Although injectable cabotegravir/rilpivirine is still yet to be approved by the FDA, evidence keeps mounting on the effectiveness of the shot for HIV treatment.
Researchers are happy but cautious, because this isn’t a strategy for most people with HIV.
COVID-19 will impact both the program content and attendees this year, but there are still important HIV science presentations.
The HIV-resistant gene mutation CCR5 delta 32 has an interesting past. Could it also be the future of HIV treatment and prevention?
Phase 3 Results With Dual Therapy Cabotegravir/Rilpivirine Long-Acting Injections: ATLAS and FLAIR Studies
Two oral presentations at CROI 2019 showed that dual therapy with long-acting monthly injections resulted in very low levels of virological failure with high participant preference for injections compared to oral combinations.
Richard Jefferys, an expert in HIV cure research, spoke to TheBodyPro about this new case of HIV remission -- and the danger in rushing to publish these stories, especially for people who live with stigma.
UK Patient Likely to Be the Second Person Cured of HIV: Two Further Cases at CROI 2019 of HIV Remission After Allogenic Stem Cell Transplants
The procedure used in this case was similar to that used in the only previously confirmed HIV cure case, "Berlin patient" Timothy Ray Brown, albeit with a somewhat less aggressive approach.
Results from a proof-of-principle study in macaques showing that treatment with broadly neutralising antibodies might play a role in key stages for an HIV cure.
No HIV Evolution in Plasma or Lymph Nodes on Suppressive ART and No Impact From Further Intensification
Two studies presented at CROI 2018 support the idea that ART reaches everywhere in the body that it needs to, and that residual ongoing HIV replication comes from HIV infected cells that were archived before ART was started.
"Without early and consistent partnership with the community in our efforts to incrementally develop a cure for HIV we may never achieve what people with HIV most hope a cure will offer them."