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A new multi-site study reveals patients with drug-resistant HIV can safely achieve viral suppression – the primary goal of HIV therapy – without incorporating the traditional class of HIV medications into their treatment regimen.
AIDS research has come a long way since the disease was first clinically discovered in 1981 and officially named by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1982. And although many hurdles had been overcome in the prevention and treatment of the world’s deadliest sexually-transmitted infection (STI) over the past thirty years, no real cure had ever been found.
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A 48-week course of antiretroviral medication taken in the early stages of HIV infection slows the damage to the immune system and delays the need for long term treatment.
Patients who are started on antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1 infection within four months of estimated infection date — and who have higher counts of CD4+ T-cells at the initiation of therapy — demonstrate a stronger recovery of CD4+ T-cell counts than patients in whom therapy is started later.
Replacing brand-name drugs recommended for control of HIV infection with generic medications could save nearly $1 billion a year on health care costs in the US.
Among HIV patients receiving well-organized care with free access to antiretroviral therapy, those who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV.
Breakthrough drugs have made it possible for people to live with HIV longer than ever before, but more work must be done to actually cure the disease.
Drug resistance is a major problem when treating infections. This problem is multiplied when the infection, like HIV-1, is chronic.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a lentivirus, causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) which is a condition in humans were the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. Infection is transferred through bodily fluids where HIV is present as both free virus particles and within infected immune cells. The four most common routes of infection are unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother to her...
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