Antibody Combo Suppressed HIV Levels in Early Trial

Antibody Combo Suppressed HIV Levels in Early Trial

HIV (purple spheres) infecting a cell in the immune system. Credit: Mark Ellisman and Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research More than 35 million people worldwide live with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Since the 1990s, combinations of drugs called antiretroviral therapy (ART) have been used to treat HIV. These drugs […]

HIV prevention drugs could dramatically cut new infections

HIV prevention drugs could dramatically cut new infections

(Reuters Health) – An HIV-prevention drug pill, dubbed PrEP, dramatically reduced new infections in a large group of high risk gay men, Australian researchers report. Although HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) had been shown to be effective in past clinical trials, the Australian researchers write in The Lancet HIV that the current study looks at the […]

Taking pills to prevent HIV stops its spread

Taking pills to prevent HIV stops its spread

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE When enough people take pills to protect themselves from HIV, they also help control its spread, researchers reported Wednesday. Pills that treat HIV infection can also prevent infection if people at high risk take them. […]

Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

LONDON, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – HIV transmission rates among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third in the Australian state of New South Wales following the wide-scale introduction of a daily anti-HIV drug, sparking calls for other health authorities to follow suit. According to research by the Kirby Institute at the […]

Guideline Updates for the Treatment of Adolescents and Adults With HIV

Guideline Updates for the Treatment of Adolescents and Adults With HIV

The availability of more treatment options for HIV has made management of infections easier than ever before. With over 45 individual and fixed-dose combination antiretroviral agents approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, providers are able to select the antiretroviral regimens best suited for the patient, and selection of antiretroviral therapy should be based […]

Canada to invest $8.5 million in harm reduction projects for HCV, HIV

Canada to invest $8.5 million in harm reduction projects for HCV, HIV

Canadian Minister of Health announced that the Government of Canada will fund 28 projects across the country designed to reduce the risk for bloodborne infections among people who use injection drugs such as hepatitis C and HIV, according to a press release. ‚ÄúCommunity organizations do important work to reduce hepatitis C and HIV infections among […]

Despite another failure, experts say HIV prevention drug PrEP is still effective

Despite another failure, experts say HIV prevention drug PrEP is still effective

Earlier this month, health officials reported the sixth confirmed failure of PrEP globally. The latest instance involved a San Francisco man who was consistently taking the HIV-prevention medicine during the time he contracted the virus. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, involves taking a Truvada pill once daily to stop HIV infection, and it is estimated to […]

Despite sixth PrEP failure, experts say HIV prevention drug working as expected

Despite sixth PrEP failure, experts say HIV prevention drug working as expected

Earlier this month, health officials reported the sixth confirmed failure of PrEP globally. The latest instance involved a San Francisco man who was consistently taking the HIV-prevention medicine during the time he contracted the virus. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, involves taking a Truvada pill once daily to stop HIV infection, and it is estimated to […]

The empty stomach rule varies by drug, tummy

The empty stomach rule varies by drug, tummy

Q: Many medications should be taken on an empty stomach. How do you know when your stomach is empty? Two hours after eating is a crude rule of thumb. A more accurate answer depends on the drugs you are taking and your medical conditions. Doctors began studying gastric emptying times in the 1940s at Guy’s […]