November 30, 2019

Half of Women Diagnosed with HIV in Europe Will Advance to AIDS

 Immune cells being attacked by HIV virus cells

More than half (54%) of European women with HIV are only diagnosed when the infection is progressing towards AIDS, research suggests.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) damages cells in the immune system, preventing them from fighting off everyday infections, like colds. 
HIV is treatable if caught early, with 97% of those on therapy in the UK being “virally suppressed”, National AIDS Trust (NAT) statistics show. This means they cannot pass the virus even if they have unprotected sex.
Left untreated, however, HIV can develop into acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
This occurs when the immune system is so severely damaged by HIV, the patient is at risk of life-threatening infections and diseases.
Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization for Europe found women made up one-third of the 141,000 HIV diagnoses in the continent last year.
While most women are told they have the infection late, patients in their forties were up to four times more likely to have a delay in their diagnosis than their younger counterparts.
The late diagnosis was defined as a specific immune cell count of fewer than 350 cells/mm³. Healthy levels are generally considered between 500 and 1,200 cells/mm³.
Overall, countries in central Europe had six times fewer diagnoses among women than men last year, while those in the EU and European Economic Area - like Iceland and Norway - had three times less. 
“We do not know why but it seems systems and testing efforts in Europe are failing women”, Dr Andrea Ammon, ECDC director, said.
TV medic Dr Ranj Singh previously claimed women are now more “sexually liberated”, while high divorce rates mean many have new partners in later life.
Having gone through the menopause, some also mistakenly believe they do not need to use condoms, he added.
In the UK alone, 103,800 people are thought to be living with HIV, NAT statistics show. Of these, one in 14 is unaware they carry the infection.
While AIDS’ exact prevalence is unclear, there were 428 “AIDS-related deaths” in England alone last year, according to the charity Avert.

How does HIV spread?

HIV spreads via certain bodily fluids, including those in the vagina, semen, blood and breast milk, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. It cannot be transmitted via tears, sweat, feces or urine.
Unprotected vaginal or anal sex is the most common route of infection.
Anal sex may be particularly problematic due to the lining of the anus being more delicate than that of the vagina, according to Avert. This means it is more easily damaged, allowing the virus into the body.
Blood-borne infections can come about by sharing needles, transfusions or even splashing blood in your eyes, the US Department of Veterans Affairs reports.
The virus can also pass from pregnant women to their babies, both in the womb and during labor. Once the infant is born, breast milk can also cause transmission.
HIV cannot be spread via insect bites, like mosquitoes.

What are the symptoms?

Around 80% of people infected with HIV develop flu-like symptoms two-to-six weeks later, according to the NHS.
These include fever, sore throat, and a rash. Some also experience fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle and joint pain.
Once this has passed, the infection may cause no further illness for years. During this time, the virus is still damaging the immune system.
It can take 10 years before the immune system is severely damaged enough to be diagnosed as AIDS.
This can trigger weight loss, chronic diarrhea, night sweats, recurrent infections, and life-threatening illnesses.

How to get tested for HIV

The NHS provides free HIV tests for everyone, however, eligibility for different tests varies.
They can be carried out at sexual health clinics and some GP surgeries. Concerned people can also request an at-home test.
Home sampling kits involve collecting a saliva or blood sample, which then gets sent off for testing. You will be contacted within a few days with your results.

Another Knife Attack at London Bridge

 Passers-by who tackled a man wielding a knife on London Bridge has been praised as "everyday heroes".
The man had stabbed two people to death and wounded three others in a "terror-related" incident. 
Footage on social media shows the knifeman being held down by members of the public before firearms officers intervene and shoot him dead.
One man who intervened said they had been trying to dislodge a knife from the man's hand.
The suspect, Usman Khan, 28, a convicted terrorist, was shot dead by police officers
The Queen praised the emergency services and "the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others". 
Members of the public also expressed their admiration for those involved.
George Robarts tweeted that one man, filmed walking away from the attacker holding a knife, "ran through traffic and jumped the central partition to tackle the attack with several others".
He continued: "We ran away but [it] looks like he disarmed him, amazing bravery."
tweet Twitter user Tom replied "an even bigger one to the man who restrained him" referencing one of the other civilians involved, who was seen pinning the attacker to the floor. Amy Coop, who was inside Fishmongers' Hall where the attack began, tweeted her praise of a man who went to confront the attacker.
One person took a fire extinguisher and let it off in the face of the attacker to try to keep him at bay.
Tour guide Stevie Hurst was one of those who helped restrain Khan. 
He told BBC 5 live he saw the suspect being held down and kicked his head.
People were screaming that the attacker had "stabbed a couple of women", he said.
Steve HurstImage copyrightSTEVE HURST
Image captionStevie Hurst said he "doesn't know" why he was compelled to restrain the attacker
"Everyone was just on top of him, trying to bundle him to the ground.
"We saw that the knife was still in his hand... I just put a foot in to try and kick him in the head.
"We were trying to do as much as we could to try and dislodge the knife from his hand so he wouldn't harm anyone else.
“The guys that were there were absolutely amazing. Heroes beyond belief."
A Metropolitan Police Armed Response officer stands guard near Borough MarketImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionLondon Bridge remains under police cordon
Mr Hurst's colleague, Thomas Gray, 24, said he stamped on the terrorist's wrist to try to make him release one of two large knives he was carrying.
The tour manager said: "I was brought up on rugby and the rule is 'one in, all in'. I did what any Londoner would do and tried to put a stop to it.
"He had two knives on him, one in each hand, and it looked like they were taped to his hands.
"I stamped on his left wrist while someone else smacked his hand on the ground and kicked one of the knives away."
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker joined hundreds on Twitter to praise two men who helped stop the attacker.
"These fellas are amazing. The terrorist has already killed two people, injured others and they chase him down with a whale tusk and a fire extinguisher. 
"He's wearing a suicide vest which they don't know is fake. Incredible. True heroes," said Walker. 
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she wanted to thank the members of the public who have helped, "showing extraordinary courage by stepping in to tackle this attacker".

