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HIV (Apparently) Comes From Gorillas: What This Means for the HIV Community: A Blog Entry by Myles Helfand

Ann Darrow: the Fay Wray edition

Look out! You can get HIV from a gorilla! Somebody warn Ann Darrow!

OK, OK, let's all calm down. Yes, scientists have apparently found that HIV can make the leap from gorillas into humans. But what does it mean for ...

By Myles Helfand

Will Your Next Viral Load Be as Undetectable as the Last? Study Says: Probably

If your past several viral load test results have been undetectable, there's about a 95 percent chance that your next one will be, too, according to a large Swiss study published in the May 6 issue of HIV Medicine, the official journal of the British...

By Myles Helfand

HIV Itself Linked to Possible Heart Risk, Even Among Nonprogressors, Study Finds

There's something about having HIV in your body that may raise your risk for heart disease, say U.S. researchers in a large study published in the June 1 issue of the medical journal AIDS. The study found that this risk even appears to apply to long-...

By Bonnie Goldman and Myles Helfand

Iowa Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Not Disclosing His HIV Status

Nick Clayton Rhoades, a 34-year-old HIV-positive man from Iowa, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of not disclosing his status to another man before having sex with him, according to the WCF Courier. There was...

By Myles Helfand

Christine Maggiore, Outspoken AIDS Denialist, Is Dead at 52

Christine Maggiore, an HIV-positive woman and an AIDS denialist, died late last month in her California home at the age of 52. Maggiore, who refused to take HIV medications and was outspoken in her belief that HIV did not cause AIDS, was diagnosed wi...

By Myles Helfand

The Bottom Line on Isentress: An Interview With David Wohl, M.D. (Part I)

This is Part I of an update on Isentress. For Part II, an explanation of how Isentress works, please click here.

On Oct. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Isentress, the first member of a new class of meds called integrase inhibitor...

By Myles Helfand

How Isentress Works: An Interview With David Wohl, M.D. (Part II)

This is Part II of an update on Isentress. For a general overview, please click here.

Could you briefly describe how Isentress differs from other meds?

Isentress, also called raltegravir [called MK-0518 during its early development], is a drug th...

By Myles Helfand

The Basics on Maraviroc: An Interview With Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H.

It's been a year since the United States approved a new HIV medication, and four long years since we witnessed the birth of a whole new class of meds. But on Aug. 6, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] gave the green light to maraviro...

By Myles Helfand