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Recently Soa Aids Nederland introduced Advies.chat. It is the first online STD test advisor that gives reliable advice on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) test, whenever you need it.

Jun 2017       
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The Amsterdam VUmc Hospital is looking into the possibility of helping gay couples with surrogacy. Among gay couples, the interest for this is increasing, but as such it is not possible in the Netherlands still. Now, gay couples need to go abroad for an expensive and often uncertain process.

May 2017       
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Despite a decrease of people diagnosed with HIV, there is reason for concern. Nearly 50% of all new HIV cases is diagnosed too late. The Dutch HIV Association HVN is extremely worried. People who do not belong to the high-risk groups, such as heterosexual men and people over 45, are often treated too late.

Jan 2017       
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Preventing HIV with the HIV prevention pill PrEP is something Dutch parties D66 and GroenLinks now also want. Both parties submitted a motion in parliament last November to compensate PrEP for people who run a high risk of contracting HIV as of next year.

Dec 2016       
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The HIV prevention pill, also known as PrEP, can now be used in Europe for the prevention of HIV. The European Medicines Agency -(EMA) announced the news mid-August. Five interest groups call on Health Minister Schippers to make PrEP available immediately, now the EMA approval has taken away the last condition for introduction in the Netherlands.

Sep 2016       
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Alongside four other cities in the world, Amsterdam is ahead in the fight against AIDS/HIV. The initiative Fast Track Cities announced this result at AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South-Africa.

Sep 2016       
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The Global AIDS Update Report 2016 that was presented on May 31 indicates that 2015 saw 2.1 million new HIV infections. In 2014 UNAIDS reported 2.0 million new infections.

Jul 2016       
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Approximately thirty sports aficionado’s gathered around the pond in Oosterpark. Here, long-legged Marleen of sports club DGLA (Dutch Gay and Lesbian Athletics) coaches a one-hour running training. She does so in a relaxed and positive way, making sure even this reporter, who hates running, is having a good time.

Jul 2016       
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In spite of the Russian anti-propaganda law, the Aids Fonds in Moscow is still present with information and an exhibition on HIV and homosexuality. In Moscow, the Eastern European and Central Asian Aids Conference took place, co-organised by UNAIDS. The conference was attended by participants from 50 different countries, including scientists, politicians, health professionals, and activists.

May 2016       
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For the first time ever, a case has been made public in which PrEP did not work. A Canadian man was infected with HIV in spite of dedicated use of PrEP. However, according to experts, it is nothing to be alarmed about. The high effectiveness of PrEP is still undisputed, in spite of this one exceptional case.

Apr 2016       
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High-risk HPV infections in the anus are very common among homosexual men, and being HIV positive is a risk factor for high-risk HPV infections. This is the result of a study conducted in Amsterdam by the Health Authority GGD Amsterdam and the Medisch Centrum Jan van Goyen in a group of 750 homosexual men. HPV is the Human Papilloma Virus, which can cause cancer in the anus, the womb and the penis.

Mar 2016       
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In the US, the widely hated business man Martin Shkreli has been arrested. The FBI suspects him of multiple cases of stock fraud. As the general manager of a pharmaceutical company, he is suspected of illegally selling stock to pay off hedge funds debts, where he was a funds manager.

Feb 2016       
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Especially at the early stages of HIV, ‘the acute HIV infection stage,’ the virus can easily be passed on. To prevent further spreading and for the sake of the health of people with an HIV infection, it is of the utmost importance to start with HIV inhibitors at an early stage.

Oct 2015       
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A recently held Australian study shows that children with gay or lesbian parents are physically and emotionally healthier and have a better relationship with their parents than children with heterosexual parents. The study was conducted by the University of Melbourne.

Oct 2015       
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The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) has started a research project involving homosexual men and transgenders on the usability of PrEP for HIV prevention: the AMPrEP (Amsterdam PrEP) project.

Aug 2015       
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The Aids Fonds and Doctors Without Borders have called on the Dutch Lower House to put the international patent system on the agenda during the Dutch chairmanship of the EU in 2016. They did so by presenting the petition ‘Geen medicijnen is doodzonde’ (No medication is a Mortal Sin) to the Lower House.

