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AIDS Research : How to Find An AIDS Cure For All

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Thirty years ago around this time of the year, scientists announced that the probable cause of AIDS had been found. Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, would subsequently enter our lexicon and become synonymous — no matter where you lived — with death. Since then, more than 75 million people have acquired HIV and nearly 35.6 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses. With no cure in sight, it seemed that ending this epidemic would be a Sisyphean task. But investments in…

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Gilead Following Multiple Paths Toward HIV Functional Cure

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Scientists pursuing a functional cure for HIV have been emboldened by the Berlin patient and other cases, says Dr. Warner Greene, director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology in San Francisco. “The anecdotal cases suggest that we’re not tilting at windmills,” says Greene, a top HIV expert. Greene sees an urgent need for a cure. Patients taking long-term antiretroviral drug regimens are still vulnerable to the premature onset of diseases of aging. Across the globe, about 35 million…

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CCR5 : Researchers Find Promise in Altered Genes to Suppress HIV

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Scientists already knew that certain people who lack that receptor, called CCR5, are naturally resistant to HIV infection. One man – who was treated in Germany and now lives in San Francisco – became the first patient to be effectively cured of HIV after he received a CD4-cell transplant from a donor without the CCR5 receptor. Scientists in the new study, which began five years ago, extracted CD4 cells from the 12 patients, then used the Sangamo agent to reprogram those…

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PrEP : Long-Lasting Drug Could Thwart HIV


A single injection of an anti-HIV drug may someday protect people from infection with the AIDS virus for up to 3 months. That’s the implication of monkey experiments reported in the 7 March issue of Science. “This is the most exciting thing happening that I know of in HIV prevention studies today,” says Robert Grant, a virologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who was not involved in the studies. A vaccine to prevent HIV infection is still…

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Immunity Project : Is an AIDS Cure Hiding in the Blood?

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Now, an ambitious plan called The Immunity Project has released a white paper outlining how they plan to create an HIV vaccine—free for the entire world population—based on the computerized analysis of blood from HIV controllers. Although their work has created some eye rolls in the HIV research community, big names have stepped up with funding. Microsoft has donated $1 million toward the effort, for example. But The Immunity Project has turned to crowdfunding to come up with the more…

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Time to Reconnect Gay and AIDS Communities


In April 2012, I attended a White House LGBT Conference on HIV and AIDS, held at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Following the meeting I posed a question to two leaders responsible for AIDS and LGBT issues in the White House: “When did the gay community separate from the AIDS community?” At first, I think they were surprised. After all, the gay community created the AIDS community. But now they are going in different directions. I asked a second…

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HIV/AIDS Caucus Co-Chairs Attend World AIDS Day Reception/Exhibit in U.S. Capitol

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Co-chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Barbara Lee, Jim McDermott, and Trent Franks joined the World AIDS Institute for a special World AIDS Day reception and exhibit on December 1, 2011.  See below for more information from the World AIDS Institute website and newsletter.                                                          

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