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Using Social Media to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Your favorite social media network may be more than just a fun way to pass the time. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes […]

Herpes Virus Drives HIV Infection Among Non-Injecting Drug Users

Understanding HIV infection is crucial to stopping the spread of the disease. HIV and its transmission has long been associated with injecting drug use, where hypodermic syringes are used to administer illicit drugs. Now, a newly reported study by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) in the journal […]

Children Living with HIV May Have Improved Treatment Options Thanks to New Licensing Agreement

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) applauds the new licensing agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. to improve access to tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), a promising new HIV medication. Show More Summary

Single Pill Regimen for the Treatment of HIV-1 Receives FDA Approval

HIV infects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells or T-cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body cannot fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which is the final stage of HIV infection. There is no cure […]

Encouraging Persons with HIV/AIDS to Become Engaged in Care

Until researchers find a cure for HIV/AIDS, compliance with treatment protocols is our best hope at managing this illness. Regular attendance at HIV primary care visits and high adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are vital for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), as these health behaviors lead to lowered rates of morbidity and mortality, increased quality […]

Study Helps Scientists Better Understand Why HIV Causes Life-Long Infection

A new study by scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute,University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that when HIV integrates into genes involved with cancer, these cells tend to reproduce to a greater extent than others HIV-infected cells. Show More Summary

‘Mississippi Baby’ Has Detectable HIV

Recently, researchers encountered a heartbreaking setback in their quest to cure HIV infection. The child known as the “Mississippi baby”—an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years […]

HIV Patient Nutrition More Important Than Previously Assumed

Roughly 25 million Africans live with HIV, many of whom now have access to antiretroviral treatment (ART). ART has reduced the number of AIDS-related deaths greatly, but several African countries still report very high mortality rates within the first few months of treatment. One of the main reasons is malnutrition which is common among patients […]

Alcohol Linked to Advanced Liver Disease in HIV/HCV Patients

People co-infected with both HIV and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have good reason to abstain from drinking. Consumption of alcohol has long been associated with an increased risk of advanced liver fibrosis, but a new study...Show More Summary

Signaling Pathway Identified that Suppresses Immune Cells During HIV Infection

During HIV infection, immune cells gradually become exhausted and lose their ability to combat the virus. Researchers have identified a molecular pathway that becomes overactive during this process: targeting a certain molecule with a drug could help recharge the immune system. Researchers have identified a protein that causes loss of function in immune cells combatting […]

New Strain of HIV Causes AIDS More Quickly

A new recombinant HIV strain causes AIDS more quickly than ever before, researchers report. The work highlights that doctors need to be aware of the different strains, and be prepared for new, aggressive infections. A recently discovered HIV strain leads to significantly faster development of AIDS than currently prevalent forms, according to new research from […]

Mapping Genes Linked to HIV Resistance Could Suggest New Ways to Clear Virus

When a person is infected by HIV, there is a series of genetic changes in both immune cells and the virus. Researchers have now created a comprehensive map of these changes, which could reveal new strategies to beat the virus. The key to future HIV treatment could be hidden right in our own genes. Everyone […]

Levels of Hidden Pools of Virus in HIV Patients Greater Than Previously Thought

A major issue with trying to permanently cure HIV is that inactive pools of the virus hide in the body. These pools are very difficult to eradicate, and new research suggests that the problem may be even greater than realized. In the fight to cure human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers have been dealt a blow. […]

Protein in Breast Milk May Help Block HIV Infection in Newborns

A team of researchers has identified a protein in breast milk that could help prevent babies from being infected with HIV from their mothers. Why the protein has anti-HIV activity is unclear, and researchers say that further study could help develop ways to better prevent HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus to their babies. A […]

Better Understanding of How HIV Replicates Could Help Researchers Fight Infection

Understanding how HIV replicates is key to finding a way to block the virus. While current drugs prevent symptoms, infections remain permanent. New research has found that the virus can replicate in a way not previously realized, which could be the key to clearing the virus from the body. Current drug treatments for HIV work […]

HIV Can Be Eliminated from the Body with New Candidate Vaccine

A newly developed vaccine against HIV has been shown to be effective against the virus in monkeys, researchers have reported. The candidate vaccine teaches the body to seek out virus-infected cells and destroy them in over half the animals tested. An HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate developed by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University appears to […]

New HIV Vaccine Strategy Increases Targets for the Immune System to Recognize

Increasing the ability of immune cells to recognize HIV infection is being lauded as a major advance in the development of an effective vaccine. A new study in a primate model of the disease has found that the new strategy allows the immune system to recognize several viral proteins, increasing its ability to target viral... [Continue Reading]

Infant “Functionally Cured” of HIV Infection

Researchers have reported the first “cure” of HIV in a young child. The infant underwent anti-retroviral therapy shortly after birth, and scientists say that this may have prevented the formation of “reservoirs” of the virus that make typical infections so persistent. Show More Summary

Many Patients Don’t Tell Health Care Staff They Are HIV-Positive

The treatment and care of individuals infected with HIV may be impaired, doctors say, after a study has revealed that many patients don’t tell health care providers about their infection. A significant proportion of HIV positive patients may not be disclosing their infection to NHS staff, when turning up for treatment at sexual health clinics,... [Continue Reading]

Personalized Plans Help HIV Patients Better Follow Their Treatments

Patients for many diseases can have difficulty sticking to their treatment regimens and taking their medications properly. A new study has found for HIV patients, developing a personalized plan with a health care provider significantly improves their adherence to their treatment. Show More Summary

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