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Controlling HIV Without Medication

Research indicates that about 1% of patients with HIV are able to keep the infection under control without the need for antiretroviral therapy (ART). Dubbed “controllers,” these patients have been thought to hold clues on how to develop a vaccine against HIV because of their unique immune responses.…

CROI 2015

New research was presented at CROI 2015, the annual Conference  on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, from February  23 to 26 in Seattle. The features below highlight some  of the studies that emerged from the conference. …

Guidelines for PrEP to Prevent HIV Infections

New guidelines recommend that healthcare providers offer uninfected patients daily doses of specific anti-HIV medications if they are at substantial risk of HIV infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has the potential to reduce HIV infection rates when taken consistently as prescribed.

Detecting Acute HIV in the ED

Detecting HIV in the acute stage is important because patients are highly infectious at that time and may spread the infection unknowingly. “Diagnosing HIV at the acute stage can also lead to earlier treatment, which in turn can improve patient health and decrease risks for further transmission,” says Michael S.…

Teens With HIV: A Look at Treatment Trends

In recent years, the incidence of HIV infection has decreased for most age groups. Study results have shown that presenting to care earlier in the disease course can limit immune deterioration and HIV transmission. The CDC recommends that all people aged 13 and older be tested for HIV, a recommendation that appears to have made an impact on testing rates.…

The Sensitive Subject of HIV Treatment Side Effects

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is essential to keeping HIV from replicating and further infecting CD4 lymphocytes. When taken as prescribed, these medications have significantly increased life expectancy over the past 25 years. HIV has shifted from being an infection with dire consequences to one that is considered a manageable, chronic condition when treated with ART.…


Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV Virus From Cultured Human Cells

The Temple University School of Medicine research team’s approach looks promising as they work towards a permanent cure and potential for protection against HIV. “This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” says Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple. …

The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video

For Healthcare Providers:
The immune systems is an exceptionally complex system that is hard to grasp for most patients, and even many of your colleagues. Share this video with your patients to provide them with a simplified, yet quite informative, explanation of how the system works.…

National HIV Testing Day 2013

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day, an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

Nearly 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and an estimated 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected.…

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