Man gets 12 years for giving Aids to clients

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A self-proclaimed healer who was found guilty of intentionally infecting 16 of his clients with Aids was sentenced Friday 22 March by a Bern court to 12 years and 9 months in prison. The Bern man, 54, has been in the media for the past week not just because of the trial […]

Zambia “preachers” saying stop HIV/Aids treatment to prove faith

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A movement appears to be growing in Zambia, notably around the southern town of Chamba, where self-proclaimed “preachers” are telling people with HIV/Aids to stop taking medication as a sign of their faith. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV/Aids, but has made good progress in combatting it, […]

Self-proclaimed healer accused of giving Aids in police stand-off

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A self-proclaimed healer who is accused of intentionally injecting 15 patients with the Aids virus is in a police standoff, holed up in his house in canton Bern. The man was expected in court this week but his lawyer showed a medical certificate saying the man is suffering from extreme fatigue and […]

Global Fund director named: American Mark Dybul

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Fund, in separate move, fires inspector general for “unsatisfactory” work GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former US Global Aids Coordinator Mark Dybul, a medical doctor with extensive administrtive as well as clinical, has been named the new director general of Geneva-based Global Fund (full name: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria). He is currently codirecting […]

Novartis vs MSF: the flashmob scores

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Friday was a relatively normal day in central Geneva, not far from the train station, until everyone, or nearly everyone, froze. Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) went very public with its support for generic drugs for India and its opposition to Novartis’s court case to protect its drug brands there. Some […]

US approves home HIV test

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – United States authorities announced Tuesday 3 July the approval of a home HIV test, which is expected to go on sale in the country in October. The test, produced by OraSure Technologies, would require users to take a saliva sample before expecting a result within 20 to 40 minutes. US Federal Drugs […]

Global Fund celebrates 10 yrs with Gates gift of $700 million

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Global Fund, which disburses monies from other organizations to fight Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, is celebrating its 10th birthday this week with a special gift: the Bill Gates Foundation, which gave $650 million during the Fund’s first decade, has just announced it is giving an additional $750m. The news, announced by […]

World Aids Day focuses on “Getting to Zero” by 2015

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Landmarks get red lights as Aids Day Global prevention, treatment and funding at a turning point GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Red lights are shining today on several world landmarks, including the Empire State Building and Stock Exchange in New York and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, to mark World Aids Day. The day has been […]

Elizabeth Taylor, screen star, Aids activist, dies in LA

Elizabeth Taylor, whose called Gstaad, Switzerland a second home, died in Los Angeles Wednesday, age 79, of congestive heart failure. She soared to fame in 1944 as the violet-eyed beauty in the film National Velvet at age 12, but she starred in numerous other films, including the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She […]

S Africa farm workers Aids rate double country’s average

Rate far higher than previous studies show, IOM says Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A new survey for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 23 commercial farms in two South African provinces turned up a far higher than expected rate of HIV positive samples. The Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) involved 2,810 farm […]