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CU researcher: Outdated corneal donation policies prevent sight-restoring surgery
U.S. and Canadian restrictions on corneal donations prevented as many as 3,217 corneal donations from gay and bisexual men in 2018, despite a worldwide need for corneas for vision-restoring surgery and a lack of scientific evidence of harm caused by corneas from these men, according to a new study published in the September 24 issue of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. (2020-09-24)
Novel dual CAR T cell immunotherapy holds promise for targeting the HIV reservoir
A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine, led by researchers James Riley, PhD, a professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Todd Allen, PhD, a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Group Leader at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, describes a new Dual CAR T cell immunotherapy that can help fight HIV infection. (2020-09-23)
Study examines women's attitudes toward long-acting injectable therapy to prevent HIV
A new study among women at high risk for HIV explored their hesitancy to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) overall, as well as their interest in and willingness to use long-acting injectable (LAI) PrEP. (2020-09-22)
Medical mistrust grounded in structural and systemic racism affects HIV care for Black women in the US South
For Black women in the southern United States, mistrust of the health care system that is grounded in structural and systemic racism is a key factor affecting participation in HIV prevention and treatment services, reports a study in the September/October issue of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC). (2020-09-17)
Many practitioners are not prescribing HIV prevention medication, study finds
Only about 54% of medical practitioners surveyed say they have prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to HIV-vulnerable patients, according to a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigator. (2020-09-17)
The pharmacist's role in HIV care in France
In France, antiretroviral treatment (ARV) can be dispensed by hospitals and/or community pharmacies. (2020-09-10)
Male circumcision campaigns in Africa to fight HIV are a form of cultural imperialism
World Health Organization-recommended campaigns to circumcise millions of African boys and men to reduce HIV transmission are based more on systemic racism and 'neocolonialism' than sound scientific research, according to a critical appraisal published in Developing World Bioethics. (2020-09-10)
Antibiotic molecule enables immune system to kill HIV infected cells
A class of antibiotic molecules called pleicomacrolides inhibit the Nef protein, which HIV uses to evade the body's immune system. (2020-09-10)
New vaccine design reduces inflammation, enhances protection
Researchers have discovered a new way to limit inflammation from adjuvants, a key ingredient of many modern vaccines, by adding a molecule that disrupts certain pathways in cells. (2020-09-09)
US aid restrictions reduce delivery of key health services for PEPFAR beneficiaries
In 2017, the Trump administration reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, officially titled Protecting Life In Global Health Assistance. (2020-09-08)
State laws key to HIV prevention efforts
HIV prevention remains a public health priority in the United States. (2020-09-08)
BEAT-HIV Delaney collaboratory issues recommendations measuring persistent HIV reservoirs
Spearheaded by Wistar scientists, top worldwide HIV researchers from the BEAT-HIV Martin Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV-1 Infection by Combination Immunotherapy (BEAT-HIV Collaboratory) compiled the first comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best measure the size of persistent HIV reservoirs during cure-directed clinical studies. (2020-09-07)
Rapid HIV, HCV testing at drug detoxification centers led to higher test result delivery
With an increase in HIV and HCV infections as a consequence of the ongoing opioid epidemic, Boston Medical Center researchers found that only a small number of those who test positive for those infections at a drug detoxification center followed up for a clinical visit after their test. (2020-09-02)
Antiretroviral therapy fails to treat one-third of HIV patients in Malawi hospital
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) failure and drug resistance are extremely common in patients living with HIV who are admitted to hospital in Malawi, according to new research published in Lancet HIV. (2020-09-02)
Novel Dual CAR T cell immunotherapy holds promise for targeting the HIV reservoir
A recent study describes a new Dual CAR T cell immunotherapy that can help fight HIV infection. (2020-08-31)
Beating HIV and COVID-19 may depend on tweaking vaccine molecules
In a new Immunity study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) show that one way to improve the body's immune response to vaccines is to factor in antigen valency. (2020-08-27)
Unique HIV reservoirs in elite controllers
Unlike ART-treated individuals, elite controllers' viral reservoirs appear to be incapable of being reactivated. (2020-08-26)
New insights into mechanism of therapy to reduce liver fat and prevent fibrosis
A team led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has taken an important step forward in the goal of developing a potential treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (2020-08-26)
Racial segregation drives disparities in COVID-19 and HIV diagnoses
Across the US, COVID-19 and HIV diagnoses are lowest in primarily white counties. (2020-08-26)
The patients left behind by HIV research
People from BAME communities, women and heterosexual men are being left behind by HIV research. (2020-08-26)
Long-acting, injectable drug could strengthen efforts to prevent, treat HIV
Scientists have developed an injectable drug that blocks HIV from entering cells. (2020-08-21)
