Archive for December, 2008

Indonesia Scraps Plans on Tagging HIV-Positive Patients

Indonesia, an Asian country of about 17,000 islands, has one of the continent’s fastest-growing HIV rates. Around 290,000 infections occurred out of 235 million people, which were spread mainly because of prostitution and intravenous drug use. The hardest hit is the easternmost province of Papua, which incidentally is also its poorest, where 47% of HIV cases are located. Almost 61 infections occurred for every 100,000 people in Papua, which is 15 times the national average.Because of this, Indon…

HIV Transmission Rate Slowing in United States

Latest data released by researchers at John Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that there is a significant decrease of HIV transmission rates in the United States. Twenty-four years ago, during the peak of AIDS epidemic, as many as 130,400 people contracted the HIV virus while 44 out of every 100 HIV-positive people transferred the virus to someone else. Today, only 5 out of every 100 people with HIV would infect others.Experts believe that the decre…

Virus Found in Lemurs May Hold Key to Origins of HIV

Latest genetic research was able to look into primate genomes, which they say could hold the key about the origins of HIV.  In a study that is scheduled to appear in the online version of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers was able to screen sequence data on almost two dozen primate species and identified a lentivirus called pSIVgml in the gemone of a Madagascar gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus).The research team from Stanford University suggested that HIV…