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April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

Differing Perspectives on Antiviral Treatment Efficacy in Patients Co-Infected With HIV and HCV

Apr. 13, 2016 — Two separate studies have offered alternative conclusions regarding the efficacy of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) among patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus ... read more

Researchers Identify Potent Antibodies Against HIV

Apr. 6, 2016 — Researchers have isolated antibodies with a loop-like structure that binds tightly to HIV and disables it -- even in people who have never been infected by the virus. Using computer modeling, they ... read more

'Key' to Recognizing, Immunizing Herpes/common Cold

Apr. 4, 2016 — Prior to this study, it was known that interferon regulatory factor-3 (IRF-3), a protein coding gene, contributed to a first line of defense against viral infection by triggering antiviral activity. ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1, have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be ... read more

How to Control Chlamydia: An ECDC Guidance for Europe

Apr. 1, 2016 — They are young and mostly female: with more than 3.2 million cases between 2005 and 2014, chlamydia remains the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection across Europe. An updated ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Approximately 37 million people are living with HIV. Antiviral medications are used to control the disease and prevent its progression to AIDS. Although antivirals improve health and increase ... read more

Botswana Study Shows 96 Percent Rate of Viral Suppression for Patients on HIV Drugs

Mar. 23, 2016 — Botswana appears to have achieved very high rates of HIV diagnosis, treatment, and viral suppression -- much better than most Western nations, including the United States -- according to a new ... read more

Mar. 21, 2016 — A specialized gene editing system is paving the way to an eventual cure for patients infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In a new study, the researchers show that they can both effectively ... read more

Treating HIV Patients at Risk for Tuberculosis With TB Drugs Doesn't Save More Lives

Mar. 17, 2016 — Treating HIV patients at risk for tuberculosis with multi-drug TB regimens does not save more lives, researchers report. The number one killer of HIV patients in resource-limited areas, including ... read more

How HIV Infection Increases the Risk of Tuberculosis

Mar. 17, 2016 — A new study suggests that it is not a general weakening of the immune system by HIV that initially leads to loss of Mtb control, but rather that HIV is associated with a failure to prevent harmful ... read more

Antibodies from Unconventional B Cells Less Likely to Neutralize HIV

Mar. 17, 2016 — Antibodies derived from a type of immune cell found in unusually high numbers in HIV-infected individuals with chronically uncontrolled virus levels are less effective at neutralizing HIV than ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — The hepatitis B virus (HBV) infects liver cells. Drugs are available to treat HBV, but they rarely cure the infection, and so the virus typically returns after the treatment ends. Scientists have now ... read more

Multiple STIs Could Be Detected by a Single 30 Minute Test

Mar. 15, 2016 — One test that could detect four of the most common sexually transmitted infections in 30 minutes and allow them to be rapidly treated, will be developed by St George’s, University of London and ... read more

Mar. 11, 2016 — A highly sensitive biosensor based on a differential immuno-capture technology can detect sub-populations of white blood cells, scientists report. As part of a small, disposable biochip, the ... read more

HIV-Infected Young Males Have Higher Rates of Bone Loss Than Females

Mar. 10, 2016 — Rates of low bone mass are greater in HIV-infected males than in females, accumulating evidence suggests. Researchers studied 11 biomarkers associated with inflammation, bone loss and/or bone ... read more

Study Seeks to Reduce Pediatric HIV Infection Rates in Africa

Mar. 9, 2016 — Mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, is still a major problem in resource-limited, rural areas of the world where health care providers are ... read more

HIV Targets Tissue Macrophages, Researchers Demonstrates

Mar. 8, 2016 — HIV infects and reproduces in macrophages, large white blood cells found in the liver, brain and connective tissues of the body, new research demonstrates. This discovery has significant implications ... read more

More Than Two Million People Co-Infected With HIV, Hepatitis C

Mar. 8, 2016 — An estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) globally, a new study has found. Very little was known about the extent of HIV/HCV coinfection prior to ... read more

Is It Okay to 'Tough Out' a Yeast Infection?

Mar. 8, 2016 — Itching, burning, redness -- a yeast infection can be a total pain. While they aren't life-threatening, yeast infections are irritating -- both physically and mentally. So, when undesirable ... read more

Immune Factor Allows Viral Infections to Become Chronic

Mar. 7, 2016 — Many viral diseases tend to become chronic -- including infections with the HI virus. In persons affected, the immune response is not sufficient to eliminate the virus permanently. Scientists have ... read more

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