Credit: CC0 Public Domain After 35 years of rigorous research, there is still no cure for HIV. Current drugs can be used to halt the infection, but fall short of reaching hidden reserves of dormant virus that can lurk for life within infected white blood cells. If a person stops taking the medication, these viral […]Continue Reading ...
When individuals with HIV are released from prison, they have difficulty obtaining care and are often unable to adhere to their HIV medications and maintain viral suppression. Relapse to opioid use often occurs quickly after release from prison or jail and interferes with HIV treatment adherence. Medications that are effective in reducing relapse to opioid […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers found that the program was more effective in helping former inmates stay on their medications than the approach most commonly used today. Credit: Mike Fricano/UCLA After years of public health efforts, health care at the Los Angeles County Jail has significantly improved, and the facility now typically provides full access to treatment for inmates […]Continue Reading ...
Bhakti Hansoti, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., trains staff members on HIV testing at Frere Hospital in South Africa. Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine South Africa has the worst epidemic of HIV in the world. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, 19 percent of the global number of people living with HIV are in South Africa. […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Franzi/Shutterstock.com The night before International Women’s Day, I volunteered behind the bar at “A Catwalk for Power, Resistance and Hope”, a fabulous fashion show for women with HIV organised by ACT UP London Women (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), and Positively UK, an organisation that runs peer-led support groups for people with HIV. After […]Continue Reading ...
IPM’s monthly dapivirine ring. Credit: Andrew Loxley Interim data from a large open-label study of the monthly dapivirine ring have found increased product use compared to a previous Phase III study. In addition, modeling data suggest that women’s HIV-1 risk in the open-label study, known as DREAM, was reduced by more than half. Developed by […]Continue Reading ...
HIV infecting a human cell. Credit: NIH Lesotho, in southern Africa, is one of the worst hit countries by the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. Indeed, a quarter of the adult population is infected with HIV. Many people however do not know their HIV status and, hence, are not undergoing treatment. In the remote mountainous regions of […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain When biomolecular engineer Phil Berman began his postgraduate work in the 1980s, he had no idea he would spend the rest of his career searching for a way to stop a deadly virus that was then almost entirely known. But around him, as if from nowhere, hundreds of people began to […]Continue Reading ...
In the absence of any intervention, rate of mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV-1 is about 40%. With ART intervention this rate of MTCT can be reduced to lower than 5%. However, access, adherence, resistance, and toxicity to ART remains an important issue in preventing MTCT. Hence, there is an urgent need for interventions […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists have discovered how HIV evades the immune system. Credit: Nexu Science Communication and Trinity College Dublin. Scientists have just discovered a new mechanism by which HIV evades the immune system, and which shows precisely how the virus avoids elimination. The new research shows that HIV targets and disables a pathway involving a number of […]Continue Reading ...
Rhesus macaques on Qianling Shan in the outskirts of Guiyang. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0 Two genetically modified broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) protected rhesus macaques from an HIV-like virus, report scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. After introducing genetic mutations into two potent HIV […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a new tool to protect women from HIV infection. Credit: University of Waterloo Scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a new tool to protect women from HIV infection. The tool, a vaginal implant, decreases the number of cells that the HIV virus can target in […]Continue Reading ...
Utilizing the humanized mouse model the team found that HIV-1 Vpu inhibiting tetherin at the beginning of infection (right) is key for successful viral infection. SIVcpz Vpu does not have this function (left) adapting and evolving in order to jump to humans. Credit: Kyoto University / Sato Lab HIV is believed to have evolved from […]Continue Reading ...
Self-testing kits and vending machines distributing prescription drugs are two ways that HIV treatment is being automated to reduce stigma in South Africa, home of the world’s biggest HIV epidemic.Continue Reading ...
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