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When scientists made the stunning announcement last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, there was immediate skepticism that the child had been infected in the first place.
But on Wednesday, the existence of a second such baby was revealed at an AIDS conference here, leaving little doubt that the treatment works. A leading researcher said there might be five more such cases in Canada and three in South Africa.
And a clinical trial in which up to 60 babies who are born infected will be put on drugs within 48 hours is set to begin soon, another researcher added.
If that trial works — and it will take several years of following the babies to determine whether it has — the protocol for treating all 250,000 babies born infected each year worldwide will no doubt be rewritten.
“This could lead to major changes, for two reasons,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, executive director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Both for the welfare of the child, and because it is a huge proof of concept that you can cure someone if you can treat them early enough.”
The announcement was the third piece of hopeful news in two days about the virus that causes AIDS.
On Tuesday, scientists reported that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs fended off infection in monkeys, and on Wednesday, researchers announced a “gene editing” advance that might enable immune cells to repel the virus.
The first infant to make an apparent recovery from H.I.V. infection, now famous as the “Mississippi baby,” was described last March at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, the same annual meeting where the new case was reported on Wednesday.
The Mississippi child, now more than 3 years old, is still virus-free, said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist who has run ultrasensitive tests on both children in her lab at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.
The second baby, a girl born at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., is now 9 months old and apparently free of the virus that causes AIDS.
Her mother, who has advanced AIDS and is mentally ill, arrived in labor; she had been prescribed drugs to protect her baby but had not taken them.
Four hours after the birth, a pediatrician, Dr. Audra Deveikis, drew blood for an H.I.V. test and immediately started the baby on three drugs — AZT, 3TC and nevirapine — at the high doses usually used for treatment of the virus.
The normal preventive regimen for newborns would be lower doses of two drugs; doctors usually do not use the more aggressive treatment until they are sure the baby is infected, and then sometimes not in the first weeks.
“Of course I had worries,” Dr. Deveikis said in an interview here. “But the mother’s disease was not under control, and I had to weigh the risk of transmission against the toxicity of the meds.”
“I’d heard of the Mississippi baby, I’d watched the video,” she added. “I knew that if you want to prevent infection, early treatment is critical.”
The New York Times, "Early Treatment Is Found to Clear HIV In a Second Baby."
Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy “traditional marriage,” and I, for one, will dance on its grave.
It’s not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.
As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your “traditional marriage.” In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions:
Should one of us change our last name? And if so, who?
Should we have kids? Do we want to have kids? How do we want to have kids? Whose last name do our kids take?
How about housework, work-work, childcare? How do we assign these roles equitably? How do we cultivate a partnership that honors each of our professional and personal ambitions?
As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice — and be forced to address how much “traditional marriage” is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014.
Marriage Equality Is Destroying “Traditional Marriage,” And Why That’s A Good Thing (An Open Letter) | Carina Kolodny for the Huffington Post Gay Voices
On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.
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Hey guys, Kickstarter got hacked and they found out about this shit on WEDNESDAY and waited until SATURDAY AFTERNOON to tell everyone because fuck you, generous Kickstarter donor?
To clear up any confusion, here’s an easy test to see if you’re anti-gay:
If you have a gay friend (or sister or coworker or…) but still think that queer people should not be able to get married, then you are anti-gay.
If you’re fine with queer people as long as you don’t have to see them kissing or holding hands, then you are anti-gay.
If you don’t have anything against queer people but wouldn’t want a gay man leading your son’s scout troop, then you are anti-gay.
If you think that inside queer people there is anything lurking — however small — that causes us to have any less integrity or humanity than straight people have, then you are anti-gay.
Basically, if you’ve got an issue with queer people and whom or how we love or live or get off — whether you’re a grandma in Detroit or the Pope in the Vatican — then you’re anti-gay.
You might not be “malicious” or marching in front of a pride parade with a poster that reads, “Fags Doom Nations,” but you’re still part of the problem, and if we all know what’s good for us, we will no longer excuse your behavior no matter how good or kind you may otherwise be.
Here’s an Easy Test to Find Out If You’re Anti-Gay (And Maybe Don’t Even Know It) | Noah Michelson via the Huffington Post Gay Voices
Dear Amy: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child.
