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HIV uses host cell's own 'emergency' response for replication, says researcher

Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have discovered how HIV evades one of the body's best defenses—and their collaborative work could offer hope for future treatments that stop the ...


Tests of HIV vaccine using mRNA technology have begun

Testing in humans of an HIV vaccine that uses messenger RNA technology has begun, the biotech firm Moderna and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative said Thursday.

Oncology & Cancer

Study finds cancer immunotherapy treatment can reverse HIV latency

An international research collaboration has found the cancer immunotherapy treatment, pembrolizumab, can reverse HIV latency, the ability for the virus to 'hide' inside cells of people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy, ...


Men who paid for sex more likely than other men to live with HIV

Twenty years' worth of surveys suggest that nearly one in ten sexually active men in 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been clients of sex workers, and these men are about 50 percent more likely to be living with human ...


Pediatricians can play key role in HIV testing, prophylaxis

(HealthDay)—In a clinical report published online Dec. 20 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for addressing HIV testing and preexposure and postexposure HIV prophylaxis in adolescents and young adults.

Medical research

Discovery of I-shaped antibody opens new avenue to HIV vaccine

About 38 million people worldwide are living with AIDS. Pharmaceutical treatments can keep the disease in check, but a vaccine remains elusive despite decades of concerted effort. However, a recent discovery at the Duke Human ...


Study shows how HIV copies itself in the body

HIV replication in the human body requires that specific viral RNAs be packaged into progeny virus particles. A new study has found how a small difference in the RNA sequence can allow the viral RNA to be packaged for replication, ...


Impact of HIV virus on COVID-19 disease

A new study found that during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic people living with HIV were less likely to die from COVID than persons without HIV. Hospitalized patients with HIV and COVID were less likely to require ...


Hydrogen sulphide gas suppresses HIV infection

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and their collaborators have identified a key role played by hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas in suppressing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Increased H2S was found ...


HIV infections drop, but COVID hampers fight: WHO

HIV infection rates in Africa have decreased markedly, but the continent is still behind set targets, with efforts slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.


Uncontrolled HIV could be behind COVID-19 variants in Africa

Failure to get COVID-19 vaccines to countries with high rates of uncontrolled advanced HIV could lead to the emergence of new variants, write Nokukhanya Msomi, Richard Lessells and colleagues in a Comment in this week's Nature. ...


New therapeutic target for HIV identified

Scientists in Montreal and London have identified the key role played by transcription factor RORC2 in HIV infection: the molecule attaches itself to parts of the virus's genome yet doesn't prevent it from replicating.


Transgender people continue to face high burden of HIV worldwide

A new analysis highlights the prevalence of HIV among transgender individuals worldwide, and shows the need for continued prevention efforts for this population. Sarah Stutterheim and colleagues of Maastricht University in ...


Researchers develop model for treating HIV/AIDS, depression

Today, people living with HIV/AIDS can remain healthy if they are able to engage in routine care and take the medicines that reduce their virus to undetectable levels. But for people with HIV who are also struggling with ...


HIV rates fall among gay white Americans, but not minorities

(HealthDay)—Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance, ...


Fauci says COVID diverted resources from fighting AIDS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the COVID-19 pandemic has diverted scientific and financial resources from the fight against AIDS, seriously impeding global efforts to achieve the U.N. ...


AIDS timeline: Four decades but still no silver bullet

With hopes of eradicating AIDS badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, we look at the fight against the deadly condition since its emergence 40 years ago, as the planet marks World AIDS Day on Wednesday.