India to treat all HIV positive people irrespective of CD4 count

Two years after the World Health Organisation recommended that antiretroviral therapy (ART) be initiated in people living with HIV irrespective of the CD4 cell (a type of white blood cell) count, India has aligned its policy with the guideline. In a major shift in the HIV treatment guidelines, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda had recently … Continue reading India to treat all HIV positive people irrespective of CD4 count

Interim results of TB vaccine trial expected soon

Published in The Hindu on September 13, 2012 The preliminary results of the much anticipated Phase II TB vaccine trial conducted in 240 individuals who are HIV positive and those not infected with the virus will become available in December this year. The Phase II trial (Tuberculosis-014) began in November 2011 and is being carried … Continue reading Interim results of TB vaccine trial expected soon

Swine flu: AIDS patients not at greater risk of infection

Published in The Hindu on August 13, 2009 The immune system of people with HIV/AIDS is compromised.Yet, they are not considered to be at a greater risk of getting infected with swine flu compared with the general population. "HIV infected people are not at a greater risk of getting infected with swine flu compared to … Continue reading Swine flu: AIDS patients not at greater risk of infection

HIV: is early start of ART prudent?

Transmission of HIV from mother to child (vertical transmission) can be prevented by providing short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the mother and just-born infant. By the same logic, can HIV transmission be reduced or even be prevented in the general population by starting ART immediately after a person is found to be HIV positive immaterial … Continue reading HIV: is early start of ART prudent?