Study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy
Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2020-08-14)
Targeting a conserved cell pathway may offer treatments for numerous viruses, including SARS-CoV-2
Scientists have identified a small molecule that inhibits multiple different viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in tissue culture and in mice by targeting the same signaling pathway. (2020-08-14)
Multiple sclerosis drug blocks HIV infection and transmission in human immune cells
An immunomodulatory drug called fingolimod, which is approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, blocks human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and transmission in human immune cells, according to a study published August 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Postdoctoral Fellow Rachel Resop and Assistant Professor Alberto Bosque of The George Washington University, and colleagues. (2020-08-13)
MS drug may be used to inhibit hiv infection and reduce latent reservoir
A multiple sclerosis drug may be used to block HIV infection and reduce the latent reservoir, according to research published in PLOS Pathogens by a team at the RGeorge Washington University. (2020-08-13)
Heavy class A drug use linked to heightened risk of sight loss in US military
Heavy use of class A drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, or cocaine is linked to a heightened risk of partial or total blindness among US military personnel, finds research published online in the journal BMJ Military Health. (2020-08-13)
Short-term use of HIV-prevention medication protects at-risk men on vacation
Men at particular risk for HIV are very likely to consistently take prevention medication during vacations when their odds of contracting the virus are higher, according to a new study. (2020-08-12)
Protein uses two antiviral strategies to ward off infections
To protect humans against infection, a protein called MARCH8 tags the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) for destruction while it merely holds HIV hostage, a new study in eLife shows. (2020-08-11)
Sugar-based signature identifies T cells where HIV hides despite antiretroviral therapy
Wistar scientists may have discovered a new way of identifying and targeting hidden HIV viral reservoirs during treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART). (2020-08-07)
Research suggests greater access to specific HIV and tuberculosis medications is needed
A specific combination of HIV and TB treatments, difficult to obtain in certain parts of the world, decreased mortality risk for patients with HIV and multidrug-resistant TB. (2020-08-07)
Study finds benefit in more frequent HIV screenings for young men who have sex with men
A new study has found that HIV screening every three months compared to annually will improve clinical outcomes and be cost-effective among high-risk young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in the United States. (2020-08-06)
Provider access to chronic opioid prescribing resources improves guideline adherance
Results of a new study find that providers participating in an intervention with education and resources to help manage chronic opioid therapy for patients with HIV and chronic pain are more likely to adhere to national chronic opioid therapy guidelines compared to providers who do not take part. (2020-08-06)
Radboudumc research leads to simplified dosage of HIV medicine for children
Children living with HIV can benefit from an adapted, simpler combination therapy. (2020-08-04)
PLOS Special Collection: Successful approaches to HIV care
On July 27 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a Special Collection of manuscripts across the open-access journals PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE, highlighting Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's (RWHAP) innovative approaches for data utilization and engagement of people with HIV who are not in care and not virally suppressed. (2020-08-03)
Cholesterol-lowering drug improved function of heart's arteries
In a pilot study of people living with HIV or high levels of cholesterol, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that a six-week course of a cholesterol-lowering medication improved the function of the coronary arteries that provide oxygen to the heart. (2020-07-29)
Multiomics investigation revealing the characteristics of HIV-1-infected cells in vivo
A research group at The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (IMSUT) using HIV-1-infected cells performed ''multiomics'' analyses, which are technologies recently developed to comprehensively investigate the features of biological samples.In this study, a hematopoietic stem cell-transplanted humanized mouse model infected with a gene-modified HIV-1 was used to reveal multiple characteristics of HIV-1-producing cells in vivo. (2020-07-28)
Viral hepatitis: Europe needs to close the testing gap
Approximately four in five people living with hepatitis B and three out of four people with hepatitis C infection across the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the UK have not yet been diagnosed. (2020-07-27)
EMA adopts positive opinion on monthly vaginal ring to reduce HIV risk
IPM today welcomed a positive opinion from the EMA on the dapivirine vaginal ring for use by cisgender women ages 18 and older in developing countries to reduce their risk of HIV-1 infection. (2020-07-24)
Kidney transplantation between people with HIV is safe, NIH study finds
Kidney transplantation from deceased donors with HIV to people living with both HIV and end-stage kidney disease is feasible and safe, investigators supported by the National Institutes of Health have found. (2020-07-23)
UNH researchers discover new pathways that could help treat RNA viruses
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new pathways in an RNA-based virus where inhibitors, like medical treatments, unbind. (2020-07-22)
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