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  • What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

    How mathematical models can help us better understand both the long-term probability of HIV transmission and the benefit of combining risk-reduction strategies.

    04 July 2014 | Poz
  • HIV transmission risks: Review updates CDC estimates, adds impact of treatment, condom use

    Authors of a comprehensive review of literature reporting data on per-act HIV transmission risks have updated the last estimates produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, and in the process have highlighted the importance of treatment and prevention reaching those at greatest risk.

    05 June 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Uganda's struggle with schistosomiasis

    Efforts are underway to rid Uganda of the scourge of schistosomiasis but provision of clean water and good sanitation lags behind treatment efforts. The disease is linked to increased infection rates of HIV among girls.

    16 May 2014 | The Lancet
  • A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on HIV in Africa

    Norwegian researchers believe that African women are more vulnerable to H.I.V. because of a chronic, undiagnosed parasitic disease: genital schistosomiasis. Also known as bilharzia and snail fever, it is caused by parasitic worms picked up in infested river water. It is marked by fragile sores in the far reaches of the vaginal canal that may serve as entry points for H.I.V.

    11 May 2014 | New York Times
  • How a House Finch Disease Reshaped What We Know About Epidemics

    One team of researchers was able to study a highly virulent disease in House Finches. Their recent paper in PLOS Biology sheds light on what makes some disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, more harmful than others.

    30 January 2014 | Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Bursting HIV’s bubble

    HIV has a fatty outer membrane similar to that surrounding a living cell. This membrane probably acts like a balloon—in other words the pressure inside it is greater than the pressure outside it. That means it can be burst, which is what some scientists believe provides the driving force by which a virus injects its genetic material into a cell in order to infect it.

    18 October 2013 | The Economist
  • Cocaine May Fuel HIV Acquisition and Its Spread Between Cells

    Cocaine may increase an individual’s likelihood of acquiring HIV, by stimulating a pair of receptors on inactive CD4 cells. The findings are limited by the fact that the research was not conducted in humans and also because typical cocaine users partake of the drug over a more extended period of time than in the experiment.

    16 October 2013 | AIDSMeds
  • Mass administration of schistosomiasis drug can cut HIV

    Mass administration of praziquantel — a highly effective and low-cost drug for schistosomiasis treatment — targeting school-age children has the potential to reduce new HIV infections in young women, according to a modelling study that focused on Zimbabwe.

    23 September 2013 | Sci Dev Net
  • Analysis: In search of less a deadly syringe

    To someone who has never injected illicit drugs, all syringes may look similar, but recent research out of the US shows differences in design can be “dramatic” and may slow the spread of HIV infections. Better syringe design could “nearly eradicate global HIV [injecting drug user-related] infections within eight years”, according to some.

    12 September 2013 | IRIN
  • UK: NAT (National AIDS Trust) produces new guide for police on occupational exposure to HIV

    NAT (National AIDS Trust) is calling on all UK police forces to ensure their guidance and policies on HIV are up-to-date – and to use NAT’s new resource ‘HIV: A guide for Police Forces’ for this purpose. “HIV: A guide … More →

    16 August 2013 | National AIDS Trust
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