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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: HIV AIDS drugs  Reply with quote

Life-saving AIDS drugs
11/21/11  LONDON (Reuters) - More people than ever are living with the AIDS virus but this is largely due to better access to drugs that keep HIV patients alive and well for many years, the United Nations AIDS program (UNAIDS) said on Monday.
Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, more than 60 million people have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. HIV can be controlled for many years with cocktails of drugs, but there is as yet no cure.


The UNAIDS report said 34 million people around the world had HIV in 2010, up from 33.3 million in 2009.
Among the most dramatic changes was the leap in the number of people getting treatment with AIDS drugs when they need it.

Major producers of HIV drugs include Gilead, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline[/b]. Improved access to drugs from these and other manufacturers means not only that fewer people are dying of AIDS each year, UNAIDS said, but also that the risk of new HIV infections is reduced.
"The big point for us is the number of new infections --that's where you win against the epidemic," Sidibe said.

Be ye NOT deceived by pharmakia...all these "drugs" are doing is MAKING these people DEPENDENT on them...otherwise, at best they're just merely putting them on life support for another few years.

*  See page 2 for several articles between 2011 and 2013


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Number of people with HIV unchanged since 2012

UNAIDS estimated there were about 35 million people living with HIV last year and in 2012.

LONDON (AP) — The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday.

Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged the number of new infections — more than 2 million last year — was still very high. UNAIDS estimated there were about 35 million people living with HIV last year and in 2012.

The agency also set targets to reduce deaths and new cases by 90 percent by 2030. It previously unveiled a strategy to get to "zero AIDS-related deaths," which included ensuring all people who need treatment are on it by 2015.

Last year, there were about 12.9 million people receiving life-saving drugs and 22 million people still waiting. Some 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related causes.

Other health experts questioned whether setting more ambitious targets is wise.

"This idea of ending AIDS isn't realistic," said Sophie Harman, a senior lecturer in public health at Queen Mary University of London, who was not part of the report. She said it would be more helpful to think about managing the epidemic. "Everyone can get behind ending AIDS, but this report doesn't really tell us how to do that."

Still, UNAIDS insisted in its report that we are at the "beginning of the end of the AIDS epidemic" and said the global outbreak can be stopped by 2030.

But with no vaccine and millions of people carrying the virus or becoming newly infected, some scientists said ending HIV may be idealistic rather than practical.

"We've made progress, but the number of people getting infected is still extraordinarily high," said Shabbar Jaffar, a professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He said that scaling up treatment further, especially in Africa, where about 70 percent of people with HIV live, would be very difficult. "They are already working beyond capacity at the moment."

Jaffar said it was misleading to suggest we are close to eliminating AIDS.

"The road will get longer and harder and we really don't know where we're going to end up," he said.
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HIV Diagnoses Drop in US Overall, But Increase in Young Gay Men

The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States has declined over the last decade overall, but there have been increases in diagnoses among certain groups, especially young gay men, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data on HIV diagnoses in the United States among people ages 13 and older between 2002 and 2011. During that time period, 493,372 people were diagnosed with HIV.

The yearly rate of HIV diagnoses declined by 33 percent, from 24 diagnoses per 100,000 people in the U.S. population in 2002 to 16 diagnoses per 100,000 people in 2011. In women, the diagnosis rate declined by nearly 50 percent.

The total number of yearly HIV diagnoses decreased as well, from more than 56,000 in 2002 to about 43,100 in 2011. [Top 10 Stigmatized Health Disorders]

However, HIV diagnoses increased among gay men in certain age groups. Among gay men ages 13 to 24, the number of yearly HIV diagnoses increased 132 percent, from 2,976 diagnoses in 2002 to 6,919 diagnoses in 2011. The number of yearly HIV diagnoses also increased by 5 percent among gay men ages 45 to 54, and 18 percent among gay men ages 55 and older.

"Disparities in rates of HIV among young men who have sex with men present prevention challenges and warrant expanded efforts," the researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote in their study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers noted that the number of people who get tested for HIV affects the number of HIV diagnoses, so the expansion of HIV testing services can lead to an increase in HIV diagnoses. Still, the study found decreases in HIV diagnoses overall, despite the increase in HIV testing services during the study period. Also, young people tend not to get tested for HIV frequently, the researchers noted.
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Medicare Wasted Millions On HIV Treatments For Patients Who Didn’t Have HIV

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spent $32 million on questionable HIV treatments in 2012, including spending for patients who didn’t even have HIV, according to a new government report released Wednesday.

