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July 29, 2015

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July 29, 2015

Improved Survival of HIV Patients Facilitates Heart Disease Research

July 27, 2015 — The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease ... read more

Sustained Benefit of Early Antiretroviral Therapy

July 20, 2015 — Antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection provides lasting protection against the sexual transmission of the virus from infected men and women to their HIV-uninfected sexual partners, investigators ... read more

HIV Uses Immune System's Own Tools to Suppress It

July 15, 2015 — A research team has made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body's antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its ... read more

Host Genetics Played a Role in Vaccine Efficacy in the RV144 HIV Vaccine Trial

July 15, 2015 — Host genetics played a role in protection against HIV infection in the landmark RV144 vaccine trial conducted in Thailand, research ... read more

Towards an HIV Vaccine

July 9, 2015 — Neutralizing antibodies (Nabs) are immune proteins that recognize, bind to, and trigger the elimination of virus before it can establish a chronic infection. How to elicit a potent Nab response ... read more

Early HIV Treatment Improves Survival in Some Patients With Newly Diagnosed TB

July 9, 2015 — Starting anti-HIV treatment within two weeks of the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or TB, improved survival among patients with both infections who had very low immune-cell counts, according to an ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Since the treatment has become available, HIV is often described as 'undetectable' and the risk of transmission has been drastically reduced. However, the epidemic is still quite present in ... read more

Money Spent on Community-Based HIV Prevention Translates Into Treatment Savings

July 9, 2015 — Every $1 spent on community-based HIV prevention programs in Ontario saves $5 in treatment costs, a new study has found. The programs have prevented more than 16,000 people from becoming infected ... read more

Drug Candidate Significantly Reduces HIV Reactivation Rate

July 8, 2015 — Unlike other antiretroviral therapies, a natural compound called Cortistatin A reduces residual levels of HIV virus from infected dormant cells, establishing a near-permanent state of latency and ... read more

Potential Treatment Identified for a Rare but Deadly Form of Lymphoma in HIV Patients

July 8, 2015 — A potential treatment for a rare but previously incurable form of lymphoma that is observed primarily in patients with HIV/AIDS infection has been identified by ... read more

Increasing Secondary Education Protects Against HIV Infection

June 28, 2015 — Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of contracting HIV, particularly for girls, according to new research from Botswana. The researchers estimate that pupils who stayed in ... read more

Fatalistic Beliefs May Prevent Appalachian Women from Completing HPV Vaccination Series

June 27, 2015 — Could a fatalistic attitude toward cervical cancer serve as a barrier to prevention of the disease? A recent study suggests a link between fatalistic beliefs and completion of the human ... read more

New and Innovative Approach for Successful Vaccination Against Chlamydia Infections

June 25, 2015 — Chlamydiae are the most common, sexually transmitted, bacterial pathogens in the world. Every year around 100 million people contract Chlamydia infections, which are one of the main causes of female ... read more

World Must Drastically Accelerate AIDS Efforts or Face More HIV Infections, Deaths Than Five Years Ago

June 24, 2015 — Countries most affected by HIV must focus on stopping new HIV infections and expanding access to antiretroviral treatment or risk the epidemic rebounding, urges a major new ... read more

In ERs, UTIs and STIs in Women Misdiagnosed, Even Mixed Up Nearly Half the Time

June 24, 2015 — Urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections in women are misdiagnosed by emergency departments nearly half the time, according to research. These misdiagnoses result in overuse of antibiotics, ... read more

PrEP Data Links Anti-HIV Immune Response to Reduce Chance of Infection

June 22, 2015 — Some individuals exposed to HIV-1, but who remain uninfected, have a certain pattern of virus-specific immune responses that differentiated them from individuals who became ... read more

Decreased Rates of High-Grade Cervical Lesions in Young Women

June 22, 2015 — A new analysis indicates that rates of high-grade cervical lesions decreased in young US women after vaccines were made available to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), but the trend may be ... read more

HIV Drug PrEP Not Linked to Greater Risk for Depression

June 19, 2015 — A new study -- a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of daily oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender women who have sex with men -- reported no link between taking Truvada ... read more

More Evidence for Possible Link Between Cocaine Use and HIV Infection

June 19, 2015 — New research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with ... read more

New Model to Study HIV Latency in Brain Cells

June 18, 2015 — Over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected by HIV. Antiviral therapies can keep the virus from multiplying. However, no drug can cure infection so far, because various cell types ... read more

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