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New obstacle found in search for HIV/AIDS cure

A cure for HIV/AIDS may not be as close as scientists believed, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. In a report published Oct. 24 in the journal Cell, investigators found a new obstacle that could hinder current efforts to find a cure for the immune-compromising disease.

Drug-releasing intravaginal ring could help women control HIV prevention

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an intravaginal ring that releases an antiretroviral drug over a long period of time, a replacement for such regimens as daily pills or vaginal gels that have low levels of compliance.

Par to pay $45M for off-label Megace marketing

Par Pharmaceutical has joined the off-label rogue's gallery. The drugmaker agreed to pay $45 million to wrap up charges that it promoted Megace ES, a treatment for appetite loss in AIDS patients, for a variety of unapproved uses.

Stem cell-reliant HIV vaccine launches animal studies in January

Scientists at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have big plans for a new treatment designed to help stop the transmission of HIV. The San Antonio Express-News reports that in January they'll start testing a genetically engineered vaccine in rhesus monkeys that interacts with epithelial stem cells to do its job.

AIDS vaccine failures trigger 'Goldilocks' analogy

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researchers think the inability to find an effective AIDS vaccine may come down to not finding the right virus strain to make one.

New gene therapy approach to construct HIV-resistant immune cells

Cellectis, a French genome engineering company, says it has developed a new way to use DNA modification to produce HIV-resistant immune cells.

NIH awards $5M for heroin addiction, AIDS vaccine

National Institutes of Health is handing over $5 million over the course of 5 years to a Walter Reed Army Institute of Research scientist for advancement of his dual vaccine to treat heroin addiction and prevent infection with the AIDS virus.

WHO eyes circumcision devices to slow spread of HIV

According to the World Health Organization, circumcision can reduce men's risk of contracting HIV by up to 60%, and two non-surgical circumcision devices are undergoing trials to get the organization's approval. The end goal: slashing the rates of HIV transmission in Africa.

Gilead's Truvada wins final nod as HIV preventative

The FDA gave its final blessing to preventive use of Gilead Sciences' ($GILD) HIV drug Truvada.

UPDATED: Mothers' breast milk may carry HIV fighting tool

Duke University scientists have uncovered another tool that they think will help defeat the HIV virus: antibodies in breast milk.