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Homeopathic HIV ‘infection’

Well, you cant say Brian Dunning doesnt put his money where his mouth is when it comes to his skepticism about homeopathy: I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make a documentary short film about drawing blood from an HIV-positive patient, properly making a 30C homeopathic dilution of…

The first and second baby, apparently ‘cured’ of HIV after being infected at birth, lived in the US. In the US, the standard treatment for an at-risk baby is wait for a firm HIV diagnosis before administering HAART. But when Baby #1 and Baby #2 got HAART ASAP, they are functionally ‘cured’ of HIV, and…

A shot to prevent HIV– Maybe.

Long-time readers of ERV know that I am not a fan of Pre-Exposure Prophylactics as a regular means of preventing HIV infection. In tightly controlled clinical trials, giving people who might be exposed to HIV anti-HIV drugs does lower infection rates… but when the same protocol is let loose ‘out in the wild’, the results…

You all might have heard about ‘delta32′ or ‘delta-CCR5′ people in association with HIV infection. People who naturally, by chance, have deletions and mutations in the CCR5 gene of their DNA dont make functional CCR5 proteins. It doesnt appear to be ‘a big deal’, and people who have this particular mutation seem to live normal…

Fun! I like this new idea! Targeted Cytotoxic Therapy Kills Persisting HIV Infected Cells During ART I havent talked about ‘scFv’ on ERV yet, but theyre very handy tools scientists are taking advantage of more and more these days. ‘scFv’s are single-chain variable fragments… not an overly useful name, but what they are are basically…

The second baby

Holy crap the HIV news last week! So much HIV news! First on the list: Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby Just in case you have forgotten, the first baby. What happened to ‘the baby cured of HIV’? Now, the second baby– I must emphasize that I only know what…

‘Cure’ for HIV and HepC in Egypt

It is frustrating being a scientist in a political climate that is not supportive of science. But what we have to put up with in the US pales in comparison with something happening right now in Egypt: More from CNN: Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti is apparently a total…

HIV Deniers silence YouTube critic

YouTuber MylesPowers1985 has got an in-depth analysis of  the HIV Denier movie, ‘House Of Numbers’, going. Of the episodes I saw, it is really good. Its not the usual boring ‘person talking to a camera’ video– it is serious investigative journalism. I say ‘of the episodes I saw’ because MylesPowers1985s videos are being taken down by…

What happened to ‘the baby cured of HIV’?

Do you all remember this story from last year? Mississippi Baby Born With HIV ‘Functionally Cured,’ Doctors Say I wrote about it a bit: Wait…Did a kid just get cured of HIV? The sequester and HIV/AIDS But it was hard to say much without a paper. As I was doing some other reading last week,…

If you pay taxes in the US (and many other countries), you are helping fund HIV/AIDS research, including the development of HIV vaccines. This includes my research project, so, YAY! Thank you! What happens, is, we pay taxes. Part of that cash goes to various government agencies to dole out to researchers. When researchers think…