Oct 9, 2014

Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armor

In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an AIDS vaccine, researchers on Wednesday unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells. In papers published in the journals Science and Nature, U.S. specialists described the structure and ...

Jul 11, 2014

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO’s ...

May 23, 2014

Japan sets record for new AIDS patients

Japan broke its annual record for new AIDS patients in 2013 with 484, the highest on record, a health ministry team said Friday. Team leader Aikichi Iwamoto said people who suspect they have contracted HIV should have themselves tested because early treatment can help ...

Parade aims to raise awareness of sexual minorities

Apr 23, 2014

Parade aims to raise awareness of sexual minorities

by Sang Woo Kim

Tokyo Rainbow Pride, the nation’s largest festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, will have its third annual parade in Tokyo on Sunday, aiming to raise awareness of sexual minorities in Japan. The parade is scheduled to proceed from Shibuya Station to ...

Regaining voice through performance

Jan 30, 2014

Regaining voice through performance

by Keiji Hirano

How would you react if you were diagnosed as HIV-positive? Keep quiet, pretend nothing happened and write off your past? Endure the agony by yourself? A new documentary titled “Talk Back Out Loud” produced by an independent Japanese filmmaker asks viewers these questions, showing ...

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Nov 30, 2013

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

by Simon Scott

When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. “I just thought I had a regular illness,” said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld. However, the ...

Nov 26, 2013

Man contracts HIV via donor blood

A man in his 60s contracted HIV after receiving blood donated by an infected man that slipped through safety checks by the Japan Red Cross Society, the health ministry and the Red Cross reveal.

Apr 5, 2013

Antibodies 'map' to vaccine for AIDS found

Scientists on a quest for an antibody-based AIDS vaccine said Wednesday they found promising clues in the uncommonly “robust” natural immune response of a patient in Africa. Studying blood samples over a three-year period after the person was infected, researchers were witness to a ...