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Researchers: T-cell ‘scissors’ treatment shows promise as HIV deterrent

A new gene therapy approach that engineers a person’s T cells so that they become resistant to the human immunodeficiency virus has shown early signs of success, researchers said Wednesday. Also called gene editing, the process acts like molecular scissors to snip off an entry portal for HIV so the…

HIV vaccine trial ends in failure: official

US authorities announced Thursday they have halted clinical trials of an experimental vaccine designed to halt the virus that leads to AIDS after discovering it did not stop infection. The program, which began in 2009, is the latest in a series of unsuccessful studies of candidate vaccines aimed at tackling…

Joint action on HIV and TB saved 900,000 lives: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) – An estimated 910,000 lives were saved worldwide over six years thanks to better collaboration between health services to protect people with the AIDS virus from tuberculosis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. The WHO said there had been a sharp rise in the numbers of…

Many Americans with HIV go untreated: study

Nearly three quarters of Americans with HIV do not have their infection under control, raising the risk of death from AIDS and transmission to others, said a US study on Tuesday. One in five people with human immunodeficiency virus are unaware that they have the disease, added the report by the Centers for…

HIV project in India averted 100,000 infections: study

PARIS — A scheme in six Indian states that concentrated safe-sex campaigns on a few niche groups prevented 100,000 HIV infections over five years, according to estimates published in The Lancet on Tuesday. The so-called Avahan project was launched in 2003 in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, along…

Female hormonal contraception linked to higher HIV risk

PARIS — Women who use hormonal birth control are roughly twice as likely to become infected with HIV or pass on the AIDS virus to their partner, according to a study published on Tuesday. The research was carried out among 3,790 heterosexual couples in Africa where one partner had the…

Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

PARIS — Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade. The exploit is published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular…

Where to from here?: AIDS’ anniversary prompts speculation about the future

In June 1981, the first cases of a mysterious and lethal illness affecting gay men were reported in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The illness was characterized by a rapidly failing immune system, and was subsequently termed Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In 1984,…

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