New Insights into HIV Control: Genetic Discoveries from Africa

In the world of science, breakthroughs are constantly reshaping our understanding of diseases. One such groundbreaking discovery has just emerged, shedding light on HIV control and offering hope for better treatments. Researchers, led by Paul J. McLaren and a team of experts from various institutions worldwide, have uncovered exciting genetic insights related to HIV-1, particularly among African populations. HIV-1: A …

Novel Gene Variation Can Reduce HIV Levels in People of African Descent

In a significant stride for HIV research, an international group of scientists has uncovered an innovative genetic variant that may naturally lower HIV viral loads in individuals with African heritage. Published in the reputable journal Nature, this breakthrough marks a critical juncture in the battle against the worldwide HIV pandemic. So it is offering fresh insights into viral load management …

Statins: A Daily Solution to Reduce Heart Risks in HIV Patients

Individuals with HIV face an increased risk of heart disease. Though a recent study reveals that regular statin use significantly reduces the occurrence of severe heart incidents. Positive Findings from Clinical Trial A clinical trial, sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has demonstrated that people with HIV who incorporate a daily statin pill into their routine reduce the …

European Man Becomes 6th Person to Be ‘Cured’ of HIV

In a groundbreaking medical development, a European man diagnosed with HIV in 1990 has achieved remission.  That made him potentially the sixth person to be ‘cured’ of HIV. This extraordinary feat comes as a result of a pioneering stem cell transplant procedure. The story of the “Geneva patient” brings hope to millions living with HIV worldwide. It sheds light on …

Refillable Implant Shows Promise in Preventing HIV

In the ongoing battle against HIV, researchers are constantly seeking innovative approaches to prevent transmission. One such promising development is a refillable implant that delivers antiretroviral medications, offering a potential breakthrough in HIV prevention. This article explores the challenges associated with existing methods of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery. It also introduces the refillable implant concept, discusses the findings from animal …

Long-Acting, Injected HIV Medications Show Promise for Challenging Cases

Antiretroviral pills have long been the cornerstone of HIV treatment, effectively controlling the infection. However, certain patients, such as those dealing with homelessness, drug addiction, or mental illness, struggle to adhere to a daily pill regimen. Dr. Monica Gandhi and her team have conducted a study to explore the potential of long-acting, injected HIV medications in addressing these challenges. Exploring …

New Study Shows No HIV Transmission Among Breastfeeding Individuals in the US and Canada

A multi-site study conducted in the US and Canada brings groundbreaking findings, showing no instances of HIV transmission among individuals living with HIV who breastfed their infants between 2014 and 2022. This study not only provides reassurance to breastfeeding individuals with HIV and their families but also highlights the need for improved guidance and support from healthcare providers. Breastfeeding and …

Enhancing HIV Treatment Success Through Genetic Testing

Introduction Achieving optimal treatment outcomes in HIV management relies on the effectiveness and safety of medications. However, individual responses to drugs can vary due to genetic factors that influence how the body processes them. A recent study conducted at the Mayo Clinic suggests that testing for drug-gene interactions among individuals with HIV could significantly improve treatment success rates. By identifying …