Was U.S. baby infected with HIV at all?

Published in The Hindu on March 7, 2013 A few days after the news broke of a “functional cure” in a HIV-positive Mississippian baby aged two-and-a-half, many questions have been raised whether the baby was indeed infected with HIV. “There are many instances where the mother’s HIV particles (HIV RNA) can be present in the … Continue reading Was U.S. baby infected with HIV at all?

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

Starting ART early prevents tuberculosis

That starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in discordant couples, where one of the two partners is HIV positive, results in 96 per cent reduction in sexual HIV transmission became clear after the HPTN 052 trial. The trial took place between 2005 and 2010 in 12 countries, and had an intervention group and a control group. The … Continue reading Starting ART early prevents tuberculosis