HIV/AIDS

Category archives for HIV/AIDS

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:…

The News in HIV the past few weeks has been the same message: Get people tested. Get people antiretrovirals. It saves lives. YAY!!! KINDA! FOR NOW! Test and Treat in Los Angeles: A mathematical model of the effects of test-and-treat for the MSM population in LA County. This group of folks looked at a very…

HIV-1 and Antiretrovirals: The drugs work

In A Perfect World, everyone who was infected with HIV-1 would be tested and treated. 1– People with access to antiretrovirals live longer. Increases in Adult Life Expectancy in Rural South Africa: Valuing the Scale-Up of HIV Treatment I really like the introductory paragraph to this paper: For most of the 20th century, life expectancy…

HIV– Its a terrible game of chance. Odds of HIV transmission are, superficially, rather low (its no measles). And, we can make the risk of transmission even lower various pro-active ways– antiretroviral use to keep viral loads down in HIV+ people (especially in pregnant women about to give birth), screening donated blood and organs, condom…

The Thinking Atheist and ERV!

A few weeks ago, The Thinking Atheist was in town– He gave us a sweet preview of the new video hes planning on officially unveiling at the American Atheists convention and  signing copies of his new book “Deconverted“. Beforehand, he set up some camera equipment and did quick impromptu interviews with fellow OK Skeptics Caleb…

I really hate blogging on non-published information, but for the second time in as many weeks, we have had interesting information come out of CROI.  This bit of news isnt as exciting. It pretty much confirms my annoyed Debbie Downer stance on using antiretrovirals in non-infected individuals as a means to prevent HIV infection (thats…