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Certain Penis-Dwelling Bacteria Might Increase Your HIV Risk

HIV transmission is a complex process with factors beyond just who you sleep with and how. The virus ultimately needs to find its way to the correct kinds of cells in order to wreak havoc. And some of the risk, at least for those with penises, may come from the kinds of bacteria on the tip. Read More >>

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This USB Stick Performs an HIV Test

Scientists here in the UK have developed a USB stick that can quickly and accurately measure the amount of HIV is in a patient’s blood. Read More >>

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We Were Wrong About HIV’s ‘Patient Zero’ 

The origin of the AIDS pandemic has been reconstructed in unprecedented detail, showing the disease jumped from the Caribbean to New York City around 1970. The study subsequently clears the name of Gaétan Dugas, a French-Canadian flight attendant long-thought to be “Patient Zero.” Read More >>

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HIV Successfully Edited Out of Immune Cells

Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune cells. It’s a remarkable achievement that could have profound implications for the treatment of AIDS and other retroviruses. Read More >>

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A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up to 99.9 per cent of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Read More >>

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After Two Years, Baby “Cured” of HIV is Showing Detectable Virus Levels

The "Mississippi Baby," born with HIV and treated with antiretroviral drugs immediately after birth, showed no evidence of HIV after two years without treatment. Now the child has detectable levels of the virus once again. It's a sad conclusion to what seemed like an extremely promising new way to treat this vicious disease. Read More >>

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This is What HIV Looks Like When it Infects Living Cells

This monochrome image of living tissue has some extremely unwelcome visitors lurking within it. Taken from some of the first ever 3D images of HIV at work, those little blue circles show the virus infecting the surrounding cells. Read More >>

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A New and Aggressive Strain of HIV is Spreading Across West Africa

A newly discovered strain of HIV is spreading across West Africa. What's worse is that it's particularly aggressive—and causes significantly faster progression to AIDS than other strains. Read More >>

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A Simple Change to Contraceptive Rings Could Halt HIV in Women

Infection by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can actually be prevented. In the lab, the drug tenofovir blocks HIV before it can attack cells. But getting the drug to work in the real world has been an enormous challenge. Now, researchers have found a method of implementing tenofovir that's hugely effective in animal trials, using the familiar intravaginal contraceptive ring. Read More >>

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A New Frankenstein Molecule Makes HIV Cells Self Destruct

We've made huge advances toward conquering HIV, the immune system crippling virus that causes AIDS. But this disease still exists, causing nearly two million deaths annually, in large part because the virus develops drug resistant mutations so quickly. Researchers at Drexel University have a different approach, a molecule that tricks the virus into self destructing before it infects cells. Read More >>

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We’re Closer Than You Think to Beating HIV

At least 35 million people around the planet live with HIV, and it kills over 1.7 million people each year, so the fact that it’s currently untreatable is one of the biggest medical problems of our time. But in recent years scientific advances seem to be kicking HIV's ass more effectively than ever—so is there hope that we neutralise the virus's threat? The answer is more hopeful than you think. Read More >>

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Bone Marrow Transplants Remove All Sign of HIV in Two Men

It's turning into quite a year for HIV treatment. First a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, then 14 adults were successfully treated with early-stage ARV drugs. Now, two men with longstanding HIV infections have been freed from HIV drugs thanks to bone marrow transplants. We're really getting there. Read More >>

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How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

There's no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world's fastest petaflop supercomputers, we may be able to stop HIV right in its tracks. Read More >>

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The Old DVD Player Sitting in Your Garage Can Test for HIV

Remember DVD players? You know, those boxes that those oversized blu-ray discs used to slide into? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet. Because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analysing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes. Read More >>

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A Baby Has Been Cured of HIV

It may sound hard to believe, but doctors from Mississippi are saying that for the first time, an infant has been cured of an HIV infection. The New York Times relays reports from doctors who say the infant had tested positive for HIV on five separate occasions and now, at age two and a half and off drugs for an entire year, the child shows no signs of the virus in its body. Read More >>