Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Topic: HIV

Mixed-race US woman becomes first to be cured of HIV using new cord blood treatment

The patient is the third person overall to be cured of HIV using therapies. She received umbilical cord blood, more accessible than bone marrow transplants.

Covid-infected HIV patient in South Africa developed 21 mutations, study shows

Led by scientists from Stellenbosch and University of KwaZulu-Natal, the study adds to evidence that Covid may mutate rapidly when harboured by immunosuppressed individuals.

US study on drug resistance says it led to 1.27 million deaths in 2019, more than HIV/AIDS

Study involving University of Washington researchers analysed data from 204 countries and territories. It was published in 'The Lancet'.

Argentinian woman naturally cured of HIV, is second such patient 

The woman, dubbed Esperanza Patient, was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 but never showed any signs of illness. Last year, a Californian woman was declared to have locked away the virus in her genome. 

Human trials for the first mRNA HIV vaccine will begin this week. Here’s how it will work

The Covid-19 vaccine giant will enrol humans in two-year-long HIV vaccine trials that begins this week to test for safety and immunogenicity, after promising preliminary results earlier this year.

Global herd immunity remains out of reach– 99% of people in poor countries are unvaccinated

Public health experts estimate that approximately 70% of the world’s 7.9 billion people must be fully vaccinated to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manipur flags wrong location of Keibul Lamjao park on KitKat wrapper, Nestle apologises

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

Australia scraps Covid vaccine trials after participants show false positives for HIV

The vaccine was one of four candidates that Australia had committed to buy and agreements were made to secure 51 million doses of the vaccine.

Unsterilised injections caused 2017 HIV ‘outbreak’ in UP’s Unnao, study finds

Study conducted between September and December 2018 in three UP districts looked at 33 cases against 125 controls.

Covid disrupted HIV care in Asia-Pacific, 46% dip in frequency of taking tests, survey finds

Survey by Gilead Sciences and AIDS Society of India attributes the reason for breakdown in HIV care to restricted travel options & change in high-risk behaviour amid Covid pandemic.

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Morning commuters wearing protective masks walk past Chinese flags displayed along Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China | Representational image | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Growing frustration in youth has the Chinese govt worried. It sees solution in hukou

Hukou is a household registry allowing citizens to access social benefits, education, purchasing property, and other government services in the area they live.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.