Archive for November, 2014

World AIDS Day: China to expand input to fight HIV says China’s Premier Li

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday Promised more work on prevention and treatment of AIDS and is willing to cooperate with other countries to combat HIV.   Li made the remarks when visiting Beijing’s YouAn Hospital, home to a center for HIV/AIDS treatment, just ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Latest figure suggests there were 436,800 people living with HIV/AIDS in China at the end of 2013, and 136,300 had died following infection. Noting that China still boasts…

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Have Doctors in Spain ‘Cured’ HIV patient with blood transplant?

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Spanish scientists are hopeful blood transplants from the umbilical cord of people with genetic resistance to HIV could provide a future treatment option in the battle against the Aids-causing virus after managing to ‘cure’ a patient in just three months. A 37-year-old man from Barcelona, who had been infected with the HIV virus in 2009, was cured of the condition after receiving a transplant of blood from such an umbilical cord. Unfortunately, the man died of cancer having developed lymphoma…

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Immune cells proposed as HIV hideout don’t last in primate model

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Where does HIV hide? Antiretroviral drugs can usually control the virus, but can’t completely eliminate it. So any strategy to eradicate HIV from the body has to take into account not only the main group of immune cells the virus targets, called CD4 or helper T cells, but other infected cells as well. New research from Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, sheds light on the question of which cells support viral replication and persistence, and the answers have…

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