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“A step forward?” New strain of HIV discovered for the first time since 2000

From Daily Mail: Scientists have identified a new strain of HIV – the first to be discovered since 2000.

The newly-discovered strain belongs to the same sub-family of the virus responsible for the pandemic that began in 1981 in Sub-Saharan Africa, spread around the globe and has killed 32 million people.

It belongs to Group M of the virus and was identified in three people in the Democratic Republic of Congo by scientists at Abbott Labs, which makes HIV diagnostic tests. The family of viruses is still the one that most commonly infects humans.

Although it may represent an evolution of the virus, the new HIV strain contains the necessary similarities to previously discovered Group M ones to still be diagnosed and treated using existing methods.

But the discovery of this strain – and all others of HIV – could be a step forward in their understanding of how the virus evolves, how to diagnose and treat it and to the development of a potential vaccine to end the pandemic for good.

‘This discovery is just the tip of the iceberg,’ said Dr. Mary Rodgers, a principal scientist at Abbott and a study co-author. ‘Abbott is making this new strain available to the research community globally to evaluate its impact to diagnostic testing, treatments and potential vaccines.’

This is the first time a new subtype of Group M HIV has been identified since classification guidelines for parsing out the various strains were established at the turn of the century.

Researchers say the new discovery helps them to stay one step ahead of a mutating virus and avoid new pandemics. They’ve actually been aware of the novel strain for some time, but DNA sequencing technology was insufficient to confirm it as new, until now.

Before an unusual virus can be determined a new subtype, three cases of it must be discovered independently.

The first two samples of the new HIV-1 Group M, subtype L were discovered in DRC in the 1980s and the 1990s. The third, collected in 2001, was difficult to sequence at the time because of the amount of virus in the sample and the existing technology.

Global healthcare company Abbott made the discovery, which is published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS).

‘In an increasingly connected world, we can no longer think of viruses being contained to one location,’ Carole McArthur, professor in the departments of oral and craniofacial sciences, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and one of the study authors, said.

‘This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to out-think this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution.’

Latest genome sequencing technology allows researchers to build an entire genome at higher speeds and lower costs.

In order to make the most of this technology, Abbott scientists developed and applied new techniques to help narrow in on the virus portion of the sample to fully sequence and complete the genome.

The new Group M strain will not change the way HIV is diagnosed or treated, and simply means that people are tested for the new strain as well.

Existing diagnostic tests and anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the growth of HIV, are designed to target the parts of the virus that are common to all groups.

Dr. Michael Brady, medical director at HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust said: ‘Scientific progress in our understanding of HIV continues to move at a fast pace. It’s important to stress that there are many different strains of HIV, but our ability to detect and treat the virus remains the same. Thanks to medical advances, HIV is now a long-term manageable condition and people on effective treatment can’t pass the virus on.’

An estimated 47 percent of people who are living with HIV are considered ‘virally suppressed, meaning that treatment has lowered the load of the virus in their blood sufficiently so that it cannot be transmitted to other people.

‘We now have the tools to end new HIV transmissions once and for all, and breaking down barriers to testing will help us achieve that goal.’

See also:

CDC: 1 out of 7 ‘transgender women’ have HIV
Liberal utopia of Seattle: 8 new cases of HIV identified in homeless population
Europe commits suicide: Explosive increase in rapes and HIV from Muslim migrants

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Just call him IT: Man spends $75,000 on horn implants, castration & ear removal to become “transspecies” reptilian

This is what happens when you normalize the abnormal.

From Daily Mail: A 58-year-old former banker turned ‘dragon lady’ has spent a whopping $75,000 on more than 20 body modification procedures to transform into a genderless mythical creature.

Tiamat Legion Medusa, who identifies as a transspecies reptilian, has undergone castration, ear removal, tongue splitting, and 18 horn implants over the past two decades after an AIDS diagnosis left them fearing for their life.

‘I am in the process of going genderless, so I prefer they, them pronouns,’ The Los Angeles resident explained. ‘My ultimate preference is to simply be called an ‘it,’ just like my own kind, the snakes.’

Tiamat, who was born Richard Hernandez, had a difficult childhood and developed a kinship with snakes at an early age. ‘I was abandoned by my parents in the middle of the woods, at night, deep in the heart of South Texas, where the western diamondback rattlesnake abounds,’ they recalled.

