Pioneering B.C. HIV/AIDS researcher honoured on new Canada Post stamp

A renowned British Columbia doctor is being celebrated for his pioneering work fighting HIV/AIDS with a new commemorative stamp. Dr. Julio Montaner is one of six distinguished Canadian doctors and researchers whose faces will grace the new run of stamps from Canada Post. Montaner, who moved to Vancouver from his native Argentina in 1981, is recognized for his research work […]

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Scientists say a woman is cured of HIV despite having no medical interventions

Loreen Willenburg, 66, may be the first person to have been cured of HIV without a bone marrow transplant or medication, according to a new study. Willenburg was already known as an "elite controller" — among the less than 0.5% of people with HIV whose body naturally does the job of antiviral drugs: suppresses the virus so it cannot replicate. […]

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Scientists eliminate HIV from animal’s genome for the first time; indicate possible cure for HIV

Current HIV treatment focuses on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART suppresses HIV replication but does not eliminate the virus from the body. Therefore, ART is not a cure for HIV, and it requires life-long use. For the first time, researchers have eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA — the virus responsible for AIDS — from the genomes of living animals. […]

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AIDS & HIV: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

While 1.2 million Americans currently live with AIDS, the incurable disease is no longer a death sentence and has become a chronic, manageable condition. The introduction of protease inhibitor drugs in 1996 was a game changer in the treatment of the disease, and now with early treatment, people with AIDS can live about as long as those without the disease, […]

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New test aids decision between intravenous and oral antibiotics for childhood infection

A simple new test developed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne will help clinicians decide whether to use oral or intravenous antibiotics to treat childhood infections. Developed and validated in children attending The Royal Children’s Hospital with a common skin infection, the Melbourne ASSET Risk Score is the first clinical risk score to help clinicians decide […]

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British lawmaker reveals to parliament he is HIV positive

A British lawmaker revealed he was HIV positive during an emotional speech to parliament on Thursday to mark the upcoming World AIDS day. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, 32, told his fellow lawmakers that he had been diagnosed HIV positive when he was aged 22. “Next year I will be marking an anniversary of my own, 10 years since I became HIV positive,” said Russell-Moyle, who represents the opposition […]

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