HIV/AIDS

The latest HIV/AIDS news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

HIV hides soon after infection, UNC research shows

HIV hides soon after infection, UNC research shows

A team of researchers led by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has demonstrated that latency develops soon after infection and slows when antiretroviral therapy is given.

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Longer breastfeeding along with antiretroviral drugs could lower HIV transmission to babies

Longer breastfeeding along with antiretroviral drugs could lower HIV transmission to babies

New research finds that early weaning – stopping breastfeeding before six months – is of little, if any, protective value against HIV transmission nor is it safe for infant survival.

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UNC professor Myron Cohen wins top award from Clinical Research Forum for HIV prevention study

UNC professor Myron Cohen wins top award from Clinical Research Forum for HIV prevention study

Cohen’s study, HIV Prevention Trials Network 052, showed that treating people with HIV with antiretroviral therapy renders them virtually non-contagious, reducing sexual transmission by 96 percent.

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Cohen profiled by Science magazine

Cohen profiled by Science magazine

Learn more about the HPTN study, called the "Breakthrough of the Year," in this Q&A about the the process of discovery with Dr. Mike Cohen, Director of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

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Triangle Business Journal names Cohen, Zanation, Sharpless "Health Care Heroes"

Dr. Myron Cohen won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Norman Sharpless, the Innovator/Researcher award, and Dr. Adam Zanation the "Rising Star" award.

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Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

This study is the first to demonstrate that the biological mechanism that keeps the HIV virus hidden and unreachable by current antiviral therapies can be targeted and interrupted in humans, providing new hope for a strategy to eradicate HIV completely.

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UNC HIV prevention research named scientific breakthrough of the year

UNC HIV prevention research named scientific breakthrough of the year

The HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science.

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When prophecy fails: How to better predict success in HIV prevention clinical trials

When prophecy fails: How to better predict success in HIV prevention clinical trials

New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and pharmacy may help explain the failure of some recent clinical trials of prevention of HIV infection, compared to the success of others that used the same drugs.

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Cohen receives 2011 Hope is a Vaccine Award for contributions to HIV prevention research

Cohen receives 2011 Hope is a Vaccine Award for contributions to HIV prevention research

Myron Cohen, MD, J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health, has received the GAIA Vaccine Foundation’s 2011 Hope is a Vaccine Award.

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UNC tapped as training center for the state’s HIV health care providers

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has been selected as the new home of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

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Distinct AIDS viruses found in cerebrospinal fluid of people with HIV dementia

Distinct AIDS viruses found in cerebrospinal fluid of people with HIV dementia

This is the first study to demonstrate active replication of HIV virus in a cell type other than immune T cells and which may help to predict patients at greatest risk for HIV dementia.

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New study adds further guidance on when to start antiretroviral therapy for HIV

New study adds further guidance on when to start antiretroviral therapy for HIV

A new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds that there may be a limit to how early the therapy, known as HAART, should start.

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UNC CFAR federal funding extended through 2016

The UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) plays an active role in education and outreach, and provides developmental grant awards to support new ideas and new investigators in HIV/AIDS research.

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UNC receives NIH grant to develop and test new drugs to block HIV infection

UNC receives NIH grant to develop and test new drugs to block HIV infection

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and pharmacy have been awarded a $3 million federal grant to develop and test a new generation of treatments aimed at preventing sexual transmission of HIV to uninfected individuals. This remains the most common cause of HIV infection worldwide.

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New findings from University of North Carolina-led HIV prevention study, HPTN 052

New findings from University of North Carolina-led HIV prevention study, HPTN 052

UNC researchers presented detailed data from the landmark HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study today at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

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As HIV treatment improves, 'trial effect' is diminished, new study suggests

As HIV treatment improves, 'trial effect' is diminished, new study suggests

A new study by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has confirmed the existence of a “trial effect” in clinical trials for treatment of HIV and also shows that effect has diminished over time.

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UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year federal grant to develop ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. Tackling this latent virus is considered key to a cure for AIDS.

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30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

On June 5, 1981, the first medical article about a disease eventually known as AIDS was published. The following timeline highlights HIV/AIDS research and treatment at the University of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Health Care System since 1981.

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HIV/AIDS research and treatment timeline at UNC

The following timeline highlights events in HIV/AIDS research and treatment at the University of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Health Care System since 1981. Visit the link following each entry for more information.

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