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Of course, SciBlogs is in the middle of a WordPress update when this news breaks: ‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV, researchers find Some of you might remember last year, when there was exciting news about a baby, born with HIV, who had subsequently become HIV- thanks to an alternative treatment strategy (basically, give babby HAART…

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…

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…

Science News Update

Jerome Horwitz, the man who invented AZT, died– Being in the basic virology realm of HIV Research World, I dont always pay as much attention to the clinical side of things as I should.  Thus I didnt know about the really interesting history of Jerome Horowitz and AZT.  Apparently he invented it as an anti-cancer…

XMRV and antiretrovirals

H/T to The Lay Scientist for getting my butt in gear to write this post. Imagine you arent feeling well. You go to the doctor, they run some tests, and it turns out you have a tumor. Well… your physicians arent sure if you have a tumor or not, but they sent some of your…

Anti-HIV properties of… bananas?

[insert random collection of Ray Comfort jokes here] Well, this is a welcome bit of good news! A lectin isolated from bananas is a potent inhibitor of HIV replication. Lectins are proteins that bind to specific sugars. For example, in humans, lets say you are infected with Staphylococus aureus. Your human lectins ignore ‘your’ sugar,…

Last week I wrote about a disappointing study where they found that treating people infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2 with acyclovir didnt decrease their rates of HIV-1 transmission to their partners… even though they had lower HIV-1 viral loads, and fewer HSV-2 outbreaks. Really disappointing. Well, that same group reanalyzed their data from a different…