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NIH study supports use of short-term HIV treatment interruption in clinical trials

A short-term pause in HIV treatment during a carefully monitored clinical trial does not lead to lasting expansion of the HIV reservoir nor cause irreversible damage to the immune system, new findings suggest.

Published
11 January 2018
From
National Institutes of Health
Selective suppression of inflammation could deplete HIV and control HIV activation

A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could "purge" the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research.

Published
02 January 2018
From
Emory University
Preliminary study hints that genetically modified T cells might fight HIV

The same kind of DNA tinkering that produced the first FDA-approved gene therapy for cancer has shown hints of suppressing and even eradicating HIV infection in lab animals, scientists have reported. Although the study was small — it tested the genetically engineered “CAR” cells on only two monkeys as well as on cells growing in lab dishes — it suggests that after 30 years of fruitless efforts to come up with an AIDS vaccine there might be a wholly new way to get the immune system to fight HIV infection.

Published
02 January 2018
From
STAT
Could a virus kill HIV? Ottawa research shows promise

A virus being tested as a potential cancer treatment is showing promise for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a study by a team of Ottawa researchers.

Published
20 December 2017
From
CBC.ca
Frontiers of HIV Research: The Man Who Was Nearly Cured

“The whole excitement around Clark is that we were able to initiate therapy so early that we were hoping to prevent the establishing of latency,” says Deeks. “But it did not happen. We got close; we may have been off by a day or two. We did not achieve a real cure.”

Published
13 December 2017
From
KQED
The challenge of defining an HIV cure

What does a cure for HIV infection look like? It sounds like a simple question, but because of the way the virus can persist in the body, there are significant challenges associated with trying to define if a cure might have been achieved. As the research effort to develop a safe, effective, broadly accessible HIV cure expands, the issue of how to measure success remains central, and is important to understand.

Published
12 December 2017
From
Positively Aware
HIV ‘cure’ based on one patient? Here’s what you need to know

Headlines today raise hope that a cancer drug could “cure” HIV infection. But this potential cure is based on results from just a single man whose reservoir of dormant HIV-infected cells went down after treatment with the cancer drug nivolumab.

Published
04 December 2017
From
Health News Review
Bristol-Myers Cancer Drug Opdivo Shows Surprising HIV Impact

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s blockbuster drug Opdivo had a stunning effect on a lung-cancer patient treated at a Paris hospital: it drained hard-to-reach reservoirs of his HIV infection, too.

Published
01 December 2017
From
Bloomberg
Four big insights into HIV/AIDS that provide hope of finding a vaccine

African researchers have been performing cutting-edge research to contribute to addressing the HIV epidemic. The sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence has been at the forefront of this research and has provided some important insights into how the virus spreads as well as the immune mechanisms that enable some people to control the virus without antiretroviral drugs.

Published
24 November 2017
From
The Conversation
European Cure Review concentrates on HIV therapeutic vaccines

A cure for HIV would almost inevitably have to involve a vaccine to improve the body’s natural ability to control HIV, a seminar on European HIV cure

Published
16 November 2017
By
Gus Cairns
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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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