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The Doc’s Year in Review and Her Prognosis for 2018

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sydney man steve spencer

A Sydney man has become the second gay Australian to contract HIV while taking prevention medication PrEP. Steve Spencer returned a positive diagnosis in December during one of his regular sexual health tests, a requirement for people taking the pre-exposure prophylaxis pills. “It was a surprise and a shock,” the 27-year-old told ABC News. “I …

An HIV-positive patient in London has become the second known adult in the world to be cleared of the virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, his doctors have announced. The man began antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2012 and that same year was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood …

freddie mercury and rami malek

By Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington Millions of people will tune in to the Oscars to see Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, compete for best picture. There are already a lot of people cheering against it. Bohemian Rhapsody has been dogged by accusations of homophobia, and the film’s director, Bryan Singer, …

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US President Donald Trump will announce a plan to end HIV transmissions in the country by 2030 in his upcoming State of the Union address, according to reports. Four sources told Politico that Trump will outline a ten-year strategy, focusing on communities with higher cases of HIV infections for the first five years and continue …

gay blood donor act chief minister andrew barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced he will call for federal Labor to change the party’s platform on gay blood donors. The Labor Party hold their national conference this weekend. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 months. Although meant to …

man with a red awareness ribbon for the fight against AIDS in his hand

HIV experts have welcomed the state government’s removal of AIDS as a monitored disease in Queensland, but have warned of upcoming challenges in HIV prevention and treatment. Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said on Tuesday new regulation changes will see AIDS removed from the state’s notifiable conditions schedule, to shift the focus to ending HIV. …

U equals U U=U hiv prevention

An Australian study has found that successful daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) effectively stops the transmission of HIV between gay and bisexual men. The research supports the findings of previous studies showing that men on treatment for HIV with an “undetectable viral load” cannot pass it on to other people. The latest study, called Opposites Attract, …

living with hiv CWC Sportsman Hotel

A star-studded lineup of Queensland drag talent will grace the stage at the upcoming CWC Cabaret, Brisbane’s longest running fundraiser for people living with HIV. Hosted by drag legend Betty Nature (pictured, centre) at the Sportsman Hotel this Saturday night (June 30), the event will feature performances throughout the night by drag performers past and …

U equals U U=U hiv prevention

Probably the biggest news to dominate the HIV landscape last year was the acceptance by the scientific community and HIV health professionals that U=U – undetectable equals un-transmittable. The message is that a person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot pass on the virus to their sexual partner. To be undetectable …

Pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher David Cooper

Pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher David Cooper has posthumously been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Credited with diagnosing some of the first HIV cases in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 in Sydney in March. On Monday he was awarded the high honour for his …

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