Monthly Archives: October 2011

 

What Are Non-Syncytium-Inducing and Syncytium-Inducing HIV?

Occasionally the phrases ‘non-syncytium-inducing variant’ and ‘syncytium-inducing variant’ crop up in discussions of HIV and AIDS. They are also common in studies on HIV/AIDS and medical literature. So it would be really nice if a clear and unambiguous explanation were available as to what they are and what it means...
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VOICE Study Stops Use of Oral Tenofovir

A study on preventing the transmission of HIV to women in Africa called VOICE (Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic) is being modified after a recent review of the study’s preliminary data. The VOICE study is trying to determine whether or not ARVs (antiretrovirals) taken by someone who...
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An Introduction to Antiretroviral Therapy

While research is ongoing into new treatments for HIV/AIDS, and the effects of alternative therapies, for now the most effective treatment for HIV/AIDS is what is known as antiretroviral therapy (ART). What Is Antiretroviral Therapy? Antiretroviral therapy (ART) uses 2 or 3 (usually 3) antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV from...
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Astragalus (Huang Qi) – an Immune Stimulant

Astragalus, also known as huang qi and milk vetch, is an herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years because helps stimulate the immune system. Information and expert opinions on the effect astragalus may have on HIV varies a great deal. At this point no...
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