Timing and intensity of oral sex may affect risk of oropharyngeal cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can infect the mouth and throat to cause cancers of the oropharynx. A new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has found that having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was associated with a 4.3-times greater likelihood of having HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. The […]

Warning signs over effectiveness of HIV ‘wonder drug’ in sub-Saharan Africa

Dolutegravir, the current first-line treatment for HIV, may not be as effective as hoped in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests new research published on World AIDS Day. The study finds that this so-called ‘wonder drug’ may be less effective in patients resistant to older drugs. As HIV copies itself and replicates, it can develop errors, or ‘mutations’, […]

ECDC and WHO call for improved HIV testing in Europe

IMAGE: Sex between men remains the predominant mode of HIV transmission reported in the EU/EEA, accounting for 39% (9 598) of all new HIV diagnoses in 2019 and more than half… view more  Credit: ECDC The number of people living with undiagnosed HIV is increasing in the WHO European Region. According to data published today by […]

New therapy for flu may help in fight against COVID-19

IMAGE: Philip S. Low, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, is developing a new therapy for flu that may help in the fight against COVID-19. view more  Credit: John Underwood/Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including […]

Stereotypes and discrimination contribute to HIV-related stigma among nursing staff

Since the earliest study about nursing faculty and students attitudes and beliefs about caring for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the early 1990’s, there have only been 17 additional studies. Knowledge in this area of study is still lacking to fill some gaps in understanding attitudes towards people living with the disease. Primary investigators, […]

Antiretroviral therapy can’t completely stop accelerated cell aging seen in HIV

FINDINGS Untreated HIV infection is linked with epigenetic changes that suggest rapid aging. A new study by UCLA researchers shows that antiretroviral therapy given over two years was unable to completely restore age-appropriate epigenetic patterns, leaving patients more susceptible to aging-related illnesses. BACKGROUND This is the first longitudinal study conducted to investigate the contribution of […]

New research comparing HIV medications set to change international recommendations

IMAGE: The study’s lead author, Dr. Steve Kanters, who completed the research as a PhD candidate in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. view more  Credit: University of British Columbia A new study by UBC researchers is set to change international treatment recommendations for people who are newly diagnosed with HIV–an update that could affect […]