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Meta-analysis of patient retention

In the paper, Retention of Adult Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis 2008-2013, Matthew Fox and Sydney...

Study looks at disclosure of HIV status

Disclosure of HIV status by women to their partners is the backbone for prevention of HIV transmission among couples as well as promotion of...

Nutritional supplements could end high mortality rates

Malnourished HIV-infected African adults are at high risk of early mortality after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Risk of heart attacks reversed

Previously reported increased risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive individuals has been largely reversed in recent years reports a large-sample Kaiser Permanente California analysis,

HIV+ children vulnerable to pneumonia

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests.

HIV patients’ brains unaffected by hep C

Washington University research indicates that hepatitis C does not affect the brain, ruling it out as a possible cause of mental impairment among HIV-positive patients.

Study explains ‘backfire’ effect

Clinical trials have shown that HIV vaccines can 'backfire' and lead to increased rates of infection. Now, a new study published by the US National Academy of Sciences suggests an explanation.

Intra-vaginal ring designed to prevent HIV transmission

An intra-vaginal ring implanted with anti-retroviral drug tablets, or pods, has demonstrated sustained and controlled drug release and safety over 28 days, reports Science...

US’s Centres for Disease Control recommends new type of HIV testing

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending a new type of HIV testing that utilises diagnostics that can detect infection...

Herpes stalks SA’s HIV-positive pregnant women

Almost 90% of HIV-positive pregnant women are also infected with herpes, according to a recent Health Sciences Research Council survey. Health-e reports that for...

US officials recommend new regimen to fight HIV/Aids

US health officials have recommended that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for Aids take a daily pill that has been shown to...

Uganda passes Bill criminalising transmission of HIV

A Bill passed by MPs in Uganda, which criminalises the transmission of HIV, has been criticised by the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW),...

‘Diluted human resources’ impacting on male circumcision care

SA vastly expanded male medical circumcision services since 2010, and while surgical efficiency and record keeping improved, the quality of surgical care, such as...

Contested theory on why many African Aids victims are women

Nearly 60% of Aids victims in Africa are women and a team of Norwegian infectious disease spec ialists think they may have the explanation....

NFP gets rights for promising HIV medicine

The not-for-profit (NFP) International Partnership for Microbicides has received worldwide rights to a promising HIV prevention medicine, called dapivirine, from Janssen R&D Ireland, reports...

Researchers figure out enzyme’s HIV fighting activity

Johns Hopkins biochemists have figured out what is needed to activate and sustain the virus-fighting activity of an enzyme found in CD4+ T cells,...

Scientists report failure in strategy to reverse latency

Scientists at Johns Hopkins report that compounds they hoped would ‘wake up’ dormant reservoirs of HIV inside immune system T cells – a strategy...

Second baby free of HIV virus raises hopes

The hope that newborns can be ‘cured’ of HIV with early, aggressive drug treatment has been bolstered with the announcement that a second baby...

Studies reported at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston include…

The rollout of antiretroviral therapy in rural SA has resulted in a rapid recovery of life expectancy for HIV-infected individuals, with women appearing to...