Feb 19, 2015

New drug shields monkeys from AIDS, scientists say

Scientists said Wednesday a new drug tested on monkeys provided an astonishingly effective shield against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a major gain in the quest for an HIV vaccine. Macaque monkeys given the drug were able to fend off high repeated ...

Jan 8, 2015

Researchers find clues to how HIV evades detection

Scientists seeking a cure for AIDS said Wednesday they had found important clues about how HIV manages to skirt detection after being suppressed by drugs. The sleeping virus can harbor mutations that, like an invisibility cloak, help it evade detection by the immune system, ...

Dec 2, 2014

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS. Women with HIV in South Africa are more likely to have AIDS than a similar group in Botswana, where the disease arrived a decade earlier. ...

Oct 9, 2014

Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armor

In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an AIDS vaccine, researchers on Wednesday unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells. In papers published in the journals Science and Nature, U.S. specialists described the structure and ...

May 23, 2014

Japan sets record for new AIDS patients

Japan broke its annual record for new AIDS patients in 2013 with 484, the highest on record, a health ministry team said Friday. Team leader Aikichi Iwamoto said people who suspect they have contracted HIV should have themselves tested because early treatment can help ...

South Africa fights AIDS in new war

| Dec 7, 2013

South Africa fights AIDS in new war

Nelson Mandela was one of the first public figures to break the taboo in South Africa over AIDS, a disease that hit close to home when it claimed the life of his own son. Mandela faced criticism for saying little about the pandemic while ...

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Nov 30, 2013

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

by Simon Scott

When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. “I just thought I had a regular illness,” said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld. However, the ...

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

Jun 1, 2013

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

by Tomohiro Osaki

The world may be on the verge of a historic breakthrough in the quest to eradicate infectious diseases once thought incurable, and Japan needs to be a key player, said Mark Dybul, an executive of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. ...