Monthly Archives: August 2012

Drug maker seeks approval for use against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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Makers of an investigational tuberculosis drug that has been urged for “compassionate use” approval in South Africa have applied to the European Medicines Agency to market the medicine as part of a combination therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. “If approved, bedaquiline could be one of the first drugs with a new mechanism of action for tuberculosis […]

After a decade of observing the Global Fund, Aidspan founder looks ahead

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The Global Fund had not begun, a little more than a decade ago, when Bernard Rivers, who had worked as a freelance journalist and a software entrepreneur, found himself with enough time and money to spend a couple of years learning a new field. As a teenager he had lived in Africa, and wanted to […]

Researcher finds unintended consequence: women avoid healthcare settings for childbirth to avoid perception — or news — that they have HIV

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The word is out in the rural Nyanza Province of Kenya: Pregnant women with HIV should deliver their babies in health facilities that are equipped to deal with the complications they might face. The result? Added to the cost, distance, and inconvenience of going to a health facility for prenatal care and delivery is this […]

Clean water and HIV, new look and features for watchdog Aidspan site, “good Samaritans” living in poverty, and more . . .

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Safe Water Critical to health of HIV-positive people: Clean water and accessible sanitary toilet facilities are essential to the success of HIV care and treatment, this IRIN story notes, focusing on conditions in Ethiopia. It cites Wateraid, saying that patients on antiretroviral medicine need at least a liter and a half of clean water a day […]

Sustainable HIV prevention possibilities present choices, challenges

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When he looks at what biomedical science can do in the next decade to prevent HIV transmission, Jim Turpin of the National Institutes of Health said, he thinks of the lyrics of a Timbuk3 song: “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” By, which, actually, he means — don’t get blinded by the light; […]

Catching up: TB talk show, Addictophobia, the gap between sex worker data and reality, and the first to go

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In the lull following AIDS 2012, Science Speaks is catching up on reading — and watching — pieces that came out in the days before and during the conference. Tuberculosis and HIV: Protecting the Vulnerable: “People fear TB more than HIV,” says a young Ugandan woman who survived the disease and now works with young […]

Dr. Fauci on innovative HIV vaccine initiative awards: “There are fundamental questions that remain unanswered”

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Researchers at 14 institutions will explore new approaches to designing a vaccine against HIV with awards that are part of an anticipated four-year, $34.8 million initiative, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced today. The awards reflect directions suggested by previous research, as well as the need to explore new avenues toward a […]

Paths to a cure: Dr. Dan Kuritzkes discusses experiences of two patients

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When Dr. Dan Kuritzkes of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital presented his team’s findings on two HIV-positive men who remained on antiretroviral therapy while undergoing stem cell transplants, and in whom the levels of HIV DNA had since dropped to undetectable levels, he was careful to emphasize that he was not claiming […]

Groups to Global Fund, PEPFAR: Support switch from toxic treatment

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Imagine a country that, while poor, serves as something of a model for getting treatment for HIV out to those who need it —  addressing  obstacles that can make the  vision of full-scale coverage and  treatment as prevention seem like a mirage elsewhere. That’s how international donors and implementers talk about Malawi, where, they say, […]

A platform to end AIDS, new approaches to disease detection, and more . . .

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AIDS Foundation of Chicago President David Ernesto Munar’s testimony to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform group: This and the accompanying proposed platform recommendations lay out both the realities of AIDS now, and policies to address them, at home and around the world. His remarks review the disproportionate impact of the American epidemic on members of […]