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Tourism as a Driver of Illicit Drug Use, HIV Risk in the D.R.

The study’s results suggest three themes: (1) local demand shifts drug routes to tourism areas, (2) drugs shape local economies and (3) drug use facilitates HIV risk behaviors in tourism areas.

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A New Dent in HIV-1’s Armor

Salk scientists identify a promising target for HIV/AIDS treatment

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Bringing HIV Message Home

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Student, alumni interest in care and prevention are alive and well at Hopkins School of Nursing and beyond.

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Antiretroviral Therapy Benefits HIV-infected Stimulant Users

New clinical research from UC San Francisco shows that 341 HIV-infected men who reported using stimulants such as methamphetamine or cocaine derived life-saving benefits from being on antiretroviral therapy that were comparable to those of HIV-infected men who do not use stimulants.

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Mymetics’ Promising HIV Vaccine Candidate Obtains Funding to Begin Study at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

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Mymetics Corporation (OTCQB: MYMX) announced today that its innovative HIV vaccine candidate will enter a new preclinical trial to confirm results obtained in a previous trial. Research is to be funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study will be led by Dr. Ruth Ruprecht, Scientist & Director of the Texas Biomed AIDS Research Program.

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Surprising Diversity of Antibody Family Provides Clues for HIV Vaccine Design

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have described how a single family of antibodies that broadly neutralizes different strains of HIV has evolved remarkably diverse structures to attack a vulnerable site on the virus. The findings provide clues for the design of a future HIV vaccine.

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Study Explores Drug Users’ Opinions on Genetic Testing

Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, the study, “Perceptions of genetic testing and genomic medicine among drug users,” gauged drug users’ attitudes and understandings of genetics and genetic testing through six focus groups. The focus groups were segregated by race and ethnicity to increase participants’ comfort in talking about racial and ethnic issues. Over half of the participants (53%) reported having either HIV/AIDs or HCV, or a co-infection, and understood the potential value of genetic testing.

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Forum in D.C on PrEP for HIV Prevention

Panel discussion on PrEP for HIV prevention and its role in the HIV epidemic

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HIV/AIDS Experiences A “Senior Moment”

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults ages 55 and older accounted for 19 percent of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2010. Sept. 18 is National HIV/AIDS Aging and Awareness Day. Funded by a CDC research grant in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), patients in the Loyola Emergency Department and select immediate care centers are offered a free HIV test.

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Cats Lend a Helping Paw in the Search for Anti-HIV Drugs

Researchers at the Technion say a protein found in both the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) - which causes AIDS in cats - and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) might inspire new anti-HIV drugs.

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