Aug 2015       
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On the eighty-third birthday of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, February 27, 2015, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new partnership with AIDS United and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) to renew the attention of Americans, the entertainment industry and news media on the fight to end HIV and AIDS once and for all.

Apr 2015       
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Two studies, the British PROUD study and the French / Canadian IPERGAY study, again show that PrEP can protect against HIV infection. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: taking HIV medication preventively, before one is exposed to the HIV virus in order to prevent catching the virus. The studies were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle.

Apr 2015       
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This is the conclusion of a new survey by The Netherlands Centre for Social Development Movisie and the Dutch the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) on the attention that the youth sector gives to youth that is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and youth with an intersex condition.

Jan 2015       
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Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

Sep 2014       
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In 2013, more people were tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI) at Dutch STI clinics than in previous years. Although the percentage of people with an STI showed a slight decrease (0.4 per cent) for the first time since 2007, it remained high at 14.7 per cent. Effective STI monitoring remains essential for the identification of relevant trends, emerging STIs in high-risk groups, and the effectiveness of prevention programmes.

Aug 2014       
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Not because Angela Merkel is in favour, as she is also against "gay marriage", but because she was forced by judgement from the German Constitutional Court that puts same-sex couples level with straight couples for assessing income tax, creating equal tax rights for same-sex couples.

Jul 2014       
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The RWF study ‘Een wereld van verschil - Gezondheid van LHBT's (A World of Difference – The Health of LGBTs) provides a unique insight into the sexual health of lesbian women, homosexual men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) and relating factors.

Jul 2014       
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The World Medical Association (WMA) issued a statement in which it condemns reparative therapies, or conversions. In this statement, the international umbrella organisation calls for sanctions against so-called gay healers, and also condemns discrimination of homosexuals, while pointing out its negative health effects on sexual minorities.

Dec 2013       
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The Aids Fonds, the Hiv Vereniging Nederland, the Dutch Association of HIV-treating Physicians, and Soa Aids Nederland come with a univocal advice on condom usage for regular partners with an unequal HIV status. The general advice to use condoms remains in place. But when certain specific conditions are met, regular partners may choose to leave out condoms. Research shows that the risk of the partner with HIV transmitting the virus is (extremely) low when he or she is successfully treated with HIV inhibitors.

Nov 2013       
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“In the early eighties, Amsterdam was hit by HIV/AIDS. At the time, I was working as the head of the Health department of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD). I was very involved with all the developments in this area, and have seen the disastrous consequences of this infectious disease. Antiretrovirals only became available in 1996. Before that time, an HIV/AIDS diagnoses meant a death sentence. In the early years, a lot of young people died of HIV-related illnesses. These were anxious times with some very disruptive problems. A memorial can serve as a way for the bereaved to remember their loved ones.”

Nov 2013       
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The Queensland Institute of Medical Research claims to have discovered how a HIV protein can be changed in order to protect the body from infection and counteract further spreading of the virus. Professor David Harrich says that 'even though we cannot cure HIV with this, by changing the found protein, the human cells will be protected from AIDS.'

Apr 2013       
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The HIV-Monitor Foundation (SHM) records in her Monitoring Report 2012 that the annual number of new HIV-cases stays high. Over 2011 there were 1076 newly registered infections. This number is stable and at the same level as over 2009 and 2010. The number of new infections over these years averaged on 1100 per year. Amongst men that have sex with other men (MSM) there were 714 new infections in 2011, which is also like the previous years. MSM is still the group that runs most of the risk to get HIV in The Netherlands.

Jan 2013       
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In the report over 2011 Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) signals that the yearly increase of new HIV infections amongst men that have sex with men (MSM) has halted in the period 2009 and 2010. Since 1998 the number of new cases amongst MSM increased annually till over 850 in 2008.

Jul 2012       
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It looks like the health insurance coverage of the gay therapy of Tot Heil des Volks/Different will be scrapped. That’s because a number of health insurance companies have decided to stop covering treatments via EuroPsyche.