‘It was then, when my human parents shoved me out of the car to leave me there like unwanted trash, that I adopted the venomous rattler as my parents.’

Tiamat said their parents left them and two of their other three siblings close enough to the family farm so their maternal grandparents would find them. ‘My grandfather, sadly, would continue to abuse me verbally, emotionally, and physically, all because my grandfather hated my father and I was named after my father and the spitting image of him,’ they explained.

Tiamat struggled with being born a boy and came out as gay at the age of 11, which resulted in bullying and self-harm, but their dreams of being a girl were kept hidden.

After graduating high school in 1979, Tiamat escaped the small town of Bruni and moved to Houston, where they started working as an entry-level clerk JP Morgan Chase. ‘Through my 15-year tenure, I rose to become a banking vice president and client manager in the bank’s corporate banking division where I managed a diverse portfolio of corporate clients for the bank including on of the bank’s top ten clients,’ they recalled.

The former banker decided to modify their body for the first time with a pair of $400 horns in 1997 after they were diagnosed with HIV and then AIDS, which was considered a death sentence at the time.

‘Because I thought I was going to die, I started modifying my body as I felt I was in a race against time,’ explained Tiamat, who has since made a full recovery and is now classed as undetectable and untransmittable.

Tiamat is named after the Mesopotamian goddess who is the symbol of the chaos of primordial creation.
They took hormones to grow 38B breasts and also underwent prostate removal and castration – removing the testicles – while transitioning from male to female. However, they now want to be genderless.

“I am a transspecies reptiallian and I call myself a reptoid, being part human, part reptilian,” Tiamat wrote on their Facebook page.

Read the whole story here.

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Seattle Police officer being treated with anti-HIV cocktail after stepping on needle in a park

If you’ve read my many blog posts about the homeless crisis in Seattle, this will come as no surprise to you.

From MyNorthwest.com:  A police officer was stuck in the foot with a dirty needle while walking through a Seattle park on patrol this past Monday. Now, he’s receiving intense treatment to protect him from diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis, renewing concerns over police and resident safety in Seattle parks.

“This officer was simply walking through the grassy field of a city park, near where children were playing, when he stepped on the needle, which was hidden in the grass,” Sgt. Rich O’Neil, vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “The officer was taken to the hospital and is now undergoing ongoing, debilitating treatment to prevent HIV and other diseases.”

The officer works with the Navigation Team, the SPD’s unit that focuses on Seattle homelessness.

According to SPOG, the officer was on a routine walk through of Baker Park, a tiny residential park in the Crown Hill neighborhood. As the officer was walking, he felt a sharp pain between his toes that became so strong, he wasn’t able to stand.

Upon inspection, the officer saw a needle hub on the sole of his work boot. After removing the needle, the officer and his partner immediately traveled to a nearby hospital, along with the needle, so that it could be tested. He was met by colleagues at the hospital, who offered him moral support as he became concerned and was described as in a bit of shock, according to a SPOG source.

The medical protocol following exposure is lengthy and emotional. The officer is currently taking an anti-HIV cocktail, followed by additional tests to see what diseases he may have been exposed to.

Also from the story:

The officer told SPOG that he would rather it be him that got suck, instead of a child enjoying the park. He has kids and fears for their safety even more after this incident.

Just weeks ago, another father, former FBI operative and current Seattle City Council candidate Naveed Jamali, was walking in Seattle, near the waterfront, when his young children found needles and used condoms in the open.”

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: 8 new cases of HIV identified in homeless population

Many progressive-run cities on the west coast have a serious homeless crisis. The homeless are free to do drugs in the open (and in shelters), drink on the streets and generally continue their dangerous activities with no consequences. Heck, their bad behaviors are even encouraged by the bureaucrats. See the following posts:

Now the homeless are about to be responsible for a potential health outbreak in the Emerald City, thanks to Seattle Police allowing them to shoot up where ever they want and the bureaucrats keeping the homeless industrial complex alive.

From MyNorthwest.com: A cluster of new HIV infections in North Seattle has health officials worried that it’s unknowingly being spread by homeless addicts.

Eight new cases have been identified among people described as being homeless, heterosexual, and drug users. Public Health said several of the people reported exchanging sex for money or drugs.

Doctors say the cluster is unusual and suggests that HIV could be gaining inroads into the heterosexual population through dirty needles.

