Study reveals why HIV remains in human tissue even after therapy

Discovery could open door to new treatments that improve our ability to eliminate the stubborn virus

Study reveals why HIV remains in human tissue even after therapyThanks to antiretroviral therapy, HIV infection is no longer the life sentence it once was. But despite the effectiveness of drugs to manage and treat the virus, it can never be fully eliminated from the human body, lingering in some cells deep in different human tissues where it goes unnoticed by the immune system. Now, new…

Study points to way to reducing many of the negative effects of HIV

Could lead to new treatments

Study points to way to reducing many of the negative effects of HIVIn a groundbreaking study of people living with HIV, University of Alberta researchers found that elusive white blood cells called neutrophils play a role in impaired T cell functions and counts, as well as the associated chronic inflammation that is common with the virus. Neutrophils are a foundational part of the body’s immune system and…

Seeing red about Canada’s inadequate AIDS policy

We need more courageous policy action at all levels of government to address the structural drivers of HIV/AIDS

Seeing red about Canada’s inadequate AIDS policyBy Suzanne Hindmarch University of New Brunswick and Michael Orsini University of Ottawa We’re seeing red. This month, as World AIDS Day came around, we found ourselves getting angry. The red ribbon has long been a potent symbol of HIV/AIDS activism, signifying anger at the bureaucratic red tape that, in the 1980s, delayed release of…

Universal HIV testing could help end HIV

World AIDS Day is on December 1

Universal HIV testing could help end HIVHave you received your regular health checkup, and did it include an HIV test? Scientists are telling us we need to change how we think about HIV. If we don’t, thousands of cases could remain undiagnosed and untreated. About one-quarter of Canadians living with HIV are unaware of their HIV-positive status, reinforcing the need for…

How a made-in-BC strategy could end AIDS in Canada

Here’s how BC decreased the number of AIDS cases in the province by 88%

How a made-in-BC strategy could end AIDS in CanadaBy Julio Montaner British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Ryan Meili Family physician Canadians are rightly proud of the universal coverage provided by our national healthcare system. Sadly, there are gaps in access with very grave consequences. In regions across the country, care and treatment is failing to reach those living with HIV.…