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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

Evolution of Severely Immunosuppressed HIV Patients Depends on the Immunologic and Virologic Response

Nov. 23, 2015 — Health authorities recommend HIV-infected patients starting treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis, regardless of the level of immunosuppression and viral load. Even in the worst scenario, if ... read more

European Hospitals Overlook Every Other Person With HIV

Nov. 20, 2015 — Many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection, a new study reveals. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, ... read more

Study Examines Bacterial Susceptibility to Antibiotics Used to Treat Gonorrhea

Nov. 3, 2015 — Although gonorrhea susceptibility to the antibiotic cefixime has been improving in recent years, suggesting a halt of a drift towards antibiotic resistance, data for 2014 indicates a worsening of ... read more

Around a Fifth of Unvaccinated Ethnic School Girls in UK Think They Don't Need HPV Jab

Nov. 2, 2015 — Around 20 per cent of girls from ethnic minority backgrounds are not being vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus because they feel they don't need to have ... read more

New Immunotherapy Treatment May Clear Cancer-Causing HPV Infections Faster

Oct. 30, 2015 — A new therapeutic vaccine, GTL001, developed to clear HPV strains 16 and 18 – the types most likely to cause cancer – is being evaluated for safety in a Phase I clinical ... read more

HIV/AIDS Deaths Are Down in South Africa, but Most Are Still Unacknowledged

Oct. 29, 2015 — After peaking in 2007, AIDS mortality in South Africa has decreased with the widespread introduction of effective antiretroviral therapy, according to new updated ... read more

HIV Care Could Save Lives and Billions of Dollars, Computer Model Predicts

Oct. 26, 2015 — A computer model predicts that strengthening a handful of efforts to keep people with HIV in lifetime care, along with more rigorous testing, would potentially avert a projected 752,000 new HIV ... read more

Immune Responses Provide Clues for HIV Vaccine Development

Oct. 21, 2015 — Recent research has yielded new information about immune responses associated with -- and potentially responsible for -- protection from HIV infection, providing leads for new strategies to develop ... read more

Experimental Treatment Regimen Effective Against HIV

Oct. 19, 2015 — Protease inhibitors are a class of antiviral drugs that are commonly used to treat HIV. Scientists have designed a new delivery system for these drugs that, when coupled with another investigational ... read more

Outreach Increases Completion of HPV Vaccination Series by Adolescent Girls

Oct. 19, 2015 — A multicomponent outreach program increased completion of the three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination series that reduces the risk of cervical cancer caused by the virus, say ... read more

Researchers Propose Novel Solution to HIV Prevention

Oct. 15, 2015 — Enemas are commonly used by men who have sex with men (MSM) and transwomen (TW) before sexual intercourse. But these groups are vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) ... read more

Updated Pap Smear Test Guidelines Lead to Decreased STI Screening, Study Finds

Oct. 15, 2015 — Following the introduction of Cancer Care Ontario's 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines, female patients were 50 per cent less likely to undergo screening for sexually transmitted ... read more

Blood T Cells Are Resistant to HIV's Primary Death Pathway

Oct. 14, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that blood-derived T cells are resistant to the chief cause of cell death in HIV infection. Instead, it is T cells in the lymphoid tissues that are most susceptible and ... read more

HIV Drugs Provide Added Benefit of Protecting Against Hepatitis B Virus

Oct. 12, 2015 — In a study involving 2,400 men who have sex with men who were also enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, researchers report that men with HIV who were treated effectively with HIV therapy ... read more

Affordable Care Act Helps Virginia Improve HIV Outcomes

Oct. 8, 2015 — Low-income HIV patients enrolled in Affordable Care Act health-care plans achieved better outcomes and the resulting cost savings allowed the state of Virginia to support care for more patients, ... read more

Vaginal Microbes Influence Whether Mucus Can Trap HIV

Oct. 6, 2015 — HIV particles are effectively trapped by the cervicovaginal mucus from women who harbor a particular vaginal bacteria species, Lactobacillus crispatus. The findings could lead to new ways to reduce ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — A few years ago, a researcher assembled a team of scientists in Lima, Peru. The result of their work is the first study in that country to report human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in men who have ... read more

The Flaws of HIV

Oct. 1, 2015 — Though research carried out over the past 30 years has helped to understand most of HIV virus biology, its infectious process still contains grey areas. One of these has to do with the exact role ... read more

DNA-Based Vaccine Clears Nearly Half of Precancerous Cervical Lesions in Clinical Trial

Sep. 30, 2015 — Using a novel synthetic platform for creating vaccines a team of researchers has successfully eradicated precancerous cervical lesions in nearly half of the women who received an investigational ... read more

HIV Patients Should Be Included in Early Clinical Trials of Anti-TB Drugs

Sep. 29, 2015 — Tuberculosis is the number one cause of death in HIV-infected patients in Africa and a leading cause of death in this population worldwide, yet the majority of these patients are excluded from the ... read more

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