This cluster is unusual and worrying, suggesting that we are seeing an increase in HIV among heterosexuals who inject drugs, and that HIV could be gaining inroads into the heterosexual population through injection drug use,” Dr. Matthew Golden, MD, Director of Public Health’s HIV/STD Program said in a news release. “Changes in drug use patterns, with greater mixing between heroin users and people who inject methamphetamine, may be putting more people at risk for HIV.”

An average of 10 heterosexual people who use injection drugs are diagnosed with the disease in King County each year, according to Public Health. So far, there have already been 19 in 2018.

Public Health says it is alerting healthcare providers and urging them to increase HIV testing and prevention counseling, increasing outreach and testing programs, providing case management for individuals newly-identified with infections, and continuing to assure access to sterile injection equipment and condoms.

“The most effective way to prevent HIV transmission in the community is to identify people with HIV, link them to medical care and ensure that they are treated,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County said in a news release. “Medications for HIV suppress the infection, safeguarding the health of infected persons and preventing HIV transmission.”

Public Health says homelessness is a contributing factor for communicable diseases and HIV. The homeless have poor access to health care, have a high prevalence of injection drug use, and face behavioral health challenges.

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Of course they are: Teen Vogue is promoting anal sex

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Dr. Eowyn has written about the many consequences of anal sex. For instance:

  • The simple truth is this: The human body was not designed to accommodate anal intercourse. The anus is a delicate mechanism of small muscles that comprise an “exit-only” passage. With repeated trauma, friction and stretching, the sphincter loses its tone and its ability to maintain a tight seal.
  • Anal intercourse leads to leakage of fecal material that can easily become chronic.
  • The intestine has only a single layer of cells separating it from blood. Therefore, any organisms that are introduced into the rectum have a much easier time establishing a foothold for infection than they would in a vagina. The single layer tissue cannot withstand the friction associated with penile penetration, resulting in traumas that expose both participants to blood, organisms in feces, and a mixing of bodily fluids.
  • Ejaculate has components that are immunosuppressive, designed to allow the sperm to evade the immune defenses of the female. The fragility of the anus and rectum, along with the immunosuppressive effect of ejaculate, make anal-genital intercourse a most efficient manner of transmitting HIV and other infections.

According to the CDC, anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV. From their web site:
“HIV can be found in certain body fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), or rectal fluids—of a person who has HIV. Although receptive anal sex (bottoming) is much riskier for getting HIV than insertive anal sex (topping), it’s possible for either partner—the top or the bottom—to get HIV. The bottom’s risk is very high because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex. The top is also at risk because HIV can enter the body through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra); the foreskin if the penis isn’t circumcised; or small cuts, scratches, or open sores anywhere on the penis.
Now Teen Vogue is pushing this unhealthy behavior amongst teens. Never let facts get in the way of Communist Goal #26.
From Teen Vogue: When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts. Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.
With that sentiment in mind, we’re here to lay it all out for you when it comes to anal sex.
It’s important that we talk about all kinds of sex because not everyone is having, or wants to have, “penis in the vagina” sex. If you do have “penis in the vagina” sex and are curious about something else, or are finding that that type of sex is not for you and you’d just like to explore other options, it’s helpful to know the facts. Even if you do learn more and decide anal sex is not a thing you’d like to try, it doesn’t hurt to have the information.
If you’re not comfortable reading about anal sex, that’s perfectly OK, too. We have plenty of other articles around a variety of issues and wellness. Feel free to click out if you’d like! No pressure at all.
Obviously there is a lot of stuff on the Internet about anal (we don’t suggest you Google it), but most of what you’ll find is either porn or advice for experienced sexual persons looking to try something new. What about the teenagers? What about the LGBTQ young people who need to know about this for their sexual health?
I have got you covered. Without all the run-of-the-mill hoopla, here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.
This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.
Anal sex, though often stigmatized, is a perfectly natural way to engage in sexual activity. People have been having anal sex since the dawn of humanity. Seriously, it’s been documented back to the ancient Greeks and then some. So if you’re a little worried about trying it or are having trouble understanding the appeal, just know that it isn’t weird or gross.
The anus is full of nerve endings that, for some, feel awesome when stimulated. The opening of the butthole is where the most nerves are, so you don’t have to put anything that far up there (if you don’t want to) for it to feel good.
That being said, anal (like all sex acts) is not enjoyed by everyone, and that’s totally OK. You should do what you feel comfortable with and what feels pleasurable for you. There is no wrong way to experience sexuality, and no way is better than any other.
For those of you with prostates, being on the receiving end of anal sex can be a great experience.
First of all: What is a prostate? The prostate is a gland near the bladder that produces prostate fluid, one of the main elements of semen. It is located just in front of the rectum and can be stimulated with a toy, fingers, or penis. It feels like a solid, small bulge.
It feels good to have the prostate stimulated. This is one of the reasons receiving anal sex when you have a prostate can be very enjoyable. You can even have a prostate-induced orgasm!
Just because you have a vagina does not mean anal is off-limits. Many vagina owners love anal play. You don’t need to have a prostate to enjoy anal sex.
For those without a prostate, having your anus stimulated can still be great — remember all those nerve endings are still in the fold here. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.
The anus is not as malleable as a vagina, which has the ability to accommodate an infant’s head by design. The anus is very tight, and the feeling of having something in your rectal area is unique. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.
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Tinder adds health section after Aids charity put up billboards linking dating app to chlamydia and gonorrhea

