"...Pity the poor Mir space station. First it suffers the real-world traumas of lousy post-Perestroika management, technical foul-ups, and shoddy construction, then it suffers at the hands of both filmmakers Michael Bay (in Armageddon) and Virus' John Bruno..."
"...Dear Editor, Regarding the article from Dec. 6 about two Muslim women being harassed at Kerbey Lane [“Breakfast With Bigots,” News]; I feel compelled to write in hopes that you could forward my letter of apology to both Sirat Al-Nahi and Leilah Abdennabi, apologizing for the uneducated hostile Americans who have been infected with a virus spread by misguided and dangerous fools like Donald Trump giving fuel to hate and fear in this country..."
"...If you were feeling reasonably healthy this spring, consider the not-too-distant future Austin setting of Virus Thirteen: Texas is blisteringly hot, human genes are cancer-proof, smoking is completely illegal, and a drug habit or a body mass index over 30 will get you sent to a government-run health camp...."
"...This Canadian film takes its title from Patient Zero, the posthumous nickname given to the French-Canadian flight attendant presumed to have been the first to spread AIDS throughout North America. Greyson busts open the myth of Patient Zero and also takes on the so-called “truths” of a mutated simian virus as being the source of the human HIV virus and that HIV is the sole cause of the AIDS virus..."
"...Thanks, Steven Soderbergh. As if I didn't have enough to worry about as is, now I'm freaked out about the inevitability of a mystery virus that doesn't reanimate the dead..."
"...This weekend, public health officials from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and Williamson County will launch simultaneous public health surveys to better understand the public's knowledge about the Zika virus and mosquito prevention...."
"...The focus is life-affirming and joyful. While Living Proof does not deny the inescapable horror of this disease with no existent cure, the movie's focus is elsewhere, on the variety of people who live with the virus and the even more various ways they live with it and respect it as a part of their lives..."
"...Starring: Mike Dytri, Craig Gilmore, Darcy Marta, Scot Goetz, Mary Woronov and Johanna Went. Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and for the two HIV-positive men in The Living End, the existence of an unwelcome virus in their bodies is both liberating and damning..."
"...The core concept is one of impossible nightmare. A zombie virus has swept the world, and Ireland has been particularly badly hit..."
"...It's powerful stuff when it works, and it works more than you'd expect. After a here-and-now prologue sets up the main storyline – a deadly "Reaper" virus lays waste to Scotland, and the British government seals off the entire country – the action jumps ahead to 2035, as Maj..."
"...I'm still not too thrilled about his worldly turn as a the bullet-in-the-head Bond baddie back when the world was not enough, but with 28 Weeks Later, a sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 DV guerilla zombie film 28 Days Later, Carlyle behaves so monstrously and makes the red-foam-flecked most of his character Don. In Boyle's wickedly DIY prequel, a lethal, highly communicable "rage virus" turned most of the citizenry into bloodthirsty savages, while the film smartly riffed on everything from contemporary fears of unchecked biogenetic engineering to the steadily eroding popular trust in No..."
"...In opening voiceover, a superhuman killing machine named Violet (Resident Evil’s Jovovich) warns the viewer, “I was born into a world you may not understand.” Boy hidee, she ain’t kidding, and fully 88 minutes later, that world is still pocked with incomprehensibility. It seems that some time in the not so distant future, a nasty virus was let loose, creating a splinter, mutant race of humans – hemophages, they’re called – that the government is bent on exterminating..."
"...And this is what it looks like: Alice (Jovovich) in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, hooking up with a ragtag group of survivors whose names you may recall because you played the games. If the terms T-virus and Raccoon City ring a bell, well, you’re halfway there as Alice must travel to the latter to find the last known antidote of the former to stop the extinction of the human race..."
"...Jovovich is back as Alice, the perpetually black-catsuit-clad heroine/enigma at the heart of the franchise. Years before, the dreaded Umbrella Corporation accidentally unleashed a zombifying plague on the Earth (see: Resident Evil, either the film or the video game for plenty more exposition), and Alice has been struggling both to contain the spread of the virus and kill as many Umbrella henchmen (in ever more spectacular ways) since then..."
"...Is it just me, or is the long arm of the Internet informing all our entertainment these days? In addition to the Web’s up-to-the-nanosecond commentary on culture and all its attendant warring, lately cinema is full to brimming with Internet-inspired entertainments, from the absorbing late-summer documentaries Winnebago Man and Catfish to narrative features like the end-is-nigh (or at least the end of any forward movement for feminism) comedy The Virginity Hit and David Fincher’s hotly anticipated chronicle of Facebook’s first steps, The Social Network. Easy A, too, riffs on social media’s Big Brother-like shadow; when a rumor kick-starts about the devirginizing of its heroine, high school senior Olive (Zombieland’s Stone), it spreads like – what else? – a virus via text and Twitter..."
