Women's Health

HIV drug given approval by US authorities

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new single tablet, Genvoya, that could be used as a complete treatment for HIV sufferers. The drug, which is aimed at patients aged 12 and over, contains a new form of the powerful HIV inhibitor tenofovir. The medication works by entering the body...

Russia to double HIV spending

Veronika Skvortsova, the Russian health minister, has announced that funding for HIV prevention and treatment will be doubled next year. Russia is planning to up its spending on HIV care and prevention, it has been announced. The nation’s health minister Veronika Skvortsova said funds...

Stem cell technology being trialled for HIV cure

The world's first clinical trial to treat HIV -positive patients with blood transplants from the umbilical cord over three years is set to start in Spain. The goal of the study is to try and build on accounts of what some claimed to be the first man to be cured of the virus, Timothy Ray Brown,...

India set for cheaper HIV medicines

Patients in India may soon benefit from cheaper HIV medicine, as the government is reconsidering the formula used to fix its rates. As well as HIV patients, those suffering from TB, diabetes and cancer could all benefit, although there is a potential caveat. While low prices would benefit the...

Methadone maintenance therapy could aid HIV fight

Methadone maintenance therapy could help to reduce the risk of HIV infection for people who inject drugs, a new study has suggested. The findings, which formed part of research published this week in the latest publication of Lancet HIV, claim that the rate of infection for the virus for those that...

WHO urges access to treatment for all HIV patients

Anyone diagnosed as HIV positive should receive drug treatment immediately, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended. Around 15 million diagnosed with the virus are currently receiving treatment, but the WHO estimates that number should be around 28 to 37 million people around the world...

Jamaica to receive $15m in funding to fight HIV

Jamaica's government is set to receive $15 million (£9.6 million) from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS , Tuberculosis and Malaria. According to reports, the boost in cash will help to further develop the country's national programme against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by...

HIV patients living almost 20 years longer than those in 2001

Patients suffering with the HIV virus can now expect to live nearly 20 years longer than those who were diagnosed in 2001. That is according to a major report by the United Nations (UN), which claimed the figures were mainly down to the increased availability of antiretroviral drugs. The report,...

New drug takes the 'edge' off HIV virus

Supplementing antiretroviral therapy with a new natural compound could reduce the potency of the HIV virus and halt the progression of AIDS in patients, new research has suggested. Anyone suffering with HIV has to have antiretroviral therapy for the rest of their life as the nature of the virus...

Cuba 'stamps out' mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully managed to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which labelled the breakthrough as one of the greatest ever achievements in public health. It is now hoping that other countries around the...