Aids expert fears financial crisis to worsen mother-child infections

The economic crisis could put babies at greater risk of contracting the Aids virus from their mothers.

Thursday, 4 December, 2008, 12:00am

Reaching out to the HIV positive

The mainland is thought to have about 700,000 HIV-positive people. Many of them are poor and have the disease because they lacked education about prevention. Now they have it, they cannot afford treatment.

Many years ago, if you were HIV positive, it was a death sentence. Today, there are treatments that allow HIV-positive people to live rich, longer lives.

2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Right approach needed in battle against Aids

In a perfect world there would be no racial or sexual discrimination, no torture, no violence against women, no slavery, no drug trafficking, no corruption, and so on. In the real world they are old scourges of mankind. As such they have special days on the United Nations calendar to focus attention on them. Yesterday was World Aids Day.

2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Aids awareness film aims to overcome myths among urban migrant workers

Zhang Xiaohu , an Aids patient from Henan province , said he had a moment of hesitation when approached by a film crew to portray an HIV-positive construction worker in a film targeting the mainland's legions of migrant workers.

The mild-mannered farmer said he worried about being identified from the film and any resulting repercussions.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Red was on the losing side in the recent United States election and is an unwelcome sight on the books of many struggling businesses - but the colour is making a strong comeback.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

A Guangzhou gynaecologist helps HIV-positive women give birth to normal, healthy babies

Guangzhou gynaecologist Xuan Qingshan , 44, has helped more than 30 HIV-positive women have babies in the past nine years as a doctor at Guangzhou's Women and Children's Hospital. He shares the fears and joys of his work.

When and why did you start helping HIV-positive, expectant mothers?

2 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

A good platform for increasing Aids awareness

The Lan Kwai Fong Carnival is all about friends, family and fun, but it also makes a good platform on which to raise awareness of important social issues.

'The carnival can definitely help to reduce the Aids stigma,' said Loretta Wong Wai-kwan of Aids Concern. 'We are privileged to receive such enormous support from the LKF Association and its tenants and members.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

A message of hope through art

The news that his father contracted HIV through selling blood four years ago dealt a devastating blow to A Wen's (not his real name) family.

The 22-year-old Henan native was one of five mainland students who visited Hong Kong last Tuesday.

The students were here to share how Aids affected their families and how they battled the obstacles and discrimination.

30 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Condoms that look good enough to eat

Many people go in thinking it's a candy store. They are quickly disabused.

Condomania, the city's first from the worldwide chain, sells specially designed condoms as novelty items. The brightly coloured contraception packs do look like candies, so co-owner Dawson Ho and his partners only have themselves to blame.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

No room for complacency in battle against Aids

The discovery of the virus that causes Aids in 1983 was hailed as a medical breakthrough. It had taken scientists only two years after the first reported deaths of homosexuals from a mysterious disease that destroyed their immune systems.

19 May 2008 - 12:00am

A cuff above

As part of Giorgio Armani's continuing collaboration with Bono's Aids charity initiative, (Product) Red, the designer has released two cuffs designed for Emporio Armani by actress Julia Roberts. The one-size-fits-all women's cuff (top; HK$1,650) is made of red leather embossed with the symbolic tree of life and the words Revolution-Evolution-Devotion.

11 May 2008 - 12:00am

Anguish over fate of detained HIV patients

Families of a group of HIV patients in Shahe, Hebei province, are desperate for news of their loved ones a week after the patients were detained for petitioning Premier Wen Jiabao over their plight during his tour of the city this month.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Dementia in men linked to belly size

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Dancers step up to help Aids orphans

Four groups of professional dancers delivered energetic performances last Saturday at the Olympian City Mall in an effort to help Aids orphans on the mainland.

Organised by Chi Heng Foundation of Hong Kong and Community College of the City University of Hong Kong, the performance was part of the Aids Orphans Project.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Homosexual sex in the spotlight as HIV sees highest annual rise

Hong Kong reported 414 new HIV cases last year, the most in any year since surveillance began and 11 per cent more than in 2006, when there were 373 cases.

The new cases bring the total number of HIV cases recorded in the city since 1984 to 3,612, of whom 934 have developed Aids.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am