Jul 2012       
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Parliament passed a motion that gay men should be allowed to donate blood again. COC Netherlands, which has lobbied for an end to the ban on blood donations from gay men for years, called it a break-through. Blood Bank Sanquin released a statement saying it wasn’t intent on adapting the guidelines, just yet.

Blood Bank Sanquin maintains that men who have sex with other men should not be allowed to donate blood.

Jun 2012       
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It has now become clear that the old and outmoded advice to stay out of the sun and continuously apply sun lotion has led to millions of deaths. Living in the shadow goes hand in hand with cancer, heart problems, obesity, viral infections, and depression. But also for those who are young, and have no interest in the problems the future might bring, vitamin D has everything to offer: Strength, Potency, and a Six-pack.

May 2012       
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Much to the surprise of the COC and LKP Minister Schippers of Public Health denies that the Different-therapy, in which gays are taught to repress their sinful nature, aims at ‘curing’. This was in her answer to questions of members of parliament and she based it on the findings of the Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg (IGZ) (Healthcare Inspection Authority).

Apr 2012       
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The state institute for public health and the environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid & Milieu) publicized in newspaper Metro that the Dutch STD clinics will select their clients more carefully this year. People that don’t belong to higher-risk groups will be referred to their GP. This stricter selection is meant to make the STD specific care more efficient as well as cut costs. There are 26 STD clinics where clients are tested freely and anonymously. They are suffering from their own success: more and more people use them.

Mar 2012       
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Gay men, as well as bisexual men, get tested on HIV more often than before. Younger men test more often than older men, so infections are detected in earlier stages. The number of newly registered HIV diagnoses in this group is no longer going up. These are the main results of the Schorer Monitor 2011, an annual research of health, welfare and sexuality amongst gay and bisexual men in The Netherlands, and the last report of the HIV Monitor Foundation (SHM).

Feb 2012       
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A healthy smoker who wants to quit, will hardly ever succeed. But by choosing a better variety of tobacco, it still is possible to enjoy smoking and nearly exclude all health risks. Half of the Swedish men choose Snus, an unprocessed raw tobacco, while only twelve percent still smokes modern cigarettes. At the moment, Swedish men will become the oldest in Europe.

Nov 2011       
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Hippocrates (460-350 BC), the father of Western medicine, already said: “Let our food be our medicine.” Hippocrates didn’t think illness was brought on by angry gods or simple bad luck. He thought ailments were natural and mainly caused by a wrong diet and a lack of exercise. Hippocrates gained eternal fame by clearing Athens from the plague at 430 BC. He himself remained healthy till the end and died when he was ninety years old.

Oct 2011       
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“Blue Zones” are the sunny regions on earth where most vital hundred-year olds live. The chances that you’ll live in health for longer than a century are twenty times higher in these regions than in the USA. What vital people over a hundred share: they live active outdoor lives in fields or gardens so they’re drenched in sun vitamin D. High vitamin D levels boost the immune system as well as the bones and muscles. The elderly look up to forty years younger and retain their muscle tone and teeth until the end.

Aug 2011       
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The COC calls upon the government and Sequin Bloedvoorziening (blood services) to adapt the criteria on blood donations. Sanquin, providing blood services in Holland, is not happy with a D66 (liberal democrats) proposal to no longer exclude gays from donating blood purely on the basis of their sexual preferences.

Aug 2011       
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In spite of prevention campaigns sexually transmitted disease figures keep going up amongst the gay community of Flanders. This is primarily the case for Gonorrhea and Syphilis. The worrying trend can be derived from figures the Flemish minister of Public Health, Jo Vandeurzen, and the Flemish Agency for Care and Health made public.

Apr 2011       
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Ten-point plan of action of the HIV-Association Netherlands for 2011 – 2014

People with HIV live long; a positive result of the effective combination therapy. There are many 40+, 50+ and elderly people living with HIV. This group will grow quickly over the next few years. A longer life comes with a few consequences. People with HIV are more susceptible to several chronic ailments, as a result of long-term HIV-infection and HIV-medication, on top of the normal effects of aging. So people with HIV more often develop comorbidity (the combination of multiple chronic diseases) at a relative young age.

