There have been huge leaps in HIV research in just the last couple years and one new technique for killing the virus is made from bee venom. Researchers have made nanoparticles, laced them with bee poison and unleashed them like a biblical plague on HIV to pretty good effect.
HIV treatment drug cocktails have become very effective in controllling the spread of severity of the disease in the body, but a new study has shown that with quick diagnosis and treatment, some patients are functionally cured of HIV after just a few years. This means that while the virus isn’t completely eliminated from one’s body, its levels remain low enough that there isn’t a need for further drug treatment.
Charities are always looking for new and innovative ways to get people to donate, but an AIDS charity in Japan seems to have hit upon a hell of a promotion. Donate 1000 yen (about $13 bucks) and you get to grope the boobs of a Japanese porn star. Win win win.
We’ve run several articles on this site about dramatic breakthroughs in the prevention of HIV, but this is where the rubber hits the road. Today, the FDA approved Truvada, the first prescription drug approved by the FDA specifically for the prevention of HIV. Yes ma’am, it’s a for real deal Holyfield HIV prevention drug.
It looks like, thanks to Canada, a vaccine for HIV might be much closer to reaching your local doctor’s office much sooner than you might think. Canadian researchers working on a vaccine to prevent HIV announced Tuesday they have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin clinical trials on humans in January.
It’s been a good past few years for AIDS research, with new potential cures and vaccines popping up in the news every couple months or so. This new method simply involves disabling the cholesterol membrane around the virus. Once that membrane is gone, the viruses can’t communicate with each other and the immune system can destroy the virus like any other.
Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. This unlocked achievement could lead to breakthroughs in AIDS research.
One of the main problems with stopping the spread of HIV in developing countries is ignorance. Not only ignorance about how the disease spreads, but who has it and who doesn’t. And for many countries, without a stable infrastructure and health system, getting testing to those who need to know becomes extremely difficult. But now there’s a microchip that can test blood for HIV in just 15 minutes and it costs just a dollar. That’s good news for stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS in poor countries.
Just as it seems that we’re starting to get somewhat of a grasp on handling AIDS, a new disease has appeared in China that has similar symptoms to AIDS, but doesn’t test positive for AIDS or HIV and seems to be much more contagious and faster acting than normal AIDS. Scientists haven’t pinpointed or named the disease yet, but I think “Super AIDS” sounds about right.