First woman-to-woman HIV infection confirmed in United States

The two infected women said they had unprotected sex. Photo: Reuters

The first confirmed case of a woman contracting HIV from another woman during sex has been reported by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 4:35am

Gene therapy and new antiretroviral offer hope of better HIV treatment

Gene therapy and new antiretroviral offer hope of better HIV treatment

In its first clinical trial, the radical gene therapy treatment, using genetically modified cells resistant to the virus, raised patients' defences against HIV by replacing some of their natural immune cells with GM versions.

7 Mar 2014 - 2:30am

The Chinese media - and its role in ending HIV discrimination

Students show their support for HIV prevention in Jinan. Photo: Xinhua

On the occasion of Journalists Day, UNAids would like to recognise the crucial role of journalists and the media in responding to the threat of HIV – and how China’s media in particular can lead the way in helping to eradicate discrimination against people living with HIV.

7 Nov 2013 - 11:23pm 1 comment

HIV-infected baby still free of virus at age of three, say US researchers

Deborah Persaud. Photo: AP

A girl who was treated for HIV shortly after birth still shows no sign of infection at the age of three, suggesting her apparent cure was not a fluke, US researchers say.

25 Oct 2013 - 4:13am

Laws in Asia hindering Aids fight, say UN health officials

UN special envoy on HIV/Aids Michel Kazatchkine. Photo: AFP

UN health officials have urged Asian governments to get rid of what they say are punitive laws that hinder the battle against HIV and Aids by discriminating against high-risk groups and deterring them from seeking treatment.

2 Jul 2013 - 2:05am

HIV treatment should begin earlier, says UN health agency

Nearly 10 million people around the world are now on antiretroviral therapy. The WHO's aim is to get bring this figure to 15 million by 2015 and, by 2025, reach 80 per cent coverage of those then in need. Photo: AP

But achieving this goal will be a challenge, as it will add some US$2 billion a year to the bill to fight the 32-year AIDS epidemic, the the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

30 Jun 2013 - 1:42pm

Guangzhou may reverse ban on people with sexually-transmitted diseases from teaching

Schoolchildren write their names on a banner promoting Aids prevention and education. Photo: Xinhua

Mandatory HIV tests are to be phased out from the draft list of health qualifications for Guangdong’s teachers by By September, state media reported Tuesday.

29 May 2013 - 1:11pm

Failure of HIV vaccine trial leaves 'a test gap of several years'

People pass a poster criticising the US government for reducing AIDS funding at a bus stop in Washington. Photo: AFP

The hunt for an HIV vaccine has used up US$8 billion in the past decade, and the failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts.

21 May 2013 - 3:22am

Aids activists call on Henan to release petitioners

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

Rights groups and Aids activists have appealed to Henan's provincial government for the release of at least four people with HIV/Aids who were detained during a protest by some 300 people affected by the disease in front of the government compound on Monday.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:04am

Hitting the high road in HIV fight with Aids Walk 2013

Society for Aids Care chief executive Alice Chan (second from left) with other participants in Aids Walk 2013. Photo: Edward Wong

Patients and volunteers braved the wind and drizzle to take part in a charity walk on The Peak yesterday to raise funds for HIV and Aids sufferers.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am

Aids day in Central brings understanding to disease

People from more than 30 organisations attended the 10th Aids Festival organised by the St John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre yesterday. Photo: David Wong

The 10th Aids Festival, organised by the St John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre, was a day-long outdoor event attended by local and international schools, Aids-specific organisations and ethnic groups.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africa

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africia. Photo: Reuters

An intensive campaign to combat HIV/Aids with costly antiretroviral drugs in rural South Africa has increased life expectancy by more than 11 years and significantly reduced the risk of infection for healthy individuals, according to new research.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:54am

A measurement of success in helping the world's poor

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contribute much to the United Nations Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Photo: EPA

The lives of the world's poorest people have improved more rapidly in the past 15 years than ever before, and I am optimistic that we will do even better in the next 15 years. After all, human knowledge is increasing. We can see this in the development and declining costs of new medicines like HIV drugs, and in the creation of new seeds that allow poor farmers to be more productive.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am

Short Science, January 6, 2013

El Nino, shown by the white area at the equator. Photo: AFP

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

Graphic: SMP

More than once last year, researchers described leaps in medical science that were so breathtaking, and held so much potential for patients, that they immediately joined the list of fields to watch in the year ahead. In most cases, the work was, and is, at an early stage and its success far from certain. But some may go down in history for transforming how medicine is done.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:48am