Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that attacks the immune system. Without treatment, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). People with AIDS have a hard time fighting off infections, which can be potentially life-threatening. There's no cure for HIV, but it can take years10 or morefor AIDS to develop, even without treatment. And with treatment (there are many types of drugs that fight HIV), people with HIV can remain symptom-free for much longer.
The hope that newborns can be “cured” of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — with early, aggressive drug treatment was bolstered this week with the announcement that a second baby appears to be free of the virus following therapy that began just four hours after her birth.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In an early step toward drug-free HIV therapy, researchers are reporting the first success in genetically “editing” T-cells in patients’ immune systems to become resistant to the virus. The findings, published in the March 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A long-acting, injectable HIV drug could potentially protect people from infection with the AIDS virus for up to three months, new animal studies suggest. The experimental drug, called GSK744, protected macaque monkeys from repeated attempts to infect the animals with a hybrid simian/human AIDS virus called [...]
THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Half of teens who were infected with HIV at birth may face a higher risk of heart attack and stroke when they’re older, new research suggests. “These results indicate that individuals who have had HIV since birth should be monitored carefully by their health care providers for signs [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors should test middle school-age children for high cholesterol and start screening for depression at age 11, according to updated guidelines from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. Doctors should also test older teens for HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, the revised preventive-care recommendations from the American [...]
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