Friday, October 22, 2010

Elite Controllers Display Higher Activation on Central Memory CD8 T Cells Than HIV Patients Successfully on HAART

AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses:: "Factors other than the size of the viral reservoir should explain the high level of activation of central memory CD8 T cells characteristically seen in HIV individuals with spontaneous control of viral replication."

Comment: It seems likely that this immune activation is helping these patients control HIV.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New HIV Eradication Study in Progress

AIDSmeds: "Cytheris has announced the launch and recruitment of a new Phase II study of the company’s interleukin-7 (IL-7) drug—combined with the entry inhibitor Selzentry (maraviroc) and the integrase inhibitor Isentress (raltegravir)—with the goal of eradicating HIV."

Monday, October 11, 2010

First patient treated in Geron stem cell trial

Reuters: "Geron, whose shares were up 6.4 percent on the Nasdaq late on Monday afternoon, has the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration license to use the controversial cells to treat people, in this case patients with new spinal cord injuries. It is the first publicly known use of human embryonic stem cells in people."

Monday, October 4, 2010

Our AIDS Cure Campaign Made the Cover of Poz Magazine!!

Please check out or get a newsstand copy--our TEN MONTH-OLD AIDS cure campaign made the cover of Poz Magazine!! There are five articles in total about a cure for AIDS. 

Also consider going to our web site, pressing the donate button and making a contribution to keep us going:

Check back later; we will blog about the articles and also discuss the state of the campaign for a cure for AIDS soon. 

Thanks to Poz for covering the research and activism that are working hand-in-hand to get us to a cure.

This Tuesday: Casual dinner to discuss AIDS cure campaign (San Francisco)

The AIDS Policy Project launched its AIDS cure campaign 10 months ago, and so far, it's going amazingly well. Two of our board members, Stephen LeBlanc and John James, are in town at the same time, so we're having a super casual meeting of people who are interested in learning more about the campaign and might want to get involved.  We're just going to grab dinner and chat.

Time and place: 

THIS Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm at the Red Jade restaurant at 245 Church Street (it's at Church and Market Streets).

If you think you might want to come, RSVPs are useful but not necessary; shoot us an email at

Look forward to seeing you--

Katie Krauss for the AIDS Policy Project

ps: Check out our report, AIDS CURE RESEARCH FOR EVERYONE, a plain-English primer on some of the stuff we're thinking about (that caught the attention of CNN). We also have a super-simple new fact sheet. Both are available at