In a Bangkok go-go bar, a prostitute in a transparent miniskirt who goes by the name “Joy” said she’s ready to benefit from one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in the 30-year fight against AIDS.
Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Truvada topped Time magazine’s list of medical breakthroughs for 2010 after a study showed it may achieve a goal pursued by scientists for a quarter-century: a pill to prevent HIV infection.
Millions of HIV infections could be averted by treating patients earlier than current guidelines recommend, after a study showed giving pills to patients as soon as they’re diagnosed can prevent them infecting others.
A single gene mutation causes some immune system cells to shut down at body temperature and sends others into overdrive in the cold, creating a mix of ailments that researchers say constitutes a new medical syndrome.
An AIDS vaccine may be one step closer after scientists found antibodies in the blood of a patient that kill more than 90 percent of HIV strains, according to a study in the online version of the journal Science.