Mumbai: Widows of HIV+ patients to receive monetary aid from BMC

A proposal was accepted in the standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which will help provide financial help to widows of HIV positive patients

Mumbai: Widows of HIV+ patients to receive monetary aid from BMCThe widow will be given the aid, regardless if they themselves are affected with HIV or not. This decision will help women after their husband’s death. Each month the widows will receive Rs 1,000 as aid. This will especially benefit women from economically weaker sections of society. In this year’s budget, the BMC Commissioner has […]

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) updates global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges, prioritise highly effective therapeutics, and improve affordable access

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHOThe WHO’s Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritise critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems. Published on Tuesday, July 9, the two lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritisation, […]

Goa govt proposes to make HIV testing compulsory before marriage

In the future, wedding vows in Goa could require the compulsory seal of an HIV test. Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday, July 8 said that he has asked the law department to move a proposal to make the test mandatory for registering marriages in Goa

Goa govt proposes to make HIV testing compulsory before marriageGoa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that the coastal state’s government was mulling making HIV tests mandatory before the registration of marriages. Speaking to a news agency, Rane said, “The plan is to make the HIV test mandatory for couples before registration of marriage in Goa.” He further went on to say that […]

HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke risk

A Journal of the American Heart Association analysis of information from a large health insurance database reveals that people living with HIV have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart failure and stroke

HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke riskThe findings indicate that increased efforts to protect patients’ cardiovascular health are needed. For the study, researchers analysed information on 19,798 people living with HIV and 59,302 age- and sex-matched uninfected individuals who were followed for an average of 20 months. People living with HIV had 3.2-times and 2.7-times higher risks of heart failure and […]

HIV infection increases the risk of death tied to depressive symptoms

In a new study to investigate the relationship among depressive disorders or symptoms, HIV status and mortality, researchers report that symptoms of depression are moderately associated with death among Veterans with HIV but not among those without HIV infection

HIV infection increases the risk of death tied to depressive symptoms  Depression is the most frequently reported mental health condition in people living with HIV in the U.S, with a prevalence ranging from 20 to 40 per cent. Depressive disorders have been associated with increased mortality in persons with chronic diseases, including heart disease, end-stage renal disease and diabetes. Several studies have described similar associations […]

Indian-origin doc credited in curing ‘London patient’

Scientists believe a second man has been cured of HIV after showing sustained remission from the virus after receiving stem cell treatment. A HIV positive man has become the second person to go into sustained remission from the virus and cleared of AIDS after receiving a bone-marrow transplant

Indian-origin doc credited in curing ‘London patient’An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors said For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with HIV, […]

Maha witnesses a steady decline among HIV-infected pregnant women

In a shocking revelation, it was has come to light that around 2,509 women had tested positive for HIV/AIDS and have been diagnosed with the same. These statistics have been released by the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society

Maha witnesses a steady decline among HIV-infected pregnant womenThe incidence of pregnant women suffering from HIV/AIDS has risen sharply in the state. This is a matter of concern not only in Maharashtra but also the country. As it is vital to keep a check on HIV, especially in cases wherein the transmission of the virus occurs from mother to child. During the past […]

Shunned by society, but not defeated – how she became a beacon of hope for others

Continuing with our series of strong independent woman, we bring you the story of a woman’s sheer resilience. She never let her disease define her life. She took the worst that life had to offer and worked towards doing the best for others

Shunned by society, but not defeated – how she became a beacon of hope for othersPeople affected with HIV/AIDS have always been at the receiving end of discrimination in society. They have been ostracised as they have a certain stigma attached to them. But, they were not born with this stigma; it is society that has labelled them. But these patients have not let society dictate terms to them; one […]

Horoscopes will not shape your future, a blood test surely will

 She was humiliated beyond extent and ridiculed by society with constant taunts and insulted on every step of her life. She was shamed, crushed and shunned at each and every moment. People did their best to pull her down. But, she firmly stood her ground

Horoscopes will not shape your future, a blood test surely willIn a society where HIV positive people are still stigmatised, labelled and judged, Ratna Jadhav, a 40-year-old woman from Beed, Maharashtra, is making her presence felt, and making sure that her voice is heard loud and clear. She will not budge down to pressure or societal norms. Ratna herself is an HIV positive person. But, […]

HIV/AIDS: NACO figures show 80% decline in estimated new infections

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) released the report HIV Estimations 2017 at a function. The HIV Estimations 2017 is the 14th round in the series of HIV Estimations under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)

HIV/AIDS: NACO figures show 80% decline in estimated new infectionsNACO undertakes HIV estimations biennially in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS). The first round of HIV estimation in India was done in 1998, while the last round was done in 2015. The report highlights the significant achievement of National AIDS response on prevention as […]
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