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NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MEDIA AVAILABILITY NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells Findings Have Implications for HIV Treatment WHAT: Untreated HIV infection destroys a person’s immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Bulletin

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The implementation of scientifically proven HIV prevention strategies is helping to reduce the number of new infections — the annual HIV infection rate globally fell by 22 percent from 2001 to 2011 — but a great deal more must be done. Significant scale-up of proven HIV prevention strategies coupled with the discovery of new HIV…

May 18th HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD): A Conversation with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach

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May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. We spoke to Dr. Carl Dieffenbach at NIH, who had this to say about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: “[On Vaccine Awareness Day] we can take a moment to acknowledge the…

New NIH Award Aims to Reduce Asian American Hepatitis B Disparities through Health Information Technology

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A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is…

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Infants Born to Infected Mothers: Need for a Fresh Look

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins University presented an intriguing case study of a child who by all measures seems to be cured of HIV infection. This single case has sparked significant conversation, debate, and optimism. This blog…

Daily-use HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study

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According to findings of a major HIV prevention trial presented Monday, March 4, 2013 at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), study participants who received daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) did not experience any protection against HIV compared to those in the placebo arm, likely because very few were taking the study…

Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Infection, NIH-Supported Investigators Report

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Discovery Provides Clues for Potentially Eliminating HIV Infection in Other Children Editor’s note: NIH issued this news release this afternoon about findings announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) which began today in Atlanta, Georgia. The session at which the investigators will be reporting their findings in detail will be webcast…