Month: May 2012

HIV Cure Related Studies Currently Enrolling

IMMUNE BASED THERAPIES Phase 1 Dose Escalation Study of Autologous T-cells Genetically Modified at the CCR5 Gene by Zinc Finger Nucleases in HIV-Infected Patients The purpose of this research study is to find out whether “zinc finger” modified CD4+ T-cells are safe to give to humans and find how “zinc finger” modified T-cell affects HIV. …

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Medical Guidelines Group in the UK says that sperm washing is no safer than effective treatment and timed intercourse

https://www.aidsmap.com/NICE-says-sperm-washing-is-no-safer-than-effective-treatment-and-timed-intercourse/page/2364056/?ic=700100 Draft UK guidance on fertility treatment says that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not. As long as the man is on effective antiretroviral treatment and unprotected sex is limited to days when his partner is ovulating, “sperm washing may not further …

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Does Testosterone Suppress the Immune System?

This question is raised out of the confusion over the use of the term “steroid.”  When somebody is having pain or inflammation and their physician prescribes them a “steroid” or something “steroidal”, they are prescribing a corticosteroid (like prednisone) to decrease inflammation. These can have an immunosuppressive effect (sometimes it is intended to decrease inflammation).  …

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FDA Advisors Endorse Truvada to Prevent HIV Infection–But Big Questions Remain

Mark Mascolini (natap.org) An FDA advisory panel left little doubt that Truvada, the once-daily pill combining tenofovir and emtricitabine, will get its license extended to cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) of HIV infection in adults with a high risk of picking up HIV sexually. But the thorny deliberations leading to that endorsement in a marathon 12.5-hour …

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Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare announces initial data from pivotal phase III study of dolutegravir in HIV

This drug will compete against raltegravir (Merck) and elvitegravir (Gilead).  It will be dosed once a day for treatment naive patients and twice a day for treatment experienced. Issued: Monday 02 April 2012, London, UK Press release issued by Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC, a joint venture between ViiV Healthcare Ltd (a global specialist HIV company established …

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Drug Testing of HIV+ Employees and Athletes: What to Do if You Get a False Positive for Marijuana?

Anti-retroviral treatment & sports dopingApr 1, 2012 Hi,if a person who was taking anti retroviral drugs were subject to a sports doping test (but is not taking any form of performance enhancing drugs)would this show up in any way in their test? Response from Mr. Vergel Efavirenz (Sustiva) (also in Atripla) may cause false positive test for …

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