

Why a pill to prevent HIV is causing great controversy

The latest report from Public Health England revealed that there were more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, with 6,000 new infections last year. Around a quarter of people are unaware they…
Have we really turned the corner over HIV/AIDS? Africa Studio

Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. This relies on a two-pronged…
The proposed Australian price for Sovaldi has not been disclosed, but in the United States a three-month course of treatment costs US$84,000. Stuart Hamilton/Flickr

What price a life? Hepatitis C drug out of reach for millions

It’s twice as common as type 1 diabetes. It kills more Australians than HIV. One in every 100 of us lives with hepatitis C, but the disease receives little attention. Worldwide, around 150 million people…
One positive coming out of HIV. NIAID

How notorious HIV is being hijacked to tackle cancer

HIV is one of the deadliest viruses encountered by humans in recent history and will kill 1.5m people this year alone, compare this to Ebola, for example, which has killed less than 5,000 so far, and you…
Technology has done away with the need to insert swabs into the male urethra and speculums into the vagina. Instead, blood and urine are tested. In Tune/Shutterstock

Health Check: the STI check-up – warts and all

Sexuality is a means of pleasure, fulfilment and intimate connection with other humans. But it can also be a source of anguish. So it’s perhaps no surprise that of all the areas in health care, the “STI…
Like some other viruses, HIV hides in various places in the body, including in long-lived immune cells like this one. NIAID/Flickr

End to HIV no closer as early treatment fails to cure baby

A second case of a baby who was ostensibly “cured” of HIV after early treatment has been discounted as a possible breakthrough…
The “shock and kill” approach flushes out the infected cells in hiding Bo Insogna/Flickr

‘Shock and kill’ approach cures mice of HIV in world first

A combination of four drugs can flush out HIV-infected cells from hidden reservoirs in the body and kill them with a boost…
From the late 1990s, the world galvanised in support of dramatic increases in funding for the distribution of HIV treatments to all who needed them. World national flags/Shuttershock

It takes a global village: how we got ahead in HIV control

When AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, HIV infection was a death sentence. But a global effort has ensured this is no longer the case for a growing number of people. The good news today is that the…
HIV-prevention campaigns need to do more than simply urge people to use condoms. charnsitr/Shutterstock

Five myths about HIV in Australia

Australia had a quick and effective response to HIV at the start of the epidemic. Some 30 years later, however, there’s a tendency to underestimate the sheer effort involved in maintaining HIV prevention…
HIV epidemics have grave implications for the world’s Indigenous cultures. Flickr: j h

Stepping up the HIV response in the world’s Indigenous communities

Indigenous people are estimated to comprise 4.5% of the total global population. They are often overrepresented in HIV data and recognise themselves as being particularly vulnerable to HIV. In Canada…
A coloured electron micrograph image of HIV infecting a human cell. Flickr: NIAID

We need a cure for HIV but there’s still a long way to go

One of the greatest success stories in modern medicine is that HIV is no longer a death sentence, but a chronic, manageable disease that often can be managed with a single tablet a day. Antiretroviral…
Despite the increase in HIV diagnoses, media coverage of this important health issue remains patchy and sensationalist. Flickr: Tom

Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem – or the solution

Research has shown that if used effectively, the media can play an important role in lessening fear and stigma about HIV – the biggest obstacles to seeking information and treatment about the disease…

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