Archive for May, 2008

HIV Positive Man Convicted for Spitting at an Officer

An HIV+ man in Dallas was convicted to 35 years in prison for spitting at an officer, despite the extremely low risk of contracting the AIDS virus from saliva. Willie Campbell spit into the eye and open mouth of a Dallas police officer Dan Waller while he was being arrested for public intoxication in 2006. Prosecutors was able to convince a jury that the spit of 42-year-old Campbell constituted a deadly weapon, making the long term appropriate. His long-term imprisonment was also stemmed for bei…

Antidepressants May Help Body Fight HIV and Cancer

New research published in Biological Psychiatry shows that antidepressant drugs may help the immune system fight serious illness, including HIV and even cancer. The study suggests that antidepressants enhance the activity of our body white blood cells, which are key elements of the immune system.White blood cells (WBC) is also considered as natural killer (NK) cells. WBC can attack infected or cancerous cells, releasing agents that induce apoptosis or “cell suicide.” These natural killer cells a…

African Reality Show Tackles HIV/ AIDS

A hit reality television show in Africa pits 12 young Africans against some of the most serious problems facing their continent, including how to tackle the HIV/ AIDs epidemic. “Imagine Afrika,” which is on its second season, premiered on October 2007 as part of a campaign by the African Broadcast Media Partnership Against HIV/ AIDS (ABMP), a group of 53 broadcast companies in the continent that have pledged to commit 5 percent of their daily airtime (roughly one hour) to HIV and AIDS content. A…