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Feds Link 3 HIV Cases to 'Vampire Facials' at Unsanitary Spa

'It was clear that needles were being reused, and also clear that blood specimens were being reused'

(Newser) - A "vampire facial" is a cosmetic procedure that involves drawing a person's blood and injecting it into their face through microneedles, and while it's considered safe when done properly, it's a different story when the procedure is performed in an unsanitary and disorganized environment. The Centers...

Feds Sue Tennessee Over Prostitution Law

Justice Department faults state for penalizing HIV-positive sex workers

(Newser) - The US Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Tennessee over its decades-old felony aggravated prostitution law, arguing that it illegally imposes tougher criminal penalties on people who are HIV positive. The lawsuit, filed in western Tennessee, follows an investigation completed in December by the Justice Department warning that...

A Renewed Investigation of Celeb-Praised 'Vampire Facial'

New Mexico DOH says platelet-rich plasma facials have been tied to HIV cases at closed spa

(Newser) - Albuquerque's VIP Beauty Salon and Spa has been shuttered for nearly five years, but it keeps making headlines—this time, for yet another HIV case linked to its infamous "vampire facial." Per USA Today , the New Mexico Department of Health is urging past clients who may have...

FDA Has a New Rule for Gay, Bisexual Blood Donors

Gay, bisexual men in monogamous relationships can now donate without abstaining from sex

(Newser) - Gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships can give blood in the US without abstaining from sex under updated federal health guidelines that focus on donors' behavior, not their sexual orientation. The Food and Drug Administration guidelines finalized Thursday ease decades-old restrictions designed to protect the blood supply from HIV....

His HIV Was Cured. That Makes Him No. 5

The 'Dusseldorf patient' was cured thanks to a stem cell transplant

(Newser) - The "Dusseldorf patient," as a 53-year-old German man is being identified, has been confirmed as the fifth person to have been cured of HIV. "It’s really cure, and not just, you know, long-term remission," says Dr. Bjorn-Erik Ole Jensen, who detailed the case in Nature ...

FDA to Make Big Move on Blood Donation Rules

No more automatic 3-month waiting for gay, bi men, per proposal

(Newser) - A big change looks to be coming to the Food & Drug Administration's long-criticized guidelines for blood donors as it relates to the LGBTQ community. Bloomberg reports that the agency is seeking to ease its restrictions on gay and bisexual men, who, under the current policy, have had to...

2 Patients Appear to Have Defeated HIV

Progress has slowed since COVID surfaced, researchers say

(Newser) - Two more people seem to have successfully fought off an HIV infection. The victories provide a boost to the battle against AIDS, which has lost resources in recent years, in part because of the rise of COVID-19. Doctors treating a 66-year-old man at City of Hope in Southern California said...

In a First, Woman May Have Been Cured of HIV

The process was similar to those the men who went before her underwent

(Newser) - Tuesday brought big news on the HIV front, this time involving a woman who scientists have possibly cured of the disease. NBC News reports she's the first woman in a group that now numbers at most four (two additional women may have been cured, but via their own immune...

She's Been Dubbed the 'Esperanza Patient,' Fittingly

Woman's own immune system may have cured her of HIV

(Newser) - She couldn't come from a more fitting place: A woman now dubbed the "Esperanza patient" after her hometown of Esperanza, Argentina, has become the second in the world to seemingly be cured of HIV by her own immune system; "esperanza" translates to hope. More on the discovery,...

J&J Shuts Down HIV Vaccine Trial
J&J Shuts Down 
HIV Vaccine Trial

J&J Shuts Down HIV Vaccine Trial

Study in five African countries found that it only provided 25% protection

(Newser) - Scientists searching for an HIV vaccine have been disappointed yet again. Johnson & Johnson says it has shut down a vaccine trial in Africa that started in 2017 after finding that it only provided 25% protection, the New York Times reports. The trial involved young women at high risk of...

Good News on the HIV Front
Good News
on the HIV Front

Good News on the HIV Front

Those with virus who receive treatment have same life expectancy as those without: researchers

(Newser) - Patients who tested positive for HIV used to fear a "certain death sentence," as there's no cure for the virus, per HealthDay News . New research puts those fears to rest, with scientists saying that those with HIV in the US can now expect a similar life expectancy...

Billy Porter: 'This Is What HIV-Positive Looks Like Now'

He says he was diagnosed 14 years ago

(Newser) - On Pose, set during the late '80s and early '90s AIDS crisis in New York City, Billy Porter plays Pray Tell, a HIV-positive ballroom MC. In real life, he has stayed quiet about his own diagnosis for 14 years. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporte r, the...

Man Who Made History as the 'Berlin Patient' Dead at 54
The First Person Cured
of HIV Is Dead at 54

The First Person Cured of HIV Is Dead at 54

Timothy Ray Brown was known as the 'Berlin patient'

(Newser) - The first person cured of HIV—a feat Timothy Ray Brown managed more than a decade ago—has died from cancer. He was 54. The BBC reports Brown, known as the "Berlin patient," learned he had HIV in 1995 while living in the German city. In 2007 he...

Experimental Treatment May Have Rid Man of HIV

He has shown no sign of the virus for more than a year after stopping HIV medications

(Newser) - A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s...

NZ Vanquished Coronavirus. It's Setting Its Sights on HIV

There have been no new cases for a week

(Newser) - New Zealand on Friday had all but eradicated the coronavirus from its shores with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be still infected. The country's health authorities have not found any new virus cases for a week. Of the 1,504 people who were...

HIV Vaccine Trial Ends in Failure and 'Deep Disappointment'
Agency Calls Off 
HIV Vaccine Trial

Agency Calls Off HIV Vaccine Trial

Results from South Africa show vaccine wasn't effective

(Newser) - "An HIV vaccine is essential to end the global pandemic, and we hoped this vaccine candidate would work," a US health agency said Monday. "Regrettably, it does not." With that, the clinical trial in South Africa was shut down, CNN reports; the vaccine was not found...

Governor Not OK With State's Utah-Themed Condoms

Gary Herbert cancels distribution of condoms in packaging with 'sexual innuendo'

(Newser) - As part of its awareness-raising HIVandMe campaign , the state of Utah offers prevention and treatment resources, a clinic finder—and, to the governor's irritation, provocatively packaged prophylactics that have now been canceled. Per the Salt Lake Tribune , Gov. Gary Herbert has nixed the distribution of a stockpile of 100,...

David Stern's 'Most Humane' Act Was Supporting Magic
This Was David Stern's
'Most Humane' Act

This Was David Stern's 'Most Humane' Act

NBA commissioner embraced Magic Johnson after HIV diagnosis, 'figuratively and literally'

(Newser) - The current NBA commissioner says his predecessor , David Stern, turned the basketball league into "a truly global brand." But the legacy that Stern, who died Wednesday at age 77, should be most hailed for is his support of Magic Johnson after the basketball great was diagnosed with HIV,...

Plan to Edit Baby Genes May Have 'Created New Mutations'

MIT Technology Review is far from impressed

(Newser) - Looks like a highly controversial attempt to create HIV-immune babies didn't work out and may have even gone wrong, the Guardian reports. This according to an MIT Technology Review report on the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who sparked outcry with his plan to edit the embryonic genes...

Rural America Has Big New Problem, and It's Not Ready

Op-ed warns that HIV cases are going to swamp small communities

(Newser) - In big cities around the US, the numbers are encouraging when it comes to HIV. New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and other huge urban centers have reported falling numbers, writes professor Steven W. Thrasher of Northwestern University in a New York Times op-ed. But his isn't a celebratory...

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