How to Spot and Help a Suicidal Person

Recently there was a story in the local news about an old lady who had to go through the unthinkable ordeal of her grand-daughter committing suicide then, shortly after, her daughter (the mother of the girl who killed herself) committing suicide too. The young girl was only 16 years old and decided to kill herself because she scored 2 B’s instead of her usual straight A’s. Her mother blamed herself for her daughter’s death because she was putting too much pressure on her daughter to do well in school. So much so that she decided to kill...

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French Teenager in HIV remission despite stopping medication.

The BBC reports that an 18 year old French woman is currently still in remission for HIV despite stopping her medication almost 12 years ago. This is the first long term remission from HIV in a child and is being discussed at the International Aids Society (IAS) in Canada. The 18 year old was born in 1996 and contracted HIV from her mother either during the pregnancy or during child birth. At 3 months of age she was given anti-retroviral medication. She continued this medication until 6 years of age when her family decided to stop the...

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The UN has reached its goal to treat 15 million people living with HIV.

The UN has reached its goal to treat 15 million people living with HIV. According to an article written by BBC news, the UN has achieved its target of treating 15 million people living with HIV as of March 2015 – 9 months before the planned schedule end. This landmark target has been reached thanks to global efforts to get anti-retroviral drugs to those who need it most including those living in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The UN first started their plan in 2000, where fewer than 700,000 people living with HIV were receiving...

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Is it really possible to get infected with HIV by your Dentist?

Is it really possible to get infected with HIV by your Dentist?

Are there any proven cases of HIV infection by Dentists? Yesterday (July 2015), breaking news in Sydney reported that “up to 12,000 people” were asked to got for HIV and Hepatitis testing after it was revealed that the dental practices they received treatment at were under investigation for “poor hygiene practices.” Apparently, the dentists were using “poor cleaning and sterilisation techniques.” Of course, one of the dentists claimed that the complaint was made by a patient whom he had an argument with and wanted to put him out of...

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Good news on the battle with HIV and Syphilis transmission between mother and baby

Good news on the battle with HIV and Syphilis transmission between mother and baby

Good news! Cuba eliminates Mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis   A report published today (1 July 2015) by BBC (British Broadcasting Corp) News has stated that Cuba has successfully eliminated transmission of HIV and Syphilis from mother-to-child (otherwise known as vertical transmission. Read more   The claims have been backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been described as one of the ‘Greatest public health achievements possible’.   This hasn’t been an overnight revelation. It has taken many...

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