"...Little more than a series of interviews of those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the day’s porn archives, Gay Sex in the 70s attempts to provide a sympathetic perspective on the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City, years in which gay men engaged in anonymous sex on the piers and drugged till dawn at Studio 54. Of course, this behavior had its consequences – a heretofore unknown virus derailed the sexual revolution for both gay and straight alike – and this documentary dutifully notes how things forever changed in the early Eighties..."
"...Like the work of those authors, it doesn’t lack for nifty (and often depressing) ideas of where mankind is currently heading. Based on Peter Chung’s mid-Nineties animated MTV series, the film is set 400 years in the future, after a killer virus has wiped out 99.9% of the world’s population, leaving the remaining five million ensconced in what appears to be a better-irrigated version of Logan’s Run’s backlot..."
"...In recent films, however, Cronenberg’s horror has become more externalized. From the sexual fetishists of Crash to the mentally deranged central character of Spider, and now the mobsters of A History of Violence, Cronenberg now seems to be creating characters whose violence is intrinsic – not something completely implanted by external forces but a virus that resides within..."
"...Consequences of what? I hear you say. Why, a flesh-eating virus that renders its victims mewling, melting maniacs, alternately going all fetal and drippy and running amok..."
"...Filmed before SARS hit, the eerily prescient 28 Days Later holds fast to the tropes of horror but never slides into the schlock so common to the genre. The prologue sets the scene for devastation: A group of animal-rights activists break into a lab in order to liberate tested-on chimpanzees, unaware that the animals are infected with a virus known only as "rage." Cut to 28 days later, as a man named Jim (Murphy) awakes from a coma in a hospital ICU to find himself completely alone..."
"...Fox, Artie Lange, Thomas Lennon, Roger Moore, Richard Roundtree, Roselyn Sanchez and Lin Shaye. There are bad movies, and there’s Boat Trip, a puerile comedy so appalling and unfunny, it’s like contracting the Norwalk virus at sea..."
"...Human papilloma virus (HPV) is well-established as the leading cause of vaginal, cervical, and uterine cancers; it also causes anal warts and is the probable cause of many, or perhaps most, anal cancers. Women can become infected vaginally with HPV by sexual intimacy with an infected man, and vice versa..."
"...For non-fans, the story manages to hold its own, being neither inexplicable nor too obvious. Briefly, it concerns the devastating terrorist bombing of a Dallas federal building, which may or may not be linked to a quartet of unexplained civilian deaths, and a mysterious virus, which may or may not be linked to global government duplicity and associated with an ancient, non-terrestrial race..."
"...Equally credit-worthy are the lead performances of Arklie and Williams, who flesh out the characters as two engaging and distinct personalities. While the film's weaknesses at times threaten to undermine the entire project, Heaven's a Drag does present a refreshing alternative to other films that focus solely on the horrors of the AIDS virus...."
"...The seven core hooligans here look more like they just stepped out of a Ridley Scott/Gianni Versace/Anna Sui fashion explosion. Framed by an older, more conservatively attired hacker/security systems expert (Stevens) for a crime they didn't commit (something to do with a killer computer virus capable of capsizing a fleet of oil tankers), they must put aside their petty braggadocio and band together to, you know, save the world! Ridiculous it may seem … and overwhelmingly ridiculous it is, but Softley's lightning-fast editing and Blade Runner-meets-ClubKid-heaven sets manage to keep your mind off the glaring, frequent plot holes and on the screen where the action (and pretty, swirling colors) are..."
"...There are two kinds of vampire. Sexy and pained, or a walking virus..."
"...It's the end of the week, and here's your chance to brush up on daily topics with the Newsgeist. Click through to read about the Day of Rage, local virus spikes, and the new Macbook...."
"...AIDS didn't hit Austin until several years after the destruction had already begun in California and New York. Like most trends, the virus took a little longer to travel inward from the coasts..."
"...Fighting a Virus with a Virus: A Futuristic Trojan Horse?..."
"...The malevolent virus first appeared on Oct. 2, though this is apparent only with the benefit of clear, unambiguous hindsight..."
"...The "Page Two" article on e-mail (and computer) viruses [Vol. 16, No..."
"...Doyle Bramhall, one of Austin's first-generation white bluesmen and Stevie Ray Vaughan's writing partner, also found a terrible irony in the traditional method of treatment for the virus that's beaten him three times. "It was so strange," he agrees, "looking at a syringe again..."
"...Up to a third of the people diagnosed with hepatitis C don't know when, how, or from whom they got it. We do know the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread primarily through infected blood..."
