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HIV/Aids has proved a stubborn problem. Thirty years on from the discovery of the virus – after tens of millions of deaths – there is still only one recorded case of an adult sufferer being cured. (The so-called "Berlin patient" had his entire immune system replaced with that from someone resistant to the disease.)

'Cured' baby remains solitary reminder that genuine solution to HIV is still a long way off

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), so it is with great excitement that the Aids community has received the news that a baby has been “cured” of the virus.

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Dr C Everett Koop, who died on 25 February at the age of 96, was a leading US health official throughout much of the 1980s who spoke frankly about Aids and railed against smoking. An evangelical Christian, Koop shocked his conservative supporters when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of Aids. He was surgeon general for seven years during the Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush administrations. He carried out a crusade to end smoking in the US.

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'As close to an HIV cure as we've seen': Breakthrough hailed as radical treatment works on baby born HIV-positive in Atlanta

US team gave child stronger, faster dose of antiretroviral drugs straight after birth

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Pregnant asylum-seekers ‘at risk’ of developing mental and physical health problems

Pregnant asylum seekers in Britain are at “serious risk” of developing mental and physical health problems as a result of systemic failings, a report claims.

Elton John finds second baby 'much easier' than first

David Furnish has told how he and partner Sir Elton John have found parenthood much easier the second time around.

Rise in number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV due to more having unprotected sex

The number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV rose over the past 20 years because of a rise in the number having unprotected sex, new research shows.

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'Severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the US, warn health experts in Valentine’s Day announcement

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 20 million new STD cases are diagnosed every year

The ‘Love Is In My Blood’ campaign involves Twitter messages and a video in Piccadilly Circus

Elton John and Ai Weiwei join forces to launch Valentine's Day Aids campaign

Sir Elton John and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will today join forces to support a Valentine's Day campaign to raise awareness of Aids.

The Pope can quit but it won't erase his complicity in his Church’s crimes

Letters from Cardinal Ratzinger have emerged in several US court cases, always protective of rapist priests

It was not widely known Mike Freer, a Tory MP, was gay

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Mike Freer hesitated for a long time over whether to say anything at all when his fellow MPs argued over whether to legalise gay marriage. He is one of the newer MPs and it was not widely known in Parliament that he is gay.

In South Africa, sport and surfing is making Waves for Change in the fight against HIV

After a turbulent history, stigma still surrounds Aids in the Rainbow nation

'Unsafe sexual behaviour' leaves HIV levels among gay men unchanged, says report

“Unsafe sexual behaviour” and a lack of testing is being blamed for a failure to cut the number of cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the last decade.

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