Archive for October, 2014

Research for Prevention conference opens with real hope for an HIV vaccine


“There’s only one Berlin Patient still. But by this time next year he will at least be joined by 40-50 Portland monkeys.” This was vaccine researcher Louis Picker, summarizing in quotable form why the outlook for the development of an effective HIV vaccine is brighter than it has been for years, in a satellite session in advance of the HIV Research for Prevention conference (R4P) in Cape Town, South Africa, which opens fully today. Picker was speaking about his research…

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The City of Love Could Lead the Way Toward Ending HIV Transmission


As we enter our fourth decade without a cure for HIV, public interest in ending new infections has seemed to wane. Now’s not the time to stop talking about AIDS. With important new treatment and prevention tools in our arsenal, San Francisco — known as the City of Love — could be the first U.S. city to end HIV transmission. The world looks to San Francisco for leadership in HIV control with good reason. Driven by love and the desire…

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NIH Director: Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found If Not For Budget Cuts

NIH Director Francis Collins Interview

As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country’s top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As…

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How Did The Berlin Patient’ Become Cured Of HIV?


Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn’t provide a definitive answer, it rules out one possible explanation. Brown remains one of the most studied cases in the HIV epidemic’s history. In 2006, after living with the virus for 11 years and controlling his infection with antiretroviral drugs, he learned that he had developed acute myeloid leukemia. (The…

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