Posts Tagged ‘hiv research’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Secrets for Symptom-Free Life with HIV Close to Discovering

Although there is still no vaccine for HIV, researchers have discovered new clues on why few people infected with HIV remain symptom-free. About one in 300 people infected with the virus have an immune system that suppresses the replication mechanism of HIV, thus carry low levels of the virus. A study recently published in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]