Vaccine May Turn HIV Into “Minor Infection”

A group of Spanish researchers claims that they have developed a potent vaccine that may reduce HIV into a minor chronic infection similar to the herpes virus. Professor Mariano Esteban of the Spanish Superior Research Council tested the vaccine named “MVA-B” on 24 healthy patients. According to him, 90 percent of the participants have developed an immunological response to HIV, while 85 percent of th

UNAIDS Head Appeals Not to Cut HIV Funding to China

The head of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) has cautioned that cutting funds to curb China’s fight against the disease would be a “big mistake.” This comes after critics say the world’s second-largest economy should no longer receive such aid simply because they think China is prosperous enough to fund its own AIDS program. “I think it’ll be a big mistake

30 Years Since AIDS, Much Needs to be Done

On this week 30 years ago, the disease later to be known as AIDS was first diagnosed. From a group of gay men in Los Angeles, the disease has proven that it spares no one as it has spread across the world, especially in developing countries. As of now, there are 33.3 million people globally living with HIV. Major milestones have reached since the discovery of AIDS, especially in the quest of coming up with a cure

Breastfeeding HIV-Infected Babies May Develop Resistance to ARV Drugs

A recent study shows that two-thirds of breastfeeding infants infected with HIV and born to mothers on antiretroviral therapy (ART) have developed resistance to one or more antiretroviral drugs. The research, which was published in PLos Medicine journal this month, was conducted by Clement Zeh of the Kisumu Breastfeeding Study. It shows that drug resistance does not appear to have developed from transmission of dr

Research Shows Five-Drug Therapy No Different from Standard

Researchers are disappointed in announcing during the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that an experimental treatment involving intensified antiretroviral drugs had no difference in effect compared to standard therapy for acute and early HIV. The experiment lasted 48 weeks, with one group of patients being given five experimental drugs and the other being treated using three traditional drug

Most Detailed 3D Model of HIV Revealed

A team of engineers, led by Ivan Konstantinov, has created the most detailed three-dimensional model of HIV to date. The model, which was presented through video, won first place in the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The 3D rendition created by Visual Science contains 17 different viral and cellular proteins, while the membrane incorporates 160 thousand lipid molecules of eigh

Link Between Alcohol Ban and STI Decrease Seen

A recently-concluded study in Western Australia shows a clear link between alcohol restrictions and a decrease in the level of sexually transmitted infections. The study, which was commissioned by the country’s Department of Health, was conducted in the Kimberley region. Results show that cases of gonorrhea decreased by more than half two years after alcohol was banned in the area. The rate of chlamydia, m

HPV Vaccine Can Also Benefit Men and Boys

While, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has benefited women and girls for many years, but recent research shows that it can also help boys and men. In the February 3 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, vaccination with HPV vaccine protects against infection with four types of HPV infection and even the development of related external genital warts or lesions. However, men who have sex with men are at

New Gene Therapy Method Makes T-Cells HIV-Resistant

A team of researchers from Japan, Korea, and the United States has developed an gene therapy method that aims to make T-cells resistant to HIV infection without affecting their normal growth and activity. The method, which was published in Human Gene Therapy, involves a bacterial gene called MazF, an enzyme that destroys gene transcripts thus preventing protein synthesis. These genes are then transferred into CD4

Doctors Claim Their Patient is Cured from HIV, But…

A group of doctors in Berlin, Germany, claimed that a patient of theirs who had both leukemia and AIDS no longer has any HIV cells in his system after he has undergone cell transplant for his leukemia three years ago. However, the doctors are quick to caution that the case has impractical implications in treating AIDS on a worldwide scale. The patient received stem cells in 2007 from a donor who carried a rare ge