Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) increasing rates in United State and United Kingdom

The United States is starting to lose the war against sexually transmitted diseases who appears to be a West trend. The main issues are syphilis and gonorrhea. Syphilis rates increased by roughly 18 percent from 2015 to 2016. The majority of the cases occurred in men,...

Can HIV-discordant couples have healthy children?

Possibility of avoiding transmission and having a healthy child As stated in an article published in Human Reproduction , a fundamental aspect to take into account in the reproductive counseling that may be given to a HIV-discordant couple (a couple in which one of the members is...

2016 WHO report recommends HIV testing campaing as a response to the HIV pandemic

In April 2013, the Preventive Services Task Force of the United States recommended testing of persons aged between 15 and 65 years to determine whether they were carriers of the HIV virus, a recommendation which counters existing recommendations on testing only high-risk groups...
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“The Origins of AIDS” Book. Where did HIV come from?

Knowing how and where the infection of humans by HIV began is the source of numerous studies. Now, Jacques Pepin has written a book “The Origins of AIDS” (University Press), where he addresses this problem brilliantly. According to Pepin, the disease is the result of a jump in...

Rise in sexually transmitted diseases according to WHO last report

Experts have warned in the 46th edition of the spanish journal EIDON of an upturn in sexually transmitted diseases, as a result of the social and cultural changes derailing the efforts and decline achieved after the “hardest” years of the HIV epidemic. According to...

Even treated, AIDS is a chronical disease because HIV is stored in certain human cells

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains inactive in the patients’ body It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral drugs, converting it from a fatal disease to a chronic one. However, the disease is not completely cured, although it is not known for...

Human papilloma virus vaccination. Should it be made more widely available?

Respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor A medical issue with an important ethical component attached is whether papilloma vaccination virus (HPV) should be made more widely available or not (read more about this bioethical controversy HERE). , starting from the...

The UK HIV infection figures remain high despite recent falling in mortality rates

The incidence of HIV infection fell between 1990 and 2013. In 1990, around two million people were infected; in 1997, 2.8 million; and in 2013, 1.8 million. Mortality rates have also fallen: around 300,000 people in 1990; 1.7 million in 2005 and 1.3 million in 2013 (JAMA 314;...

Is it ethically admissible that almost half of HIV-positive patients do not have access to treatment?

As reported in the medical journal The Lancet, more than 75 million people have been infected with HIV. Since AIDS was discovered in 1981, and more than 36 million people have died. On the plus side, however, this viral infection is no longer fatal but is a treatable chronic...

Organ transplant in AIDS patients

Organ transpalnt and renal failure. It is known that anti-retroviral treatments are allowing AIDS patients to become long-term chronically-ill patients. This means that many of them may suffer concomitant diseases throughout their lifetime. One such condition that often occurs in...
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