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Is It Ethical to Take People Off HIV Meds for Cure Research?

Cure studies typically require a temporary break in HIV treatment, often with little promise of a personal benefit to the participant.

Published
13 September 2017
From
Poz
HIV Survivors Give Their 'Last Gift' In A New San Diego Study

The Last Gift study at UC San Diego is a unique new research effort focusing on HIV patients with a terminal illness such as cancer, ALS or advanced heart disease. Participants must have a prognosis of less than six months to live. When they near the end of their lives, they stop taking their HIV medications and let researchers draw blood regularly to monitor the activity of the virus. They also consent to having their bodies autopsied within hours of death.

Published
11 September 2017
From
KPBS
Looking for 'a multitude of ways to cure HIV'

HIV researchers draw hope from cancer immunotherapies — and inspiration from Timothy Ray Brown

Published
22 August 2017
From
Fred Hutch News Service
Dr. Carl June weaves together HIV and cancer research to advance cures for both

CAR T-cell pioneer and one-time bone marrow transplant fellow will give keynote at HIV cure conference.

Published
17 August 2017
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Fred Hutch News Service
Understanding Exactly How the ‘Berlin Patient’ Was Cured

The strongest proof that HIV can be cured comes from the case of Timothy Brown, the “Berlin patient.” That triumph was predicated on physicians taking advantage of nature’s own experiment: the existence of a genetic mutation in a normal cell protein, CCR5, the main co-receptor that HIV uses to gain entry into a cell.

Published
16 August 2017
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amfAR
Vorinostat renders dormant HIV infection vulnerable to clearance

For the first time researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an assay that can measure antigen production and clearance caused by a latency-reversing agent.

Published
01 August 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
What can science learn from a child who has controlled HIV without drugs for more than 8 years?

An HIV-infected child in South Africa who is controlling the virus without antiretroviral (ARV) drugs has reinvigorated the push to find ways to allow people to control the virus for prolonged periods without treatment.

Published
27 July 2017
From
Science
Antibody helps keep man's HIV at bay for 10 months

An experimental therapy has held back one man's HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people in a small trial testing injections of "broadly neutralising antibodies" - the natural weapons of the immune system.

Published
26 July 2017
From
BBC News
HIV and cancer teams double up to seek out new disease killers

HIV experts at an international conference starting on Saturday are keenly courting colleagues in oncology to explore whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS.

Published
22 July 2017
From
Reuters
A cure for HIV takes a step closer after supercomputers reveal how the virus moves

By unlocking such secrets of the capsid’s structure, and exposing its vulnerabilities, the researchers claim the simulation will help scientists determine how to break this structure so that it bursts before infecting any human cell. This could eventually lead to a cure.

Published
19 July 2017
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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