Researchers: Bee Venom Can Kill the HIV Virus (via Healthline.com)

New research shows that nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom are capable of destroying HIV cells while leaving others intact. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (WU) say they’ve found a way to effectively destroy the HIV virus using a toxin found in bee venom. The study, published Thursday in the journal Antiviral Therapy, states that the technique not only destroys the virus that causes AIDS, but also leaves surrounding cells intact. Researchers say they hope the nanoparticle technology could be incorporated into a vaginal gel to prevent the spread of HIV in areas with high rates of … Continue reading Researchers: Bee Venom Can Kill the HIV Virus (via Healthline.com)

Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

I remember I received a letter from my mother where she said I could bring about more change by becoming a barrister than taking part in demonstrations.1 Although my mother has never quite said as much to me, it has been suggested to me by many other people that the way to make change is by changing the law. I think that for many years I have seen that as being within the political and legislative sphere, however, as I am now a law student, this is beginning to change. John Beckley‘s interest in the law came from working in … Continue reading Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

New Standards of Care for People Living with HIV must apply in Northern Ireland as much as England

With the news that the British HIV Association has published its new Standards of Care for People Living with HIV 2013, which set out to secure high quality care for people with HIV in the UK, at a time when patient numbers are rising and the NHS changes the way HIV treatment and prevention services will be commissioned and provided. I am hoping that this will assist all interested in our care here in Northern Ireland to work for improvement of the service. I notice that The Rainbow Project – I hope that it is TRP in Northern Ireland – replied to the consultation … Continue reading New Standards of Care for People Living with HIV must apply in Northern Ireland as much as England

Have you 10 minutes spare to help shape emotional health and wellbeing strategy for Belfast?

  The Belfast Strategic Partnership* is planning an emotional health and wellbeing strategy for the city. As many people living with HIV often have poorer mental health it will be vital for those of us living with HIV to have an input to the survey. If you want to help to influence the future of health provision in our city, please spend the five to ten minutes needed to complete the online survey. The deadline has been extended to 21 September 2012. Go on… Have Your Say! http://www.haveyoursaybelfast.com/ * Belfast Strategic Partnership involves Belfast City Council, the Public Health Agency and … Continue reading Have you 10 minutes spare to help shape emotional health and wellbeing strategy for Belfast?