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Hidden HIV reservoirs exposed by telltale protein

The discovery helps to identify dormant infected cells and could one day lead to a cure.

Published
21 March 2017
From
Nature
Monkeys suppress HIV-like virus for extended period after dual-antibody treatment

Giving monkeys two powerful anti-HIV antibodies immediately after infection with an HIV-like virus enabled the immune systems of some of the animals to control the virus long after the antibodies were gone, scientists at the National Institutes of Health and The Rockefeller University have found.

Published
14 March 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Researchers report case of bone marrow transplant patient off ART for 288 days without HIV rebound

An HIV-positive bone marrow transplant recipient at the Mayo Clinic experienced prolonged viral remission lasting nearly 10 months – longer than the so-called Boston patients – after interrupting

Published
06 March 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
How to Keep HIV Cure-Related Trials Ethical: The Benefit/Risk Ratio Challenge

While high or unknown risks are a mainstay of early-phase trials in areas like cancer research, cure study participants typically have a safe and efficacious alternative to those risks: remaining on antiretrovirals. Can we justify asking patients who are doing well on antiretrovirals to accept the risk and uncertainty of many HIV cure-related trials? If we cannot, we might need to give up on the hope of curing HIV, or of achieving controlled remission.

Published
22 February 2017
From
BMJ Blogs
Spanish vaccine induces viral control off ART in nearly 40% of recipients

A so-called ‘HIV Conserv’ vaccine has, for the first time, produced significant prolonged viral control in a large minority of recipients once they were taken off antiretroviral therapy

Published
17 February 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Infants treated within days of birth can clear HIV reservoir rapidly

Viral load and viral DNA fall rapidly in infants who begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) within days of birth, two South African studies have found, showing the potential

Published
15 February 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Cake, candles and a wish for more HIV cures

An HIV workshop pays tribute to Timothy Ray Brown, whose cure 10 years ago fueled research — and hope

Published
14 February 2017
From
Fred Hutch
In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

David Evans, director of research advocacy at Project Inform, talks about an ambitious HIV cure social science research project that will investigate some of the ethical and moral dilemmas cropping up in HIV cure research.

Published
09 February 2017
From
BETA blog
Study shows how HIV breaches macrophage defenses, could be step towards cure

A team led by UCL researchers identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell, despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment to maintain macrophage defenses that could help lead to an HIV cure.

Published
26 January 2017
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Gene Therapy to Cure HIV: Where to from Here?

In a commentary published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston discusses what needs to be done to overcome the barriers to gene therapy to cure HIV, including increasing the effectiveness of gene editing, targeting it to the right cells in the body, and optimizing the length of time it stays in the body to safely achieve its goal.

Published
24 January 2017
From
amfAR
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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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