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Silent killer’s revival needs urgent action – Peter Saxton

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 1st, 2016.

Last year New Zealand recorded the highest number of annual HIV diagnoses ever – we need to evolve and modernise our responses, writes inaugural New Zealand AIDS Foundation Fellow Dr Peter Saxton, from the University of Auckland. An excerpt (read in full): This World Aids Day, more individuals are living with HIV in New Zealand […]

HIV infection rates barely dropped in ten years – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 20th, 2016.

HIV infection rates globally have failed to significantly decline in ten years, with over 70 countries actually increasing, reveals new research co-authored by Australian and New Zealand scientists. A global analysis of HIV/AIDS infections and access to treatment, published in The Lancet HIV, showed the rate of new HIV infections has stagnated over the past decade […]

Australia AIDS free? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2016.

Australian officials made headlines this week when they announced that AIDS was no longer an epidemic in their country, but New Zealand researchers warned against complacency. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) announced that with the extraordinary progress made against AIDS, it is now possible to “virtually eliminate” HIV infections in Australia. Head of the […]

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HIV court case controversy – Experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on February 11th, 2015.

A court case is currently underway in which a District Health Board is seeking guardianship of an HIV-positive boy being refused treatment by his father, as reported in the New Zealand Herald over the weekend. The case has opened discussions about the rights of parents whose children are HIV-positive, the rights of children to know […]

Early treatment clears infant HIV infection – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 5th, 2013.

Reports of an HIV-positive baby cured of their infection have generated much discussion in the medical community, but questions remain about how meaningful the single success will be to the millions of AIDS sufferers around the world. A Mississippi infant, who was confirmed to be HIV-positive,  was treated with anti-retroviral drugs immediately after birth, and […]

Transgenic felines could help study of HIV

Kent posted in on September 12th, 2011.

Development of a cloning technique to produce genetically-modified cats will help medical research in both cats and humans, scientists say. US researcher Eric Poeschla  produced three transgenic cats with cells that resist infection from a virus that leads to a feline form of AIDS, by inserting monkey genes — that block the virus — into […]

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