World / Science & Health Dec 2, 2014

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS. Women with HIV in South Africa are more likely to have AIDS than a similar group in Botswana, where the disease arrived a decade earlier. The ...

Parade aims to raise awareness of sexual minorities

National 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 the ...

Regaining voice through performance

National 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 how ...

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Lifestyle 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 craftsman ...