Archive for April, 2008

New Method Discovered in Outwitting HIV

Scientists investigating about HIV have found a new tactic in battling the disease, which they hope to work without the fear of drug resistance and toxic side-effects. These researchers have suggested that instead of attacking the virus itself, the treatment should target the cells that HIV infects.In a study published recently in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” a team led by cell biologist Pamela Schwartzberg of National Genome Research Institute tried turning off ITK, a …

Singapore Parliament Passes Amended HIV Act

The amended version of the Infectious Diseases Bill was passed by members of the Singapore Parliament on April 22, 2008, after being read by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan for the second time. The amendment now makes it an offense for any HIV-positive person to have sex-regardless of whether he knows of his status-as long as he has reason to believe he has been exposed to the risk of contracting the virus. However, he is not liable if he has informed his partner, who voluntarily agreed to the ris…

Sex Infections Soar Among UK Middle-Aged

Liberal Democrats have cited a large rise in cases of sexually-transmitted infections among middle-aged people and the elderly in the United Kingdom. According to their report, patients with chlamydia and syphilis have risen sharply since 2002.Cases of chlamydia among those aged 45 to 64 went up from 1,276 in 2002 to 1,933-or a 51% rise-in 2006. Meanwhile, chlamydia patients among those aged 65 above went from 59 to 81 (37% rise) during that same period.Meanwhile, cases of gonorrhea among person…

Philippine Government Keeps Conservative Stance on Sex Education Despite Rising HIV Threat

The Philippines has one of the lowest incidents of HIV infections in the world, which the government and Catholic Church attributed to being “a prayerful nation.” However, the number of recently-diagnosed HIV patients in the country has doubled in just over three years. The Health Department projects that HIV patients have risen to 11,168 from about 6,000 in 2002. Despite the alarming data, the Philippine government is still keen on keeping its conservative policy on birth control and HIV preven…

Chicago-Based Website Provides Help to HIV Patients

Chicago has one of the largest and most active AIDS service organizations in the United States. They have recently unveiled an impressive new Web site that caters for people newly-diagnosed with HIV, which causes AIDS. About 40,000 people in the State of Illinois, where Chicago is located, are living with HIV and AIDS, with about 1,000 adults being diagnosed every year.The PEERSpeak Web site provides a creative approach to the subject by using fictional characters to illustrate the challenges pe…

Hepatitis B Linked to Bile Duct Cancer

A study that was recently published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that there is an association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and an increased risk of bile duct cancer outside the liver. The extrahepatic bile duct collects bile from the liver and is joined with another duct from the gallbladder. Because of the unusual nature of this cancer, it is very difficult to treat.The population-based study, conducted in Shanghai by Dr. Ann W. Hsing of Maryland’s National Cance…

Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention

Swaziland, an African country that has one of the highest prevalence of HIV infection in the world, is heightening its drive of having their men circumcised to help combat the spread of the virus. Forty-two percent of young adults in this country are infected with HIV. The government plans to offer the procedure to an estimated 200,000 sexually active men over the next five years. The problem, however, is lack of doctors. There are less than 100 physicians available for over one million people. …

Routine Blood Donations Reveal HIV Cases in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of unreported HIV cases were discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2006 after thousands of people volunteered to donate blood, according to a report from Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. During that year, 368 HIV cases were discovered at 253 clinics across the kingdom.Other diseases discovered among aspiring blood donors include 32,798 cases of hepatitis B; 2,862 cases of hepatitis C; 1,145 cases of syphilis; 13 cases of malaria; and 777 cases of high blood pressure. According to Ibrahim Al-Omar, a rep…

Successful Australian HIV Program May be Used Worldwide

A successful program in Western Australia aimed at protecting unborn babies of HIV-infected mothers could be used worldwide, according to public health experts. This state-wide service, which has been conducted over the last 14 years, goes into remote parts of the state to treat women infected with HIV during their pregnancy, as well as their children for a month after birth.Health experts in Western Australia hopes that this program could have important implication for Africa and other countrie…