Using calcium imaging, DVM student Keira Sztukowski and her colleagues were able to show that a lot of neurodegenerative disorders stem from the hyperexciteability of certain neurons, which can be induced by HIV. Credit: Colorado State University Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which the HIV virus can cause, continue to be […]Continue Reading ...
Limited drug law reform has had minimal effect on HIV infection rates among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Credit: Chris Brava While global incidence rates of HIV have declined notably in recent years, the virus that causes AIDS remains a major and, in some ways largely unmitigated, public health threat in some countries and […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain As a healthcare patient, what would you sacrifice for a provider with a nice—rather than rude—attitude? For HIV patients in Zambia, the answer may surprise you. According to findings of a study published August 13, 2018, in PLOS Medicine, HIV patients in Zambia were willing to increase wait time and travel […]Continue Reading ...
Brandon Brown is an associate professor of social medicine, population, and public health at UC Riverside. Credit: Genevieve Casanova, UC Riverside. Many barriers prevent people from getting tested for HIV, including lack of knowledge, competing priorities during medical visits, and stigma associated with the test on the part of both the patient and provider. Not […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Men seek and start treatment for HIV/AIDS when they are much sicker compared to women, according to a study by researchers from around the world, including at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “It’s a gender equity issue but not the kind we are used to thinking […]Continue Reading ...
The 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam heard experts call for an end to laws that see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus AIDS experts called Wednesday for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was “unscientific” and worsening the […]Continue Reading ...
A community health worker conducting a HIV test in a mobile clinic in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal. Credit: Greg Lomas / Médecins Sans Frontières Men make up slightly less than half of the adults living with HIV across the world. Yet they account for nearly 60% of the AIDS related deaths. This is one […]Continue Reading ...
People waiting to be attended at Maputo Hospital in Southern Mozambique. Credit: Author: Andalu Vilasanjuan HIV diagnosis is the first of many steps in the path to global disease control. However, in Southern Mozambique, more than half of people diagnosed with HIV do not initiate the next steps in the cascade of HIV care, and […]Continue Reading ...
HIV infecting a human cell. Credit: NIH In a study, a new HIV drug reduced viral replication and increased immune cells in individuals with advanced, drug-resistant HIV infection. Used in combination with existing HIV medications, the drug is a promising strategy for patients who have run out of effective treatment options, the researchers said. The […]Continue Reading ...
HIV-1 protein structure stained and viewed under an electron microscope. Credit: Robert Dick New research provides details of how the structure of the HIV-1 virus is assembled, findings that offer potential new targets for treatment. The study, authored by a multi-institutional team led by Cornell researchers, was published Aug. 1 in the journal Nature. The […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Johns Hopkins scientists report they have identified two potential new drug targets for the treatment of HIV. The finding is from results of a small, preliminary study of 19 people infected with both HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—and the hepatitis C virus. The study revealed that two genes—CMPK2 and BCLG, are […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Extended-release naltrexone—an injection that decreases heavy drinking in the general population when taken in conjunction with counseling—appears to help HIV-positive individuals reduce their number of heavy drinking days too, say Yale researchers. This study was published online on Aug. 2 in AIDS and Behavior. “While we know that patients with heavy […]Continue Reading ...
In this May 10, 2012, file photo, a doctor holds Truvada pills at her office in San Francisco. New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs, such as Truvada, as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. Truvada has been […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists reported setbacks Tuesday in the quest for an AIDS cure, and highlighted concerns about inconclusive evidence linking a promising new HIV drug to birth defects. According to research presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, four cases of “neural tube” defects were recorded among the pregnancies of 426 […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Among the more than 1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, 19 percent meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. The consequences can be severe, with heavy drinking associated with increased liver disease, greater engagement in risky sexual behavior, lower adherence to antiretroviral therapy and greater risk of […]Continue Reading ...
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