Archive for September, 2008

3 Million Injection Drug Users Are HIV-Positive

A study reveals that three million of the 15.9 million injection drug users (IDUs) throughout the world are likely to be HIV-positive. The study, which was published recently in the Lancet, was conducted by reviewing injection drug use and the prevalence of HIV/ AIDS among IDUs in 148 countries. The research was led by Bradley Mathers of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.According to the study, China has the largest number of IDUs with a mid-range…

Sexual Enhancement Drugs Increase HIV Risk

A new Australian study has confirmed that gay men who take Viagra or other drugs aimed at enhancing sex are at an increased risk of contracting HIV.  However, researchers say the drugs themselves are not to blame.  The study was presented at an HIV conference in Perth, Western Australia, on September 17.  The findings on this study is similar to US studies stating that there is an increased number of young American men who are diagnosed with HIV are taking substances.The research was conducted b…

Threat of HIV Epidemic in Southeast Asia Rises

The World Health Organization expressed their concern over the rising threat of HIV in Southeast Asian countries, calling for a public health approach to combat the threat with “an effective response.””Countries have demonstrated that implementing an effective response is feasible, both to halt and reserve epidemics and to provide services to those in need,” addressed WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia Samlee Plianbangchang the audience during the 61st meeting of WHO’s Regional Committee f…

Did Roman Empire “Spread” HIV Threat?

A claim by French researchers published at the New Scientist raised questions about a possibility that the threat of HIV started even during ancient times.  According to the report by researchers at the University of Provence, people living in former colonies of the Roman Empire are less likely to have a gene variant that protects against HIV, leaving them more vulnerable to the disease.The report presented that the people living in countries that used to be in the borders of the empire for long…