The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) found that 1,600 Medicare Part D beneficiaries who received HIV treatment “had no indication of HIV in their Medicare histories, received an excessive dose of or supply of HIV drugs, received HIV drugs from a high number of pharmacies or prescribers, or received contraindicated HIV drugs (i.e., HIV drugs that should not be used in combination with one another).”

$6.5 of the wasted $32 million went to treating patients who hadn’t been diagnosed with HIV, which the OIG astutely pointed out “raises concerns about fraud and abuse.”

Raising concerns that the drugs may have ended up on the black market, the study also explains that the beneficiaries may never even have received the drugs: “the pharmacy could have submitted claims for drugs that were never dispensed, or the beneficiary’s identification number could have been stolen.”

One 77-year-old woman was prescribed $33,536 worth of HIV drugs paid for by Medicare, despite having no indication of HIV in her medical history. “She had prescriptions for 10 different types of HIV drugs prescribed by 6 different doctors. There is no evidence that she visited any of these doctors.” Of the 2,698 prescribers and 2,221 pharmacies implicated, “183 pharmacies and 25 prescribers were previously identified by OIG as having questionable Part D billing.”

Beneficiaries were also prescribed excessive doses and received excessive supplies of HIV medications, with some receiving as much as thirty times the recommended dose and supplies large enough to last for two years. “One beneficiary from New York received a 720-day supply of Norvir 100 mg,” the report explains. “Recent research indicates that when ritonavir—the active ingredient in Norvir—is mixed with some illicit drugs, including ecstasy, it heightens the psychoactive effects of the drugs.”

HHS OIG, an agency “established by law as an independent and objective oversight unit of the Department to carry out the mission of promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness through the elimination of waste, abuse and fraud,” allocates the majority of its resources toward Medicare and Medicaid investigations.
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Gay, bisexual men complacent about HIV testing, study finds
By Erin Allday
Updated 5:18 pm, Thursday, September 25, 2014

Survey results released Thursday suggest a troubling complacency toward HIV among gay and bisexual men in the United States that public health experts say could undermine efforts to slow down or even stop the spread of the disease.

Fewer than 20 percent of gay and bisexual men have been tested for HIV in the previous six months — as recommended by national public health agencies — and almost a third have never been tested at all, according to a survey conducted in the summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The same survey found that gay and bisexual men were largely uninformed about drug therapies to prevent HIV and that most of them rarely, if ever, talk to their doctors about the virus.

The results are frustrating to HIV experts and gay advocacy groups because they come at a time when treatment and prevention therapies abound, but nationwide rates of new HIV diagnoses continue to climb among gay and bisexual men. Halting HIV requires individuals be aware of their HIV status and health care options — something that the findings suggest isn’t happening.

“HIV has kind of faded into the background in the lives of many gay and bisexual men,” said Richard Wolitski, senior adviser in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It underscores how important it is that health care providers and community-based organizations make sure that they’re continuing to remind gay and bisexual men of the impact of HIV on the community — and that we continue to talk about the virus.”

Diagnoses falling in S.F.

The Kaiser survey involved 431 men across the country, and it’s impossible to say how well the results apply to any one city. Gay and bisexual men in San Francisco almost definitely are more aware of HIV treatment and prevention options than men in other parts of the country, said local and national public health experts.

San Francisco is one of the few cities where rates of new HIV diagnoses are falling among men who have sex with men. There were 359 new HIV diagnoses in San Francisco last year, down from 426 in 2012. Those diagnoses were among all people in San Francisco, but men who have sex with men account for more than 85 percent of cases.

Nationwide, new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men increased 12 percent from 2008 to 2010, the most recent year available, according to the CDC. New diagnoses rose 22 percent among men younger than 25.

“HIV has remained on the mind of the city and community here, since the beginning of the epidemic,” said Dr. Susan Philip, director of Disease Prevention and Control in the San Francisco Public Health Department. “We have a relatively good situation compared to what’s happening nationally. What we need to realize is we can’t become too complacent. We can’t back off.”

Gay and bisexual men are “knocking down doors” to get HIV tests at Magnet, the health clinic run by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in the Castro, said Pierre-Cédric Crouch, director of nursing. But even in San Francisco, there are barriers to getting tested, he said.

People might not realize they’re at risk of HIV, for example. They might think they’re having sex only with people who are HIV-negative, even if their partners also aren’t getting tested regularly. Other people may not know where to go to get tested, or they may falsely believe that they’ve taken an HIV test during a regular doctor’s visit.

