New, Aggressive Strain of HIV Identified in Cuba

A paper (1) in the journal EBioMed has discussed the discovery of a new strain of HIV which seems to be especially aggressive and progresses to AIDS from HIV infection within a very short time. This strain, found in Cuba, raises new questions about the chemotherapy for HIV Infection. HIV is an immunologically complex virus having a number of strains, basics of which include: Certain … Continue reading New, Aggressive Strain of HIV Identified in Cuba

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Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India

Roka, a remote village in Cambodia, has recently suffered a massive outbreak of HIV infection, where as many as 14% of the villagers were believed to be infected. Unsafe injection practices of an unlicensed medic was believed to be the cause of this massive outbreak. What can India learn from this tragic event? Continue reading Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India

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Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?

The rise of street-cut, unsanitary preparations of Black Tar Heroin has allegedly reduced HIV transmission but at the cost of higher numbers of fatal, bacterial infections, notably botulism, clusters of which have been regularly identified in California. Continue reading Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?

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World AIDS Day 2014 Theme

December 1 is celebrated as the World AIDS Day and the theme this year is: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation Arguably one of the most effective plans for global health awareness and Information, Education and Communication activities, the World AIDS Day is generally aimed at getting to zero: zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths, and what is very important, zero discrimination.   At … Continue reading World AIDS Day 2014 Theme

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World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

A couple of days ago, I had a moment of great joy in the clinic we work in the community health center when a person came up to me and unhesitatingly asked for a pack of condoms (they are distributed for free, along with basic medicines from our center). While it might surprise a lot of people when I say this, but the cultural environment … Continue reading World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

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WAD 2010: A Short History of the World AIDS Day

As a part of my campaign to spread more awareness regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS this month, I am going to write blog posts, create slideshow presentations and upload videos of the presentations I do for people to see. In a 10 episode series, I plan to capture the various aspects of HIV, AIDS and living with the disease. In the first episode, I present … Continue reading WAD 2010: A Short History of the World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day: A Short History

On the eve of one of the most popular days in the medical calendar, the World AIDS Day, let me dwell on a short history of this day. Celebrated on 1st December every year, the World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness, funding and acceptance of HIV/AIDS and the 35 million people worldwide living with it. In August 1987, Thomas Netter and James W. … Continue reading World AIDS Day: A Short History

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