Interferon-free HCV-1 regimen scored high in patients co-infected with HIV

From Internal Medicine News, 24 July 2014: MELBOURNE – A regimen of ABT-450 coformulated with ritonavir, ombitasvir, and dasabuvir, plus ribavirin, resulted in high rates of sustained virologic response in hepatitis C patients co-infected with HIV. Further, the treatment approach did not have a negative effect on HIV viral load. Data from the open-label study, Continue reading Interferon-free HCV-1 regimen scored high in patients co-infected with HIV

Tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV in decline since Millennium Declaration

From  Skin and Allergy News, 21 July 2014: Tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria incidence and mortality have all declined significantly since the formulation of Millennium Development Goal 6 in 2000, which focused global attention on these three diseases and made them a priority. Analysis of data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 showed that Continue reading Tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV in decline since Millennium Declaration

WHO recommends HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis as a prevention option

From Internal Medicine News, 22 July 2014: MELBOURNE – Men who have sex with men should consider pre-exposure prophylaxis with antiretroviral medications as an additional option to prevent HIV infection, according to the latest World Health Organization guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in high-risk populations. The guidelines, released at the 20th International Continue reading WHO recommends HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis as a prevention option

International AIDS conference pays tribute to colleagues on flight MH17

From Family Practice News, 21 July 2014: MELBOURNE – Speakers at the opening plenary of the 20th International AIDS Conference struggled with their emotions as they paid tribute to colleagues – including former International AIDS Society President Dr. Joep Lange – who were killed when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine. Dr. Lange was Continue reading International AIDS conference pays tribute to colleagues on flight MH17

T cell turnoff

From Scientific American, December 2007: HIV is devastating because it attacks and destroys the body’s defense system against pathogens, leaving patients fatally exposed. So what would possess scientists to treat HIV-positive patients with drugs that suppress the immune system? Such therapy may in fact offer a new approach in the battle against AIDS. An unexpected Continue reading T cell turnoff