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AIDS Today--And Tomorrow

On World AIDS Day, we look at the outcome of PEPFAR, President Bush's international AIDS program, the aftermath of a controversial HIV-prevention trial, and the future of microbicides--women-controlled AIDS prevention

  • December 1, 2008

To end AIDS, test and treat everyone, study says

Among the unresolved issues surrounding the AIDS pandemic is which strategy — pushing prevention techniques or HIV treatments — will best reduce the disease's spread.

November 26, 2008 — Jordan Lite
AIDS in 1988

AIDS in 1988

In their first collaborative article 20 years ago, 2008 Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier, along with Robert Gallo, co-investigators who discovered HIV, introduced a Scientific American single-topic issue on AIDS. They recounted the breakthrough and offered prospects for vaccine, for therapy and for the epidemic

October 6, 2008 — Robert C. Gallo ad Luc Montagnier

Do scientists self-censor in politically charged grant applications?

If you study prostitutes, would you tell the NIH?

Half of scientists whose federally funded research — most of it about sex and AIDS — was subjected to extra scrutiny by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2003 after conservative members of Congress questioned its merits say they now censor wording in their grant applications that might raise "red flags" at the agency, according to a new survey.

November 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Why Do Men Buy Sex?

Why Do Men Buy Sex?

Some researchers say johns seek intimacy on demand; others believe these men typically want to use and dominate women

December 1, 2008 — Nikolas Westerhoff
HIV Life Cycle Basics

HIV Life Cycle Basics

Efforts to devise vaccines and treatments for HIV depend on knowledge of the virus's life cycle

December 1, 2008
Triple Helix: Designing a New Molecule of Life

Triple Helix: Designing a New Molecule of Life

Peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic hybrid of protein and DNA, could form the basis of a new class of drugs—and of artificial life unlike anything found in nature

December 1, 2008 — Peter E. Nielsen

Special Edition: Mysteries of the Mind