Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

Congressional leaders say bipartisanship, enthusiasm are key to continued AIDS support on the Hill

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Despite much disruption from protesters – to the visual and audible discontent of event moderator and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) – U.S. Congressional leaders were able to get the point across Tuesday that in order to defeat AIDS support must come from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. Rep. Barbara […]

NIDA grants $5 million to pursue combo anti-heroin and HIV vaccine

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It sounds like a fantasy, but researchers are making headway in the development of an effective, safe and easily manufactured combination anti-heroin/HIV vaccine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen Gary R. Matyas, PhD, to receive the NIDA Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development – a $1 […]

Haitian prison an incubator for disease, but treatment for multidrug-resistant TB remains out of reach

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When the January 2010 earthquake cracked the walls of Haiti’s National Penitentiary, the roughly 4,500 prisoners caged inside fled into the streets of Port Au Prince. They left a place built to hold about 1,000 men that had gotten so crowded that prisoners shared sheets turned into hammocks, and window ledges for beds, while others, […]

With different approaches countries, donors try to do the right thing

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Representatives of three countries and two donors  describe opportunities and challenges to making the most of scientific advances – and limited funds Brazil seized the moment early, with activists pressuring government officials to build in a budget line for the then new treatment for AIDS in 1996. “From then on every year, we didn’t have […]

French transaction tax to fund AIDS research to launch August 1

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A new tax on financial transactions is set to launch in France in August, and could generate billions of dollars to help fund the global fight against HIV/AIDS. “We want to create additional innovative financing instruments. This is the aim of the tax on financial transactions which my country has decided to implement from 1 […]