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Stem-cell Therapy Extirpates HIV

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Stem-cell Therapy Extirpates HIV

Stem-cell Therapy Extirpates HIVUS researchers have revealed that two patients appear to have become completely Human Immunodeficiency Virus – HIV – free after having bone marrow stem cell transplants.

HIV differs from many viruses in that it has very high genetic variability. HIVs diversity is a result of it’s super-fast replication cycle, with a generation of about 1010 virions every day. This complex killer has so many variants that many scientists believed that it was almost incurable.

Both HIV free patients had received stem-cell transplants after developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The patients had been undergoing long-term drug therapy to control HIV.

The Harvard Medical School’s Timothy Henrich says doctors have been unable to find any evidence of the HIV infection in the men since the transplants :: Read the full article »»»»

International Scientists Band Together on AIDS

Posted: July 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on International Scientists Band Together on AIDS

World Congress Declares Concerted War on AIDSA team of international scientists say the prospects for finding a cure for AIDS in the near future are realistic, after unveiling a roadmap to cure the disease in Washington overnight. Major investments in science have resulted in the worldwide availability of over 20 anti-HIV drugs. Despite these successes, these therapies have limitations. They do not eradicate HIV, requiring people to remain on expensive and potentially toxic drugs for life. The new roadmap to cure is intent on ending this suffering.

In what organisers are calling a first, scientists have come up with a coordinated plan to tackle AIDS since the disease was discovered 31 years ago. Over the past two years the International AIDS Society – IAS – has convened a group of international experts to develop a roadmap for research towards an HIV cure. Published online in an abridged form tomorrow, Friday July 20, in Nature Reviews Immunology, Towards an HIV Cure identifies seven important priority areas for basic, translational and clinical research and maps out a path for future research collaboration and funding opportunities.(

Approximately 34 million people around the world are HIV positive, and in 2010 more than 21,000 Australians were living with HIV infection :: Read the full article »»»»