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Vaginal Bacteria Can Protect Women from HIV

A type of vaginal bacteria within the mucus of the female reproductive system can protect women from HIV as well as other sexually transmitted infections. This bacteria was recently identified by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The vaginal microbiota has long been considered healthy if it was dominated by any species […]

Scientists Study HIV Latency in the Brain

Antiviral therapies can keep the HIV virus from multiplying, but no drug can cure infection so far. This is because various cell types continue to carry the virus in a latent, i.e. quiescent, state. Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München have now established a model for latent HIV infection of brain cells. The researchers used this […]

A Groundbreaking Approach to Enhancing HIV Vaccines

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have identified a protein that could improve the body’s immune response to HIV vaccines and prevent transmission of the virus. This discovery has significant implications for preventing HIV infections around the world. Show More Summary

Using Lessons from the HIV Epidemic to Improve the Country’s Health Care System

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Michael Saag, M.D. has become widely recognized for helping turn the most deadly virus in human history into a manageable chronic disease. However, Saag says accomplishing this has come with more challenges than the disease itself produces. “I went into medicine to fight diseases; but early on I found myself […]

Anti-HIV Agent Is so Powerful it Can Work in a Vaccine

In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from the Jupiter, Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine. The research, which involved scientists from more […]

Smartphone Accessory Allows for Rapid Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

Did you know that your smartphone has the potential to save your life? A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just […]

HIV May Still Lurk in ‘Quiet’ Immune Cells

Drugs for HIV suppress infection, but they still can’t eliminate it because the medication in these pills doesn’t touch the virus’ hidden reserves, which lie dormant within infected white blood cells. Unlock the secrets of this pool of latent virus, scientists believe, and it may become possible to cure – not just control – HIV. […]

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. […]

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