June 7, 1989 |
The U.S. Public Health Service plans to recommend greatly expanded voluntary AIDS antibody testing to identify infected individuals, with the aim of preventing life-threatening Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. The new guidelines, a draft of which was made available Tuesday, are a response to growing evidence that antibody testing may help physicians improve the medical care of individuals who carry the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Previously, antibody testing has been advocated primarily as a means of interrupting transmission of the deadly virus, which causes AIDS.
May 6, 1989 |
Ten more Soviet children have been infected with the AIDS virus, apparently by doctors and nurses in Volgograd using syringes that had not been sterilized after injections given other infected children, the government newspaper Izvestia said Friday. The case was the second of its kind, according to Soviet officials, and AIDS now appears to be spreading as fast through the country's health care system as through sexual contacts. The Volgograd children, who have been identified only in the past week as carriers of the human immunodeficiency virus, had been patients in the pulmonary ward of a city clinic early this year or late last year when other children were sent there for treatment of what only later were discovered to be AIDS-related diseases.
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July 19, 2008 |
Two Orange County residents are sick with West Nile virus, the first illnesses known to have been caused by the virus in Southern California this year, health officials said Friday. Two other residents also have been infected by the virus but have not shown symptoms. An 80-year-old Anaheim man who fell ill in early July and a 49-year-old central Orange County woman who became sick in late June remain hospitalized, said Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman Howard Sutter. The woman's infection may have been acquired outside the county, he said.
July 14, 2010 |
President Obama acknowledged an uncomfortable reality as he unveiled the nation's first comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy at a White House ceremony Tuesday: Though the United States has made tremendous gains treating people infected with the virus, efforts to prevent the spread of the disease have continued to lag. Even as the federal government has spent tens of billions of dollars to develop and administer drugs for HIV patients, the...
November 2, 2008 |
Nelson Mdlovu strides out of a small clinic with a spring in his step and a smile on his lips, just minutes after being circumcised. Mdlovu swallowed his fears to line up with nine other equally nervous men for the 30-minute operation. They joined the ranks of hundreds of Swazi men who have opted for circumcision, after the United Nations said last year that the procedure could cut the risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60%. With the help of training from Israeli surgeons, Swaziland leads the African rush to embrace an ancient surgery to fight a modern scourge.
September 24, 2009 |
For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. The vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31% in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial, involving more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, researchers announced today in Bangkok. Even though the benefit is modest, "it's the first evidence that we could have a safe and effective preventive vaccine," Col. Jerome Kim said in a telephone interview.