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Sexually Transmitted Infections

New Findings As Vaccination Strategy For Sexually Transmitted Infections

The majority of pathogens, including HIV, influenza virus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis; that contribute to the global burden of infectious disease initiate infection at the mucosal barrier tissues. At least two subsets of memory CD8+ T cells patrol the mucosal tissues as a front line defence; a non-recirculating, tissue-resident memory (TRM) population of CD8+ T cells;…

Alcohol use in people with HIV

Integrated Alcohol Tx Reduces Alcohol Use In People With HIV

People with HIV who drink too much were more likely to reduce drinking after undergoing; an approach to care known as integrated stepped alcohol treatment, according to a Yale-led study. The finding supports greater use of this treatment model in HIV clinics; but to improve outcomes for patients with both HIV and drinking problems, the…

HIV in New Zealand

Reports Suggest HIV Cases Decline in New Zealand

In 2018, 178 cases were reported, a decrease from the 198 reported in 2017; and 251 in 2016, figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group, University of Otago, show. For the second year in a row there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases of HIV in New Zealand. HIV is…

HIV/AIDS

Differences In Rates of HIV/AIDS Within African Nations

Despite the rapid scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) since 2000; HIV/AIDS is still the most common cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa; according to data from the Global Burden of Disease. A new scientific paper reveals striking variation in HIV prevalence at provincial and district levels. The paper, published in Nature, provides precise geographic estimates…

HIV Infection

Immediate Treatment Initiation for HIV Infection

A new study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that immediate treatment initiation for HIV infection has improved since local and federal guidelines began to recommend universal treatment for all persons diagnosed with HIV, regardless of their disease stage. Despite notable improvements, nearly 25%  of New York City residents with a new HIV diagnosis in…

Sexual Identity

Substantial Changes In Sexual Identity Develop Till Adulthood

A new study has shown that traditional labels of ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘straight’; do not capture the full range of human sexuality; and whether a person is attracting to the same; or opposite sex can change over time. The study, published in the Journal of Sex Research, analysed surveys from around 12,000 students; and found that…

Eradicating HIV Epidemic from the whole US.

America's Call To End The HIV Epidemic

President Trump’s recent call to end the HIV epidemic in the United States; but has turned attention to a domestic public health crisis; that has been absent from the headlines for quite some time. And with this bold challenge come critical questions: Why is the U.S. falling short in tackling HIV?  How feasible is the…

Protein structure of HIV

Viral Peptides Critical To Natural HIV Control

Investigators at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard have used a novel approach to identify specific amino acids; in the protein structure of HIV that appear critical to the ability of the virus to function and replicate. They also have found that the immune systems of individuals naturally able to control HIV infection;…

New HIV Testing

Kamari Partners Support New HIV Testing Programs In Africa

Kamari, a project building an ecosystem of mobile gaming and lotteries with existing licenses in over seven African countries, has partnered with Kinect, a blockchain-based health technology platform focused on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to fund and promote new HIV testing programs in countries across the African continent. Kinect and Kamari,…

HIV Treatment

NDA for Once-Monthly Injectable HIV Treatment Submitted to FDA

The New Drug Application (NDA) for the long-acting injectable formulation of rilpivirine + cabotegravir; (Janssen and ViiV Healthcare) for patients with HIV-1 infection has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NDA submission was based on data from 2 multicenter, open-label, parallel-group studies (ATLAS and FLAIR) which demonstrated that the 2-drug regimen administered by…

HIV AIDS Epidemic

A Reflection On Living Through Africa's HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Having lived in Africa at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the terror and grief that came with it, the thought of reporting on the disease used to make me shudder. After finishing high school in Zimbabwe in the 1990s, I remember being bombarded with news about this deadly virus; but that by the…

HIV/TB co-infection in children

Award Winning Study On HIV/TB Co-Infection In Children

About a third of us are walking around with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) in our bodies; but most do not actually end up with TB. For children living with HIV – about 2 million at last estimate – it’s a different story. They’re much more likely to develop TB, and about 40,000 HIV-positive…