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DailyDirt: The Progress Of Treating HIV

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The US Center for Disease Control reported on its first case of AIDS (though it wasn't called AIDS at the time) in 1981. Some HIV-positive patients have since gained access to anti-viral drugs that hold off the fatal complications for many more years than it was previously thought possible. There are over 34 million people in the world who are HIV-positive, and there are some optimistic reports that the treatments are becoming more effective. Here are just a few fascinating stories on the development of HIV treatments. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2013 @ 5:02pm


    what is the difference between an anti-viral drug and an anti-retroviral drug?

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2013 @ 5:18pm

    Re: hmm

    A retrovirus is a type of virus. So an anti-retroviral attacks retroviruses spefically, while an anti-viral attacks viruses generally.

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    Jay (profile), 6 Mar 2013 @ 5:46pm


    Wait, isn't there a ton of speculation that AIDS is similar to the bubonic plague?

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    Anonymous, 6 Mar 2013 @ 6:22pm

    There was a time when there was no AIDS. Then all of a sudden it just appeared. Where did it come from? That's one reason I think it's manmade.
    Also, when it appeared on the scene it wasn't called HIV. It was called HTLV III.

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    demonsun, 6 Mar 2013 @ 6:32pm

    Re: ??!

    Not if you understand Biology, bubonic plague is caused by Yersinia bacteria, not a virus.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2013 @ 6:35pm

    There is only one problem and that is cures = far less money than a drug that allows you to live a functional life as long as you're taking it.

    It's a fucked up way of thinking :( but it's how the big pharma companies think.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2013 @ 6:36pm

    I weep for the world when the cure for cancer is found and the copyright maximalist are the first in the bandwagon.

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    toyotabedzrock (profile), 6 Mar 2013 @ 7:22pm


    That mutation only makes them immune to one of the major strains of HIV!

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    letherial (profile), 6 Mar 2013 @ 7:31pm

    i Swore i watched a show where all you needed to do is inject liquified money into your veins, in fact im so positive im HIV positive.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2013 @ 7:40pm


    I agree, progress in this arena is very slow for a bunch of sinister reasons. Not sure if this is the only reason, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were part of the reason. A lot of it probably involves a lot of bureaucracy and overzealous regulations and restrictions and red tape.

    Here are some more links I just found on Google. lly-engineered-human-stem-cells-hunt-kill-HIV-inside-body.html erapy-can-protect-against-hiv-1.9516

    I remember they started a study a longer time ago at the University of Pennsylvania where they took out people's antibodies, altered them to take out the genes that code for the antigen that the Aid's virus attaches to, and reinserted them. This was based on the fact that, for quite a long time now, it has been known that some people can't get HIV/AID's (or at least the majority of the variants) because they don't have the gene that codes for this antigen. The idea would be that these invulnerable antibodies would multiply once inserted into the body effectively restoring (or at least partially restoring) the person's immunity. I can no longer find anything about this and the last I read on a Google search is that the FDA shut down the universities' gene therapy research facility due to violations or something.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Mar 2013 @ 2:45am

    Re: Mutation

    that's still an improvement on nothing at all.

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    vivie loxton, 9 Nov 2013 @ 2:09am


    Am from Switzerland, am here to give my testimony about how i got my HIV disease and how I was flew from it quickly after having on trust on my spell doctor who cured me immediately. Since the year I married to the man I did love because my parents false me to marry him, I have not been enjoying my relationship and sex life with him, he do spend time on his work and donít have time for me sometimes, he do sleep at his work and also do carry womenís because he has the money to spent but doesnít spend it on me. So I was so jealous to the extent that I canít even control my anger and I decided to start cheating on him with my ex-boyfriend, because my husband do not always be at home expect on weekends, I have sex with him without protection, after some months been in love with my ex-boyfriend I was so sick and I decided to go to test and I found that I was HIV positive I feel so sad and was ashamed because I did know how to open up to my husband I hate before, my ex-boyfriend denied me and when my husband found about what was going on he divorced me and I was ill for good 3years I went to many places for solutions but there was no solutions. So one day I was asking GOOGLE some questions on how I can get a cure and how I can get some medications which I will be taking to my own surprise they brought one email out named DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM OR +2348113017989 that this powerful man can cured HIV, I did believe about the cure before but I took the email and searched it on GOOGLE and I found many good testimonies about him, people have been giving more testimonies about him so i contacted him about my situation, he told me all the procedures which I will take, And I did before I knew what was happening he called me and told me to go for an HIV test which i did and when the result was out I was HIV negative. Thanks to DR.OKORUNDO now as I am giving this testimony I am now fully settle down with my husband now and we both loved ourselves, I give this testimony for people around that was in my shoes so that they can also be cured like me, so if you also need a solution also you can email him at DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM OR +2348113017989 THANKS.

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    nancy, 1 Dec 2013 @ 2:22pm

    a great spell caster that cured my hiv

    i am NANCY by name, i want to tell the whole world how i got my hiv cured, i live in Manchester united kingdom, presently i am working as a teacher in an high school, i was once a stripper in a club and i got affected with HIV due to the nature of my job, in February 2nd 2009, This is not design to convince you but its just a personal health experience.
    I never taught doctor LAWCY could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing herb spell, i have been spending so much buying my drugs for the past three years now and taking several medication but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i came across a great post of MARIAN, who explained to me how a great dr called PAPA LAWCY helped her, by curing her from HIV, i thought as much and i quicklly contacted him, and he gave to me the assurance that he is going to help me with his herbs, he told me to buy the herbs which he will use for the preparation of my medicine which i did, he prepared the medicine and told me how i am going to take them which i did, just three days later i went to the hospital to give the final test and the doctor confirm that i am now negative, i am so happy that GOD sent DR LAWCY to help me out of my problems, if you are out there passing through this kind of problem, you can also contact him on, and i pray that he will help you also.
    All thanks to DR LAWCY, you can contact me on +44702407841 and here is my email

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