San Francisco, California – An innovative therapy using a patient’s own stem cells, modified to resist infection with the AIDS virus, has been given approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a clinical trial in people. CIRM, California’s stem cell agency, is funding that trial. The therapy focuses on a protein found on cells in the immune system. HIV hijacks this protein, using it to penetrate and infect our cells. Researchers at City of Hope near Los… Read more
For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.
The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.
The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test “on demand” use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared to men given dummy pills.Read More
More than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. This finding was published today in JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The analysis showed that 30 percent of new HIV infections were transmitted from people who did not know that they were infected with the virus, highlighting the importance of getting tested. People who had been diagnosed were less likely to transmit their infection, in part because people who know they have HIV are more likely to take steps to protect their partners from infection.
“Positive or negative, an HIV test opens the door to prevention. For someone who is positive, it can be the gateway to care and the signal to take steps to protect partners from infection. For someone who tests negative, it can be a direct link to important prevention services to help them stay HIV-free,” said Eugene McCray, MD, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.Read More
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, announced that it has created a $100 million investment strategy in support of its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, launched last year with the aim of developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020. The establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research within a major academic research institution with a grant of $20 million will be the centerpiece of the investment strategy.Read More
Eric Paul Leue, Mr. LA Leather 2014, outlines five key points for HIV advocacy.Read More
Soapy, Sexy Shower Selfies With The Hashtag #weareALLclean Brings Attention to HIV Stigma 100 Percent Of Donations Benefitting HIV/AIDS Nonprofits Housing Works and amfAR INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Take a selfie or short video of yourself in the shower or bath and/or DONATE! **NO EXPLICIT NUDITY** 2) Post your photo now on all social media platforms with the caption “Take HIV Shower Selfie Challenge raise $$ for AIDS cure bit.ly/CUREAIDS #weareALLclean” 3) Nominate 3 or more other people to participate! 4) DONATE! Please consider a donation if… Read more
#TheMackPack, a Breakout 19-Person Cycling Team Debuts, Raises $128,700 For Housing Works NEW YORK, NY (Sept 24, 2014)–Two months ago Jack Mackenroth, a well-known HIV activist and novice cyclist, committed to BRAKING AIDS® Ride, a 3-day 300 mile bike ride from Boston to New York to benefit Housing Works in NYC. As a lifelong athlete Jack had faith that with the right training and equipment the ride would be extremely challenging but doable. The fundraising piece was a different… Read more