HIV

Magazine prints entire issue with HIV-positive blood to combat stigma

Magazine prints entire issue with HIV-positive blood to combat stigmaMelbourne, May 5 : A Vienna-based men's magazine has printed its May issue using ink infused with HIV-positive blood in a bid to "break the taboo" linked with the disease.

The Vangardist magazine said that handling a copy of the edition carries no risk of infection as it was produced as per the most stringent controls using guidelines set by Harvard and Innsbruck University, News.com.au reported.


HIV 'un-canned', paving way for virus transmission-preventing vaccine

HIV 'un-canned', paving way for virus transmission-preventing vaccineWashington, May 5 - A team of researchers has "un-canned" the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is a bit like a hermetically sealed tin can no one has yet been able to break open.

Researchers at University of Montreal have identified a way to use a "can opener" to force the virus to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the immune system cells to then kill the infected cells.


Now, know if have HIV in 15 mins with world's first self-testing kit

Now, know if have HIV in 15 mins with world's first self-testing kitLondon, April 27 : Now you can diagnose yourself for HIV virus with the world's very first self-testing kit in just 15 minutes.

The BioSURE HIV Self Test, which carries the European wide specialist CE mark, has passed thorough tests and only requires a pinprick of blood and is more than 99.7 percent accurate, the Mirror reported.


HIV spreads like 'computer worms'

HIV spreads like 'computer worms'Washington, Apr 03 - A new has found that HIV spreads in a way similar to some computer worms, and hence early treatment may be the key to treat AIDS.


Pre-clinical trials for suppressing HIV set to begin

Pre-clinical trials for suppressing HIV set to beginBrisbane, April 2 : Pre-clinical trials for permanently suppressing HIV are set to begin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, in Brisbane.

Associate Professor David Harrich said that the gene therapy could replace or diminish the need for the constant cocktail of drugs HIV patients currently need to stop HIV from crippling their immune system or developing into AIDS.


New `game-changing` daily pill can cut HIV risk among gay men by 86pc

daily pill can cut HIV risk among gay men by 86pcLondon, Feb 25 - A team of scientists has discovered a daily pill that can dramatically cut a person's risk of contracting HIV by 86 percent.

Leading specialists have described the results of a major UK trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as "extremely exciting" and a "game-changer," the Independent reported.


Soon, pill to prevent and cure HIV

Soon, pill to prevent and cure HIVWashington, Feb 19 - A team of scientists has created a potential long-acting HIV therapeutic.

New molecule, which shows promise for controlling HIV without daily antiretroviral drugs, foils a wider range of HIV strains in the laboratory than any known broadly neutralizing HIV antibody and is more powerful than some of the most potent of these antibodies.


Now, smartphone dongle that can detect HIV, syphilis in 15 mins

Now, smartphone dongle that can detect HIV, syphilis in 15 minsWashington, Feb 5 - A team of researchers has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a "point-of-care" test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.


HIV relies on unique immune proteins to infiltrate blood-brain barrier

HIV relies on unique immune proteins to infiltrate blood-brain barrierWashington, Feb. 3 - A new study has recently revealed that HIV relies on unique immune proteins to enter the brain, which penetrates the brain blood-brain barrier.


New technology makes 'dance' of HIV virus visible in humans

New technology makes 'dance' of HIV virus visible in humansWashington, Oct 9 : A team of researchers has developed a new technology which allows them to watch what they call the "dance" of HIV proteins on the virus' surface, which may contribute to how it infects human immune cells.

Dr. Scott Blanchard, an associate professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell, asserted that the new technology platform opens new possibilities for devising an approach to prevent HIV infection.


Bhubaneswar Dalit couple affected by AIDS boycotted

Bhubaneswar Dalit couple affected by AIDS boycottedBhubaneswar, Oct. 7 - A young Dalit couple from Bhairabagarh village of Naxal-affected Rayagada District has been boycotted for being affected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).


Deadly viruses recurs in cured HIV-positive baby

babyWashington, Oct 3 - A HIV born baby, who had appeared to have been cured of the virus following an antiretroviral treatment (ART), has been detected of HIV infection again.

The case report is the second report of apparent viral remission by rebound in a baby given early ART treatment, after the case of the 'Mississippi baby' received widespread attention in 2013-14.


