Archive for the ‘HIV & AIDS’ Category

Older HIV Patients Have More Health Problems

With better treatments that enable patients with HIV live longer comes with the consequence of taking a larger bite out of the health care system, a new report states. Apart from the virus, people suffering from HIV are also afflicted with a variety of other symptoms that also require health care. In a survey of […]

FDA Warns Against Pairing HIV Drugs

The American Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its warning against combining commonly-prescribed antiretroviral drugs Invirase and Norvir for HIV patients as it may cause life-threatening cardiac side effects has updated the label warnings for both drugs. The new labeling requirement was doen after the FDA warned last February that the drugs, when taken together, […]

Adult Film Actor Tested Positive for HIV

An HIV/ AIDS organization is petitioning to all adult entertainment companies in Southern California to suspend production after an adult film actor was tested positive for HIV last week. Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, appeals that all filming should stop. “We’re quite concerned because while a number of companies have expressed they are […]

Study Shows One in Four HIV Patients Have Neurological Problems

A recent Canadian research reveals that one in four people infected with HIV suffer from neurological complications. Those that do have such health problems harbor double the risk of dying compared to those who are not plagued with neurological diseases. Although HIV patients are able to live longer due to antiretroviral therapies, the study–which was […]

Coconut Oil, an Alternative Treatment for HIV?

Although we have made much progress in developing treatment for HIV, it seems that research facilities the world over have overlooked the possibility of using natural ingredients to treat the dreaded disease. In Asia, for instance, coconut oil is promoted as a cheaper alternative method of treating HIV and the infections caused by it. Several […]

HIV May Hide in Brain

A group of Swedish researchers have found that the human brain could be a hiding place for HIV. This finding is revealed after analyzing about 70 HIV-infected patients who had been taking antiretroviral drugs, which shows that about 10 percent of the patients had traces of HIV in their spinal fluid but not in their […]

Research Shows HIV in Semen Can Differ from HIV in Blood

A group of American scientists have found evidence that HIV-1 found in semen is different from the same virus found in blood, which they think is likely because of the changes the virus undergoes in the male genital tract. Professor Ronald Swanstrom of North Carolina University, who led the research team, said that they have […]

Bristol-Myers Squibb Asked to Lower HIV Drug Prices

Treating HIV is a long, never-ending, and expensive journey, mainly of because the medications needed to temporarily hold the spread of the virus. This is why government officials and HIV/AIDS advocates has asked Bristol-Myers Squibb to have the prices of its HIV-related medication. Weeks ago, Controller John Chiang sent a letter asking BMS to join […]

Newly-Discovered Antibodies Could Pave the Way for HIV Vaccine

After several years of research, a group of scientists have finally found antibodies that could be the bases for an HIV vaccine. These researchers, representing the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, claim they have discovered three human antibodies that can neutralize more than 90 percent of the current HIV-1 strains. Although there were […]

HIV Link to Deadly Salmonella

Recent research has discovered a deadly link between HIV and salmonella, providing a new perspective on vaccine development.Salmonella bacteria often causes fatal infections in the bloodstream in people with HIV. Although this risk has been known for over 25 years, it is only now that scientists discover the scientific reason: It is the excess of antibodies, not the deficiency in the immune system, that causes the problem. “It is quite a surprise and it suggests that what we are dealing with her…