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July 24, 2014 No Comments

To end Aids, we must help the vulnerable, not arrest them

When Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, spoke at the opening of the International Aids Conference he said he had a vision. The end of Aids by 2030.

That  means, he said, voluntary testing and treatment reaching everyone, everywhere; each person with HIV having the virus suppressed, no-one dying from Aids, no baby being born with Aids.

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July 23, 2014 No Comments

HIV successes under threat from anti-gay crackdowns

There are fears that the fight against HIV is in danger as increasing numbers of countries introduce anti-gay laws. Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria Macdonald reports from

July 22, 2014 1 Comment

A small but important step in the battle against HIV

Kick and kill is a rather brutal phrase for a scientific endeavour but it precisely describes attempts to seek out HIV and then destroy it.

July 19, 2014 2 Comments

HIV cure search – there’s now a feeling it WILL happen rather than it MIGHT happen

There was a time when the word ‘cure’ was never used in relation to HIV. It was thought to be too elusive, too unachievable. But something changed in the past decade.

MH17: ‘The extent of our loss is hard to comprehend’

The president of the International Aids Society delivered a heartfelt statement on the loss of six delegates in the destruction of Flight MH17, writes Victoria Macdonald.

July 18, 2014 2 Comments

MH17 senseless violence robs us of finest minds on HIV

At Melbourne Airport, there’s a welcome desk for delegates for the International Aids Conference. It is heartbreaking to know some will never arrive.

July 15, 2014 4 Comments

Why I feel a bit sorry for Andrew Lansley…

It’s not often that I feel sorry for a politician. But today I do feel a wee bit sorry for former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, whose dreams of being EU commissioner have been crushed.

July 10, 2014 2 Comments

After years of austerity, NHS ‘could experience a funding crisis’

The clamour is growing for something to be done about the NHS – through extra taxes, paying to see your GP, reconfiguring services, better use of technologies, more care in the community.

June 30, 2014 1 Comment

Patients turn to A&E as GP appointments become thin on the ground

Six million patients a year are turning up at hospital A&E units because they can’t get appointments with their GPs. Meanwhile, a study suggests a rise of 11 per cent in the number of

June 27, 2014 4 Comments

Helping new mothers when they are ‘losing their mind’

As part of its inquiry into safe discharge from hospitals, Healthwatch England is looking at how the NHS responds to cases of mothers suffering from postpartum psychosis.

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