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A gathering in Birmingham is looking for more answers on how the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, impacts women. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for AIDS Research is hosting the 2016 Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women. The conference will bring together junior and senior HIV investigators. Presentations will be divided among three focus areas. The list includes vulnerable Populations, how HIV impacts women infected with the virus that causes AIDS, and what medical...

Advocates for people infected with the virus that causes AIDS are meeting in Huntsville starting today. APR’s Pat Duggins reports the group wants to stop laws making the spread of HIV a crime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the southern U.S. ground zero for the highest number of patients with HIV or full-blown AIDS. Organizers of the “HIV Is Not a Crime” conference say that’s why brought their event to Alabama. They want to fight state laws like the one that Alabama...

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New research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found an HIV prevention method for women is safe. The early phase one trial tested out new intravaginal rings carrying two anti-HIV drugs. Women who used the rings for a month found them acceptable and one of the drugs was detected later. Unfortunately, the other wasn’t. But Craig Hoesley, a doctor and professor of medicine who oversaw the trial, said the results were encouraging. He says other HIV prevention methods like condoms...

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A new report says Alabama's HIV and AIDS rate has dropped slightly, but its rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea have gone up. The report from the Center for Demographic Research at Auburn University at Montgomery says there were 12.27 people per 100,000 diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2012. That's down from 13.75 in 2011. A similar decline occurred with the diagnosis of syphilis, which went from 15.55 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 14.85 in 2012. In contrast, the diagnosis of chlamydia climbed from...

Track The Spread Of AIDS Across The Globe

Jul 25, 2012

Its expansion was frighteningly fast. A handful of cases were first recognized in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1980s, but AIDS was soon seen around the world. By 1990, the world had a pandemic on its hands. In 1997, the peak of the epidemic, more than 3 million people became newly infected with HIV. Then science struck back. Drugs approved for HIV treatment in the mid-1990s proved profoundly effective, transforming AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic illness. Those treatments,...

AIDS 2012

More than 25,000 people are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week for the 19 th Annual International AIDS Conference. Its the first time in more than 20 years that the U.S. will host the conference. The reason that the U.S. could not have the conference is because we had a ban on allowing people who are HIV-positive into the United States, says Kathie Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama. And we were one of the few countries that had that ban. AIDS Alabama will be attending this weeks conference. Its...

Thirty years ago, we first began hearing about AIDS — then a mysterious, unnamed disease that was initially thought to be a rare form of cancer that affected gay men. Scientists soon learned that it was neither of those things, and, in fact, it was a virus that everyone was vulnerable to. That vulnerability became apparent when, in 1991, basketball superstar Magic Johnson announced that we would retire immediately because he had contracted HIV. Johnson assumed he would begin to manage his own...

With the largest HIV epidemic in the world, no nation has been more affected by HIV and AIDS than South Africa, but the country has also had one of the most conflicted responses to the epidemic. A decade ago, as the virus was spreading rapidly, then-President Thabo Mbeki was questioning the link between HIV and AIDS. His health minister was advocating the use of beetroot, garlic and lemon juice to treat it. Now, years later, South Africa is trying to make up for lost time. The nation is...

'Our Kind': Unpacking Misconceptions About AIDS

Jul 21, 2012

Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: A new book about global attitudes to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, lays some of the blame at the door of Joseph Conrad. Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," says the author - who's Uzodinma Iweala - connected inferiority and disease with Africa and Africans, in way which is still evident today. Uzodinma Iweala was himself was born in Washington D.C., the city with the worst incidence of AIDS in the United States. His first book, a novel called "Beasts of No Nation,...