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NIH Scientists Discover that Defective HIV DNA Can Encode HIV-Related Proteins

Investigators from the National Institutes of Health have discovered that cells from HIV-infected people whose virus is suppressed with treatment harbor defective HIV DNA that can nevertheless be transcribed into a template for producing HIV-related proteins. This finding may affect scientists’ understanding of the long-term effects of HIV infection and what a cure would require.

Published
18 July 2016
From
NIAID
Study results provide critical new data to guide HIV prevention and treatment efforts for women and girls

Multiple studies discussed today in an official press briefing at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban collectively provide new insights that will help shape future HIV prevention and treatment efforts for women and girls.

Published
18 July 2016
From
AIDS 2016
WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference

The World Health Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signalling the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.

Published
17 July 2016
From
WHO
'Classic' HIV Cure Remains a Challenge, NIH Expert Says

History suggests that finding a "classic" cure for HIV -- clearing the virus from the body -- is going to be a tough chore, a top U.S. official said here. On the other hand, a less aspirational goal -- that of achieving sustained remissions from the virus -- looks closer to hand in the current state of medical science, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Published
17 July 2016
From
MedPage Today
Prospects for developing a cure or sustained remission for HIV take centre stage at AIDS 2016

“HIV cure research became a scientific reality with the launch of the first IAS Global Scientific Strategy: Towards an HIV Cure at AIDS 2012,” noted IAS President Chris Beyrer. “Today, HIV cure research has come into its own as a top HIV research priority, marked by significant advances in our understanding of the scientific challenges and opportunities, more cure-focused research collaborations, and a new optimism that a cure or sustainable remission for HIV is feasible.”

Published
16 July 2016
From
AIDS 2016
Treatment Action Group: Pipeline Report 2016

Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, Preventive Technologies, Research Toward a Cure, and Immune-Based and Gene Therapies in Development.

Published
15 July 2016
From
Treatment Action Group
Treatment targets HIV's last hiding place

UK scientists may have found a way to destroy HIV's last refuge. A study by Oxford University has confirmed that a treatment developed by a British company can remove the virus in its chosen hiding place, in laboratory conditions, offering hope of a viable treatment.

Published
14 July 2016
From
Eurekalert
NIH expands investment in HIV cure research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $30 million in annual funding over the next five years to six research collaborations working to advance basic medical science toward an HIV cure.

Published
14 July 2016
From
National Institutes of Health
AIDS conference returns to a changed South Africa

The South Africa that hosts a global AIDS Conference next week has come a long way from the "AIDS pariah" that did so 16 years ago, when then President Thabo Mbeki stunningly dismissed the link between HIV and the disease.

Published
14 July 2016
From
Reuters
South Africa ushers in a new era for HIV

The country has developed the biggest programme of antiretroviral therapy in the world. Now scientists are exploring the long-term consequences of the drugs.

Published
14 July 2016
From
Nature

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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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