Tinder is a location-based dating application (using  Facebook) that “facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.” According to askmen.com it’s also a great way to enjoy a “regret-free hookup.” Apparently there is something else that Tinder is good for: obtaining a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put pressure on Tinder bosses for them to add a “Health and Safety” section. AHF had put up billboards linking the dating app to chlamydia and gonorrhea as reported by on the Daily Mail.
Tinder has also added a ‘find your nearest STD clinic’ locator to its website. The new ‘Health Safety’ section of the Tinder website recommends users wear condoms and suggests asking potential partners when they were last checked for sexually transmitted diseases.
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The change followed a dispute between Tinder and the AHF, which refused to take down huge roadside signs suggesting the app was causing a surge in infections. The AHF originally refused to take down the adverts, which showed silhouettes of a man labeled ‘Tinder’ face-to-face with a woman labeled ‘chlamydia’. The huge roadside signs also showed a silhouette of a man labeled ‘Grindr’ – a gay dating app – facing a male silhouette labeled ‘gonorrhea’.
Despite facing legal action from Tinder, the HIV/Aids advocacy group said it would only consider taking the billboards down once a health section was added to the Tinder website. This past week the AHF welcomed the move and is now set to remove the adverts. It said it will continue to encourage other dating apps and websites to add a health section.
AHF senior director Whitney Engeran-Cordova said, “The CDC recently reported that sexually transmitted diseases increased dramatically in 2014. We are unfortunately now waging an uphill battle on this front. The CDC also noted, the majority of these infections are affecting young people – the demographic that is on their mobile phones all day long.  This is why it is such welcome news that Tinder will add a Health Safety section with a link to Healthvana, making it easier for people to find testing locations through an easily accessible, modern platform. And we hope to see other dating sites do the same.”
The row between the AHF and Tinder erupted as medical experts warned the surge in popularity of dating and casual sex apps was fueling a rise in sexually transmitted infections.
Dr. Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said the apps could trigger an ‘explosion’ of HIV in heterosexual people.  Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat in November, he said: “You are able to turn over partners more quickly with a dating app and the quicker you change partners, the more likely you are to get infections. What really worries me is that we are just at a tipping point for HIV. If enough people change partners quickly, and they’ve got other untreated sexually transmitted infections, it might just start an explosion of HIV in the heterosexual population. Apps could do that.”
Experts also warned that apps such as Tinder have made casual sex as available as ordering takeout. “Mobile dating apps are rapidly altering the sexual landscape by making casual sex as easily available as ordering a pizza,” The’s AHF’s Whitney Engeran-Cordova said last year.
Dr. Jessica Carbino, from Tinder, said: “An important aspect of any healthy relationship – whether formed on Tinder or otherwise – is ensuring sexual health and safety.  We’d be delighted to see other major social networks follow in our footsteps in educating the public.”
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Charlie Sheen and Dr. Oz: It's all about ratings and exposure

Last November, Charlie Sheen admitted on NBC’s “Today” this morning that he has HIV. He said one reason for going public with his condition was to put a stop to shakedowns from prostitutes and others who threatened to out him. And like any good Hollyweird celebrity, one must always be in the spotlight, no matter how despicable your behavior.

