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US urges world to ensure HIV services for LGBTQ community

Jun. 10, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the world’s nations Thursday to ensure equal access to HIV services to those most at risk of getting AIDS -- the LGBTQ community, drug users, sex workers, racial and ethnic minorities and women and girls. ...

UN urges action to end AIDS, saying COVID-19 hurt progress

Jun. 08, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a declaration Tuesday calling for urgent action to end AIDS by 2030, noting “with alarm” that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and pushed access to AIDS medicines, treatments and diagnosis further...

San Francisco played key role in AIDS fight, officials say

Jun. 05, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco played a critical role in fighting AIDS in America and around the world, leaders and activists said Saturday at a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the illness. Mayor London Breed and U.S. House...

Experts see strides on AIDS, but COVID-19 halted progress

Jun. 04, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some researchers believe COVID-19 has derailed the fight against HIV, siphoning away health workers and other resources and setting back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the first report that...

Indiana county hit by HIV outbreak to scrap needle exchange

Jun. 03, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Health officials blasted a southern Indiana county commission's decision to end the state's first needle exchange program, which was established six years ago to help quell an HIV outbreak. Dozens of supporters of the exchange packed a meeting...

Newer methods may boost gene therapy's use for more diseases

Jun. 02, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

Jordan Janz knew his gamble on an experimental gene therapy for his rare disease might be paying off when he returned to work and a friend sniffed him. “He said, ‘you have a normal smell, you smell good,’” Janz recalled. “And I’m like, ‘that’s probably the...

Indiana county hit by HIV outbreak could end needle exchange

May. 29, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A rural southern Indiana county that was the epicenter of the state’s worst-ever HIV outbreak driven by intravenous drug use is poised to end its needle exchange program despite warnings that doing so could lead to increased disease risk. Health...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 28, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ No evidence...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 25, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. May 22, 2021. Editorial: Time to pass news literacy bill Let’s start this editorial with a question: What would you say is the biggest threat to our democracy? No, that is not meant to be a...

AIDS virus used in gene therapy to fix 'bubble baby' disease

May. 11, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

A gene therapy that makes use of an unlikely helper, the AIDS virus, gave a working immune system to 48 babies and toddlers who were born without one, doctors reported Tuesday. Results show that all but two of the 50 children who were given the experimental therapy in a...