HIV/AIDS

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Though this paper (the one I began talking about before a holiday break) is the reason for this post, this post is also an opportunity to address a question I have gotten a lot over the years: Is HIV evolving to be more deadly? The short answer would be: No, it doesnt appear to be.…

Some people have emailed me this story, concerned about the evolution of a ‘recombinant’ HIV virus that makes people progress to AIDS much faster than ‘regular’ HIV. Scientists Find Aggressive New HIV Strain This is the paper they are referring to: Faster Progression to AIDS and AIDS-Related Death Among Seroincident Individuals Infected With Recombinant HIV-1…

Dammit. Transplant recipients not cured of HIV

Bone marrow transplants and HIV. I have been writing about this topic for a long time. Quick recap. 1. Some people with HIV-1 infection subsequently get blood cancers. 2. Sometimes those blood cancers need to be treated with bone marrow transplants. 2a. If the patient gets a transplant from a CCR5 negative donor, its great!…

HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

When someone is dying, you treat what is killing them first. This might seem obvious, but its not– People wondered ‘If we can cure people of HIV with bone marrow transplants, then why dont we give everyone bone marrow transplants??’ We can only give HIV+ people with blood cancers that are killing them bone marrow…

Another HIV Denier dead…

… From an infection that generally only affects those who are immunocompromised. *surprise* You all might remember me talking about Tommy Morrison: HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 2 HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 3 Morrison died last week, at the age of 44. “That’s the way Tommy took…

Reality: The Ultimate Downer

In light of this news, lots of people are wondering: “If bone marrow transplants ‘cure’ HIV, why not give everyone with HIV bone marrow transplants…?” Well, why not? Certainly the process is not easy or cheap. When I first wrote about this in 2008 (!!!), I mentioned that there is no way this would be…

Over 9000 emails about this bit of news: Bone marrow ‘frees men of HIV drugs’ I actually wrote about this duo almost exactly a year ago. If you want to know more about the science of what is going on, click here: Two more HIV-1 patients kind of sort of cured-ish maybe The only new…

I mean, its hard to get get more ‘alternative’ than a GMO HIV virus, rite? A million people have been forwarding me a link to this unbelievable story: Its totally true, and its something Ive written about here at ERV before. It is incredible. The day Im waiting for, is when this ‘incredible’ approach to…

*sigh* *heaviersigh* One of the many problems we have when treating HIV patients is that HIV can hide (latent). So a cell can be infected with HIV, but not show any signs of being infected. The HIV provirus is just chillin in the host cell DNA, not making any viral proteins/babby viruses, so the individuals…

So I freaked out a couple weeks ago when the statistic came out that “28% of South African school girls are infected with HIV”: South Africa: ‘Over 25% of schoolgirls HIV positive’ 28 Percent Of South African Schoolgirls Have HIV Because Of ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Health Minister Says The good news is, this statistic is WRONG:…