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Oct 26

First trial to use umbilical cord stem cells to cure HIV

The world’s first clinical trial which aims to cure five HIV patients within three years using transplants of blood from umbilical cords is set to start in Spain. The project seeks to be the world’s first clinical trial of its kind by recreating the success of Timothy Ray Brown — the only living person ever to be completely cured of HIV, ...
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Oct 19

New Coating for HIV Drug Holds Promise for Patients

Managing HIV could get a lot easier with a new delivery system for anti-AIDS drugs. Instead of daily pills, the treatment could lead to drugs that can be administered just once or twice per year. The new delivery system, designed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, starts with protease inhibitors, the antiretroviral drugs commonly used to treat HIV.  The so-called nanoformulation ...
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Oct 12

HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B, Study Says

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart the AIDS-causing virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says. "What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV from acquiring hepatitis B infection," study ...
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Oct 8

Low - Income HIV Patients May Be Doing Better on Obamacare

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income HIV patients who enrolled in Obamacare may be faring better than they did on traditional state assistance, a new study suggests.At least that's the case in Virginia, where the study was done. Researchers found that people infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) who switched from the state's drug-assistance program to ...
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Oct 1

WHO on HIV Therapy: Treat Everyone

Everyone with HIV should be offered treatment immediately upon diagnosis, according to new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The recommendation -- dropping any eligibility restrictions for antiretroviral therapy -- brings WHO advice into line with guidelines in the U.S., and most other Western countries. The new guidelines also say that all people at "substantial risk" of HIV should be offered pre-exposure prophylaxis ...
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Sep 14

HIV Prevention Pill 100 Percent Effective in Trial, Researchers Say

An antiviral pill proved 100 percent effective in preventing new cases of HIV, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study. Truvada was administered to 657 sexually-active people over 32 months – and there were no new cases of HIV reported, according to the study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases this month. “Our study is the first to extend the understanding of the use ...
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Sep 8

HRC Gears Up for United States Conference on AIDS 2015

The 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place this week in Washington, D.C. USCA seeks to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking. NMAC (formerly the National Minority AIDS Council) will host the USCA, which is the largest AIDS-related gathering in ...
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Aug 24

HUD OFFERS $9 MILLION TO PROVIDE STABLE HOUSING TO LOW-INCOME VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

To help prevent victims of domestic violence living with HIV/AIDS from falling into homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making more than $9 million available to state, local governments, and non-profits through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project Demonstration – a collaborative effort between HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS ...
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Aug 10

HIV could be eliminated by 2030, Scientists Say

While it has been assumed for quite some time that early treatment of HIV is better than delayed treatment, researchers finally have the evidence to announce in confidence that early treatment results in half the rate of death and complications. This announcement was big news at the AIDS conference in Vancouver last month. If routine yearly testing for HIV becomes the norm ...
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Jul 22

People With HIV Are At Low Risk To Spread It To Their Partners, Long As They're On Medication

It’s getting to be a banner week for the scientists presenting at the annual International AIDS Society meeting ( IAS 2015 ). Earlier today, researchers validated one of the more hopeful breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS research made in recent history, reporting that prompt antiretroviral therapy (ART) can drastically limit the chance of HIV transmission among heterosexual couples. Their findings are a direct ...
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