Archive for August, 2008

HIV Treatment May Increase Asthma Risk in Children

New research indicate that highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), a combination of anti-HIV drugs, cam improve the immune system of infected patients but at the same time may also increase the risk of asthma among young children. The research team of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston published their report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which linked the risk of asthma among children infected with HIV with the increase of immune system T cells. “Investigators hav…

Kenyans Warned Against Hoax HIV Cures

Reports in Kenya’s Coast Province claim of a modus operandi involving hoax herbalists selling concoctions purported to treat HIV, even persuading patients to abandon their treatment on life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs.Representatives in the country’s National AIDS Control Council in Coast Province said that people were told the herbal concoctions contained special ingredients that would “boost their immune system to the point of even curing the disease.” This is despite the government provid…

Tanzania Government Rejects Calls for Mandatory HIV Testing

The government of Tanzania has rejected advice by lawmakers about making HIV/ AIDS testing compulsory for public servants and job seekers. This decision was aired by Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Aisha Kigoda in front of the African country’s National Assembly, saying that the idea was untenable because such exercise would lead to stigmatization and discrimination of people living with the virus.”The government is not in support of the MP’s idea of making the exercise a precondition …