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Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:18:58+00:00

The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection. The stakes are high. It’s the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond. “If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic,” Glenda Gray, president of [...]

Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:18:58+00:00

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives

2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Now, healthcare practitioners involved in managing South Africa's HIV pandemic can access data from a new web-based system in near real-time. The first national CD4 /viral load monitoring dashboard, an online tool that monitors CD4 count and viral load in South Africa’s HIV positive patients will help the country to achieve one of UNAIDS three HIV elimination targets: for 90% of people on treatment to have a viral load fully suppressed by 2020, Response to treatment Viral load is the best predictor of an HIV positive patient’s response to treatment. The dashboard displays and analyses data in a way in which [...]

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives 2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Undetectable viral loads maintained with experimental therapy

2018-07-24T14:22:03+00:00

An experimental ‘four days on, three days off’ antiretroviral regimen kept viral load fully suppressed in 96% of people for 48 weeks in a French study presented recently at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow). The study recruited people whose viral load had been fully suppressed on treatment for a median of four years, not people who had started treatment recently. Although people living with HIV are recommended to take antiretroviral drugs every day as prescribed, there is evidence from therapeutic drug monitoring that sufficient blood levels of many antiretroviral drugs persist for several days after [...]

Undetectable viral loads maintained with experimental therapy 2018-07-24T14:22:03+00:00

British Scientists May Have Just Cured the First Person Ever of HIV

2018-07-24T14:23:37+00:00

A 44-year-old British man is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of a treatment which scientists say eradicates HIV cells in the entire body––including dormant cells which evade current HIV treatments. Doctors declined to identify the patient, who is a social care worker in London. “It would be great if a cure has happened. My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable virus. I took part in the trial to help others as well as myself,” he said. “It would be a massive achievement if, after all these years, something is found to [...]

British Scientists May Have Just Cured the First Person Ever of HIV 2018-07-24T14:23:37+00:00

UKZN in groundbreaking HIV antibody study

2016-08-05T11:53:39+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] The University of KwaZulu-Natal-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa has partnered with the US National Institute of Health to manufacture an antibody against HIV infection, the Sunday Times reports. Acclaimed HIV/Aids expert Professor Salim Abdool Karim said that the human studies will start in the middle of next year following promising results when the antibody from the 27-year-old KZN woman was successfully tested on monkeys. The mother of two – known as CAP 256 to protect her identity – tested HIV-positive in 2005. “We have taken the antibody [...]

UKZN in groundbreaking HIV antibody study 2016-08-05T11:53:39+00:00

Extensive HIV Vaccine Study Planned in SA

2016-05-23T07:28:45+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] A successful early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa has prompted the expansion of the experimental vaccine regimen into a large clinical trial. The new study, called HVTN 702, is designed to determine whether the regimen is safe, tolerable and effective at preventing HIV infection among South African adults. It will use a new variation of the RV144 shot, an experimental HIV vaccine developed by the US's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Niaid). The drug will be trialled in South Africa at the end of 2016. The HVTN [...]

Extensive HIV Vaccine Study Planned in SA 2016-05-23T07:28:45+00:00

#KnowYourStatusWithLab24

2015-12-11T11:12:20+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" text_font_size="14" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 34 million lives so far. In 2014, 1.2 [980 000–1.6 million] million people died from HIV-related causes globally.There were approximately 36.9 [34.3–41.4] million people living with HIV at the end of 2014 with 2.0 [1.9–2.2] million people becoming newly infected with HIV in 2014 globally.Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with 25.8 [24.0–28.7] million people living with HIV in 2014. Also sub-Saharan Africa accounts for almost 70% of the global total of new HIV infections. [...]

#KnowYourStatusWithLab24 2015-12-11T11:12:20+00:00

Learn More – #WorldAIDSDay

2015-12-01T15:56:49+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" text_font_size="14" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY? World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT? Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than [...]

Learn More – #WorldAIDSDay 2015-12-01T15:56:49+00:00