Daily Archives: July 22, 2012

In Washington for the week, Zambia’s founding father brings harmony — literally — to preconference event

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He is 88 years old now, Zambia’s founding father, and the hand that carries a trademark flowing white handkerchief at the ready (because, for all that he has seen, he still is moved easily to tears), now also rests on a cane. He led the fight for his country’s freedom from British colonialism, turning the […]

The Final Frontier? NIH reps outline research efforts toward an AIDS cure

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“When they ask me is the glass half empty or half full [in regards to AIDS cure research], I say… we have a glass,” Carl Dieffenbach, PhD, told an audience at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington on Sunday. Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Strategic use of antiretrovirals means bringing treatment and prevention together

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Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)  kicked off this Sunday  session by noting that advances in our knowledge mean:  “finally we have the upper hand and are in a position to outsmart HIV.”  But she also added that the challenges didn’t end with unlocking the biological mysteries of the virus, but […]

TB response requires momentum of AIDS activism

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Treatment Action Group’s leader Mark Harrington did not mince words Saturday at a consultation meeting on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-infection preceding the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington. Promoting TAG’s collaborative effort calling for “Zero TB Deaths, Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Stigma,” Harrington was an invited panelist asked to discuss progress and […]

“Asleep at the Wheel:” The early response to the twin epidemics TB-HIV

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We often cite the fact that tuberculosis (TB) fueled the spread of HIV in southern Africa, said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco and co-Chair of the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC). But AIDS also shaped the enormous spread of TB seen in southern Africa during the late 80s and […]

Pre-conference talks offer look at converging paths, lessons from Latin America, Caribbean and from PEPFAR

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As conference presenters prepare to unveil successes, advances — and it is hoped, plans — to turn the tide of the epidemic together, events Saturday offered opportunities to reflect on lessons learned and paths paved by work in the last decade. At the Pan American Health Organization, representatives of El Salvador, Brazil, Jamaica, Peru and […]