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Study: Anti-HIV injection works when given every two months

An experimental HIV drug combination that is administered as a monthly injection has been found to be just as effective if given once every two months.

Consisting of two antiretroviral drugs, cabotegravir and rilpivirine, the combination was previously shown to have the same effectiveness as daily pills when given monthly as in injection. [Channel News Asia]


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New UNAIDS chief

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has elected a new head.

Ugandan Winnie Byanyima now leads UNAIDS after the erstwhile leader, the Malian minister of health, Michel Sidibé resigned under accusations of mismanagement and the propagation of a toxic organisational culture. [The Malay Mail]


Potential chlamydia vaccine passes safety test

A vaccine under research for #chlamydia has passed a small-scale safety and efficacy test.

Researchers from Imperial College London trialled the vaccine in 35 female subjects, and discovered findings that are encouraging in the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety against chlamydia.

Larger scale testing of the vaccine is planned to happen in the next 1-2 years. [BBC]


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Need a mood lift? Consume more probiotics, study says

We all know that running around on an empty stomach makes you “hangry,” but did you know that there are certain foods that help to improve your mood?

Researchers studying the relationship between the brain and the gastrointestinal system have shown that maintaining good gut health is important in improving memory and emotion control. Keeping a diet rich in probiotic bacteria, present in fermented food like kimchi and yogurt, has especially been shown to to do so.

Time to invest in some new supplements! [Channel News Asia]


Purported HIV cure containing bleach given US FDA warning

The US Food and Drug Administration, a governing body for medication, has warned against the use of a product purported to cure HIV, cancer, hepatitis and various other conditions.

The product, called ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ amongst others, contains sodium chlorite – the same ingredient that makes up household bleach. After over 16,500 cases of poisoning from the substance, the FDA has taken a harder stance on warning and enforcement on products containing the substance advertised for medical purposes.

Remember, the only way you can get HIV under control is if you take medication – not by drinking bleach! [POZ Magazine]




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Scientists discover HIV in 53-year old tissue sample

You might be well aware that the HIV epidemic started in the early Eighties – but what if we told you that its origins go way back?

Researchers from the University of Arizona recently announced their discovery of HIV in human tissue samples dating from 1966 – 17 years before the virus was formally discovered in the United States in 1983.

This sample is key in tracing back the history of HIV and the beginning of the epidemic, and could potentially reveal secrets that may help future scientists in their own research. [The Atlantic]


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Coming out as HIV positive to his mother – after 26 years

For many people living with HIV, keeping your HIV status a secret is undoubtedly a heavy task. But how could one feel immediately relieved, after years of keeping quiet?

Writer Glenn Elliott shares how progress in HIV treatment has given him the courage to talk to his mother about his status, 26 years after being diagnosed. From the unsure days of the early 90s, up to the current availability of advanced treatment options, one thing still remains: stigma and misinformation is what’s keeping many from talking about it.

And if you’re wondering how it ended with his mum… well, see for yourself. [Attitude Magazine]


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Sex (clinic) work: down and dirty with the hard stuff

Staff at sexual health clinics often don’t often get the credit they deserve for what they do. But we can tell you it’s hard. Sometimes, literally.

Three workers at a clinic in the UK share their stories about what goes on in their lives at work, and how secrecy and shame about sex must stop in order for people to be more open about their problems in that department.

They dish out the shocking, the unfortunate, the greasy, the smelly, and everything else that happens in their line of work. The article also starts with a splashy anecdote that unfortunately melts in your hand, not your mouth – saucy! [The Huffington Post]