Could something as simple as oral care affect viral reservoirs?
Research performed at Case Western found increased levels of HIV in the saliva and blood of people who had severe periodontitis (inflammation of the gums around the teeth). They discovered byproducts of bacteria, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), that are associated with periodontitis, which can work together to awaken dormant HIV and cause it to reactivate, leading to an increase in residual HIV.
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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!
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Luis J. Montaner DVM, D.Phil, of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been studying the effects of interferon on HIV DNA and its ability to reduce the size of HIV viral reservoirs for several years. The current understanding of HIV cure research is dedicated to the idea that viral reservoirs are the main barrier to eradicating HIV or producing HIV remission.
In February of 2014, The National Institutes of Health granted Montaner’s lab a four-year, $6.2 million grant to conduct a multi-site trial to investigate interferon. The study will be the largest clinical trial of a potential cure strategy to date, and continues earlier research of interferon that showed promising results.
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Researchers have known for decades that marijuana can provide an enormous benefit to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS because of its ability to stimulate the appetite and prevent weight loss. However, a new study finds that this magical herb may do more than just give patients the munchies, but it may actually tackle the disease at its core.
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Q: I have a rather uncomfortable question. A friend of mine in her 70s dates quite a bit and has intimate relationships without protection. I am concerned about her contracting HIV/AIDS or some other communicable diseases. Is it my role to play “mother” and coach her on what the younger generation today would call “safe sex?” She said that such sexual diseases would take so long to kill her that she probably wouldn’t care. Many thanks.
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