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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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US increases pressure on UN to ban Harm Reduction

A report published today by the International Narcotics Control Board has highlighted an alarming spread of HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. An estimated 4 million people are now believed to have been infected in the region, with many more cases expected over the coming year.

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HIV+ teens taking more risks

A new study of US HIV+ teenagers has shown that they are taking more risks and having more sexual partners than 10 years ago, probably because the believe that HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) stops them being infectious.

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South African Death rates jump by 57%

The death rate in South Africa has increased by 57% according to the latest figures released by governmental agency, Statistics SA, with AIDS believed to be a significant factor in the rise, particularly among the 15 to 49 age bracket. Despite tuberculosis being recorded as the primary cause of death in the country, officials have admitted that many of these cases probably became fatal due to an underlying AIDS infection. TB killed 37,917 people aged between 15 and 49 in 2001, while HIV/AIDS reportedly claimed just 7,564.

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