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Now Sheen will be a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show.  Page Six reports that this will occur , even as backlash mounts over some of his previous appearances on the program.
Apparently Sheen is doing his latest small-screen job for free, even though critics accuse him of cashing in. Insiders tell Page Six that Sheen is expected to appear on the show “a lot over the next few weeks.” Sheen hasn’t had a regular TV gig since “Anger Management” ended in 2014.
Sheen appeared on last Tuesday’s “Dr. Oz” and was its highest-rated show since April. “Thus far, they’ve shot at his home, in the studio and in a morgue, where they looked at the body parts of an addict who died,” said a source.
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HIV activists aren’t pleased since Sheen revealed he went off his meds for experimental injections from Dr. Samir Chachoua in Mexico, who claims to know how to cure cancer. “I take back everything I said about Sheen and his disclosure,” activist Peter Staley wrote for POZ magazine online Wednesday. Staley wrote:

“Sheen’s first steps with responsibility? He launches a ‘chase the cure’ effort with ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ (presumably with a nice ongoing paycheck), goes off his meds without telling anyone, goes to Mexico to seek a miracle cure from a scam artist even Dr. Oz hasn’t heard of.” Staley told Sheen to “crawl back into your ‘babe cave,’ write a big check to amfAR, and call it a day. Real AIDS advocates are the reason you’re still alive, so stop s - - ting on our legacy and continued work.”

The third part of Oz’s interview will air Monday. When asked if he suffers from “mania,” Sheen says, “My only experience with manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying. Deep substance abuse and drinking.”
Another show I’ve never watched, nor will I start any time soon.
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Out of Contol – AIDS in Black America

Reverend Manning is in the mainstream of thought in being highly aware of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the black community.  It has been a scourge decimating their community for over a decade.
These are the first of  two parts of a six part video series.  You’ll recognize the people featured are NOT rightwing wackos.  They’re highly recognized journalists.  Gwen Ifill has no axe to grind in this fight. 
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Part 3          Part 4                 Part 5           Part 6
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Why are Obama and Sharpton So Skinny? Rev. Manning Has a Theory

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California Law Lets 12-Yr-Olds Get STD Vaccines w/out Parental Knowledge


Nos. 40 and 41 of the “45 Communist Goals for America” that was entered into the Congressional Record on January 10, 1963, are:

Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce” and “Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.”

Last Sunday, October 9, 2011, in the name of preventative medical care, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that does just that.
Assembly Bill 499 allows a minor who is 12 years of age or older to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) — such as vaccines for HPV, HIV and hepatitis — without parental consent or knowledge.
The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and co-authored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma — both Democrats.
Ten other states and the District of Columbia have similar laws allowing such “preventative care” for minors without parental consent.
Critics of the law and advocates for parent’s rights have spoken out against the measure, but to no avail.  President of SaveCalifornia.com, Randy Thomasson said, “[Governor] Brown has no excuse to deny patients essential information and trample parents’ consent for their children, who lack the brain development to make big decisions like this.  It is unfair and wrong for AB 499 to coerce children behind their parents’ backs, when calling or emailing a child’s mother or father to set an appointment is the respectful way to communicate vital information and answer important questions.”
As blogger Giacomo notes:

“In the United States, parents have a legal obligation to care for and provide for all minor age children.  If a minor causes damage to someone else’s property, the parents are legally responsible for restitution.  In most states, a parent cannot evict a child under the age of 18; 16 in some states.  In cases of divorce and child support, one of the parents are generally liable to pay monthly child support to the other until the child reaches 18 and in some states graduate from high school.

Yet when it comes to one of the most personal, moral and religious subjects of sexually promiscuity, parents have absolutely no rights to know or control their minor child’s activities. It’s because of the need of the liberal socialists to undermine and erode both religious and family values of a people in order to set up a socialist government.

What’s even more scary is that these laws coincide with similar laws being pushed by the United Nations to give complete sexual freedom to all children down to the age of 10 to 12.”

By the way, you’d be interested to know that:

  • No. 11 of the “45 Communist Goals for America” is “Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces”;
  • No. 15 is “Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.”
  • No. 17 is “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum.”
  • No. 20 is “Infiltrate the press.”
  • No. 26 is “Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
  • No. 28 is “Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
  • No. 29 is “Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.”

I can go on, but you get the picture….
To quote the kids: “Are we there yet?”
H/t beloved fellow Tina.
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