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AIDS 2016: Realism Needed About the Benefits and Risks of Taking Part in HIV Cure Research

A significant proportion of people living with HIV would be willing to take part in a study towards a cure for HIV, according to research presented at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. However, some potential participants may not fully understand that taking part in an early-phase study is highly unlikely to afford any personal clinical benefit, but might have the potential to cause harm.

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AIDS 2016: HIV Will Only Be Cured with Combined Approaches, Conference Delegates Hear

Curing people of HIV infection will have to involve combinations of drugs and approaches, just as HIV treatment does, delegates heard at the Towards an HIV Cure workshop held in advance of the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. The reason is the same, too: HIV can easily develop resistance to single agents, even ones as sophisticated as broadly neutralizing antibodies and gene-editing enzymes.

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AIDS 2016: Seeking a Cure, Doctors Document Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients with HIV

The "Berlin patient," Timothy Ray Brown, has now survived 7 years off antiretroviral therapy (ART) with no sign of HIV reappearing in his body, and as time passes his position as "the person cured of HIV" becomes more secure. However, participants at the 2016 Towards a Cure Symposium, held in advance of the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, heard about the work of a consortium of physicians and researchers who are searching for, and documenting, the fates of patients with HIV who, like Brown, have been given stem cell transplants for cancer, in an effort to abolish Brown’s distinction as the only person to be cured of HIV.

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AIDS 2016: International AIDS Society Releases New HIV Cure Research Strategy

The International AIDS Society (IAS) released an update to its strategy to guide HIV cure research. The strategy, authored by the leading researchers in the field, was published in the July 11 online edition of Nature Medicine and discussed at the IAS Towards an HIV Cure Symposium preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference last month in Durban.alt

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Coverage of 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), held July 18-22, in Durban, South Africa.

Conference highlights include PrEP and other biomedical HIV prevention, HIV cure research, experimental antiretroviral therapy, and access to treatment and prevention for key affected populations.

Full listing by topic

AIDS 2016 website

7/28/16

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