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Targeting dormant HIV

Why wake up the virus? To better kill it, of course. A team from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) has taken an important step forward in the search for a HIV/AIDS cure. The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Kaufmann has developed a highly accurate technique for detecting the rare cells that hide the virus and prevent current therapies from curing HIV infection.

Published
20 September 2016
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Realism needed about the benefits and risks of taking part in HIV cure studies

A significant proportion of people living with HIV would be willing to take part in a study towards a cure for HIV, research presented at the 21st International

Published
31 August 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Can immunotherapy cure HIV?

HIV cure researchers and advocates met at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center last week to explore whether immunotherapy — treatments that harness the immune system to fight cancer — could play a role in bringing about a cure or a long-term remission for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Published
10 August 2016
From
Fred Hutch News Service
Searching for the next ‘Berlin patient’: doctors document bone-marrow recipients with HIV

The ‘Berlin patient’, Timothy Ray Brown, has now survived seven years off antiretroviral therapy with no sign of HIV reappearing in his body, and as time passes

Published
01 August 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Immune-Enhancing Treatment May Destabilize HIV Reservoirs

Findings presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, suggest that combining ART with an immune-enhancing treatment may destabilize viral reservoirs in macaques infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the monkey equivalent of HIV.

Published
21 July 2016
From
NIAID
HIV will only be cured with combinations too, conference delegates hear

Curing people of HIV infection will have to involve combinations of drugs and approaches, just as HIV treatment does, delegates heard at the Towards a Cure workshop

Published
20 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Young women treated in very early HIV infection stay HIV negative and preserve immune function

A group of young South African women who were diagnosed in very early infection and immediately given antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserved their CD4 counts and the function

Published
18 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
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
'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
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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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