New Tools To Fight AIDS To Be Unveiled In Boston Conference

New Tools To Fight AIDS To Be Unveiled In Boston Conference
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A new set of tools designed by researchers and scientists that will help them fight AIDS will be unveiled at this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston.


While the first cases of HIV infection came about in 1983, several advancements have been made in the field of medicine to counter the disease. In the last 20 years, extensive research has been conducted to shed light on how the condition can be prevented. Some of the advances made in the field tell us that the antiretroviral therapy doesn’t require a patient to take several pills. While taking a single pill a day is adequate, it doesn’t pose dangerous side effects as it did two decades ago. At this year’s event, however, researchers will present and discuss prevention measures against the virus, which include easy-to-use medicines and vaccines.

Another leap made in the research to fight the virus is that people more vulnerable to the disease, like gay and bisexual men, can be protected with a preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. notes that taking the pill as per the prescription drastically lowers the risk of the infection.

Despite the large research and significant progress made, as many as 1 million people worldwide die of the disease each year. In addition, 1.5 million cases of HIV emerge each year.

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The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections this year will convene from February 22 until 25. In addition to new tools to fight the virus that will be unveiled, the findings of two studies and trials carried out in several countries in Africa will also be presented. In these trials, as reported by, women wore vaginal rings with antiretroviral medicine that helped them from acquiring HIV from their partners.

In addition to these trials, bioengineered antibodies have been developed and tested on animals, which may help scientists create advanced vaccines.

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