He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule.
Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you.
— Feeling Betrayed
Dear Betrayed: You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice — to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.
I assume that my suggestion will evoke a reaction that your sexuality is at the core of who you are. The same is true for your son. He has a right to be accepted by his parents for being exactly who he is.
When you “forget” a child’s birthday, you are basically negating him as a person. It is as if you are saying that you have forgotten his presence in the world. How very sad for him.
Pressuring your son to change his sexuality is wrong. If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere.
A group that could help you and your family figure out how to navigate this is PFLAG.org. This organization is founded for parents, families, friends and allies of LGBT people, and has helped countless families through this challenge. Please research and connect with a local chapter.
Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and NPR contributor Amy Dickinson, everyone. Quick, get this woman a TV show. (via Amy Dickinson)
- "THERE ARE NO WINNERS HERE." President Obama signs bill that reopens government and extends (temporary) debt ceiling through early 2014 while calling for a framework for a longer-term budget. You know, something that lasts more than three fucking months. (WashPo)
- More than 160,000 federal employees are back at work. (NY Times)
- THE BIGGEST LOSERS: House Republicans, duh. (Politico)
- And meet the Congressional stenographer who broke down and went into a rant as the House voted to end the shutdown. (CNN)
- OBAMASNARE: Techies were polled about the Healthcare.gov website and this quote sticks out most: "They’re probably using 1990’s technology in a 7.0 world." HHS spokesperson says glitches have been fixed and more people are signing up, though. We’ll see. (USA Today)
- MARYVILLE: Special prosecutor appointed to look into why rape charges were dropped against two suspects — both high school football players, and one of whom videotaped the sexual assault against a 14-year-old. (LA Times)
- The chief of the National Security Administration is stepping down, while members of the British Parliament will invoke anti-terrorism laws as they investigate The Guardian for its role in the Edward Snowden leaks. They might want to start with this fundamental question: “Why are we afraid of journalists more than terrorists?” (The Guardian)
- Newark mayor Cory Booker will serve out the remainder of the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate term. (AP)
- IRAN: First of seven-way talks with the U.S., Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany over Iran’s nuclear program appear to have gone well, will pick up again early next year. (Reuters)
- And finally… NO THANKSY: New York City police apparently have nothing better to do, so they’re going after elusive street artist Banksy, who arts in their general direction. (NY Post)
(Photo of Banksy’s latest piece in Brooklyn on Thursday via the NY Post)
Sixteen days after a federal shutdown began and one day before the United States would have exhausted its ability to borrow money, Congress approved a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. President Obama has promised to sign the legislation immediately, meaning hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be back at work Thursday.
“Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement late Wednesday night. Burwell directed employees to check news outlets and OPM’s Web site for further updates.
By a vote of 81 to 18, the Senate sent the 35-page bill to the House of Representatives, where it was approved 285-144 just a little over two hours later. All 198 Democrats present in the House voted yes, and 87 Republicans voted yes as well. All 144 no votes were Republicans.
“We fought the good fight; we just didn’t win,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an interview with conservative radio host Bill Cunningham.
At the White House, Obama hailed the Senate’s deal. “Once this agreement arrives on my desk I will sign it immediately and we will begin reopening the government immediately, and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and the and the American people.”
Obama said he hopes to move forward on other domestic priorities, including immigration reform and the farm bill. “We could get all these things done if everybody comes together in a spirit of ‘how can we move this country forward’ and put the last three weeks behind us.”
Boehner and other GOP leaders acknowledged defeat hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced terms of their deal on the Senate floor, drawing support from the White House. The Senate plan avoids any major changes to the Affordable Care Act, a major victory for Democrats and a repudiation to Republicans who for weeks tried to use the threat of a shutdown and potential default to force changes in the law.
The Washington Post, "Congress Sends Obama Bill to End Shutdown."
The GOP lost, lost, lost.
Obama didn’t budge, budge, budge.
But this deal might only get us to the next shitshow in just a few more months. Hopefully, the Republicans have learned their lesson: the White House isn’t playing anymore, and their brand of hostage-taking just ain’t gonna fly.