Will the new HIV / AIDS bill bring about a change for the better?

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment, reveals UNICEF

Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018 – or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. “The world is on the cusp of making great gains in the battle against […]

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HIV significantly increases risk for irregular heartbeat, finds study

In a database review of nearly 17.3 million Californians, the researchers found that HIV infection was associated with an 80 per cent higher risk of AF vs. 89 per cent for hypertension and 22 per cent for diabetes. Findings appear Sept. 9, 2019, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). “This is […]

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World AIDS Day 2018: Newly detected cases of HIV/AIDS cases decreasing in Mumbai

Slump in fight against AIDS can derail progress made so far

At the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, representative from India expressed that AIDS could be ended only if we do not slacken HIV prevention. “Tremendous progress against AIDS over the past 15 years has inspired a global commitment to end the epidemic by 2030. Out of the total 36.9 million people living with HIV […]

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Pune NGO organises matrimonial meet for HIV positive people

HIV: NGO’s campaign to find a suitable match

The fear of contracting the disease combined with negative feelings, people have contributed towards the stigma that is associated with HIV/ AIDS. What makes it worse is the social taboo that is associated with the disease often forcing patients to keep the disease hidden from others. But, these patients also need support and care. So, […]

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NACO ropes in Metropolis healthcare to conduct HIV viral load testing

NACO ropes in Metropolis healthcare to conduct HIV viral load testing

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd was recently awarded the contract by  National Aids Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health, and Government of India to conduct HIV viral load testing for patients across 525 antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres in the country, bringing about a sweeping change in treating HIV patients in the country. This initiative has begun from […]

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Health ministry launches mission ‘Sampark’ to trace HIV infected patients

Anupriya Patel launched the National Strategic Plan 2017-24 and Mission ‘Sampark’, to trace those who are Left to Follow Up and are to be brought under Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) services. “I pay tribute to all the lives lost to HIV/AIDS not just in India but globally; today let’s pledge that no more lives are lost to HIV […]

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MDACS organises a programme for AIDS affected children

Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) organised a programme for the AIDS patients which included a magic show, games, and competitions and even constructed a museum with famous statues. Also, children were given an opportunity to talk about their journey. Speaking about this, Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of Mumbai District Aids Control Society […]

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HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cure

Scientists have reported the first case of a cancer drug that “drastically and persistently decreases” HIV-infected cells which can’t be tackled with conventional HIV treatments. The case, a 51-year old, HIV-positive man receiving treatment for lung cancer was reported as a letter in the Annals of Oncology journal today, World Aids Day, and has been […]

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