HIV

  • India slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest Yesterday

    New Delhi: The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 per cent in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world. Two health ministry officials said that...
  • Expanding Internet access would do more good than tackling HIV: Study December 12, 2014

    Geneva: Dramatically expanding broadband access would boost the global economy and could do more good than investing in HIV prevention or clean drinking water, according to a study published Thursday. Economists commissioned by think-tank Copenhagen Consensus Centre calculated that tripling access to mobile broadband networks in developing countries by 2030 would...
  • Ten thalassemic children in Pakistan get HIV due to transfusion December 4, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 10 Pakistani children suffering from thalassemia have tested positive for the HIV virus after allegedly receiving a transfusion of infected blood. The news about the children aged between 5 and 16 getting the deadly virus due to negligence of medical staff sent shock waves through the healthcare...
  • Ability of HIV to cause AIDS is slowing: Study December 3, 2014

    London: The rapid evolution of HIV, which has allowed the virus to develop resistance to patients' immunity, is at the same time slowing the virus's ability to cause AIDS, according to a new research. The study also suggested that people infected by HIV are likely to progress to AIDS more slowly...
  • AIDS campaigners say pandemic has finally reached tipping point December 1, 2014

    London: The world has finally reached "the beginning of the end" of the AIDS pandemic that has infected and killed millions in the past 30 years, according to a leading campaign group fighting HIV. The number of people newly infected with HIV over the last year was lower than the number...
  • 1.1 million HIV infections in children prevented: UNICEF November 29, 2014

    United Nations: An estimated 1.1 million human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among children under the age of 15 have been prevented between 2005 and 2013. According to data released by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Friday ahead of World AIDS Day, new HIV infections among children has declined by about 40...
  • UK: Some 22,000 HIV-risk patients of a dentist recalled for test November 12, 2014

    London: Some 22,000 patients of a British dentist are to be recalled for tests to see if they have been infected with blood-borne viruses, including HIV, in what is believed to be the biggest ever recall in UK medical history. The recall affects all patients who were treated by Desmond...
  • Scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure November 4, 2014

    Paris: French scientists on Tuesday unveiled the genetic mechanism by which they believe two men were spontaneously cured of HIV, and said the discovery may offer a new strategy in the fight against AIDS. In both asymptomatic men, the AIDS-causing virus was inactivated due to an altered HIV gene coding...
  • Delhi: Undertrial prisoner dies in Tihar jail hospital October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: A 37-year-old undertrial prisoner, who was HIV positive, and lodged in Tihar jail, died in the prison hospital. Rajnish was lodged in the jail this year after he was arrested in a case of cheating. "He was admitted in the casualty of Central Jail number three hospital. He...
  • Frenchman gets 12 years jail for knowingly passing on HIV October 3, 2014

    Paris: A French court on Thursday sentenced a 40-year-man described by prosecutors as a "charmer" and "seducer" to 12 years behind bars for knowingly transmitting HIV. Christophe Morat was found guilty of infecting one woman and exposing five others to the risk of contamination despite having already been jailed for six...
  • India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS programme October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs programme in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients' drug resistance and...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...
  • NHRC sends notice to Health Ministry over dearth of HIV drugs September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned over the reported shortage of drugs for HIV patients across the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Union Health Ministry asking for a report on measures taken to tackle the situation. "The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media...
  • Berries could boost standard cancer treatment: Study September 18, 2014

    London: A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, researchers, including one of Indianorigin, have found. The study by researchers at King's College Hospital and the University of Southampton suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve...
  • Society slowly changing, says Meerut man who adopted 12 HIV positive boys August 25, 2014

    In Meerut, 12 HIV positive boys have been given a new lease of life by a young couple. A close encounter with death promoted Ajay Sharma to look at life differently and encouraged him to transform lives. Supporting Sharma in this cause is his wife. The couple has adopted 12...
  • News 360: Meerut couple shows the way, adopts 12 HIV positive boys August 25, 2014

    In Meerut, 12 HIV positive boys have been given a new lease of life by a young couple. A close encounter with death promoted Ajay Sharma to look at life differently and encouraged him to transform lives. Supporting Sharma in this cause is his wife. The couple has adopted 12...
  • Meerut couple adopts 12 HIV positive kids abandoned by their families August 25, 2014

