New genetic therapy, targeting one specific protein in HIV, may impede replication of the virus to the extent that HIV-infected humans will never develop AIDS.
HIV has resisted attempts for a vaccine for three decades, and despite vastly improved ways to treat the condition, two million people still get infected every year. A new gene therapy technique has been shown to provide complete protection from HIV in mice with humanized immune system, and the same thing should work in humans, too.
Part of what makes HIV such a nasty virus is that it attacks our immune system, which is what we have around to keep viruses from attacking us. We may have just figured out how to keep HIV from exploiting our immune response, meaning that our bodies could fight it off just like any other virus.
Getting HIV test results usually takes days for the clinic to drop the news on you, but a new credit-card-sized chip called the "mChip" only takes 15 minutes to diagnose a sample of blood. It's also only $1 and is reportedly has a 100 percent detection rate. Sounds superb, if you think you might have HIV or syphilis, right?