The HIV vaccine field is just now beginning to recover from the disappointments of prior large-scale vaccine studies and is beginning to show momentum, but where is that momentum headed? While much has been learned from those prior studies and vaccinology in general, one could well argue that HIV vaccine efforts are not as robust as they could be, likewise they do not take into consideration the overall picture of the requirements for an HIV vaccine. In particular, AIDS is a pandemic requiring cost-effective treatment. Even a partially active vaccine would have great benefit if they were cost-effective, easy to use and safe.
Brush more, floss more, use automated toothbrushes, a water pik, or place sulcular antibiotics?
What regimens are you currently recommending in your office for your patients’ oral hygiene maintenance and prevention? What if I told you that mechanical removal of bad bacteria might not be enough to ensure optimal oral health in all of your patients? After all, if simple removal of bacteria was beneficial then mouth washes would rein supreme chemical adjunct to mechanical removal. The problem is that this chemical warfare kills all types of oral bacteria, including the good!
Marijuana or “weed” is now among the several ingredients that researchers are looking into to helping stop further spread of HIV infection.
According to hundreds of marijuana researchers, an active ingredient on “weeds” known as THC pierced HIV-like virus in monkeys called RIV.
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Potent combination HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) can significantly prolong life. In high-income countries such as Canada, Australia and the U.S. and regions such as Western Europe, doctors increasingly estimate that young adults diagnosed today and who begin ART shortly thereafter and who take their medicines every day exactly as directed and who have minimal co-existing health conditions have a good chance of living into their 70s.
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Blacks/African Americans* have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV infections, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS.
* Referred to as African Americans in this fact sheet.
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