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Read This Mother's Touching Message About Loving and Supporting Her Son With HIV

Singapore has hit the headlines last week for a massive leak of personal data relating to people living with HIV.

Today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued a press release confirming the data leak.

It said the data and contact details of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed up to 2013 were leaked online. The same details of 8,800 foreigners diagnosed up to 2011 were also leaked. Many had applied to Singapore for visas or work permits.

Unsurprisingly, this has generated great concern among some people living with the virus in the area.

Jay Z and Beyonce Offering Free Concert Tickets For Life If You Go Vegan

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are offering fans free concert tickets for life. The giveaway is a partnership with the Marco Borges-led 22-Days Nutrition Greenprint program. Fans who pledge to eat vegan can enter to win the lifetime’s worth of concert tickets. And on a healthy vegan diet, that could add up to a whole lot of Bey-n-Jay shows.

Massive Data Breach Reveals HIV Status of 14,000 People

The HIV-positive status of 14,200 people, as well as their identification numbers and contact details, has been leaked online, authorities in the southeast Asian city state said Monday.

Records leaked include 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed as HIV-positive before January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed before December 2011, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement.

Patient names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results and medical information was included in the information leaked by a former Singaporean resident.

Undetectable Levels Of HIV Untransmittable Experts Say

The National Institutes of Health has stated that over 300 global health agencies conclude that if a person tests positive for having the HIV virus in the blood and the viral loads are undetectable, it is untransmittable to a negative individual (U=U).

The 100 Year Old Man Living With HIV

A man living with HIV is soon to turn 100 years old. Doctors believe he has been living with the virus for at least a quarter of a century. They say his longevity is largely down to the fact that he takes his medication daily.

Miguel lives in Portugal and is referred to as ‘the Lisbon Patient’.

Atlanta's HIV Rates Compared To Third World African Countries

There is an epidemic in the United States that has reached epic proportions and one ever-growing city in the Southeast has reportedly gotten so bad, that doctors are urging its residents to take preventative medicine to prevent its wildfire-like spread.

HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it once was back in the 1980s, however, an explosion of HIV cases among African-Americans in Atlanta has reached that of some third world countries, according to the CDC.

Trump Administration Shuts Down Research For HIV Cure Using Fetal Tissue

The Trump administration has shut down at least one government-run study that uses fetal tissue implanted into mice even before federal health officials reach a decision on whether to continue such research, which is opposed by anti-abortion groups.

A senior scientist at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana told colleagues that the Health and Human Services Department “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue” from a firm that is the only available source, according to an email he sent to a collaborator in late September.

Bi and Gay Black Men Have Fewer Sex Partners and Get Tested More Often Yet Still Have Higher HIV Rates

The system seems to still be failing bi and gay black men in keeping the HIV rate down despite their behavior.  

Numerous studies have shown that black gay and bi men have fewer partners, are tested for HIV more often, and are less likely to have unsafe sex than their white counterparts.

They are also 16 times more likely to face an HIV infection than their peers.

A recent study published in the Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes seeks to uncover the cause for this odd correlation.

Syphilis On The Rise Amoung Gay and Bisexual Men

No one is entirely sure about the origins of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. The first recorded outbreak in Europe appeared during the 1495 invasion of Naples, where it led to widespread disease and death, particularly among troops on the French side. Later, disbanded armies helped to spread syphilis, the "great pox", across Europe, where the disease rapidly became endemic.

My Ex Died Of AIDS in 2016 Because He Refused To Take His Meds

In an opinion piece Michael Harris laments the loss of his ex boyfriend who died two years ago, not because he didn't have access to anti viral medication, but because he refused to take it.  This is his story: