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30 Celebrities With Deadly Diseases


Toni Braxton

Illnesses and disease can affect anyone regardless of social status and how much money they make. While celebrities get away with a lot of things there are some things they cannot escape. These 30 celebrities have been diagnosed with deadly diseases and even their money and influence cannot change things.

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Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women, forum told

A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday. In a South African community where large numbers of men had been circumcised, women who only had sex with circumcised partners had a 15-percent-lower risk of being infected by HIV compared with women who also had uncircumcised partners, it found. “The risk reduction is small, but it is a start,” said investigator Kevin Jean of France’s National Agency for AIDS Research (ANRS). The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends voluntary circumcision as an option for men in 14 sub-Saharan countries struggling with high rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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AIDS circumcision campaign boosted by new evidence

A campaign to encourage circumcision among men in sub-Saharan Africa to help protect them against the AIDS virus was backed by new research on Monday showing that men who have had the operation are unlikely to engage in unprotected sex. Three major trials have previously shown that, for heterosexual men, male circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60 percent — a finding that has prompted the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend it as a voluntary prevention option, to be used along with the condom. The new study, coinciding with the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, took a long look at this argument yet found no evidence to support it. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers questioned more than 3,000 men aged 18-35 in Kenya’s Nyanza province who had just been briefed about the option of circumcision and advised on safe sex and testing for HIV.

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AIDS Circumcision campaign lifted by new evidence

A campaign to encourage circumcision among men in sub-Saharan Africa to help protect them against the AIDS virus was backed by new research on Monday showing that men who have had the operation are unlikely to engage in unprotected sex. Three major trials have previously shown that, for heterosexual men, male circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60 percent — a finding that has prompted the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend it as a voluntary prevention option, to be used along with the condom. The new study, coinciding with the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, took a long look at this argument yet found no evidence to support it. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers questioned more than 3,000 men aged 18-35 in Kenya’s Nyanza province who had just been briefed about the option of circumcision and advised on safe sex and testing for HIV.

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HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S.: researchers

The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus except for gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 and over 45, they wrote in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Among men who have sex with men, unprotected risk behaviors in the presence of high prevalence and unsuppressed viral load may continue to drive HIV transmission,” the report said. The United Nations said on Wednesday that there were 2.1 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2013, down 38 percent from 2001.

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AIDS conference spared worst with Malaysia plane toll at six

A global AIDS summit was in shock Saturday at the loss of colleagues in the Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine, but spirits were lifted when the number who died was put at six, far fewer than feared. Reports on Friday said as many as 100 passengers on the plane were en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne when it went down in a rebel-held part of the country on Thursday, killing all 298 on board. “The number that we have confirmed through our contacts with authorities in Australia, in Malaysia, and Dutch authorities as well is six people. Those killed include prominent Dutchman Joep Lange, a pioneer of cheap anti-retrovirals for the poor who had been involved in HIV research and treatment since 1983.

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Search for AIDS Cure Pushes Ahead Despite Setbacks

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Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in research. Addressing a symposium on the search for a cure, Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said the death of Joep Lange, a frontline scientist in the 33-year war on AIDS, was a major setback.
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Top AIDS official says six colleagues on Malaysia plane, not 100

International AIDS Society president Francoise Barre-Sinoussi on Saturday said six colleagues heading for a global conference in Melbourne were on a Malaysian plane that crashed over Ukraine, not 100 as reports suggested. “The number that we have confirmed through our contacts with authorities in Australia, in Malaysia, and Dutch authorities as well is six people. Australian newspapers on Friday said as many as 100 medical researchers, scientists, doctors and activists were on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that went down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe had tweeted that “many” delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference were on board, reinforcing fears of a high fatality rate.

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