In his latest blog, Aundaray Guess catches up with a friend who’s been living with HIV for 20 years, ultimately uncovering a shocking, saddening discussion:“He looked at me plainly and shared he was no longer on HIV medication. He reported it wasn’t his choice; he recently became resistant to all available HIV medication, including his own regiment. His doctors informed him he had no immediate options.”

In his latest blog, Aundaray Guess catches up with a friend who’s been living with HIV for 20 years, ultimately uncovering a shocking, saddening discussion:

“He looked at me plainly and shared he was no longer on HIV medication. He reported it wasn’t his choice; he recently became resistant to all available HIV medication, including his own regiment. His doctors informed him he had no immediate options.”

Pharmagate: Pharma Groups Conspired to Bolster South African Drug PatentsA leaked email has revealed that South African pharma group IPASA colluded with U.S.-based lobby PhRMA to obtain stronger patent laws for drugs in Africa… a move that could ultimately limit the availability of HIV antiretrovirals in one of the hardest-hit nations in the world. Ugh.

Pharmagate: Pharma Groups Conspired to Bolster South African Drug Patents

A leaked email has revealed that South African pharma group IPASA colluded with U.S.-based lobby PhRMA to obtain stronger patent laws for drugs in Africa… a move that could ultimately limit the availability of HIV antiretrovirals in one of the hardest-hit nations in the world. Ugh.

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Many of the countries with the greatest HIV epidemics are now in a sense winning the war against the disease, says the NYT. Explained: If a country begins to put more people on therapy than are newly infected, a crucial “tipping point” is reached. Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti, among others have gotten to this point within the last few years, as a result of high impact prevention models in these regions.

Many of the countries with the greatest HIV epidemics are now in a sense winning the war against the disease, says the NYT.

Explained: If a country begins to put more people on therapy than are newly infected, a crucial “tipping point” is reached. Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti, among others have gotten to this point within the last few years, as a result of high impact prevention models in these regions.

Newly Found HIV Replication Pathway May Lead to New Drugs
More than 90% of HIV fails to integrate its DNA into human cells, leaving unintegrated viruses the cell. In the past, researchers have assumed that these stranded viruses could not copy themselves. But new research has discovered that some of these DNA cells are able to skip the integration process and still reproduce itself, making new viruses that can in turn infect other cells… which helps HIV survive in the face of most ARV drugs. 
So how will this help us develop better HIV treatment?

Newly Found HIV Replication Pathway May Lead to New Drugs

More than 90% of HIV fails to integrate its DNA into human cells, leaving unintegrated viruses the cell. In the past, researchers have assumed that these stranded viruses could not copy themselves. But new research has discovered that some of these DNA cells are able to skip the integration process and still reproduce itself, making new viruses that can in turn infect other cells… which helps HIV survive in the face of most ARV drugs.

So how will this help us develop better HIV treatment?