By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 6, 1995
DETROIT -- Scientists have discovered another awful fact about AIDS: People are extremely contagious in the first 60 days after getting the AIDS virus -- the same period in which they can't possibly know they have it.The practical implication of the findings: If you suspect your partner is having sex with others, you'd better use a condom. Tests can't detect the virus for four to six weeks -- when most of that risky, early phase has passed.A University of Michigan study, being announced today by the university, found that in the first 60 days after being infected, a person could transmit the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS, to someone else in as many as a third of his sexual encounters.
By Peninsula Times Tribune | December 7, 1990
LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Walter Singer patted his stomach and joked that he might need a little extra stuffing to fit into his Santa Claus suit this year."
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Staff Writer | February 12, 1992
Too many people who test positive for the AIDS virus at Baltimore's city-run clinics continue to engage in sexual intercourse without a condom despite counseling aimed at stemming the epidemic's spread, a researcher said yesterday.A new study has found that 15 percent of a sample group of 615 patients who received counseling after testing positive for the AIDS virus returned within a year with a different sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea or syphilis."Clearly, what we do now is inadequate," said Dr. Jonathan Zenilman, a Johns Hopkins specialist in infectious diseases who also works with Baltimore's sexually transmitted disease clinics.
NationsBank Corp.'s Maryland bank must stand trial on discrimination charges in connection with the firing of an employee who is HIV positive, an appeals court ruled.In so ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., reversed a lower court that had decided in favor of NationsBank without a trial.In its decision, the appeals court said William Runnebaum had established sufficient evidence of discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act to go to trial. Runnebaum was diagnosed with HIV in 1988.
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Staff Writer | August 2, 1993
MIAMI, Fla. -- The state of Florida believes Ignacio Perea Jr. tried to kill three young boys. The alleged weapon? The AIDS virus that has infected his body.The 31-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, Mr. Perea sits in a Dade County jail today, charged with attempted first-degree murder in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of the boys in separate attacks. When police arrested him in late 1991, they found a receipt in his wallet indicating that he was being treated for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 23, 2004
Officials at Maryland General Hospital said yesterday that they will offer free retesting to any patients who were tested for HIV or hepatitis C at the hospital during a 14-month period ending in August of last year. Lee Kennedy, a spokesman for the hospital, said the offer was made to address concerns about the reliability of tests that were performed on an analyzer known as a Labotech. The equipment is no longer being used, and state and hospital officials have determined that about 460 HIV and hepatitis C test results obtained from the machine never should have been sent out. Though Kennedy said he did not know how many additional patients would be eligible for the free tests, the numbers are likely to be in the thousands.
By Robyn Suriano and Robyn Suriano,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 9, 2003
Women might be able to protect themselves from HIV infections someday with genetically engineered bacteria that latch onto the virus and keep it from penetrating vaginal tissues, according to research published yesterday. Stanford University scientists are developing the approach, in which they modify a type of naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina to secrete a protein that attracts HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once trapped on the surface, the HIV is destroyed by other natural substances in the vagina - such as lactic acid - that are toxic to the human immunodeficiency virus.
February 1, 1996
EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON wanted to return to the National Basketball Association as a player three years ago. He couldn't.It wasn't that his having the virus that causes AIDS had made him physically unable to play. But it was obvious that if he played, many of his opponents would not. They would be in constant fear that any accidental scratch that caused Mr. Johnson to bleed would put their own lives in danger. It didn't matter that medical experts said the possibility was remote. That's what they thought and they let Magic know it. Five weeks after announcing he was ending his retirement from the game, he announced he would stay retired.
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
Dwight R. Smallwood was convicted of attempted murder in 1994 for using an unusual weapon -- his body.Smallwood, who knew he was HIV-positive, raped three women at gunpoint during a week of crime near his home in Temple Hills in September 1993. Today, the state's highest court will hear arguments over whether the attempted murder conviction, the first of its kind in Maryland, was justified.His lawyers are expected to argue that the conviction endangers an estimated 15,000 people in Maryland who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
By Danielle Rumore and Danielle Rumore,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1997
Although medical concerns were raised when Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's right ear during Saturday night's heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, HIV transmission should not be one of them, doctors say.fTC The risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through biting is virtually nonexistent, medical experts say. Also, both fighters submitted medical documents citing that they are HIV-negative to the State of Nevada Athletic Commission...
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