Sep 16

HIV Combo Pill Less Toxic Thanks to New Form of Tenofovir

An investigational single-tablet combination regimen to treat HIV has comparable efficacy to and is less toxic than a similar regimen of individual tablets, thanks to the new form of tenofovir in the combo pill, MedPage Today reports. Reporting their findings at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington, DC, researchers conducted a Phase II, placebo-controlled, randomized ...
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Sep 9

Flu Shots Work for Pregnant Women Regardless of HIV Status

The influenza vaccine is just as effective for pregnant women living with HIV as for those without the virus, Reuters reports. Publishing their findings in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers conducted double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials in 2011 and 2012 with 2,237 pregnant women; 188 were HIV positive. After receiving either a flu shot or a placebo, the women, ...
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Sep 3 Selects Top 20 HIV/AIDS Charities for 2014, an online information and resource site, has selected its top 20 HIV/AIDS charities for 2014. The criteria included: spending at least 75 percent of their budgets on programs, raising $100 from every $15 spent fundraising, not holding more than three years of available assets in reserve, and operating with financial transparency. In 2013, the list was restricted ...
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Aug 27

AIDS Grove Renames Youth Scholarship to Honor Pedro Zamora

The National AIDS Memorial Grove has renamed its youth scholarship program after the late Pedro Zamora, according to a statement by the group. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program recognizes young people for their active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. Zamora was an AIDS educator, activist and reality television star. At the age of 22, the HIV-positive gay ...
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Aug 11

Breakthroughs bring us a step closer to AIDS cure

Testing positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was considered a death sentence at the beginning of the epidemic in the 1980s. But new pharmaceutical technologies and treatment options are making HIV and AIDS much more manageable to treat.   The AIDS cocktail of the 1990s, a combination of drugs that was able to delay the path from HIV to AIDS, gave ...
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Aug 5

HIV Treatment Demand in Poorer Nations to Keep Rising

The demand for HIV treatment in low- and middle-income nations is projected to rise to 16.8 million people by the close of 2016, aidsmap reports. The ARV Forecasting Technical Working Group presented findings from a study projecting the upswing in treatment demand at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. The study, which defined treatment eligibility ...
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Jul 23

We Must Use Resources Better to Fight HIV

Former President Bill Clinton told delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) that the global fight against HIV needs to find more economically efficient ways to combat new infections, according to a new release from AIDS 2014, which is taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia, and is organized by International AIDS Society (IAS).  "Nobody left behind" ...
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Jul 21

AIDS research dealt major blow as top experts killed in MH17 attack

The global battle against AIDS is yet another victim in the suspected downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 as six top experts in the research field are believed to have been passengers on the flight. Joep Lange, former president of the International Aids Society, and five others traveling to an international AIDS conference being held in Melbourne, Australia, were reportedly among ...
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Jul 18

HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed

In a sobering discovery, researchers say that rapid treatment of HIV-like infections in monkeys failed to prevent the establishment of persistent viral reservoirs in as little as three days. The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on the heels of news that the so-called Mississippi Baby -- a child once considered functionally cured of HIV due to antiretroviral drug ...
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Jul 17

Those with HIV living longer

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall death rates for HIV-positive adults living in Australia, Europe and the United States have been cut 28 percent since 1999, according to new international research. Deaths from AIDS-related causes dropped more than one-third among the HIV-positive adults in the study. Cardiovascular disease deaths declined by almost two-thirds, while deaths from liver disease were ...
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