Feb 2011       
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On the first of November 2000 the Hiv Vereniging (HIV-Society) started its Servicepunt (Service Point). Accessible for questions and conversations the Service Point supports people living with HIV / AIDS. Just someone to talk to, someone who's informed and HIV-positive as well, someone who has concrete advice and directions to offer. This is also available through email and the Service Point workers are also active at www.hivnet.org.

Jan 2011       
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A GP clinic in Amsterdam Osdorp offers faith-healing, reports Het Parool. People with Alzheimer, Parkinson, Cancer or Aids can go there for a 'healing' session. The christian practice is run by Jan Boogaard and Cornelie Scheeres. A Parool journalist discovered the faith healers via the site Healingrooms Amsterdam.

Aug 2010       
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Every three days somebody somewhere is being killed for being transsexual. These murders generally take place in Latin America, the United States, or in Turkey. In many countries these victims are commemorated. In The Netherlands we do this during the annual Transsexual Memorial Day, we’ve had five so-far: four of them took place in Amsterdam and one in Utrecht. Embrace Pink also holds a memorial day in Tilburg.

Jul 2010       
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A lack of attention for 'harm reduction' measures - clean needles for drug addicts for example - is causing hiv and tuberculosis epidemics in Eastern Europe and Russia, says Gerry Stimson, director of the IHRA and Professor emeritus at the Imperial College in London. At the moment barely 2 eurocents per drug user is invested in harm reduction, measures aimed at tackling the negative effects of drug using for the users themselves, as well as their environment and the society.

Jul 2010       
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Hiv, the virus that causes aids, uses an immune response of the first cells it encounters in the body to multiply itself. This immune response, which usually prevents infection in a person, helps hiv to spread out. Researchers of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam published their discovery in the scientific magazine Nature Immunology today. The team, under management of professor Teuynis Geijtenbeek, labels the discovery as unexpected. It was a known fact that the aids virus first encounters so-called dendrite cells.

Jun 2010       
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In France at the end of February, there was much to do about the presentation of a plan for a provocative campaign to prevent smoking by youngsters. Even though the posters in question were not out on the street yet and hadn’t appeared in any magazine or newspaper, French Minister of Family Affaires, Nadine Morano, was already considering a possible campaign ban. “There are other ways to warn youngsters about cigarette addiction,” the minister declared.

May 2010       
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It was thought that the circumcision of men could possibly reduce the number of HIV infections. A new study, however, shows that the effect of circumcision of homosexual men is almost non-existent.

Earlier studies in Africa
Studies that were carried out in Africa supposedly have proven that circumcised men have 60% less chance of catching the HIV virus compared to non-circumcised men. They presumed that the foreskin would be extremely sensitive to the virus.

May 2010       
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In “L’Homo,” a one-off Dutch gay magazine that appeared in spring of 2009, 43-year old, HIV-positive Anthony admits: “I like sex without a condom better, especially when I’m being fucked. I’m not specifically looking for bare sex, but when it happens I do like it better. With a condom it starts to irritate after ten minutes, without I can keep going for hours.”

Feb 2010       
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Parliament ought to prevent the cuts on aids policies

The Ministry for Third World Aid is planning to cut aids budgets to accomplish half of their projected cuts. Dutch aids organizations think this is completely irresponsible and incomprehensible. Preceding the debate in parliament they’ve sent a public letter calling to halt this move. The cuts will mean over 100.000 people will not get the necessary medication in order to stay alive. Government is also not planning to invest in vaccine research.

Jan 2010       
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Circumcision might protect heterosexual men in Africa from contracting hiv, for gay men unfortunately, it offers no protection. This is the conclusion of a research in the US on the effects of circumcision of gay men, which was presented at the annual hiv convention in Atlanta. Dr. Peter Klimarx of the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) said that ‘circumcision has no effect in preventing hiv to spread through anal sex.’

