Archive for May, 2009

HIV Drugs Could Control Disease from Spreading

For years, controlling HIV was all about prevention, especially the use of condoms.  However, with the advancement in HIV research, experts have suggested that the fight should also concentrate on HIV treatment.  Many people around the world have yet to realize that HIV medication can reduce the number of infections to the same degree as prevention.  Modern HIV treatment has become so advanced that people living with the dreaded virus can actually live a normal lifespan.  It has also given anoth…

HIV’s Spread Around Europe Mapped

A recent study shows that HIV’s spread across Europe can be blamed largely on holidaymakers who were infected with the virus abroad.  Using the samples gathered from 17 countries around Europe, the researchers were able to track the movement of HIV around the continent. According to the research, which was published in the Retrovirology journal, the biggest exporters of HIV are Greece, Portugal, Serbia, and Spain, largely because of tourists and migrants who leave the country with proper educati…

Genomes of HIV-Resistant People May Hold Key to HIV Immunity

Since the onset of the HIV pandemic, many scientists have been baffled on why only a few percentage of people have the ability to resist the dreaded virus even when exposed repeatedly.  Now, a group of researchers think that completing the genome sequences of those fortunate few may hold the key in the search for rare genetic variants that can offer significant protection from HIV. Resistance to HIV is not common and exists only in very few people.  It has been traced to the presence of genetic …

Swine Flu Mixed with HIV can be “Deadly,” According to WHO

Health officials are worried that the H1N1 “swine” flu may come in a more deadly form.  In an interview with London’s Financial Times, head of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan warned that the H1N1 swine flu virus could return in the fall in yet another mutated form that is far more dangerous that what is presenting today. According to WHO, there are 985 cases of H1N1 infection in more than 20 countries in a matter or weeks, while there are 286 confirmed cases of swine flu in 36 st…