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September 27, 2016

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September 27, 2016

Greater Efforts Are Needed to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

Sep. 6, 2016 — The World Health Organization reports that more than 200 million girls and women currently have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting worldwide, and three million girls continue to be ... read more

Single HIV Mutation Induces Distinct T Cell Immune Responses

Sep. 6, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that a single T cell-selected HIV mutation can produce different T cell adaptations. The finding demonstrates that the complexity of the HIV/T cell co-evolution is much ... read more

New Knowledge About the Building Blocks of Life

Sep. 2, 2016 — A study of an enzyme that helps build and repair DNA in living organisms increases our understanding of how these processes are controlled and how we can use this to combat ... read more

New Mouse Model of Zika Sexual Transmission Shows Spread to Fetal Brain

Aug. 25, 2016 — The Zika virus, commonly transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito, is also capable of leaping from person to person through sexual transmission. However, the mechanisms Zika uses to ... read more

HIV-Infected Adults With Depression Have Increased Risk for Heart Attack

Aug. 24, 2016 — Among more than 26,000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults, those with major depressive disorder (MDD) were more likely to experience a heart attack than those without MDD, according ... read more

Very Low Transmission of HIV Within Couples Receiving Both ART, PrEP

Aug. 23, 2016 — Providing HIV medication to both members of a couple may substantially reduce the risk of transmission within that couple, according to a new ... read more

Shortfalls in Laboratory Services May Limit Attainment of Worldwide Targets for HIV

Aug. 23, 2016 — Insufficient capacity to perform laboratory tests used in monitoring HIV infection, and underutilization of existing testing capacity, are limiting the ability to meet the Joint United Nations ... read more

Mutational Tug of War Over HIV's Disease-Inducing Potential

Aug. 23, 2016 — A study from AIDS researchers shows how the expected disease severity when someone is newly infected by HIV reflects a balance between the virus' invisibility to the host's immune system ... read more

Aug. 19, 2016 — There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90% of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms ... read more

Roadblocks to Research: Bioethicist Addresses Lack of HIV Studies in Pregnant Women

Aug. 17, 2016 — A new study is addressing the urgent need for effective HIV prevention and treatment for the estimated 1.5 million women worldwide with HIV who give birth each ... read more

Increased Risk Suicide Death Associated With Hospitalization for Infection

Aug. 10, 2016 — Being hospitalized with infection was associated with an increased risk of suicide death and the highest risk of suicide was among those individuals with hepatitis and HIV or AIDS, according to a ... read more

Study Pushes Back the Origin of HIV-Related Retroviruses to 60 Million Years Ago

Aug. 9, 2016 — A research group has used genomic data from the exotic Malayan flying lemur (colugo) to uncover the oldest lentivirus ever identified, whose first emergence may date to as early as 60 million years ... read more

HIV Not a Super-Spreader of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Aug. 9, 2016 — While the human immunodeficiency virus pandemic fuels tuberculosis outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistance in TB patients as previously suspected, ... read more

HIV Stigma Influenced by Perceptions of Masculinity, Study Reveals

Aug. 8, 2016 — Whether an HIV-positive man has met cultural expectations of masculinity might impact how much stigma he experiences, according to a new ... read more

Big Step Towards Cure for HIV and Other Lifelong Viral Infections

Aug. 3, 2016 — New research has taken us a step closer to finding a cure for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as other infections including the glandular fever virus, which is associated with the ... read more

First Next-Generation Sequencing Test for HIV Drug Resistance Could Help Combat AIDS Worldwide

Aug. 3, 2016 — New research demonstrates that a first-of-its-kind next-generation sequencing test can detect HIV drug resistance mutations that conventional tests fail to identify. This test could play a critical ... read more

Link Found Between Inflammatory Biomarkers, Increased Heart Disease in Men With HIV

Aug. 3, 2016 — A cardiac imaging study uncovers a correlation between the high prevalence of coronary artery disease in men infected with HIV and in increase in inflammatory biomarkers, report ... read more

Infections With the Parasitic Worm W Bancrofti Associated With Increased Risk of HIV Infection, According to Tanzanian Study

Aug. 2, 2016 — People infected with a parasitic worm called Wuchereria bancrofti in areas where HIV is endemic may be more likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with the worm, according to a new ... read more

Effectiveness of New Anti-HIV Medication to Protect Women and Infants Demonstrated

Aug. 1, 2016 — Each year, 1.5 million women living with HIV become pregnant. Without effective treatment, up to 45 percent of HIV-infected mothers will transmit the virus to their child, usually through ... read more

Protein Critical to Toxoplasmosis Regulation: CD4 T-Cell and Blimp-1

Aug. 1, 2016 — Researchers are finding a way to regulate chronic toxoplasmosis, one of the most common parasitic diseases worldwide. This research also has important implications for ... read more

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