An ongoing dialogue on HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, all matters medical, and some not so medical.
May 7th, 2017
CRISPR and HIV “Cure,” Zinc for Colds, New AIDSInfo Site, CROI Dates, Vanco Pricing, and More: I Can’t Believe It’s May ID Link-o-Rama
A few Infectious Diseases/HIV items to consider as we wait (and keep waiting!) for the warm weather to arrive in chilly, and often wet, New England:
CRISPR-Cas9 excises latent HIV from the cells of humanized mice. With the usual caveat about not overreacting (like this) to an animal model, this CRISPR strategy seems like a more viable HIV cure intervention than other approaches. Nonetheless, we still have a long way to go before something like this is tested in humans and deemed to be safe.
The AIDSinfo site has been extensively updated. Well worth checking out for all your guidelines, patient information, and educational needs. Mobile apps, too. One pet peeve — I prefer “ART” over “ARV” as an abbreviation for “antiretroviral therapy.” How about you? Let’s do a poll:
What abbreviation do you prefer for "antiretroviral therapy"?
This drug name emoji game is awesome. I selected every ID doctor’s favorite antibiotic for display up at the top of the post. It should prove especially useful for this bad upcoming tick season. And imagine if this is how we had to write prescriptions.