Nov 2009       
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Gay men, lesbian women, bisexuals and transgender people are not very positive about the future and fear they’re going to be confronted with discrimination more often. This was the result of a research by anti-discrimination bureau RADAR.

Nov 2009       
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The Amsterdam alderman Freek Ossel cannot understand why minister Ab Klink (Public Health) keeps refusing to intervene with the religious groups that claim to ‘heal’ hiv-infections as well as homosexuality altogether. “Public Health is put in danger by these healings,” Ossel says referring to an article in Het Parool. This article is about a visit to a migrant church in Diemen during which the reporter was cured from his faked hiv-infection.

Jul 2009       
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In 2008 French professor Luc Montagnier received the Nobel Prize for medical science, together with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi for the discovery of the hiv-virus in 1983. He attended a conference on the future of biomedical research in the 21st century. We asked him a few questions.

Fewer and fewer youngsters are interested in exact sciences. What can we do to make it more attractive again?

Jun 2009       
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The hair on the head of HIV patients can show how much medication has been used and how effective this was. Researchers from the university of California published this in the Aids magazine last month. The new detection technique makes it much easier to determine the right dose of medication

Pill regime

The hiv virus causes aids and there is nothing yet that can cure it but there is medication that slows the reproduction and spread of the virus down. Treatment usually consists of a combination of different drugs so that people sometimes have to take several pills per day.

May 2009       
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Presentation Of Research Results Schorer Monitor 2008

More young gay and bisexual men have unprotected anal sex in comparison with last year. Drugs, darkrooms and internet dating are important factors in this development amongst men having sex with men. These are the main conclusions of the Schorer Monitor 2008, an annual online survey by Schorer and the University of Maastricht. 5.700 men took part this year, up from 3.700 last year.

Jan 2009       
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COC Nederland heeft met ontzetting kennis genomen van de stellige uitspraken van voorgangers van Pinkstergemeenten in Trouw dat homoseksualiteit en hiv door gebedsbijeenkomsten te 'genezen' zijn. 'Homoseksualiteit is geen ziekte en hiv moet je aan een echte dokter overlaten', zegt Wouter Neerings, voorzitter van COC Nederland. 'Yvette Lont beweert zelfs ronduit dat hiv-genezingen voorkomen tijdens healingconferenties die zij organiseert, Yvette Lont is voorganger van een pinkstergemeente, "Tijdens healingconferenties bidden we voor lichamelijk zieken" en " Hiv is door God te genezen, net als homoseksualiteit, " aldus Lont - ik daag haar uit met de bewijzen daarvoor te komen', zegt Wouter Neerings.

Dec 2008       
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COC Holland was shocked to hear members of the Pentacostalists claim in newspaper Trouw that they were ‘curing’ homosexuality as well as hiv infections through prayer. ‘Homosexuality is not an ailment and you should treat hiv with a real doctor,” COC chairman Wouter Neerings says. Yvette Lont claims without hesitation that there have been cases of recovery and dissappearance of the vrirus at her ‘healing conferences’. “During our conferences we pray for our physical ailments to be healed, hiv can be cured by God, just like homosexuality,” says Lont. “I challenge her to prove that,” says Wouter Neerings.

Dec 2008       
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According to Chen Zhiwei, director of the Aids Institute Hong Kong, there are more and more hiv infected Chinese find that their type of virus is already resistent to the available drugs. There are currently seven different types of cocktails available in China while there are over twenty existing ones worldwide. Researchers are trying to find out whether the resistent viruses are indeed spreading and how fast. If this is the case These patients can no longer get effective treatment in China.

Dec 2008       
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French Investigation Service Collects Data About HIV Status

The start-up of a new database ‘EDVIGE’ has caused uproar in France. This new database will be used by the French secret service and the police force when they have to collect intelligence about an individual person, a group or organization they think could pose a threat to security. EDVIGE was created on the 27th of June 2008 by a fusion between two French intelligence systems: RG and DST.

Oct 2008       
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