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HIV antibody therapy is associated with enhanced immune responses in infected individuals

Most people living with HIV control the virus thanks to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Although this medication is highly effective, the presence of latent viral reservoirs in their bodies means they require lifelong therapy. Studies have demonstrated that immunotherapy combining two anti-HIV antibodies can also suppress HIV, similar to ART. Now an international team of researchers […]

Kids Health

Gen Z Doesn't Know Nearly Enough About HIV

For members of Generation Z, the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s is something they maybe learned about in textbooks. Certainly the worst of the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States happened well before they were born in the late 90s and early 2000s — and a lot has changed […]

Health Problems

Mapping the pathway to gut health in HIV and SIV infections

A UC Davis study found that the damaged gut lining (known as leaky gut) in monkeys infected with chronic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), an HIV-like virus, was rapidly repaired within five hours of receiving Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria. The study, published today in the PNAS, linked chronically inflamed leaky gut to the loss of PPARα signaling […]

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Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found—including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The yearlong experiment recruited 2,600 men from online social network and music sites. Those […]

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Researchers isolate switch that kills inactive HIV

Using genetic sequencing, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified a principal cellular player controlling HIV reproduction in immune cells which, when turned off or deleted, eliminates dormant HIV reservoirs. “This is one of the key switches that the HIV field has been searching for three decades to find,” said Tariq […]

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First randomised trial finds no substantial difference in risk of acquiring HIV for 3 different forms of contraception

Previous research has suggested that some contraceptive methods may increase women’s susceptibility to HIV. However, all three forms of contraception trialled were safe and highly effective, supporting their continued and increased access alongside high quality HIV prevention services. A randomised trial of more than 7,800 African women found that a type of contraceptive injection (intramuscular […]