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World Aids Day: Elimination of HIV and Aids blocked by 'poverty and complacency'
Although global rates of are dropping, complacency is a barrier to completely eliminating HIV, according to experts.
# The Naked Truth
Naked protesters occupy Washington office over possible AIDS cuts
Activists occupied the office of House speaker John Boehner ahead of World AIDS Day this Saturday.
UN hails sharp decline in HIV infections in children
Around half of all reductions in new HIV infections in the past two years had been among children.
# naked science
Super-sensitive test lets doctors see disease without microscope
The new test uses nano-particles to spot markers for cancer or the AIDS virus in human blood serum using the naked eye.
# Infectious
Higher rate of infection among homeless 'put overall population at risk'
New data published in The Lancet shows much higher infection rates of TB, HIV and Hepatitis-C among homeless people.
# Clinton
Hillary Clinton hopes for improved drones to find Kony
The US Secretary General was also focused on preserving a fragile peace between Sudan and South Sudan on her two day agenda of talks in East Africa.
# Kenya
Government to fund hospital's HIV outreach programme in Kenya
On his tour of Africa, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announces €50,000 in funding for a hospital which also offers paediatric heart surgery.
US regulators approve first daily anti-HIV drug
Truvada, which is designed for use by healthy adults who are at risk of HIV, should be mixed with safe sex and regular testing.
# Condoms
Voters in LA to decide on use of condoms in porn
Adult film actors in LA city are already required to wear condoms, but campaigners want this extended county-wide.
HIV home test approved by US Food and Drug Administration
The over-the-counter test has the potential to identify people who would otherwise go untested for the infection.
Column: 'There are 1800 people in Ireland who may have HIV but don't know it'
On Irish AIDS Day, Pam McHugh says people should ask themselves if they know their HIV status – and if not, why not.
# Aid
Irish people still believe overseas aid is important
A new poll has shown that the majority of people believe Ireland should be proud of its reputation as an international donor.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Reel stories
Sports film of the week: The Announcement
Every week we’ll pick a sports documentary or movie we think we’ll all enjoy as a family.
# Health
Scientists discover link between HIV drug and osteoporosis
The prevalence of osteoporosis among people living with HIV in Ireland has been a cause for concern for some time.
Column: Sex? No thanks, we’re Irish
Irish attitudes to sex have come a long way since the dark old days – but we’re still not quite there, writes Beth Wallace, the organiser of Ireland’s first sex festival.
Column: To fight the drug problem, we must treat users with compassion
Demonising drug users creates social outcasts, while the real criminals go free. We need to try a humane approach, writes Tim Bingham.
# STIs
Rise in sexual activity leads to increase in STIs among elderly
Doctors are warning that older people should take just as many precautions as younger people do when having intercourse.
# Faulty
South Africa recalls over a million 'faulty' condoms
One activist said that the condoms “leaked like sieves” when water was poured into them.
# Porn
LA porn stars must wear condoms as new law introduced
The legislation was signed into law yesterday but producers have warned they may just move out of the jurisdiction.
Column: The drugs do work - but there are new obstacles in the fight against AIDS
Yes, AIDS-related deaths are decreasing – but there are several huge threats in the fight against HIV and AIDS, writes Breda Gahan on World Aids Day.
# Hoops dreams
Magic Johnson living happily and healthily 20 years after HIV diagnosis
The ex-basketball star is combating the disease with a rigorous exercise regime.
# glow cat
Glow in the dark cats could help HIV study
The genes of a rhesus monkey and jellyfish were injected into eggs which were then fertilised and implanted into cats – who gave birth to glow in the dark kittens.
# Blood Ban
Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move
Britain relaxes its ban on blood donations from men who sleep with men, but there are no plans for a similar move in Ireland.
# Freddie for a Day
Google marks Mercury's birthday with awesome musical Doodle
Queen’s Freddie Mercury would have been 65 years old today – so Google’s paid tribute to him in the way it knows best.
# Health
Taiwan hospital uses HIV-infected organs in five transplants
A hospital in Taiwan has admitted to transplanting HIV-infected organs from one donor into five different patients.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
Lots done, lots to do: mixed messages from HIV prevention report
The Department of Health’s report shows that there is still more to work to do in tackling the spread of HIV and AIDS.
# Aids
Homosexuality 'a disease', claims India's health minister
Homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and is causing the spread of HIV, says the man in charge of the health of 1.2 billion people.
# Irish Aids Day
Ireland records lowest level of new HIV cases in 10 years
However a report by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre found there continues to be a high level of gay and bisexual men testing positive.
'Game-changing' breakthrough in fight against HIV and AIDS
A study involving nine countries found that earlier treatment meant patients were 96 per cent less likely to spread HIV to their uninfected partner.
Mayor of Washington DC arrested protesting budget restrictions
The mayor of the United States’ capital city has been arrested for taking part in a protest against federal control of district budgets.
# Attack
Rugby player arrested over decapitation in Pretoria
Report of killings as revenge for rape of child incorrect say South African police.
# world aids day
Bono leads drive to rid world of “dreadful little virus”
U2 singer launches World Aids Day as 80 world landmarks bathed in red to mark campaign.
# Catholic Church
Vatican signals major shift with latest condom comments
The Vatican says using a condom is lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner.
# Catholic Church
The pope softens his stance on condoms
The change is message from the Catholic church could influence millions of people across the world.