Monthly Archives: July 2013

Admare Jinga sentenced for ‘HIV cure’ fraud

Jinga, Admare

Admare Jinga, 31, was sentenced at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday

A man who was convicted of an on-line scam selling products that claimed to ‘kill’ the HIV virus has been sentenced to 240 hours community service.

Admare Jinga used his base in Belfast to set up a company that advertised and distributed products overseas, particularly to his native Zimbabwe.

In June, he was found guilty of fraud by false representation.  He had already admitted a second charge of marketing medicines for human use without proper authorisation.

The 31-year-old University of Ulster graduate was sentenced at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Jinga, who now lives in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, will carry out his community service over the next 12 months.  During the trial, Belfast Magistrates Court had heard that Jinga established a company called Savec Healthcare Ltd in 2007, when he was living in south Belfast.

Up until 2009 it marketed products as alternative forms of treatment for the HIV infection.  They claimed to be able to kill, prevent or stop Aids, according to the prosecution.

In the witness box Jinga said he became involved with pharmacists, a microbiologist and other Zimbabwean professionals concerned with the impact of HIV in their country.  Jinga claimed that no complaints were ever received from people who used his products.
The case against him was taken by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  In a statement issued after the sentencing, the MHRA said the case was its first ever prosecution of its kind.

The agency said it took action against Jinga after he was found to be selling a machine and accompanying medicine over the internet that he falsely claimed could cure HIV and Aids.

“There are no known cures for HIV so any claim to this effect is illegal,” the MHRA statement added.

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Day Trip to Cromer

cromer day trip

Fancy a trip to the seaside? – We think it’s just about the right weather to get in a bus, and head to the beech so we’re going to Cromer for the day in two and a half weeks.

This is available only for service users of LASS. 

Cromer is home to a variety of cafes/restaurants and provides special variety shows.  It is awash with small bespoke shops, which is great (especially for shopaholics)! 

We’re heading out on Wednesday, 7th August at 8:00am from The Michael Wood Centre (Map) and return around 7:30pm.

We require a refundable deposit of £5 to be paid in advance together with a consent form. There are only 25 spaces left, available strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Please call us on 0116 2559995 to book a space or email Chaz or Rachael for more information.

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Bill to lift ban on HIV positive organ donation passes House committee


USA: A bill which could eventually allow the donation of HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients has passed the House after having passed the US Senate back in June.

The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE), which is sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans would allow organs from HIV positive people to be donated to HIV positive recipients, and more so would allow researchers to study the safety of such practice.

The Human Rights Campaign also commended the passage of the bill. Back in March, the HRC praised the passage of the bill in the Senate Committe, and in June it passed in the full Senate.

“The HOPE Act represents sound public health policy,” said HRC legislative director Allison Herwitt. “The action by the House Energy & Commerce Committee is a major step forward in removing an outdated barrier which impedes access to lifesaving transplants for persons living with HIV and AIDS.”

HIV-positive patients in the US have been lobbying for the right to receive HIV-infected transplant organs for some time. They argue that there are hundreds of HIV-infected organs available every year and that making the change would save lives and give more people the chance of a transplant.

There are more than 100,000 actively waiting for life-saving organs, and around 50,000 more are added annually, and lifting the ban could decrease waiting time for all.

Allowing organs from HIV positive donors to HIV positive recipients with liver or kidney failure could save up to 1,000 people each year.

The ban on HIV positive organ donation was put in place in 1988, and aruments for it being lifted come partly from the fact that the treatment of HIV and AIDS has advanced significantly since.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued draft Public Health Service Guidelines in September 2011, recommending research in this area, but said that in the US, federal law blocks it from taking place.

Over 40 medical and patient advocacy groups endorse the act, including the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the US’s organ transplant system.

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LASS 25 Year History Final Event


Dear Colleagues and Friends

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) is marking the end of our Heritage Lottery funded 25 year history project with 2 workshops as we hand over our fascinating and informative archive to the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record office for public access and safe keeping.

The workshops and handover will take place on 11th July 2013 here at LASS and repeated in Wigston.  We will also launch our mobile display which you will be able to take away with you in your pockets to share with each other.

Our guest speaker, Dr Richard Mckay will provide some insights into his research on 30 years of AIDS as context for our local history.

Dr Richard Mc Kay, Wellcome Trust Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Oxford, completed his doctorate in history at the University of Oxford where his thesis focused on the emergence & dissemination of the “Patient zero” concept. His book, provisionally entitled “Patient Zero: Public health, the Media & the Making of the North American AIDS Epidemic, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.  His current research explores the process by which healthcare workers & other groups became increasingly concerned with the role played by men who had sex with men in the transmission of venereal disease, & focusing on the middle decades of the 20th century in Canada, US & UK.

LASS works with many partners locally, regionally and nationally in driving our messages on safe sex, HIV testing and living positively. The dynamics and demographics of HIV/AIDS have changed from the death sentence it was 25 years ago to the positive living approach that we promote as one of our services here at LASS today.

We would like you to come along to our special celebration day on 11th July 2013 here at LASS or at Wigston.  For more information, please download our flyer for your information. We value your participation, but please do register in advance as places are limited.  Light refreshments will be available.

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