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Researchers pinpoint exactly where each building block sits in HIV

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and collaborators from Heidelberg University, in the joint Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit, have obtained the first structure of the immature form of HIV at a high enough resolution to pinpoint exactly where each building block sits in the virus. The study, published online today in Nature, reveals that the building blocks of the immature form of HIV are arranged in a surprising way.

04 November 2014
Medical Xpress
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.

31 July 2013
Africa: Study Confirms Role of Road Networks in HIV Spread

Road networks are strongly related to the spread of HIV-1 - the HIV subtype responsible for the AIDS pandemic - across Sub-Saharan Africa, a study confirms.

14 January 2013
Deeper view of HIV reveals impact of early mutations

Mutations in HIV that develop during the first few weeks of infection may play a critical role in undermining a successful early immune response, a finding that reveals the importance of vaccines targeting regions of the virus that are less likely to mutate.

09 March 2012
Science Daily (press release)
Virus Related to HIV Found in One Quarter of Ape Hunters in Gabon

Nearly one quarter of humans bitten or scratched while hunting nonhuman primates in Gabon had evidence of simian foamy retrovirus (SFV), a virus closely related to HIV. The finding underlines the continuing risk of cross-species transmission of retroviruses.

18 January 2012
International AIDS Society
Pathogenic Landscape of HIV

In perhaps the most comprehensive survey of the inner workings of HIV, an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has mapped every apparent physical interaction the virus makes with components of the human cells it infects—work that may reveal new ways to design future HIV/AIDS drugs.

21 December 2011
UCSF Today
Semen Protein Boosts HIV Transmission

Researchers identify a protein in semen that enhances the transmission of HIV in culture, but whether it increases infectivity in humans is not yet known.

15 December 2011
The Scientist
India: Time to fight HIV-2, say experts

With the taming of the predominant HIV-1 type, responsible for a majority of the 2.7 million infection cases in the country, experts say it is time to evaluate the incidence and seriousness of the HIV-2 infection. 

02 December 2011
Times of India
Rare HIV, Group N, Reported Outside Cameroon

A man in France who recently travelled to Togo has been diagnosed with a rare type of HIV-infection - Group N. This is the first time this type of HIV-infection has been detected outside Cameroon. The infection is considerably more similar to the virus type discovered in chimpanzees than to other human type viruses.

25 November 2011
Medical News Today
X-rays illuminate the mechanism used by HIV to attack human DNA

Scientists from Imperial College London have used data collected at Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron facility, to advance the understanding of how HIV and other retroviruses infect human or animal cells.

11 November 2010
Imperial College London
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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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