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  • NIH Scientists Identify Potent Antibody that Neutralizes Nearly All HIV Strains

    Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have identified an antibody from an HIV-infected person that potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV infection, say the researchers.

    17 November 2016 | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • J&J vaccine plus Gilead immune booster shows promise as HIV fighter

    An experimental HIV vaccine from Johnson & Johnson combined with an immune system booster from Gilead Sciences Inc showed promise at keeping the virus at bay in monkeys even after treatments had stopped, marking yet another step toward the development of a so-called functional cure for HIV.

    10 November 2016 | Reuters
  • Gene therapy goes global: Portable device could make future cancer, HIV cures affordable

    A tabletop device that enables medical staff to genetically manipulate a patient’s blood to deliver potential new therapies for cancer, HIV and other diseases would eliminate the need for multimillion-dollar “clean rooms,” making gene therapy more possible for even the poorest of countries.

    21 October 2016 | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • HIV active in tissues of patients who were treated, study shows

    UCSF researchers have found in autopsy tissue samples of patients treated with antiretrovirals that the virus evolved and migrated among tissues similar to the way it did in patients who had never received antiretroviral treatment, despite the fact that the treated patients had undetectable levels of virus in their blood.

    20 October 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Antibody treatment surprisingly 'cures' monkeys of HIV-like infection

    In Science today, a team led by immunologist Aftab Ansari of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta describes infecting eight monkeys with SIV, the simian version of HIV, treating them with ARVs, and then infusing them with an antibody similar to an approved drug for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that targets a receptor on immune cell surfaces known as α4ß7.

    14 October 2016 | Science
  • By adding an antibody to HIV treatment, researchers send virus into 'sustained remission' in monkeys

    A clinical trial in monkeys found that by augmenting the standard HIV treatment with an antibody developed in the lab, the animals were able to enter a state of sustained remission, according to a report in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

    14 October 2016 | Los Angeles Times
  • HIV cure research: New animation explaining the RIVER study

    Watch the animation to find out more about the RIVER study design. The study will report in 2018.

    11 October 2016 | UK Cherub Collaboration
  • The Trauma of Hope: A Psychotherapist Reflects on False Cure News

    This is the problem with news stories and headlines that are prematurely celebratory at best, and oversimplified, irresponsible and devastating at worst. For long-term survivors, hope triggers a particular kind of trauma made complicated by its relationship to grieving.

    10 October 2016 | The Body PRO
  • 'Infuriating': People With HIV, Doctors, Advocates Speak Out on Bad 'HIV Cure' Reporting

    If you're reading this article right now, it's likely that someone reached out to you this week to share the "good news" that an HIV cure is heading your way. And, as you probably have done time and time again, you gently -- or firmly -- reached back to say, well, no.

    05 October 2016 | The Body
  • HIV charity chief warns against 'false hope' of scientific breakthrough and calls for more support for patients

    The chief of a leading HIV charity has praised a potential cure for the virus but warned it should be treated with “cautious optimism” to avoid giving false hope to patients.

    04 October 2016 | Evening Standard
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