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Support for HIV-affected stops at 18

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Deccan Herald
30 June 2012

How do we live after 18? This is the question posed by adolescents who have tested positive for HIV, and are on the threshold of being denied care by non–government organisations (NGO) and State–run shelters, simply because they are turning 18.

Many of these youths have already lost their parents to AIDS and have been abandoned by relatives because of the stigma of having an HIV–infected person in the family. Many now fear they will be forced to fend for themselves.

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Soon, low-cost testing kits to help quick diagnosis of TB

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Times Of India
30 June 2012

Pune: Soon, tests to determine tuberculosis (TB) could be available for as little as Rs 30. The affordable diagnostic kit, developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), promises detection of latent and active TB directly from sputum samples. The low–cost rapid test is expected to be a boon for the country which has the world’s highest TB patients, accounting for a fifth of total cases the world over. Each year, 1.98 million new cases are diagnosed in India, and it accounts for 280,000 deaths. To top this, an estimated 95,000 people are co–infected with HIV and TB.

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Once-daily pill safer than ART regimens for HIV patients

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Times Of India
29 June 2012

New Delhi: A new once–daily pill combining three antiretrovirals (ARTs) and a booster molecule has been found to be safe and effective alternative to two widely–used drug regimens for newly diagnosed HIV–positive adults, who have had no previous treatment.

The findings of two large international randomized trials to be published on Friday’s Lancet says the new "Quad" pill is faster acting, doesn’t have the neuropsychiatric side–effects as– sociated with other combinations, and could improve compliance with treatment.

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Rehab centre for HIV kids at Belgaum

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Deccan Herald
15 June 2012

The State government will set up a rehabilitation and a research centre for HIV- infected and affected children at Belgaum for which 250 acres of land (40 km from the city) has been identified, said Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas.

Addressing a gathering at the release of a documentary ‘Me, Myself and My Gender’ by Ashodaya Samiti here on Wednesday, the minister said Rs one crore has been allotted for the purpose.

He further said that “about 300 children are identified to be rehabilitated.

“The centre will be a residential school which will provide all the facilities including treatment. The Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI) will manufacture nutritious food for these children. The project will be launched before the Belgaum session of the legislature” the minister added.

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HIV+ rapist charged with murder bid

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Times Of India
12 June 2012

Court Cites ‘Intent To Transmit Disease’ & Lack Of Suitable Law To Slap Section
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New Delhi: In a first–of–its kind order, a trial court has decided to try an HIV–positive man for attempt to murder after he allegedly raped his minor stepdaughter, infecting her with the lifethreatening disease.

Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau charged him under Section 307 (attempt to murder) besides rape while noting that the man "intentionally" transmitted the deadly disease, knowing fully well that it is likely to cause the death of his 15–year–old stepdaughter.

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