HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong (World AIDS Day 2016 Singapore)

HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong World AIDS Day 2016 – Singapore #HIVNOTRETRO   1st December is World AIDS day. How fast another year has gone by and here we are again recognizing another World AIDS day.   This year’s theme seeks to remind us that the disease that we know as HIV/AIDS wears a very different face today compared to when it was first discovered in the 1980’s. Back then the face of AIDS was a painfully skinny person lying on a tattered mattress atop a plain wooden bed in a straw hut. With flies buzzing around him...

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Cough, sore throat and rash – are these signs of HIV or ARS?

  HIV (Human immunodefiency virus) is an incurable disease that gradually weakens your immune system making you more susceptible to other diseases. If left untreated for long enough you may progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).   ARS or acute retroviral syndrome, includes symptoms that you may experience in the early stages of HIV infection. The symptoms are often described as ‘the worst flu ever’ and usually show 2-4 weeks after exposure. These symptoms may include but are not limited to:   Sore...

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Education helps to reduce HIV Risk

It has been more than 30 years since HIV was first discovered. We have come a long way. These days, HIV patients are living a normal life like anyone else. However, till date, HIV-related stigma and discrimination still exist in every corner of the world. Why? This comes down to the very basic of human nature. We fear things that we do not know about. We shy away from things that we do not understand. This is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed. And how do we do that? The answer is very simple: Knowledge and education. This is why...

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MediShield Life to provide insurance cover for HIV +ve Singaporeans

The much anticipated MediShield Life will kick in at the end of this year.   It is promised to cover “pre-existing” illnesses which immediately begged the question “will it cover people living with HIV?”   This is a very fair question given the health insurance climate faced by HIV +ve people in Singapore. In a nutshell, there is no insurance policy that provides coverage for a non-occupational HIV infection and most insurance policies actually have a clause that they will become void if a person becomes infected with...

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Could a new cancer drug be used to help cure HIV?

Hidden HIV reservoirs exposed by potential new cancer drug. Interesting news from a BBC article claiming that researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine in America believe a cancer drug they are testing can ‘flush’ out hidden HIV reservoirs, which could be a stepping stone towards a cure.   First a bit of explanation: When HIV first enters the body it moves to the blood stream and targets CD4 cells, which are part of our immune system. Once they attach to these CD4 cells, they enter and begin replicating eventually bursting the...

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