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One reason that treatments for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are particularly difficult to develop is that HIV is quite good at adapting resistance to drugs. Many of the virus’ surface proteins–natural targets for inhibitory drugs–have a high turnover rate and are easily changed. There are a few exceptions; a few well-conserved surface proteins that…

India has almost 6 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the world’s highest number of people in one nation (although the prevalence is lower than in Africa). However about 40% of women in India have not even heard of AIDS, let alone know what to do to prevent its spread. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS),…

AIDS Blogging in Botswana

I was perusing the blogs that were included in the latest edition of the International Carnival of Pozitivities when I cam across the heart-breaking blog of an AIDS worker in Botswana called Where in the World is Connor MacEachern. From his blog: AIDS has infiltrated every facet of Botswana’s society, so much so that one…

NIH Signs Pact for AIDS Vaccine

A Dutch vaccine developer, Crucell, received a $16 million contract to develop a vaccine for the AIDS virus. The contract was sponsored by the NIH’s allergy and infectious disease group, and involves a collaboration with Charles River Labs and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard. I hypothesize that the reason that Crucell was…

Orac of Respectful Insolence is on vacation this week, and in the hiatus is posting some “classic” Insolence from the old blog. In his absence, I feel the need to continue the fight against woo (and also, I happened to receive this story via email—Hat tip Darkman). The 35-year-old high school teacher named Bheki was…