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Structure Of Hiv Virus

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Uncover 3-D Structure of HIV, Study Says

Scientists have uncovered the 3-D structure of HIV, according to a study published in the Jan. 10 edition of the journal Structure , BBC News reports. Because strains of HIV vary in size and shape, scientists have found it difficult to... Read more »
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC Researchers Decode Structure of an Entire HIV Genome

The structure of an entire HIV genome has been decoded for the first time by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The results have widespread implications for understanding the strategies that viruses, like the one that... Read more »
Project Inform

Structured Treatment Interruption Workshop

The Foundation for AIDS and Immune Research (FAIR), in partnership with Project Inform and Treatment Action Group (TAG), co-sponsored a workshop in Boston at the end of July on structured therapy interruptions. Researchers from around the world... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Viral structure

What is the structure of the HIV virus and how does it work within the body?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The question is too complex to completely answer on this forum. A brief answer to your question is that it is a RNA retrovirus which contains the enzymes necessary to reproduce in human cells and has a glycoprotein outer covering. The virus enters... Read more »

Protease Structure

A news report today said that a new computer program has enabled gamers to help figure out the structure of protease and that this breakthrough will lead to new drugs being developed. There are already lots of protease inhibitors on the market so I...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.The HIV protease inhibitors were designed with the knowledge of the atomic structure of the HIV protease. What's new is the idea of using gaming technology to get communities of people involved in design of... Read more »


Hi,First I want to say what a valuable and informative resource this website is. My question is this: I would like to take a brief, supervised treatment interruption of approx. 6 weeks in order to travel without having to bring my HAART meds with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I would very strongly advise against a supervised (or unsupervised) treatment interruption (STI). We now have several well-designed long-term clinical trials that have consistently found that STIs, particularly in situations like yours (previous... Read more »


Dear Dr. Bob,I think my question is a fairly simple one: What is the worst that could happen if I wanted to take a drug holiday (Atripla)? What is the best way to approach my doctor about doing this? I am worried he might not want to continue to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,What's the worst that could happen if you took a drug holiday? Hmm . . . well, perhaps McCain gets elected President and chooses scary Cheney to be Vice again. That's perhaps the worst that could happen. Of course, that would have... Read more »
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The virus is ripping through me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My skin is burning through out my hole body. The virus really attacks when you go to sleep. I recieved oral sex from a women and i am convinced that i have been infected. I ordered a home test kit for me to get tested. I went to the emergency room... Read more »

the virus

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I need some advise here, I had a negative eliza at 6mo following unprotected vaginal sex. I have had swollen nodes, joint and muscle pain, I did have night sweats, severe sore thoat, rash, thrush, fever, just about everything that is listed as a... Read more »

Is there any test which look for HIV virus itself

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi everybody I am wondering is there some kind of test which look for virus itself?
I am becoming paranoid about hiv i tested 8 months after my last sex and i am still woried becouse i started doubting everything medicine science even my own body.
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