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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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How HIV Treatment and Care System has Locked out the ”Marginalized” Group of Patients

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A major health insurer recently announced that it would provide life insurance to HIV AIDs patients in America due to their rising life expectancy. This is contradictory to reports that were released by the Nation’s disease control unit stating that America is lagging behind in the fight against HIV AIDs.

Currently, it is estimated that there are approximately 1.2 million people in America living with the disease. Whereas life expectancy among white gay patients is nearly reaching the national’s norm, 66% of the 1.2 million patients are not on treatment.

In addition to this, statistics report that out of the 45,000 new cases of HIV reported annually, half of that number constitutes people of the African-American race, mostly bisexual and gay men.

According to these reports, African-American and Latino races are more likely to abandon treatment than white people. In fact, African-Americans were 7 times likely to die from the disease while Latinos were twice likely to die from the disease.
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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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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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Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Wednesday new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS were decreasing, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually end it “in every region, in every country”. The epidemic had killed some 39 million of the 78 million people it has affected since it began in the 1980s. “The AIDS epidemic can be ended in every region, every country, in every location, in every population and every community,” Michel Sidibe, the director of UNAIDS, said in the report. UNAIDS said that at the end of 2013, some 12.9 million HIV positive people had access to antiretroviral therapy – a dramatic improvement on the 10 million who were on treatment just one year earlier and the only 5 million who were getting AIDS drugs in 2010.

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HIV scare after Australian health worker diagnosed with virus

Australian authorities were Tuesday urging 399 people in eastern Victoria state to have an HIV test after a health care worker was diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS. “This is entirely precautionary as there are no reports of any patient contracting HIV from the health care worker,” it said in a statement. “But we are erring on the side of caution and recommending a blood test to rule out the presence of HIV.” One woman, who spoke on public radio without giving her full name, said she had felt “very sick in the stomach” after receiving a letter from the health department urging her to have a test. Authorities said the chances of infection passing from the health care worker to a patient were very low.

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