    Meerut: In Meerut, 12 HIV positive boys have been given a new lease of life by a young couple. A close encounter with death promoted Ajay Sharma to look at life differently and encouraged him to transform lives. Supporting Sharma in this cause is his wife. The couple have adopted...
  • Goa CM Parrikar shares food plate with HIVpositive children August 17, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shared a meal with HIVpositive children, to dispel the misconception that the dreaded disease is transmitted by a mere touch. The Chief Minister shared lunch on Saturday with more than 30 children at an orphanage where they are currently studying. These children were in the news...
  • 50 HIVpositive children win hearts with entertaining stage show July 28, 2014

    Some 50 HIVpositive children danced to a medley of Bollywood songs through the ages and staged an impressive play to a packed auditorium in Jaipur over the weekend, as their adopted home, nonprofit Rays Aasha Ki Ek Kiran, celebrated its annual day. The 45minute satirical play, entitled "Muhammad Bhai ki Jootiyan"...
  • Condom that neutralises HIV virus gets clearance July 22, 2014

    Sydney: Australian authorities have approved a condom developed in the country which contains a substance that destroys AIDScausing HIV and other sexually transmitted viruses almost entirely, media reported Tuesday. The biotech firm Starpharma has developed an antiviral compound called VivaGel that, according to laboratory tests, can render inactive up to 99.9...
  • Cancer therapy cures two Australian patients of HIV! July 21, 2014

    Sydney: In a piece of good news after the sad announcement a few days ago about HIV virus rebounding in the "Mississippi Baby", scientists have uncovered two new cases of HIV patients in whom the virus has become undetectable. The two Australian men became apparently HIVfree after receiving stem cells to...
  • Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS counterproductive: Health minister July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS in India may scare "away a large number of suspected cases from getting detected and treated", the government opined on Tuesday even as it stated that the country has an estimated 7.77 lakh HIV/AIDS patients. "Considerable thought has been given to the issue. The government...
  • Safer, cheaper building blocks for future drugs July 5, 2014

    London: Researchers have developed an economical, reliable and metalfree chemical reaction that could yield building blocks for future antiHIV and cancer drugs. A team of researchers from KU Leuven, in Belgium, has developed a chemical reaction that yields fully functional 1,2,3triazoles. Triazoles are chemical compounds that can be used as...
  • Condoms, abstinence needed to control AIDS: Harsh Vardhan June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday denied opposing promotion of condoms, and said a combination of condoms and abstinence was needed to fight HIV/AIDS. A day after reports said the minister spoke against promoting condoms for preventing the spread of AIDS, an official statement from Harsh Vardhan said that...
  • 24 cases of tuberculosis reported in Farrukhabad Central Jail June 9, 2014

    Twentyfour cases of tuberculosis have been reported till now among the inmates lodged in Central Jail in Farrukhabad, officials said. Of the 29 inmates who underwent medical examination recently, 24 have been found suffering from TB out of whom eight are at a critical stage, district TB officer Dr Rajbir Singh...
  • Make essential drugs affordable for all: Cipla May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid US firms' allegations of patent norm violations against Indian pharma companies, leading domestic drug maker Cipla has said that "essential" medicines be made available to people at affordable rates and should not be sold under "monopoly". "As a scientist I believe that an inventor or innovator of a...
  • Effective HIV vaccine comes closer to reality March 3, 2014

    Washington: Scientific have discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a key site, paving way for an effective vaccine for the deadly virus. Researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the V1V2...
  • SC issues notice on discrimination against HIV children March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the centre and all the states on a petition saying there should be no discrimination on admitting HIV positive children to schools. An apex court bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan issued notice after NGO Naaz Foundation urged it to issue...
  • Twitter could be used to monitor HIV, drug-related behaviour: Study March 2, 2014

    Los Angeles: Real-time social media like Twitter could be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviours to help detect and potentially prevent outbreaks, a new study has found. The study, led by University of California Los Angeles, suggests it may be possible to predict sexual risk and drug use...
  • Indian government to spend more on AIDS control February 12, 2014

    New Delhi: For the first time, the funding for AIDS Control Programme from the Indian government will be more than the funds coming from International donors and agencies. The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase IV (20122017), which was launched said on Wednesday has a budget outlay of Rs...