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Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

Published
08 October 2015
From
Slate
Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

Published
20 November 2014
From
CNN
Ethiopia: HIV patient nutrition more vital than once assumed

Researchers have shown that a dietary supplement given during the first months of HIV treatment significantly improves the general condition of patients. Their results are published in the journal BMJ.

Published
15 May 2014
From
University of Copenhagen (press release)
The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Published
03 April 2014
From
Positively UK
Supplements That May Slow HIV Can Fuel Prostate Cancer

High-dose supplementation with selenium and vitamin E can raise the risk of high-grade prostate cancer among certain men.

Published
28 February 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Malnutrition decreases effectiveness of HIV treatment in pregnant African women

In Uganda the prescription of three antiretroviral drugs, which aim to suppress the virus to prevent disease progression, have resulted in huge reductions in HIV mortality rates. However, disease is not the only scourge in Uganda, and a new study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explores the impact food insecurity may have on treating pregnant women.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Food fungi in developing countries linked to worse HIV infection

Two common fungi found on food in developing countries could be worsening the effects of HIV, say researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Published
21 August 2013
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Antiretroviral Drugs Sold for Food in Kenya’s Slums

Impoverished Kenyans living with HIV/AIDs are sometimes selling their antiretroviral drugs to buy food for themselves and their families. Medical professionals believe there has been a slight growth in the trend, saying that people are simply trying to survive.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Voice of America
Texas: Food availability linked with poor outcomes for HIV-positive children

An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers reported. They found that children who did not always have enough to eat had lower CD4 counts as well as higher chances of incomplete viral suppression.

Published
12 February 2013
From
Baylor College of Medicine press release
Antiretroviral treatment for HIV reduces food insecurity, study finds

Can treatment with modern anti-HIV drugs help fight hunger for HIV-infected patients in Africa? Starting antiretroviral therapy for HIV reduces "food insecurity" among patients in Uganda, suggests a new study.

Published
06 December 2012
From
Science Daily

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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