The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved by voice vote a bill (HR 1943) that would alter HIV testing requirements for federal prison inmates, CQ Today reports. Current federal law and Bureau of Prisons regulations require inmates sentenced to six months or more in prison to receive an HIV test if it is determined that they are at risk for the virus. The new bill is sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) (Itkowitz, CQ Today, 7/25) .
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Women In Papua New Guinea Being Tortured For Allegedly Practicing Witchcraft, Causing AIDS-Related Deaths
Some women in Papua New Guinea are being accused of practicing witchcraft to cause AIDS-related deaths among young people in the country.
Pfizer has reported results of a phase III study of investigational HIV medication, maraviroc, for treatment-naive adult patients infected with CCR5-tropic HIV-1.
A clinical trial suggests that more HIV-infected infants survive if they are given therapy early on, regardless of their apparent state of health.
Johns Hopkins University provided a summary of scientific evidence on methods to reduce the spread of HIV among commercial sex workers.
Six medical workers, who were imprisoned in Libya for allegedly intentionally infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, pardoned by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov after arriving in the country.
Recall of Roche's antiretroviral drug Viracept worldwide has disrupted treatment for tens of thousands of the world's poorest patients.
A shortage of health care workers in developing countries most affected by HIV/AIDS is the biggest challenge facing efforts to combat the disease.
Study of an infectious disease has yielded a new understanding of why some people can suppress virus levels following HIV infection.
Some HIV/AIDS advocates are calling on Swaziland to expand and strengthen its national antiretroviral program.
The world cannot celebrate advances in HIV diagnosis and treatment until global commitments to provide HIV-positive people in developing countries with universal access to treatment by 2010 are reached.
Researchers have identified three gene variants in the DNA of 486 people infected with HIV that helped some of patients fight off virus.
HIV patients treated with the protease inhibitor Invirase achieved similar efficacy, to those treated with lopinavir/ritonavir.
First genome-wide association study of an infectious disease has yielded a new understanding of why some people can suppress virus levels following HIV infection.
Puerto Rico's HIV/AIDS treatment program will be overhauled to ensure that people living with the disease have access to drugs without delays, Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila (D) announced on Tuesday, the AP/Fox News reports. According to Vila, about $78 million in federal and local territorial funds will be allocated to streamline the treatment program. Some of the funds also will be used to hire 23 additional employees -- including Jorge Delgado, an HIV-positive physician from California who will serve as the program's new director -- Vila said (Coto, AP/Fox News, 7/17).
Almost one-quarter of all children in Zimbabwe are orphans, primarily because of the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Inter Press Service examined issues surrounding HIV/malaria coinfection, particularly in Mozambique.
Similarities between genetic conditions that cause early aging and side effects experienced by some HIV-positive people when taking protease inhibitors might explain the fat accumulation associated with the drugs, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Reuters reports. Protease inhibitors can cause metabolic complications -- such as an unhealthy accumulation of cholesterol in the blood, high blood pressure and an increased risk of diabetes -- Reuters reports.
Libya's Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday commuted the death sentences of six medical workers who were sentenced for allegedly intentionally infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, the New York Times reports (Smith, New York Times, 7/18).
The families of hundreds of HIV-positive children in Libya have accepted a compensation package of about $460 million.
Some Mexican migrant workers who become HIV-positive in the U.S. are contributing to the spread of the virus in rural Mexican states.
Larger HIV prevention programs in low- and middle-income countries can reduce program unit costs and increase efficacy.
Health officials in Malawi are urging the country's sexually active residents to receive voluntary HIV tests during a weeklong national campaign that started on Monday, AFP/Sunday Times reports. In a statement released on Friday, health officials said statistics indicate that 15% of the country's six million sexually active residents have received HIV tests and know their status.