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Trump Had Mar-a-Lago Fumigated After Visit from AIDS-Afflicted ‘Fixer’ Roy Cohn: BOOK

Roy Cohn / World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller / PD Donald Trump had Mar-a-Lago fumigated in 1986 after he was paid a visit by his former friend and fixer Roy Cohn, who was dying of AIDS. The story appears in a new book called The Fixers which contains profiles of Trump’s relationship with Cohn, as well as Michael Cohen and other men who helped Trump fight legal cases and bad publicity. Newsweek reports: “By 1986, Cohn, ‘whose homosexuality and promiscuity were an open secret,’ the book says,...
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How to Spot Deceptive Drug Injury Ads Like the HIV-Related Videos Facebook Just Disabled

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  Some ads can be more than misleading – they can put your health at risk. Last year, ads paid for by law firms and legal referral companies started cropping up on Facebook. Typically, they linked Truvada and other HIV-prevention drugs with severe bone and kidney damage. But like a lawsuit, these assertions do not always reflect the consensus of the medical community. They also do not take into account the benefit of the drug or how often the side effects occur....
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Facebook Begins Quietly Pulling Harmful False Ads About Truvada and PrEP After Outcry from LGBTQ Groups

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  In response to a damning letter from 50 top LGBTQ organizations earlier this month, Facebook has begun pulling some harmful ads that were spreading misinformation about the HIV-prevention drug Truvada. The ads linked Truvada with severe bone and kidney damage, and the groups warned they were scaring people from using the drugs despite many studies confirming their safety. The groups demanded Facebook and Instagram immediately remove the advertisements and commit to a review and potential update of current advertising policies to...
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50+ LGBTQ Groups Call on Facebook and Instagram to Remove Harmful Ads Spreading Lies About Truvada and PrEP

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  50 top LGBTQ organizations have called on Facebook and Instagram to remove harmful ads that are spreading misinformation about PrEP and specifically, Truvada. “Using Facebook’s and Instagram’s targeted advertising programs, various law firms are attempting to recruit gay and bisexual men who use Truvada PrEP as an HIV preventative to join a lawsuit, claiming that the drug has caused harmful side effects in this patient population, specifically bone density and kidney issues,” write the groups. “By focusing on ‘Truvada’ and PrEP...
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It’s World AIDS Day. Here are Some of the Messages You Need to Hear in 2019

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Writes the United Nations: ‘The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference”. The commemoration of World AIDS Day, which will take place on 1 December 2019, is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels. Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many different ways. Their leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at...
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Maryland Company Claims to Have Cure for HIV/AIDS Through Gene Therapy, Expects Clinical Trial in January: WATCH

American Gene Technologies in Rockville, Maryland says it has submitted an application to the FDA for a gene therapy it claims eliminates HIV. CBS Baltimore reports: “The company said the therapy, AGT103-T, is a genetically-modified product made from a person’s own cells that focuses on repairing damage to the immune system caused by HIV. The company expects to start a phase one clinical trial in humans in January.” Said Chief Science Officer C. David Pauza, PhD: “Our aim is to treat HIV disease with an innovative cell and gene therapy that reconstitutes...
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Scientists Discover First New Strain of HIV in Nearly 20 Years

Scientists have discovered HIV-1 group M subtype L, the first new strain of the HIV virus in 19 years during efforts to ensure that diagnostic tests for blood screening and detecting infectious diseases remain current. Scientific American reports: “In the early days of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, some blood donors unaware that they had HIV added the virus to the blood supply. A large number of patients who needed regular blood transfusions—among them, many with hemophilia—ended up contracting HIV and often dying. The supply has been essentially clear...
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