A ‘cure’ for HIV? Not quite yet

Last week the world rejoiced as the papers announced: ‘HIV is cured!’. Except of course it isn’t – or at least not yet. The hype is somewhat justified: for the first time, scientists have developed a new drug that could, in theory, completely clear the virus from a patient. HIV tends to ‘hide’ inactive cells […]

King Solomon to Saint Mary: a journey through human retroviruses, ancient and modern

Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) slips under the radar of most healthcare workers, especially compared to its distant relative – HIV. With 10 million infections globally and twenty thousand carrying HTLV-1 in the UK alone this infection is neglected even amongst neglected diseases. Whilst infection does not cause symptoms in the majority, 1 in […]