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India denies claims about scale of HIV infection

The Indian government has dismissed claims that the country is now home to the greatest number of HIV positive people in the world. Official estimates by UNAIDS put the number of people living with HIV in India at 5.1 million, placing the country just behind South Africa's HIV+ population of 5.3 million.


What will new Pope mean for HIV prevention?

The election of a new leader always brings with it hopes for change, but in the Catholic Church, an institution famed for its ties to the past, change is all too often unthinkable.


Shared Breastfeeding increases risk of HIV transmission

A new South African study has shown that shared breast-feeding and 'wet nursing' can significantly increase the risk of young babies contracting HIV.


WHO & UN condemn profiteering AIDS-denialist

A profiteering businessman who has spent the past year insisting that antiretrovirals are poisonous and that HIV does not cause AIDS, has been reprimanded by several major international organisation for spreading false information.

Matthias Rath, a German vitamin salesman, has taken out hundreds of adverts in international newspapers that imply multivitamins alone can prevent AIDS and that ARV drugs are toxic and potentially deadly.


Prisoner calls for needle exchange in jails

A prisoner is to start legal proceedings against the home secretary for his refusal to allow needle exchange programmes in British jails.

John Shelley, a long term prisoner in Long Lartin jail near Evesham, claims that the government's policy of giving disinfectant tablets rather than clean needles is encouraging the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses in prisons, and is creating a real and immediate risk to his life.


Clinton Foundation to fund AIDS drugs for children

The Clinton Foundation, a charitable organisation headed by former US president Bill Clinton, has struck a deal with in Indian pharmaceutical firm to produce AIDS drugs for children.


New US government website for parents draws criticism

A new US government website designed to help parents talk to their teenagers about sex, sexuality, drug use and other difficult 'issues', has been condemned by a number of sexual health and gay rights campaigners for being misleading, hysteria-provoking, unrealistic and patronising.