'A lot of courage'

Brendan Cox, whose wife MP Jo Cox was murdered, said: "I hope the front pages tomorrow are full of the stories of the everyday heroes who helped stop the attack, not fixated on the low-life attention seekers who carried it out."
Similarly, Kera Stewart said, rather than see the face of the attacker, she wanted to see the faces of the "brave, heroic pedestrians who took him down, disarmed him and saved people's lives."
Harvey Bateman added: "It takes a lot of courage to do something like that."
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Spencer Owen said: "To the brave pedestrians who held the man with a knife down on London Bridge before the armed police got there, you're all heroes."
Media captionSadiq Khan called members of the public who intervened in the incident "the best of us"
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister Boris Johnson both offered their thanks.
Mr Johnson praised emergency services and said members of the public "who physically intervened to protect the lives of others" showed "extraordinary bravery".
"For me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all of our country," he said.
Mr Khan said the people who confronted the attacker "risked their own safety".
"They are the best of us," he said. 

November 28, 2019

For Those That Celebrate A Thanksgiving Day, Adamfoxie Blog Wishes Food and Peace to Enjoy

Don't ever be Turkey let the bird whether dead or alive gets all the glory and pompous accolades. 

November of 2019 almost December and the end of our year.

A year of hope, disappointments, the shock that things in government have gotten this low and those that only care about having a government to start conflicts, But not to enact rules to protect our water, air, emissions to make cars better, just like they did when it demanded seat belts and airbags. I am one of the survivors in which my Beetle was smashed by an SUV but I survived and that is with already having damages on my back from an equestrian accident. But I and many like me still give thanks to whatever power protected me/us this year. I am not mentioning any of the religious god's people associate with protection. As long as you believe in something that is beneficial to you and me.
I hope next year you can tell how lucky you were about getting protected. 

November 27, 2019

The Queen cancels Birthday for Andrew and Obscures Him From All Public Activities, No More$$Either

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The Queen has reportedly scrapped plans to host a party for Prince Andrew to mark his 60th birthday in February.
Instead, the monarch is said to be arranging a small family dinner for the Duke, according to the Sunday Times. His birthday is on February 19.
The news comes just days after the Queen effectively sacked him from his royal duties at the behest of her eldest son in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
It has also emerged that Andrew's bungled BBC Newsnight interview was not sanctioned in advance by the Queen. 
"The Queen did not give her approval. The fact that notion has somehow been put about has aggrieved people in the [royal] households.
"Andrew had a son-to-mother conversation, letting her know that he was planning to address the controversy, but without going into any details... What should have happened was the full palace process," a royal source told the Sunday Times.
Meanwhile, royal author Penny Junor said to the paper: "He's absolutely finished. If Andrew is no longer representing or supporting the monarch in any capacity or doing good charitably, what's the point of him?"
The Queen is said to be "privately supportive" of her second son but also "deeply frustrated" that the scandal is overshadowing the rest of the family's work.
The Queen has apparently scrapped plans to host a party for Prince Andrew to mark his 60th birthday in February following his BBC Newsnight interview.  The Queen has apparently scrapped plans to host a party for Prince Andrew to mark his 60th birthday in February following his BBC Newsnight interview. 
The Duke of York, widely reputed to be the favorite of her three sons, has been under scrutiny over his friendship with Epstein for several years. 
He is currently preparing to give up all his charity commitments in a sign that he is unlikely ever to resume royal duties.
Now eighth-in-line to the throne, Andrew quit as Britain's roving trade ambassador in 2011 after being lambasted for his links to the financier following Epstein's jailing in 2008 for child sex offenses. Then in 2015, one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, said she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002 when she says Epstein kept her as a "sex slave".
Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Earlier this week, a senior British lawyer warned that Andrew could be arrested and trapped in America if he jets across the Atlantic to speak to the FBI.
US officials are examining procedures for a formal FBI interview with Andrew in Britain, and a source close to the Duke said he would be "happy to co-operate".
Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts in the now infamous photo, said to have been taken in the home of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts in the now-infamous photo said to have been taken in the home of Ghislaine Maxwell. 
In his BBC interview, Andrew categorically denied the sex claims and gave a series of explanations as to why her account was not true.
He said her account of meeting him sweating and dancing almost two decades ago at a London nightclub before having sex with him could not be true, noting that he suffered from a medical condition that stopped him perspiring.
He also said that on the night he was alleged to have met her he was at home with his family after visiting a Pizza Express restaurant in the commuter town of Woking with his daughter Beatrice.
The explanations provoked derision and ridicule in newspapers and social media.
Prince Andrew's withdrawal from public life over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal means that all 200 of his charities will need to seek new patrons.
The Queen ordered the Duke of York to step down in an attempt to contain the fall-out from his disastrous TV interview about his friendship with the pedophile billionaire.
It comes as 10 of the 35 worldwide sponsors of Andrew's beloved Pitch@Palace charity pulled the plug on their support and funding.
After his sacking, palace sources confirmed charities he was affiliated with would no longer receive his patronage.

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