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HIV particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do

The virus turns host immune cells into suicide machines, using them to spread the virus and cause the progression from HIV to AIDS SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus’s direct effect on the host’s immune cells, but rather through the...


MSM with HIV show greater rate of abnormal anal cytology

Data published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases demonstrated that HIV-positive men who have sex with men, and those with persistent high-risk HPV, had a higher incidence of abnormal anal cytology. “Our analysis of longitudinal data from this large prospective cohort study of HIV-infected MSM, women, and [men who have sex with women (MSW)] has demonstrated a high...


Source Source: Healio

One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment

Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. The finding, published Aug. 27 in PLOS ONE , identifies a new barrier to caring for patients with this severe condition. Prior to the FDA approval of novel antiviral therapies...


Source Source: Yale University

FDA: Edurant (rilpivirine) labeling updated

On August 26, 2015 the Edurant (rilpivirine) product labeling was updated to include the use of rilpivirine in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection to include treatment-naïve pediatric patients from 12 to less than 18 years of age with HIV-1 RNA less than or equal to 100,00 copies/mL. The summary of the changes are provided here .


Source Source: FDA

Tags: Treatment, FDA

Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

Gilead Sciences has applied for approval of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Canada, reports. If the country’s health ministry, Health Canada, approves the new indication for the antiretroviral (ARV), Canada would follow the United States to become only the second nation in the world to give the green light to this new...


Source Source: POZ