Still, Philip and Crouch noted that men in San Francisco are much more likely to know their HIV status than men in other parts of the country. About 8 percent of gay and bisexual men in San Francisco who are HIV-positive don’t know it, compared with 18 percent nationwide, according to the CDC.
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Gay Men Only 2 Percent of U.S. Population, 52 Percent of HIV Cases

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that gay men, who make up only two percent of the U.S. population, constitute 52 percent of Americans with HIV.

The CDC report also noted that 63 percent of those recently infected with HIV are men who have sex with other men.

"Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2 percent of the United States population, yet are the risk group most affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)," the CDC report says. "Most gay and bisexual men acquire HIV through anal sex, which is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV."

One of the reasons for the higher infection rate is promiscuity, the CDC said.

"Having more sex partners compared to other men means gay and bisexual men have more opportunities to have sex with someone who can transmit HIV or another STD. Similarly, among gay men, those who have more partners are more likely to acquire HIV," the report said.

The report also found that African Americans with HIV get care for their infection at the lowest rate, followed by Hispanic men and then whites.

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Pastor who admits to having AIDS and sleeping with parishioners won't step down

A pastor in Alabama is refusing to step down after confessing to having AIDS, sleeping with church members without telling them about his HIV infection, taking drugs, and misusing funds.

Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland has been at Montgomery's Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years. In Sunday sermons starting Sept. 14, McFarland admitted his health status, then his misdeeds, the pastor and members of his flock told WSFA 12 News. The church membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland on Oct. 5, but he will not leave.

A lawyer representing deacons in the church said McFarland and a supporter would not let them on the premises, telling deacons trying to change the locks they would face "castle law" if they tried to come to services. "They're worried if they show up to church, they could get shot," Kenneth Shinbaum said. "Unless the pastor steps down voluntarily, this may very well end up in court." McFarland may turn up in court for another reason: In Alabama, spreading a sexually transmitted disease is a Class C misdemeanor; since nobody has filed a complaint, McFarland isn't under investigation at the moment.

The announcement stunned parishioners, who at first were worried about McFarland's health, and then were upset by the rest of his revelations. "Who does this to people, and you are the leader?" one congregation member told WSFA 12 News. "Who does this?"
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More proof that sodomites choose to live a depraved lifestyle...

Texas man charged with raping two children, infecting them with HIV

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Houston man has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 14 and 2, and infecting them with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, police said on Friday.

The man admitted to sexually assaulting the teenage victim multiple times, police said in a statement.

A lawyer for the man was not immediately available for comment.

The suspect, a registered sex offender, is being held without bond, police said.

He "has destroyed their lives ... he's taken their childhood away," Houston Police Sergeant Jeanette Perales told reporters at a news conference, TV broadcaster KHOU reported.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jim Loney)
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AIDS campaigners say pandemic has finally reached tipping point

LONDON (Reuters) - The world has finally reached "the beginning of the end" of the AIDS pandemic that has infected and killed millions in the past 30 years, according to a leading campaign group fighting HIV.

The number of people newly infected with HIV over the last year was lower than the number of HIV-positive people who joined those getting access to the medicines they need to take for life to keep AIDS at bay.

But in a report to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the ONE campaign, an advocacy group working to end poverty and preventable disease in Africa, warned that reaching this milestone did not mean the end of AIDS was around the corner.

"We've passed the tipping point in the AIDS fight at the global level, but not all countries are there yet, and the gains made can easily stall or unravel," said Erin Hohlfelder, ONE's director of global health policy.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS is spread via blood, semen and breast milk. There is no cure for the infection, but AIDS can be kept at bay for many years with cocktails of antiretroviral drugs.

United Nations data show that in 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV, 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus and some 1.5 million people died of AIDS. By far the greatest part of the HIV/AIDS burden is in sub-Saharan Africa.

The AIDS pandemic began more than 30 years ago and has killed up to 40 million people worldwide.

The United Nations AIDS agency, UNAIDS, says that, by June 2014, some 13.6 million people globally had access to AIDS drugs, a dramatic improvement on the 5 million who were getting treatment in 2010.

"Despite the good news, we should not take a victory lap yet," said Hohlfelder.

She highlighted several threats to current progress, including a $3 billion shortfall in the funds needed each year to control HIV around the world.

"We want to see bold new funding from a more diversified base, including more from African domestic budgets," she said.

ONE also noted that HIV is increasingly concentrated among hard-to-reach populations such as injecting drug users, gay men and sex workers - groups who are often stigmatised and have trouble accessing treatment and prevention services.

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