"...In comparison to AZT – the first HIV antiviral medication approved by the FDA in 1987 – Truvada is being hailed as a miracle drug. Known as a "combination therapy," two medications make up Truvada, which is used in conjunction with additional drugs to fight against the HIV virus..."
"...Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Dash Mihok, Darrell Foster, April Grace and Joanna Numata. In a bit of black irony any cynic would have to appreciate, the virus that decimates the world’s population in I Am Legend is the result of an unforeseen reaction to a miraculous new cancer vaccine..."
"...There is no vaccine against SARS, and currently no antiviral drugs are consistently successful in treating SARS. Medical scientists around the world are fairly sure that the cause is a "corona" virus, so called because it looks like there is a halo or crown around it when viewed under an electron microscope..."
"...Actually, for almost 15 years we've known that newly infected people are more likely to transmit HIV, compared with people in later stages of the disease, and they still look and feel completely healthy. Initially the virus is growing unchecked in the body, and the infected person has a very high viral level..."
"...Written before news of the AIDS epidemic had become widely known, Burroughs writes with prophetic intuition of a sexually transmitted virus. In what is partly a detective story, partly sci-fi, characters debate "the wisdom of introducing Virus B-23 into contemporary America and Europe..."
"...Jones takes it for granted that all creatures great and small are caught within the meshes of the great evolutionary machine. He begins the book with the story of one of those creatures -- the HIV virus..."
"...Earlier in this decade, he was a raver and explorer of psychedelics who was with Timothy Leary when he died, but these days, he is perhaps the most influential nonacademic media theorist in the United States. Through his books, especially Media Virus and the upcoming Coercion, he has explored how media new and old cultivate, manipulate, and coerce the collective will...."
"...We've been getting lots of questions lately: "What's this about a new kind of AIDS?" First, there is not a "new kind of AIDS." It's the same old AIDS that results from infection with a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. What's new is that French scientists working in the African country of Cameroon have identified a new strain of HIV that doesn't fit neatly into the existing HIV families...."
"...In June, a world-level research conference held in Florida examined the issues of drug resistance, treatment techniques, and eliminating the virus from the body. The theme was clear: keeping HIV under control remains, as the journal Science put it, "a daunting challenge."..."
"...We know a second party can't be exposed to the HIV virus through casual contact. Shaking hands, hugging, breathing the same air, being sneezed on, none of these day-to-day things can infect someone with AIDS..."
"...And the timing couldn't be better. On June 20, Austin and Travis County together pledged to achieve 90-90-90 – that is, 90% of all county residents living with HIV know of their diagnosis; 90% of those diagnosed with HIV getting onto sustained treatment; and 90% of people on sustained treatment having an undetectable viral load (meaning they can no longer transmit the virus) – by 2020...."
"...The goal: achieve 90-90-90 status by 2020. That's 90% of all Austinites living with HIV will know their status; 90% of residents living with HIV receive sustained treatment; 90% of people on sustained treatment will have an undetectable viral load (meaning they can no longer pass on the virus)..."
"...The cast of eight, working their narrative from the suggestions "android," "Cleveland," "abortion," and "nonexistent," wove a tale of insurrection via the weaponizing of a deadly "bio-robotic" virus. Scene after scene, with different combinations of characters, shamelessly low-tech set changes, and impressively impromptu lighting and sound, drove the story of how the captain (a charismatic and astonishingly clever Shatner-channeler named Ben Sterling) and crew of the Starship Dead Bird struggled against the evil machinations of a power-mad, virus-wielding synthetic human who'd taken over a space station as a prelude to galactic conquest..."
"...There are several other nutrients that will help allergies, healing, and circulation, but quercetin has a unique potential. Quercetin, in common with certain medications used to treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a "reverse transcriptase inhibitor." The AIDS virus is a "retrovirus," and unlike our body cells it passes its genetic material on to its offspring in the form of RNA rather than DNA..."
"...New Drug Offers Exciting Option for Some HIVers The most revolutionary new anti-HIV drug development since 1995 passed FDA muster March 13 with the approval of Fuzeon, offering added hope for some HIV+ people whose virus has already become resistant to the existing drugs. Roche/Trimeris' Fuzeon (FEW-zee-on), also known experimentally as T-20 or generically as enfuvirtide, is the first of a whole new class of drugs called fusion inhibitors, the first new class since protease inhibitors debuted seven years ago...."
"...Boyd plays the scheming secretarial character with more than just a twist of Machiavellian mischief, and, as Ari points out, she can sing, too. Topping the list of favorites, however, is Caitlin Garner as the wicked Elle Virus, a cyber-world character with cyberpunk minions infecting software and destroying hard drives the world over..."