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# Aids

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December 2022
# Andriy Klepikov
Ukrainian charity worker speaks of colleagues deaths in missile attack
Andriy Klepikov is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Health in Ukraine and in Dublin to deliver a lecture and meet a Dáil committee.
All time
# Gay Rights
'A giant of a man': Influential Aids campaigner and playwright Larry Kramer dies aged 84
Kramer’s husband confirmed that he died from died from pneumonia.
# world aids day
There have been over 470 new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland so far this year
Today, 1 December, marks World AIDS Day 2019.
# Aids
Over 300 children and teens died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018
That’s according to a new Unicef report published today.
# Treatment
'Undetectable equals Untransmittable': The importance of Gareth Thomas' HIV message
Campaigners point out that effective HIV treatment is also effective HIV prevention.
# sexual health
PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year
Rapid testing will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.
# ART Treatment
'End of HIV pandemic' in sight after medicine makes virus 'untransmittable' between sexual partners
The virus remains one of the world’s biggest health problems.
Voices
Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'
But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.
Voices
Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges
On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, women who have HIV still face increased stigma, writes Dr Denise Proudfoot
# PTSD
Woman whose father died from HIV-related illness in 1980s to receive compensation
A judge has overruled a previous decision by the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal.
# Epidemic
'The fight is far from over': A teenage girl was infected with HIV every 3 minutes last year
Unicef is warning that the HIV/Aids epidemic is far from over and teenage girls are bearing the brunt of the health crisis.
# HIV
Fears of 'dangerous complacency': Thousands gather in Amsterdam for world Aids meeting
Experts have warned that there may be a resurgence of the epidemic that has already killed 35 million people.
# increase
'It's worrying': Over 200 people diagnosed with HIV so far this year
Some 500 people were diagnosed with the condition last year, and this figure is expected to be higher in 2018.
Voices
HIV diagnosis: 'I went into a spasm of shock. My mother knew the result just by looking at me'
But HIV is no longer a terminal illness, it’s a chronic disease and is manageable, writes Gary.
# 30 Years On
'When HIV hit Ireland it had the same devastation it did in San Francisco'
Much has changed in the 30 years since HIV Ireland was established, but some of the same problems - like stigma – remain.
# in remission
South African girl, 9, becomes only the third child to be 'functionally cured' of HIV
The patient still has HIV in her system but it is so weakened that it cannot replicate or spread.
# downsides
Synthetic seventh heaven: London and Paris deal with the perils of chemsex
Associated problems include overdoses and addiction.
# global shift
For the first time, over half of people with HIV are taking AIDS drugs
The United Nations report’s authors claimed that the data proved the “scales have finally tipped”.
# best buds
Bono is hanging out with George W Bush at his Texas ranch, for some reason
“Bono is the real deal,” says George. Right.
# State Papers
Mountjoy prisoners segregated in 1986 after 20% diagnosed with Aids antibodies
An internal document reported 33 male prisoners and 10 female prisoners had been identified as having Aids antibodies.
# norris v ireland
Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.
# NO MORE
'It's an epidemic': Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the disease continues to spread
There were 273 new HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year.
# decriminalisation
The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis
Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.
# new research
Anti-viral drugs lower risk of catching HIV for couples having unprotected sex
A study examined the risk of unprotected sex among 900 couples where just one partner is infected by HIV.
# in the bin
Ethiopia was given 69 million condoms... but might have to throw them all out
The condoms, worth millions, failed basic tests.
# Kenya
Take a walk through Kangemi slum, where Nairobi's poorest fight to survive
Unemployment is high, addiction is rife, and most women are victims of some form of violence – but somehow they find the strength to carry on.
# Backtrack
Hillary Clinton apologises over comments about Nancy Reagan and AIDS
Clinton was speaking on the day of Reagan’s funeral.
# Sri Lanka
179 children taken out of school by parents over rumours one boy is HIV-positive
The rumours emerged after the boy’s father died of tuberculosis and kidney failure.
# Worldwide
Number of teenagers dying from AIDS has tripled since 2000
The figures from UNICEF show it to be the number two cause of death among teenagers worldwide.
# let's talk about sex
Here's how the government is going to help people have safer sex
A whopping 60% of Irish people have never been tested for a sexually transmitted disease.
# Diagnosis
St James's Hospital to start testing all Emergency Department patients for HIV
It is hoped that as well as detecting new cases, people bring previously diagnosed patients back into care.
# Breakthrough
French teenager in remission from HIV 12 years after stopping treatment
Researchers said there is renewed hope for patients who start treatment early after infection.
# scott county indiana
The shocking story of the rise of HIV in one rural American community
From 2009-2013, Scott County, Indiana had three HIV infections. There have been 142 since January.
# Anonymous
The HSE wants to hear from men who have sex with men as part of a major new survey
The anonymous survey includes questions about relationships, sex life, risks and precautions – and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
# Groundbreaking
Potent drug brings us closer than ever to a HIV vaccine
The drug candidate has been shows to stop every strain of HIV.
# sub-Saharan Africa
Women using birth control shot have increased risk of contracting HIV
Other forms of contraception, such as the pill, do not appear to increase this risk.
# Porn stars
LA's porn industry issues alert after on-set HIV transmission
It is the first in a decade.
# HIV
Gay men will be allowed give blood in the US... after abstaining from sex for a year
The FDA said it made decision after reviewing scientific evidence in recent years.
# Hunger
Dream of child with dying mother 'to have food and go to school' started Mary's Meals
The founder of the charity is today receiving a human rights award on behalf of the Oireachtas-based Human Dignity Group.
# Progress
HIV may be evolving to become less deadly
As the virus adapts to the human immune system in order to survive longer, it weakens its own ability to cause disease, according to new research.