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HIV spread to UK gay population from multiple sources

The HIV epidemic amongst British homosexuals originated from multiple people entering the country with the virus according to new research published by researchers from the University College of London.

The researchers studied the genetic data of the common HIV-1 subtype B strain and discovered patterns indicating that it spread from at least six different people during the early to mid 1980s. It was previously thought that just one person was the source of infection within the gay community.

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Commission for Africa launches long-awaited report

Today saw the launch of what many hope will be the most important document to address the problems faced by the countries of Africa in a generation.

Our Common Interest; Report of The Commission for Africa, is over 400 pages long and represents the culmination of a year's work by a group of 17 commissioners, half of whom are African themselves. It aims to address all the problems currently faced by the continent, and suggest practical and achievable approaches to solving them.

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UN calls for $8 billion more in funding for HIV & AIDS

The United Nations AIDS Agency, UNAIDS, has said an additional $8.2 billion is going to be needed over the next three years if current programmes to combat HIV and AIDS are to be sustained.

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UK's largest HIV clinic facing massive cuts

The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, home of the largest HIV clinic in the UK, is facing a huge cut in funding for HIV-related psychological support services, it was announced today.

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Denying failed asylum seekers HIV treatment is 'nonsensical'

A group of leading HIV doctors has called for an end to the charges imposed on failed asylum seekers for HIV treatment, claiming that the practice makes no economic or moral sense.

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BMJ calls for end to 'special-status' HIV testing

An editorial in the British Medical Journal has called for an end to the pre-test counselling that all people receive before taking an HIV test. Voluntary testing and counselling have been standard practice for over 10 years, but many believe it is unnecessary given the treatment now available, which can prolong life for many years.

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New UN Report looks at future of AIDS epidemic

A new report commissioned by UNAIDS has suggested that 43 million lives could be saved by 2025 if governments and international organisations act today to tackle the ever growing AIDS epidemic in Africa.

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Bill Gates questions likelihood of imminent AIDS vaccine

Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has said he will "eat his hat" if an effective AIDS vaccine is discovered within the next 10 years.

Mr Gates, the world's biggest private donor to vaccine research, said he would be very surprised if Gordon Brown's hopes of an imminent vaccine discovery were realised. Mr Brown recently asserted that a vaccine could be discovered as early as 2012 if spending on research was doubled, before committing £1.4 billion of government funds to the project.

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