Jul 14

United Nations chief: World is on track to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

In announcing the good news from the latest global HIV/AIDS report that the virus is being beaten back more quickly than expected, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday made a pronouncement that would have been unthinkable 15 years ago. He said he believes that ending the epidemic in 2030 is not just ambitious, but realistic. The Joint United Nations Programme ...
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Jul 8

Drug candidate significantly reduces HIV reactivation rate

HIV-infected patients remain on antiretroviral therapy for life because the virus survives over the long-term in infected dormant cells. Interruption of current types of antiretroviral therapy results in a rebound of the virus and clinical progression to AIDS. But now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that, unlike other antiretroviral therapies, a natural compound ...
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Jun 24

Eight Digital Resources for National HIV Testing Day 2015

June 27 is the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Over the years, the emergence of digital tools has created new ways to communicate about the importance of knowing your HIV status—which is the first step toward living healthy if you have HIV. Here is a selection of Federal resources to help you get involved with #NHTD: HIV Services ...
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Jun 18

New model to study HIV latency in brain cells

Over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected by HIV. Antiviral therapies can keep the virus from multiplying. However, no drug can cure infection so far, because various cell types continue to carry the virus in a latent, i.e. quiescent, state. Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München have now established a model for latent HIV infection of brain cells. The researchers ...
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Jun 8

FDA Approves New HIV Anti-Retroviral Formulation

THE United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new anti-retroviral formulation that can be mixed with food, which will make it easier for children living with HIV to take their life-saving medicines. This is contained in a joint statement issued on Saturday, June 6, by the United Nations (UN) Programme on HIV/AID (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund ...
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May 20

New YouTube Series Answers Most Common HIV Questions

Got some lingering questions on HIV and sexual health? A new YouTube series called #AskTheHIVDoc makes getting answers easy.In an effort to help spread the message of health and wellness across the Internet, the folks over at Greater Than AIDS produced a fun, honest and truly informative video series on YouTube called #AskTheHIVDoc. The new series is hosted by none other than ...
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May 20

HUD Awards $29 Million To 25 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $29 million in grants to help approximately 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to the needed supportive services such as ...
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May 19

How far are we from an HIV vaccine?

According to Prof. Anthony Fauci, a director in the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists are more optimistic than before. A breakthrough in getting a vaccine for HIV will be the final blow to the virus if the vaccine is effective, safe, affordable and accessible to all. A vaccine would be better than all preventive technologies being studies and ...
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May 4

Chickenpox virus can cause stroke in HIV patients

Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. A Loyola University Medical Center case study demonstrates that a virus called varicella-zoster can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain. This inflammation, known as cerebral vasculitis, can cause both hemorrhagic and non-hemorrhagic strokes. The study ...
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Apr 15

Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk.  Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged. The addition of routine annual HIV screening to the ...
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