February 13, International Condom Day 2024

2023 left us with a worrying increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Latin America and The Caribbean, with rates remaining between 15% and 40% in syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, and more.

Treatment and prevention are the keys to ending HIV

The world has the formula to end AIDS by 2030, but that goal will not be achieved without the necessary determination and action, says the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in its most recent biannual report. The document explains that the path to end AIDS as a global health threat is clear and […]

Colombia challenges the patent of a drug against HIV

The Colombian government is about to authorize the entry of the generic version of dolutegravir, one of the most used and effective drugs in antiretroviral treatment, which controls HIV. Resolution 881 of 2023 was promoted by the Ministry of Health on June 2 and would allow Colombia to import or manufacture dolutegravir without requesting the […]

WHO recommends expanding access to HIV testing

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV, highlighting the importance of expanding access to testing to get people living with the virus to undetectable levels. At the 12th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science, which began on July 23 and ran for four days, WHO presented guidelines outlining HIV […]

People who “control” HIV, more susceptible to diseases

People ‘HIV controllers’ may be more susceptible to non-AIDS-related illnesses compared to people who are being treated for the infection, a new study has revealed. People living with the virus who do not need antiretroviral treatment are called “HIV controllers” – their bodies alone keep the amount of virus in their blood (viral load) low. […]

Successful trial of simplified treatment for HIV

A research team evaluated the effectiveness of using a single drug, rather than a combination of three or more, to treat HIV in people with early infection. Thus, the drug dolutegravir proved to be an effective long-term maintenance regimen in people who had started treatment soon after acquiring HIV, according to a small study published […]

Ending AIDS by 2030 is still possible, says UNAIDS

Ending AIDS as a public health problem is not only a health issue, but also a political and financial choice, highlights the latest report from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), released on past July 13. The document, entitled “The path that puts an end to AIDS”, is the semi-annual follow-up that the […]

Semen compounds prevent transmission of a type of HIV

A recent study revealed that two compounds in human semen, called spermine and spermidine, are able to restrict the transmission of a specific type of HIV, in a finding that may shed light on a new way to prevent the spread of the virus. The discovery was made by a chemistry and biology team based […]

They develop a technique to attack “hidden” HIV

A research team led by the Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) has succeeded in identifying a molecular compound that activates HIV-1 that lies dormant in cells, thus showing new promise for HIV treatment. According to the EurekAlert news portal, operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an inter-institutional research group managed […]