WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

Posted May 11, 2018 08:35:44 Photo: About 5,000 adults are estimated to have HTLV-1 in Australia, but most don’t know they carry it. (ABC News: Bridget Brennan) Related Story: Virus related to HIV dates back 9,000 years, still affecting thousands of Australians Scientists and doctors from around the globe are …

Ancient virus lurking in remote Australia, affecting thousands of Aboriginal adults

Ancient virus lurking in remote Australia, affecting thousands of Aboriginal adults

Posted April 24, 2018 04:51:35 Photo: Dr Lloyd Einsiedel and researcher Joel Liddle said a public health response to HTLV-1 required more research. (ABC News: Tom Hancock) In a brightly lit lab in the outback town of Alice Springs, researchers have been inspecting vials of blood infected with an ancient …

Mosquitoes sterilised in bid to help stop the spread of dengue fever, zika virus

Mosquitoes sterilised in bid to help stop the spread of dengue fever, zika virus

Posted April 15, 2018 16:03:09 Australian scientists say the initial results of a project to desex deadly mosquitoes are promising. Researchers have released more than 1 million sterile Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in several communities near Innisfail, south of Cairns, in far north Queensland. The mosquitoes, which are native to Africa, …

Chinese universities add HIV test kits to vending machines to tackle virus’ rise in taboo sex culture

Chinese universities add HIV test kits to vending machines to tackle virus’ rise in taboo sex culture

Posted April 14, 2018 10:43:50 Video: Vending machines with HIV test kits, like this one in Sichuan province, have been installed in universities. (ABC News) Along with chips, instant noodles and soft drinks, students in a growing number of Chinese universities now have the option of also grabbing an HIV …

Nearly all Australians with HIV can’t transmit the virus — but can its stigma be broken?

Nearly all Australians with HIV can’t transmit the virus — but can its stigma be broken?

Updated April 01, 2018 06:41:48 Photo: Ed Moreno thought he’d be dead by 30. Now he’s 53 and living happily in Melbourne. (Supplied) Related Story: HIV misconceptions leading to delayed diagnosis in women, experts say By the time he was 25, Ed Moreno was preparing to die. He imagined a …

HIV drug PrEP price to be slashed, increasing chances of eliminating virus in Australia

HIV drug PrEP price to be slashed, increasing chances of eliminating virus in Australia

Updated March 21, 2018 07:29:43 Photo: PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is 99 per cent effective in preventing HIV transmission. (ABC News: James Hancock) Related Story: HIV drug PrEP wins taxpayer subsidy Related Story: Calls for ‘uncapped’ access to HIV prevention drug as Victorian trial expanded The cost of HIV-prevention drug …