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Out of the lab and into real life. Mike Blyth

Africa should test smartphone microscope in the field

As a virologist working in the Gambia, the idea of a portable microscope that uses fluorescent imaging and can be attached to your smartphone to detect viruses and bacteria in the field sounds amazing…
Prisoners are having sex whether we like it or not and a lack of condoms affects us all. PA/Barry Batchelor

Prisoners have sex so let them have condoms

The idea of prisoners having sex upsets people; it offends our sense that prison is a place of punishment not pleasure. But sex still happens, maybe more than we like to think. And if it is happening…
Advances are being made towards a HIV cure but with 34 million affected worldwide there’s still a lot of work to be done to help manage it. Wikimedia Commons/C Goldsmith

HIV cure: scientific reality or media hype?

Until a few years ago there was no talk of curing HIV. Research focused on making anti-HIV drugs better, trying to find a vaccine or understanding why they didn’t seem to be working. Another area was public…

Using bees to kill HIV

Researchers have developed a way of killing the HIV virus using bee venom. They used encapsulated melittin, a substance derived…
The baby is only the second case ever of a person being ‘cured’ of HIV. Timothy Ray Brown was the first person ever to be ‘cured’ of HIV, after he underwent a complex stem cell transplant for the treatment of leukemia. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US baby ‘cured’ of HIV: the experts respond

US doctors have reported that, for the first time ever, a baby has been cured of HIV following drug treatment within hours…
Australia has joined others around the world in seeking to significantly cut HIV infection rates. AAP

Australia sees spike in HIV infection rate

Australia has seen a notable rise in HIV infections over the last 12 months, say researchers at the University of New South…
An in-the-field device to detect chemical warfare agents has featured among this year’s Eureka prize winners. AAP

Scientists say ‘eureka’ on HIV and chemical warfare

An immunity booster to take on HIV and a lab-on-a-chip device to identify chemical warfare agents have featured in this year’s…
Katy Gallagher and the ACT government have acted in the best interests of the community. AAP/Alan Porritt

Conviction politics: needle exchange established in ACT prison

The announcement yesterday by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to establish a needle exchange in the ACT’s Alexander Maconochie Prison is historic. Politicians need votes like the rest of us need oxygen…
Sex workers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to medical abuses. Cheryl Overs

HIV drugs for prevention: a game changer for sex workers?

It’s been known for some time that antiretroviral medicines could have a role in preventing HIV as well as treating it. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an antiretroviral…
Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte. CDC/ C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManus

HIV bolts past immune defences despite humble beginnings

Despite three decades of research, an HIV vaccine remains elusive. The main reason for this is the virus’s uncanny ability to evolve resistance to immune control, so understanding how the virus adapts…
Police contact with drug users and sex workers means they can help achieve public health goals. downtownBLUE

Police on the beat – the missing link of HIV prevention in Southeast Asia

HIV has claimed the lives of more than 30 million people since it emerged more than 30 years ago. But despite worldwide efforts to control the spread of the deadly disease, 2.6 million people contracted…

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