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Unusual immune cell needed to prevent oral thrush, researchers find

An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers who discovered them. The findings might shed light on why people infected with HIV or who have other immune system impairments are more susceptible to the oral yeast infection.

07 October 2014
Science Daily
Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged

At least one New York City man who was in a recent cluster of three men who had meningitis was previously vaccinated against the bacteria, but may have had a reduced immune response because he is HIV-positive.

03 October 2014
Gay City News
Fungus Behind AIDS Deaths Found Growing on Trees in Southern California

A middle school student's science experiment leads to a surprise finding about an all-too-common fungus. “One shouldn’t be afraid of trees,” Springer told Healthline, “but if you are sick, you may not want to be sawing down a tree, which would cause the fungus to disperse and cause exposure.”

24 September 2014
Science Speaks
Risk of invasive pneumococcal disease remains high for people living with HIV

People living with HIV continue to be at increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease, Danish investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Even

06 August 2014
Michael Carter
Antibiotic crisis bigger than Aids as common infections will kill, WHO warns

The report, Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as sepsis, diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea.It found that antibiotic resistance is present in all areas of the globe and is growing.

30 April 2014
Daily Telegraph
More Research called for into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children

Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa.

23 April 2014
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Sean Strub: Whitewashing AIDS History

In my book, I recount how slow the federal government was in publicizing the use of Bactrim and other sulfa drugs to prevent PCP (the pneumonia that was then the leading killer of people with AIDS) in addition to its long-time and well-known use to treat PCP.

11 March 2014
Huffington Post
Researchers look for culprit behind oral health problems in HIV-positive patients

Researchers want to help HIV-positive patients live better by understanding why their essentially dormant infection is still wreaking havoc in their mouth. Even with meticulous dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as infections by yeast, bacteria, and viruses such as human papillomavirus, continue to plague many patients, said Dr. Josѐ A.

24 February 2014
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
We urge WHO to act on cytomegalovirus retinitis

Treatment with a simple pill, valganciclovir, is realistic in every setting. Unfortunately, with no mention of cytomegalovirus retinitis by WHO and no WHO guidelines on cytomegalovirus treatment, there has been little attention to treatment in national programmes.

31 January 2014
Lancet Global Health
Booster Shots Needed for People with HIV?

Previous research indicates people with HIV have a reduced immune response to most vaccines, but how does immune response hold up over time—and what are the implications for re-vaccinating with “booster shots”?

26 January 2014
BETA blog

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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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