HIV May Be Evolving Into A Less Deadly and Less Virulent Form

It's possible that HIV's ability to cause AIDS is slowing. A new paper from Oxford University suggests the disease is becoming less deadly and less infectious over time as it adapts to our immune system and therapies. » 12/02/14 11:20am 12/02/14 11:20am

Researchers Have Identified The Origin Of The AIDS Pandemic

An international team of researchers has traced the "epidemic ignition" of HIV/AIDS to 1920s Kinshasa, what is now the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. » 10/04/14 12:15pm 10/04/14 12:15pm

The World Health Organization Wants to Legalize Sex Work and Drugs

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines for helping to prevent the spread of HIV in key populations. The group, which also monitors the globe for pandemic outbreaks, says we have to decriminalize sex work and drugs if we want to stop HIV. » 7/22/14 11:29am 7/22/14 11:29am

Dozens Of AIDS Researchers Killed In Malaysian Flight MH17 Crash

It's being reported today that nearly 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were headed to Australia for a major AIDS conference. Among them was Joep Lange, a leading researcher and the former International AIDS Society president. » 7/18/14 6:30am 7/18/14 6:30am

Politician Explains Why Sodomy Is Causing AIDS Due to "Sperm Enzyme"

Bob Frey is a Republican running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and he's worried about the economic cost of sodomy. He's not against gay people, mind you — the problem, he explained yesterday, has to do with the way sperm burns our anal cavities. Here's his theory. » 7/11/14 4:52pm 7/11/14 4:52pm

Scientists Create Genetically Modified Cells That Protect Against HIV

The treatment is considered radical, and the results were drawn from a small scale human trial, but for the first time in medical history, researchers have boosted their patients' ability to fight HIV by replacing some of their natural immune cells with genetically modified versions. » 3/06/14 9:00am 3/06/14 9:00am

New Computer-Designed 'Drug' Prevents AIDS From Replicating

European researchers have used a computer to design small synthetic molecules capable of attacking the deadly AIDS virus where it hurts the most: its ability to produce the genetic material required for replication. It's the first time in history this has ever been done. » 11/29/13 9:00am 11/29/13 9:00am

The KGB conspiracy that attributed AIDS to the CIA

The Cold War contained a lot of ignominious events for all how participated in it. One of them lingers in conspiracy theories to this day. There was a conspiracy involved — just not the ones the theorist generally believe in. » 10/25/13 10:20am 10/25/13 10:20am

RIP Stephen Crohn, 'The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS'

Stephen Crohn, who carried a genetic defect in his white blood cells that made him resistant to AIDS, died late last month, the New York Times reports. He was 66. » 9/15/13 1:25pm 9/15/13 1:25pm

New discovery brings us one step closer to preventing HIV infections

In a breakthrough six years in the making, an international team of researchers has determined the precise atomic structure of a cell-surface receptor that’s used by most strains of HIV to infect human immune cells. The finding could result in medicines that block the process. » 9/12/13 11:47am 9/12/13 11:47am

Why Some Diseases Wait in Your Body For Decades Before Striking

Almost any disease will spend some time in your body before making you ill, summoning its forces or just lying in wait. But some maladies are even more patient than that. » 7/27/12 12:12pm 7/27/12 12:12pm

The FDA has approved the first drug to prevent HIV Infection

For the first time ever, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug proven to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Called Truvada, the drug's approval marks a watershed in the fight to stem the continued spread of AIDS. » 7/16/12 3:07pm 7/16/12 3:07pm

Would you drop $10,000 a year to stop yourself from getting HIV?

Thanks to advances in fighting HIV/AIDS over the last decades, these diseases are no longer the death sentences they once were — and some drugs offer the chance to protect against infection in the first place. Considering the huge price associated with these pills, would it make sense to do so? And for whom? » 4/25/12 10:20am 4/25/12 10:20am

Screw chicken broth, Tibetan sheep placenta AIDS soup will cure what…

Chicken soup is prescribed for the common cold, but, despite its ingredients, this magnificently named broth from the Forgotten Perfume restaurant in Beijing's Shimao Mall somehow manages to cure hepatosplenomegaly and "tuberculosis embolism." Yes, "strong Tibetan sheep placenta nourishing soup AIDS" (a.k.a. "a fish… » 2/20/12 12:15pm 2/20/12 12:15pm

Breakthrough: Gene Therapy Provides Full Protection from HIV…

For hundreds of years, immunization has been one of society's most elegant and dependable methods of disease prevention. Vaccines have been developed for infections ranging from measles to HPV. Many of us get vaccinated to protect ourselves against seasonal illness, or before traveling internationally. Vaccination is… » 12/01/11 8:11am 12/01/11 8:11am

Widely used contraceptive in Africa could double the risk of HIV…

Two of the biggest problems facing women in parts of Africa are complications from unwanted pregnancies, and HIV. So if a new study is correct, and a commonly used contraceptive hormone injection doubles your risk of spreading HIV, then it's going to be a public health nightmare. » 10/03/11 5:07pm 10/03/11 5:07pm

What can this glow-in-the-dark kitten teach scientists about AIDS?

This picture of a glowing cat has not been altered in any way. The cat, on the other hand, has been altered quite a bit. A team of researchers has genetically engineered it to express green fluorescent protein (aka "GFP," originally found in jellyfish), which makes the cat glow green under ultraviolet light. » 9/12/11 5:00pm 9/12/11 5:00pm

Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV

Sooty mangabeys are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa. Their unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades. Now we know just how their immunity works. » 6/27/11 1:09pm 6/27/11 1:09pm