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Benedict XVI, who is on a tour of Africa, said handing out condoms only increased the problem of HIV/Aids. The Roman Catholic Church says marital fidelity and sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent the spread of HIV. But France, echoing the reaction of some aid agencies, said it "voices extremely sharp concern over the consequences of the Pope's comments". While it is not up to us to pass judgment on Church doctrine,...


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Pope Benedict XVI, who is making his first papal visit to Africa, has said that handing out condoms is not the answer in the fight against HIV/Aids. The pontiff, who preaches marital fidelity and abstinence, said the practice only increased the problem.


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Doctors in Germany say a patient appears to have been cured of HIV by a bone marrow transplant from a donor who had a genetic resistance to the virus.


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A claim by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that he can cure Aids in three days has been lambasted...


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A review of a trial of a HIV vaccine in Thailand has concluded that it does show real signs of a protective effect.


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The significance of this is that whereas most viruses have internal structures which define the size, in the HIV virus it is the membrane which defines the size. This puts constraints on the way it can assemble ... This could inform the development of more effective therapeutic approaches.


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In theory, it should be possible to take cells from an HIV-infected individual, make them resistant to HIV infection with the modified gene and reintroduce them into the patient. These cells could then block progression to Aids. ... Alternatively we could seek for drugs that activate the human gene against HIV.


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We can find over $200bn to fight a war on terrorism, but we can't find the money... to provide the anti-retroviral treatment for all those who need such treatment in Africa!


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After two decades of research into an HIV vaccine, there comes a bleak message from one of those leading the hunt.
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The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country.


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Singer Bono’s Aids charity is under fire for spending more on its staff’s wages than it does on its own cause.


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Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable in exceptional circumstances, according to a new book. He said condoms could reduce the risk of HIV infection, such as for a male prostitute.


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