Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single dose combination anti-retroviral drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country.
“Before 2010, we were buying the most expensive ARVs in the world. Now we are a country where the ARVs are the cheapest in the world… It means we can increase the number of people on treatment,” Motsoaledi said.
As reported by Agence France-Presse:
After years of refusing to roll out ARVs, South Africa now has 1.9 million people on treatment among its 5.6 million HIV-positive population, which is the world’s largest.
The new pill will be introduced this month to positive pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, people co-infected with TB, and to new ARV patients.
Patients already on treatment will be assessed by doctors to start switching later this year…
The pill also had fewer side effects and was easy to swallow, he added.
The South African National AIDS Council welcomed the treatment shift, saying it hoped it would encourage patients to stay on treatment.
The launch of the new once-a-day anti-retroviral is considered a breakthrough in access and ease, health advocates say. “This is simplifying the way patients have become used to taking ARV treatment,” said South African National AIDS Council CEO Fareed Abdullah.
“We have come a very long way since the advent of anti-retrovirals. At one point, patients used to take up to 16 pills a day,” he added.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.