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Medications for HIV: An Update

Latest research shows how cancer drugs can halt HIV virus.

HIV, which leads to AIDS, is one of the most nasty viruses the human race has encountered. Once it establishes an infection, barring a few reported cases, HIV is impossible to eliminate from the body. That said, in the 30 or so years since its emergence, we have discovered a variety of medications to treat it. Of these, so far, ... Read More »

New Vaccine for the Prevention of HIV

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Before we go into the new vaccine, it is important to understand what HIV is and how you can contract HIV. What is HIV? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This virus attacks the immune system with a very strong force that even individuals with a very strong immune system cannot fight. How is HIV contracted? The HIV infection is ... Read More »

Groundbreaking Research Finds Potential New Way to Fight HIV

Latest research shows how cancer drugs can halt HIV virus.

Groundbreaking research may change how drugs are used to halt the HIV virus, as research exhibits how virus targets T-cells. The October issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry includes the breakthrough research recently conducted at the George Mason University. Researchers believe this latest research will have an impact on the entire HIV field. The body’s immune system relies on ... Read More »

Rise in HIV Orphan Adoptions in America

With 2.5 million children living with HIV globally (1), America is thriving rapidly in adoption rates for children that are often stigmatized. In the last five years, the rate of adoptions among HIV-positive kids in the America has reached a several hundred. It started off as trickle, but now it’s picked up pace and more orphans seem to be finding ... Read More »

Issues with Vaccine Development for HIV/AIDS

A syringe used for vaccination

My professor said something two days ago that shocked me: “I honestly don’t think we’ll ever see an effective vaccine for HIV/AIDS.” Considering how much of an expert he is, that was pretty demoralizing.  And I don’t believe him; I can’t believe him.  Too much is at stake. Yet to date we’ve spent billions of dollars, and we’re not much ... Read More »

The Recent HIV/AIDS Vaccine: Thoughts

Green viruses floating in space

The HIV/AIDS Vaccine: A few weeks ago I was sitting in the basement of the biomedical research center at my school, just having made it through another fascinating class on pharmacology.  It was time for lunch, so I made for the exit, meeting my friend along the way. “Hey,” she said.  “Did you hear about the new AIDS vaccine that ... Read More »

What is the AIDS Monster?

Ribbon for an AIDs victim

Dashed hopes Less than half a century ago, we thought we had eliminated the threat of infectious diseases. We are about to see “the virtual elimination of the infectious disease as an important factor in social life,” said Nobel Prize Winner, Frank Burnet, in 1962. And there was great reason to be optimistic. Conditions that killed and crippled only a ... Read More »