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India drains lake after discovery of HIV-infected body

Indian authorities are pumping water out of a sprawling southern lake to assuage villagers’ fears it was contaminated after the discovery of the body of a woman infected with HIV, a regional official said on Wednesday.

05 December 2018
Why Is HIV Not Spread By Mosquitos?

Have you ever wondered why mosquito-transmitted infections were responsible for shutting down the first attempt to build the Panama Canal (rampant yellow fever) or are able to kill hundreds of thousands of children (malaria) each year in Africa, yet no one has ever been infected with HIV from a mosquito bite?

03 October 2018
American Council on Science and Health
Unusual Case of Father-to-Son HIV Transmission is Reported

Based on comparative analysis of genetic, phylogenetic, and serologic data from the father and the son, the researchers concluded that the virus was accidentally transmitted to the son during the first days of the child's life. During this time of seroconversion, the father was being treated for infection with varicella-zooster virus (chicken pox) and syphilis when he developed large vesicles all over his body that profusely leaked fluids.

28 September 2018
Infection Control Today
Police finally change false HIV claims after being accused of 'preying on people's prejudices'

Bristol's police force has finally changed untrue claims it made about HIV, eight months after it was accused of "preying on people's prejudices." Avon and Somerset Police announced last November that it would be rolling out controversial spit hoods to be used on suspects to protect officers.

17 July 2018
Bristol Live
HIV cannot be transmitted by spitting, and risk from biting is negligible, says detailed case review

There is no risk of transmitting HIV through spitting, and the risk from biting is negligible, according to research published in HIV Medicine. An international team

08 May 2018
Michael Carter
Police say false HIV claims over spitting were taken from national guidelines

Avon and Somerset Police still have not retracted their statement despite pressure from campaigners

30 January 2018
Bristol Post
Avon and Somerset police branded ‘disgusting’ for HIV ‘misinformation’ over spit hoods

People living with HIV say Avon and Somerset police are “disgusting” for suggesting the immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through spitting. One HIV positive man, who has asked not to be named, claims the language used around the police’s announcement that its officers would be allowed to put ‘spit hoods’ over the heads of people who have been arrested only furthered “misconceptions and lies” about HIV.

21 November 2017
Bristol Post
Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.

20 November 2017
The Guardian
‘AIDS spreads by shaking hands’: Old, banned pamphlets resurface on social media

A pamphlet on AIDS awareness with wrongly printed information has suddenly resurfaced on social media and gone viral, but it turns out, the campaign was over two years old and had already been recalled.

27 September 2017
Indian Express
Fake news claims that Walmart bananas have HIV virus are fruitless

"HIV virus detected in Walmart bananas after 10 year old boy contracts the virus," reads the headline on a post we first saw on Feb. 6, 2017, from a website called Facebook users flagged the story as part of the social media platform’s efforts to stamp out fabricated news stories.

07 February 2017
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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