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Trump quietly shuts down HIV cure research to appease the religious right

Scientists are speaking out against a directive by the Trump administration that has shut down research into a cure for HIV. A scientist who was supposed to supply mice that have been modified with human fetal tissue for an HIV study emailed researchers that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue.”

Published
12 December 2018
From
LGBTQ Nation
UCSF HIV Lab Planning to Close

The facility is the second to have a federal contract involving fetal tissue research cancelled.

Published
06 December 2018
From
The Scientist
Open letter from Chinese HIV professionals on human genome editing

As Chinese professionals engaged in HIV research and prevention, we strongly oppose genome editing on healthy human germline cells and embryos for reproductive purposes and HIV prevention.

Published
05 December 2018
From
The Lancet
Needles in a haystack: the quest for bnAbs

HIV induces antibody responses in infected individuals, but only a few of these individuals manage to produce antibodies that are capable of viral neutralization—and even fewer produce antibodies that can neutralize different strains of HIV.

Published
01 December 2018
From
Nature
Liver transplant from HIV+ living donor to negative recipient: the unanswered questions

A lifesaving partial liver transplant from an HIV-infected mother to her uninfected child – the first of its kind – was conducted last year at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. More than a year later, both mother and child are doing well. But the crucial question of the child’s HIV infection status remains unanswered. And we don’t expect to have a definitive answer any time soon.

Published
29 November 2018
From
The Conversation
Gene-Edited Twins in China Still Face Risk of HIV Infection

Certain relatively uncommon strains of HIV would be able to enter their cells if the girls were to come in contact with contaminated tissues or fluids, said Robin Shattock, chairman of mucosal infection and immunity at the U.K.’s Imperial College London.

Published
28 November 2018
From
Bloomberg
Patients with rare natural ability to suppress HIV shed light on potential functional cure

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified two patients with HIV whose immune cells behave differently than others with the virus and actually appear to help control viral load even years after infection. Moreover, both patients carry large amounts of virus in infected cells, but show no viral load in blood tests. While based on small numbers, the data suggest that long-term viral remission might be possible for more people.

Published
27 November 2018
From
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
HIV Researchers Slam The Scientist Who Made Genetically Engineered Babies

HIV researchers are incensed that the first reported use of gene editing in human embryos was aimed at conferring HIV immunity, criticizing the move as reckless and unnecessary.

Published
27 November 2018
From
Buzzfeed
Persistent HIV infection works a lot like cancer, study shows

The Fred Hutch study points strongly in one direction: “We think that nearly all of these cells carrying HIV — greater than 99.9 percent — were generated via proliferation,” said Schiffer, a physician who also uses computers to model HIV-eradication strategies.

Published
20 November 2018
From
Fred Hutch News Service
HIV latency differs across tissues in the body

Mechanisms that govern HIV transcription and latency differ in the gut and blood, according to a study published November 15 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Steven Yukl of San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues.

Published
16 November 2018
From
EurekAlert (press release)

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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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