Understanding endemic and novel zoonotic spillovers from rodent trapping studies

The global impact of novel zoonotic pathogen spillovers has been highlighted through the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the rapid outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. In the past, similar effects were recorded during the HIV/AIDs and Spanish Influenza pandemics. Study: Rodent trapping studies as an overlooked information … Read more

A slight increase in Mpox cases across the globe, along with an increase in deaths

Almost 85,000 laboratory-confirmed monkeypox (Mpox) cases and 80 deaths have been reported between January 1, 2022, and January 15, 2023, to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 110 countries, areas, or territories in the six WHO regions. A total of 11 countries have reported an increase in the weekly number of cases between January 2-15, … Read more

Review on lateral flow test use spearheaded by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

In a recent review published in Nature Reviews Bioengineering, researchers assessed the changing landscape of lateral flow tests (LFTs), and the development of next-generation LFTs based on lessons learned from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Study: Lateral flow test engineering and lessons learned from COVID-19. Image Credit: Ink Drop/Shutterstock Background LFT … Read more

WHO’s 14th situation report for the multi-country outbreak of mpox overviews the clinical and public health links between HIV and mpox

In a recent report published by the World Health Organizationresearchers presented an update on monkeypox (MPX). Study: Multi-country outbreak of mpox, External situation report #14- 19 January 2023. Image Credit: Hamara/Shutterstock Background The current 2022 monkeypox virus (MPXV) outbreak has affected several nations across the globe, infecting individuals residing in non-endemic zones with no travel … Read more

Russia: HIV-positive teens refusing treatment | Health

“When the three of us were between 7 and 8 years old, our adoptive mother said she had to tell us two secrets,” 18-year-old Marina Nikitina recalls. “The first was that we had been adopted. The second, she said, would be revealed when we are grown-ups.” (Also read: World AIDS Day: Do you also believe … Read more

Three-Dose Hepatitis B Vaccine Regimen Can Protect Those With HIV

Previously hepatitis B vaccines have offered lower levels of protection for people living with HIV. New research indicates that a 3-dose series could offer much better protection. Historically, persons living with HIV (PLWH) have relatively poor responses to hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination with seroprotection rates ranging from 35%-70% following a 3-dose series. However, a … Read more

Recent findings on original antigenic sin and SARS-CoV-2

In a recent article published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers collated the findings of studies relating original antigenic sin (OAS) with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) evolution. Furthermore, they showed the impact of this phenomenon on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outcomes and vaccine design. Study: Impact of antigenic evolution and original … Read more

Long-Acting HIV Drug Promising for Treatment-Naive Patients

Lenacapavir (Sunlenca) given every 26 weeks along with daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) suppressed HIV on par with conventional regimens in the first-line setting in the phase II CALIBRATE trial. Viral suppression to fewer than 50 copies/mL at week 54 was 85-90% across all three groups given the drug whether orally or subcutaneously every 26 weeks … Read more

Northwestern Health Unit issues notice about HIV increase in Kenora | Spare News

After a local physician expressed concern about a growing rate of HIV cases in Kenora, the Northwestern Health Unit says the number of cases reported in the last nine months surpasses the combined total from the previous eight years. Dr. Kit Young Hoon, the medical officer of health of the Northwestern Health Unit, said there … Read more

UH researchers work towards a mobile intervention for Black American smokers with HIV

HIV remains a critical global public health issue and a significant threat to global health security after having claimed more than 40 million lives, according to the World Health Organization. The stark reality is that one in five of the more than one million people living with HIV in the US is unaware of his … Read more