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Doctors in Thailand have seen success in treating the deadly coronavirus with a powerful combination of flu and HIV drugs.
The news comes as the first coronavirus case in Massachusetts was confirmed in Boston on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the U.S. to 8.
The global death toll has soared to 362 cases with over 17,388 confirmed infections reported worldwide.
Doctors treating a 70-year-old Chinese woman with flu and HIV drugs saw a vast improvement in her symptoms. The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok reported zero virus detected in her blood after 48 hours.
The drug treatment includes a mixture of anti-HIV drugs Loinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in large doses.
"This is not a cure, but the patient's condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours," Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich told reporters.
"The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment."
The link between HIV and the coronavirus was first reported by Dr. Eric Ding, a visiting health scientist at the Harvard School of Health.
Twitter.com permanently banned Zerohedge.com for publishing a post about Dr. Ding's theory linking HIV to the coronavirus.
Zerohedge.com was supposedly banned for "doxing" a researcher at a level 4 laboratory in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.
The researcher, Dr. Peng Zhou, studied bats to determine why they are reservoirs for the world's deadliest pathogens yet they don't get sick.
Zerohedge.com questioned whether Dr. Zhou developed a superbug from bat virus or whether one of his bats escaped from his lab, which is located about 4 miles from the fish market linked to the first reported coronavirus death in Wuhan.
Twitter has banned or suspended accounts for promoting the idea that a man-made virus bioweapon is the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus. But Dr. Ding's Twitter account is still active.
Frank Ocean is catching heat for promoting his new LGBT+ nightclub by selling $60 t-shirts featuring HIV drug PrEP on the front.
The 31-year-old singer launched his first LGBT+ nightclub in New York City called PrEP+, which is named after the antiviral medication taken by MSM - men who have sex with men - to prevent HIV transmission.
The T-shirts went on sale on Ocean's website following Thursday's launch of the PrEP+ club party Ocean hosted in New York City.
Ocean also promoted the sale of the t-shirts on his Twitter page @blondedocean. "Tee's also come in a black colorway," he tweeted.
Critics took issue with the high cost of the cotton t-shirts: $60. An activist with the New York chapter of Act Up, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group, tweeted Saturday that the shirt's price tag is reminiscent of the steep mark-up of the PrEP drug by pharmaceutical company Truvada.
A $60 tee with "PrEP" on it.
Sounds familiar to a pharmaceutical company that marks up the price of PrEP to over $2,000/month while it costs $6 to make a month supply. This is not it Frank."
The activist also suggested Ocean should donate the proceeds for the shirt to HIV/AIDS advocacy groups such as Act Up.
Coulda also been thoughtful if all the funds went to service providers, PrEP navigators, and HIV justice and treatment orgs, but who asked us?"
Others chimed in, asking Ocean if he planned to donate the proceeds to companies that give out PrEP for free.
frank ocean selling shirts that say prep on them for $60 like ummmmm are you using the profits to donate to orgs that give out prep for free???? bc otherwise yikes my dude!"
Another Twitter user wrote:
"But sure, let's have Frank Ocean use a pill millions can't afford to promo new music at a fake queer party and to sell $65 shirts".
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PrEP stands for "pre-exposure prophylaxis." One pill contains 2 antiviral drugs (tenofovir and emtricitabine) to prevent HIV infection in people who engage in high risk, unprotected sex.
Ideally, men on PrEP prophylaxis therapy should also use condoms.
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HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS. The newborn girl acquired the infection from her mother while she was still in the womb.
Normally, pregnant women who test HIV positive are given a cocktail of drugs (antiretroviral therapy) to prevent HIV transmission to their fetus.
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