The best news of 2014 you never heard about

There have been a lot of bad news this year. And a lot of good ones too. Sadly, many of the good ones never get the proper coverage they need and they get lost in the storm of crap that we have to suffer every day. Luckily, Bill Gates has highlighted the best five news of 2014 that you probably missed. » 12/17/14 3:02pm 12/17/14 3:02pm

Government AIDS Websites Leaked User Info For Years

There is a reason for doctor-patient confidentiality. Our health is a private matter, which is why the news that Aids.gov and another major government website directing people to AIDS-related treatments have left user data exposed is so disturbing. » 11/09/14 4:00pm 11/09/14 4:00pm

Researchers Have Identified The Origin Of The AIDS Pandemic

An international team of researchers has traced the "epidemic ignition" of HIV/AIDS to 1920s Kinshasa, what is now the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. » 10/04/14 12:15pm 10/04/14 12:15pm

A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far… » 7/22/14 4:26pm 7/22/14 4:26pm

After Two Years, Baby "Cured" of HIV Is Showing Detectable Virus Levels

The "Mississippi Baby," born with HIV and treated with antiretroviral drugs immediately after birth, showed no evidence of HIV after two years without treatment. Now the child has detectable levels of the virus once again. It's a sad conclusion to what seemed like an extremely promising new way to treat this vicious… » 7/10/14 3:36pm 7/10/14 3:36pm

This Is What HIV Looks Like When It Infects Living Cells

This monochrome image of living tissue has some extremely unwelcome visitors lurking within it. Taken from some of the first ever 3D images of HIV at work, those little blue circles show the virus infecting the surrounding cells. » 2/03/14 9:20am 2/03/14 9:20am

U2's new song Invisible—which featured in a Super Bowl ad—is free on iTunes until 23:59 EST today to support HIV and AIDS charity. For every download, Bank of America will donate $1 to Red. » 2/03/14 4:43am 2/03/14 4:43am

A New and Aggressive Strain of HIV Is Spreading Across West Africa

A newly discovered strain of HIV is spreading across West Africa. What's worse is that it's particularly aggressive—and causes significantly faster progression to AIDS than other strains. » 11/29/13 8:00am 11/29/13 8:00am

A Simple Change to Contraceptive Rings Could Halt HIV in Women

Infection by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can actually be prevented. In the lab, the drug tenofovir blocks HIV before it can attack cells. But getting the drug to work in the real world has been an enormous challenge. Now, researchers have found a method of implementing tenofovir that's hugely effective in animal… » 9/27/13 5:40pm 9/27/13 5:40pm

A New Frankenstein Molecule Makes HIV Self-Destruct

We've made huge advances toward conquering HIV, the immune-system-crippling virus that causes AIDS. But this disease still exists, causing nearly two million deaths annually, in large part because the virus develops drug-resistant mutations so quickly. Researchers at Drexel University have a different approach—a… » 9/19/13 3:08pm 9/19/13 3:08pm

We're Closer Than You Think to Beating HIV

At least 35 million people around the planet live with HIV, and it kills over 1.7 million people each year, so the fact that it’s currently untreatable is one of the biggest medical problems of our time. But in recent years scientific advances seem to be kicking HIV's ass more effectively than ever—so is there hope… » 7/12/13 11:00am 7/12/13 11:00am

Bone Marrow Transplants Remove All Sign of HIV in Two Men

It's turning into quite a year for HIV treatment. First a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, then 14 adults were successfully treated with early-stage ARV drugs. Now, two men with longstanding HIV infections have been freed from HIV drugs thanks to bone marrow transplants. We're really getting there. » 7/03/13 9:06am 7/03/13 9:06am

The HIV-Prevention Pill Really Works

Doctors have made leaps and bounds with curing patients of HIV, but today, an equally-groundbreaking study has proven that emerging preventative treatments are even more effective than previously thought. » 6/12/13 6:03pm 6/12/13 6:03pm

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

There's no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world's fastest petaflop… » 5/31/13 3:06pm 5/31/13 3:06pm

The Old DVD Player Sitting in Your Garage Can Test for HIV

Remember DVD players? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet. Because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analyzing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes. » 4/11/13 1:40pm 4/11/13 1:40pm

A Baby Has Been Cured of HIV

It may sound hard to believe, but doctors from Mississippi are saying that for the first time, an infant has been cured of an HIV infection. The New York Times relays reports from doctors who say the infant had tested positive for HIV on five separate occasions and now, at age two and a half and off drugs for an… » 3/03/13 5:53pm 3/03/13 5:53pm

A Girl Dying From Leukemia Has Been Saved By a Version of HIV

Cancer and HIV are both horrible, terrifying things to have in your body, but a new treatment is successfully pitting the latter against the former, and seven-year-old Emma Whitehead is alive to prove it. Months ago she was near death because of her chemo-resistant leukemia, and now she's in remission thanks to a… » 12/10/12 4:20pm 12/10/12 4:20pm

This 90 Percent Successful Vaccine May Be Our Best Chance to Eradicate…

Spanish researchers have completed the first human trial of a new vaccine against HIV. It has been successful in 90% of the HIV-free volunteers during phase I testing. This vaccine brings great hope to eradicate this plague forever.

The team lead by Dr Mariano Esteban, a researcher at the Spanish National Research… » 9/28/11 4:15pm 9/28/11 4:15pm

Gamers Crack Code That Could Lead to New AIDS Treatments

Scientists spent a decade trying—and failing—to map the structure of an enzyme that could help solve a crucial part of the AIDS puzzle. It took online gamers all of three weeks. » 9/19/11 2:40pm 9/19/11 2:40pm

This Glowing Kitten May Hold the Key For AIDS Vaccine

This kitten may have the key to protect humans against HIV, the lentivirus that causes AIDS. He was genetically modified at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. And yes, he glows in the dark. » 9/12/11 10:12am 9/12/11 10:12am