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The sexual and reproductive health issue you’ve probably never heard of….

Why is one of the most common gynaecological conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis, misunderstood, under-researched and under-reported? It is a significant risk factor for HIV acquisition in women.

Published
06 July 2015
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PrEP data links anti-HIV immune response to reduce chance of infection

"The rigor of the placebo-controlled iPrEx trial gave us access to the necessary data and specimens to address that question. What we found was what people have been looking for, for a long time - a correlation between future infection risk and a measureable immune response."

Published
23 June 2015
From
Medical Xpress
UCLA research offers more evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection

New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV.

Published
19 June 2015
From
UCLA press release
Transmitted HIV drug resistance is persistent but is not harming treatment responses in the UK

A study that looks at the genetic makeup of archived samples of drug-resistant HIV in the UK has found evidence that some drug-resistant strains of HIV are

Published
03 June 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
Menopause linked to decreased anti-HIV activity

Postmenopausal women’s cervicovaginal fluid had lower anti-HIV-1 activity than premenopausal women. Timing of menstrual cycle and hormonal contraception were not associated with differences in activity against HSV or HIV.

Published
30 March 2015
From
2 Minute Medicine
Cell-associated HIV mucosal transmission: The neglected pathway

Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of HIV. Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that HIV is also transmitted by infected cells. While inside cells, HIV is protected from antibodies and other antiviral factors. Anderson chides fellow researchers for not using cell-associated HIV in their transmission models: "The failure of several recent vaccine and microbicide clinical trials to prevent HIV transmission may be due in part to this oversight." . The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) has devoted their December supplement to this important and understudied topic.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Semen directly impairs effectiveness of microbicides that target HIV

Most microbicides work by targeting the virus itself, attempting to break it down or blocking its ability to infect a cell. However, the heightened infectiousness of HIV in the presence of semen appears to over-power any anti-viral effects the microbicides possess. The one exception to this finding is a different type of microbicide that acts on the host cells' receptors, stopping the virus from latching on from within. In the current study, this microbicide, [containing the drug called] called Maraviroc, was equally effective in preventing infection both with and without the presence of semen.

Published
13 November 2014
From
MedicalXpress
CDC Director Compares Ebola to AIDS. But How Similar Are They?

CDC director Tom Frieden says this about Ebola: "The only thing like this has been AIDS." In fact, the two viruses share similarities but also have big differences.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

Published
08 October 2014
From
World Health Organization
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