Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. 

Although treatments for AIDS and HIV can slow the course of the disease, there is currently no known cure or vaccine. Antiretroviral treatment reduces both the mortality and the morbidity of HIV infection, but these drugs are expensive and routine access to antiretroviral  medication is not available in all countries. Due to the difficulty in treating HIV infection, preventing infection is a key aim in controlling the AIDS pandemic, with health organizations promoting safe sex andneedle-exchange programmes in attempts to slow the spread of the virus.


Alabama's Segregation For Inmates With HIV Faces Court Scrutiny

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Alabama in 2011 for what the group contends is a discriminatory practice that prevents most HIV-positive inmates from participating in rehabilitation and retraining programs important for their success after prison.

Porn Industry Shuts Down After Syphilis Scare While 1,000 XXX Stars Are Tested

Fears of a syphilis outbreak caused a leading porn industry group to announce a nationwide shutdown of X-rated productions while more than 1,000 performers are tested for the sexually transmitted disease. The potential outbreak has reignited California?s controversial Measure B, a referendum which would mandate the use of condoms on porn shoots inside Los Angeles County.

Infections Among Homeless Could Fuel Wider Epidemics: Study

With an estimated 650,000 homeless people in the United States and around 380,000 in Britain, experts said high levels of infection would not only cause yet more poverty and distress for those without homes, but could also become a wider problem.

Showdown for Big Pharma in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear final arguments starting this week in a landmark case over drug patents that could change the rules for the country's healthcare sector and potentially curb its global role as a supplier of cut-price generic medicines.

Bill Gates And The Toilet Of The Future: Why The World Needs A Revolution In Better Sanitation

Bill Gates, the man responsible for bringing software to the masses with Microsoft and Windows, has plans to reinvent another industry: Sanitation. Gates, whose philanthropic efforts have helped bring clean water and resources to developing countries via the foundation founded by he and his wife Melinda, said on Wednesday that he plans to build a toilet that's better suited to developing countries in an effort to cut down on disease and death in those regions.

Fashion’s Night Out 2012 Events Listings Announced Ahead Of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Full Schedule

Fashion's finest, including designers, editors, models and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicole Ritchie, will rub elbows -- and shopping bags -- during Fashion's Night Out for a night of shopping in over 500 U.S. cities with over 4,500 events nationwide. The definitive guide and full schedule was released on the official FNO 2012 website Monday, listing the participating stores around the globe ahead of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

‘Medical’ Marijuana: 10 Health Benefits That Legitimize Legalization

Prescription drugs kill between about 100,000 people in the world each year, but marijuana, medical or not, has caused absolutely zero deaths. Weed, pot, ganja, or whatever you want to call it, cannabis has actually been a favorable treatment in the treatment of about 200 different medical conditions. Here are 10 ways marijuana can improve your health.

Clinton Praises South Africa's Anti-AIDS Efforts; U.S. Will Renew Funding

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to South Africa, known globally for its high incidence of AIDS, praised the government's efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. Both the nations will sign an agreement Wednesday to reinstate the U.S. anti-AIDS funding, which was cut back during former South African President Thabo Mbeki's tenure.

Now, A Cancer Drug That Helps Identify Dormant HIV

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, National Cancer Institute, Merck and the University of California have identified a drug employed in treating certain types of lymphoma that help dislodge a hidden virus in patients receiving treatment for HIV.


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