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Human T cell (blue) under attack by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS | Credits:

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 T cell (blue) under attack by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS | Credits:

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.
File photo | A man receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine, in Srinagar | PTI

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.
The KitKat wrapper that wrongly showed the location of Keibul Lamjao National Park in Meghalaya | Twitter | @LicypriyaK

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.
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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.
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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.

India’s HIV prevention model can be adopted in many countries, says Harsh Vardhan

Addressing a meet at Global Prevention Coalition for HIV Prevention, Harsh Vardhan acknowledged that global AIDS response has shown remarkable success in reducing new infections.
Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar | YouTube

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR in Covid communication, retires today

A paediatrician by training, Dr Gangakhedkar's seminal work is on how Indian women are vulnerable to AIDS because of risky behaviour of husbands.
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HIV boosts coronavirus risk of death three fold, South African data shows

The country's Western Cape province health department analysed almost 13,000 cases, including 435 deaths, to show the 'interplay' between HIV and Covid.
File photo of US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci | Bloomberg

Anthony Fauci can’t use science to excuse his missteps

It isn't necessary to bear Fauci any ill will to wonder whether his statements are doing more harm than good. But the public-health bureaucracy needs action right now, not lectures.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.