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Aggressive HIV strain leads to faster AIDS development

The new recombinant strain from West Africa speeds up the time taken from the infection stage to the development of AIDS, to around five years.

Published
28 November 2013
From
UPI
HIV may be becoming less fit as it adapts to the immune system

HIV, at least in some parts of the world, may be developing a lower replicative capacity as it adapts to variations in the human immune system, studies

Published
08 November 2013
By
Gus Cairns
Rift widens over structure of HIV’s molecular anchor

Studies of a potential vaccine target bolster claims that an earlier paper was flawed.

Published
05 November 2013
From
Nature
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.

Published
18 October 2013
From
The Economist
Gene discovery could lead to new types of HIV treatments

Scientists have identified a gene which they say may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body. In an early-stage study in the journal Nature, researchers said the gene, called MX2, appears to play a key role in how HIV is controlled in human cells.

Published
19 September 2013
From
Reuters
These Renderings of HIV Show That a Deadly Virus Can Be Beautiful

For those of us who are normal, non-scientist people, an image of a virus doesn't necessarily hold any meaning. Artists were invited to create renderings of HIV – and the winning images are as educational as they are beautiful.

Published
31 July 2013
From
Gizmodo
Changes in Gut Bacteria May Promote Inflammation and HIV Disease Progression

Changes in intestinal bacteria may contribute to disease progression and development of non-AIDS conditions in people with HIV, even those on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a report in the July 10, 2013, issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Published
25 July 2013
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Understanding a global epidemic: Why Africans with HIV are more susceptible to TB

Yale researchers have identified a common genetic variant that makes people infected with HIV much more susceptible to tuberculosis (TB). The study is published in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Published
24 July 2013
From
Yale University press release
GHANA: Mold Toxins Tied to AIDS Epidemic

A new study has examined the impact of aflatoxins on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Aflatoxins are poisons produced by aspergillus fungi that can be found on damp grains, nuts, and beans, usually in hot humid climates. They have also been found to be immunosuppressive, possibly causing increased immunosuppression in HIV-positive individuals.

Published
24 July 2013
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
The immune system, HIV, and aging

The purpose of this brief report is to outline current scientific knowledge regarding the immunologic connections between HIV and aging, and provide an introduction to some of the unresolved questions that are being addressed—or need to be addressed—by research.

Published
07 June 2013
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