MACS rebuts CAG report on HIV positive cases rising to 40,855 in Manipur

MACS rebuts CAG report on HIV positive cases rising to 40,855 in ManipurImphal, August 1 - Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS) has rebutted the CAG report that was presented in Manipur legislative assembly; HIV positive cases in Manipur have increased greatly alleging the poor performance and unsatisfactory results in curbing new infections in high-risk individuals.


Scientists snip out HIV virus from cultured human cells for first time

Scientists snip out HIV virus from cultured human cells for first timeWashington, July 22 - Scientists have designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for the very first time.


Death rate from HIV dropped to half in rich countries during past decade

Death rate from HIV dropped to half in rich countries during past decadeWashington, July 18 - A new study has revealed that the overall death rate has been cut to half among the people with AIDS living in the world's rich countries and receiving care and antiretroviral therapy (ART), compared with a decade ago.


'Mississippi Baby' thought to be cured of HIV shows signs of infection

'Mississippi Baby' thought to be cured of HIV shows signs of infectionWashington, July 11 - Scientists have revealed that the " Mississippi Baby", who was earlier believed to have been cured of HIV, has now been found to have detectable levels of the virus.


New method to make latent HIV reveal itself identified

New method to make latent HIV reveal itself identifiedWashington, June 6 - Researchers have identified a new way to make latent HIV reveal itself, which could help overcome one of the biggest obstacles to finding a cure for HIV infection.

Leor Weinberger, PhD, Associate Investigator in the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology and senior author of the study, said understanding how to reactivate latent HIV is one of the major challenges we must overcome in order to find a cure for HIV.


Good bacteria that protects against HIV identified

Good bacteria that protects against HIV identifiedWashington, Mar 31 - By growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with "good and bad" bacteria, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston think that they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections.


HIV and hepatitis C vaccines come closer to reality

HIV and hepatitis C vaccines come closer to realityWashington, March 26 - Researchers have claimed to have made a breakthrough in HIV and hepatitis C.

Professor Eric Gowans from the University's Discipline of Surgery, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has submitted a patent application for what he describes as a relatively simple but effective technique to stimulate the body's immune system response, thereby helping to deliver the vaccine.


HIV patients 50 times more likely to develop TB

HIV patients 50 times more likely to develop TBNew Delhi, March 23 - People infected with HIV have more chances of getting infected with tuberculosis - often fatally - and should get themselves tested in time as it can be cured if diagnosed early, experts said.

"Ten percent of HIV patients are at the risk of suffering severe consequences of TB due to their low immune power," Neeraj Gupta, senior consultant pulmonology, Paras Hospital, Gurgaon, told IANS.


Past HIV vaccine trials pave way for new treatment

Past HIV vaccine trials pave way for new treatmentWashington, March 20 - A multi-national research team led by Duke Medicine scientists has identified a subclass of antibodies associated with an effective immune response to an HIV vaccine.

Earlier analyses of the results of that trial, known as RV144, suggested that antibodies to sites within a part of the HIV envelope called V1V2 correlated with reduced risk of HIV infection.


US reports rare female-to-female HIV case

US reports rare female-to-female HIV caseWashington, March 14 - A 46-year-old US woman is believed to have acquired HIV from her female partner in a rare case of female-to-female sexual transmission of the AIDS virus.


Rare case of female-to-female HIV transmission surfaces

Rare case of female-to-female HIV transmission surfacesWashington, March 14 - A 46-year-old woman in Texas likely acquired HIV after having a sexual relationship with her female partner in what health officials say is a very rare case of female-to-female transmission of the HIV.


New intravaginal ring protects against HIV as well as unwanted pregnancy

New intravaginal ring protects against HIV as well as unwanted pregnancyWashington, Mar 6 : A Northwestern University biomedical engineer has designed a first-of-its-kind intravaginal ring that reliably delivers an antiretroviral drug and a contraceptive for months.


New gene therapy for HIV hailed a success after first trial

New gene therapy for HIV hailed a success after first trialLondon, Mar 6 - A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells, which are resistant to the virus, has been declared a success by scientists after its first clinical trial.

The treatment, which has never been tested on humans before, raised patients' defences against HIV by replacing some of their natural immune cells with GM versions, the Guardian reported.


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