Author Archives: Antigone Barton

HIV R4P: HIV prevention science and community meet at Crossroads

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“When we say relationship, we mean relationship,” Professor Linda-Gail Bekker said today. “It’s not like the relationship with your banker, it’s like the relationship with your mother.” It includes doing the wash, minding the kids, calling before the holidays with reminders to make sure to stay in touch . . . “Whatever it takes to get the […]

As HIV R4P focuses on those with highest burden, least access to services, the death of a Zambian President highlights fragility of leadership and public health

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A Zambian acquaintance here at the HIV R4P conference in Cape Town shared the news this morning that the country’s President, Michael Sata, has died. “It is too much,” she said, noting he is the second president to die in office in six years, and in the short history of the country that just celebrated […]

HIV R4P: With a small step in Africa, the Thai HIV vaccine trial Cinderalla story continues

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First came RV144, the clinical HIV vaccine trial in Thailand that became the first such trial to end in modest success, with a candidate that offered some protection against the virus. That was big news, although among the work ahead that it pointed to — in addition to seeing if it could offer stronger and […]

HIV R4P and a report from the U.S. CDC: Ebola and HIV redux

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Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was scheduled this morning at the HIV Research for Prevention (or as it is called by tweet-savvy organizers, HIV R4P) meeting, to  pull the once disparate threads of what is now a joined endeavor of biomedical HIV prevention approaches together, in a talk […]

HIV R4P: VOICE brings good news on herpes and continues to tell stories about lives, language and needs of women in trial

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The big problem with the clinical trial to test Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic with women in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, was that too few women used the products enough to learn if they worked, or at all. But among those who did use the vaginal gel that was one of […]

HIV R4P: Recognizing Tutu

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And the Desmond Tutu Award goes to . . . Archbishop Desmond Tutu If this new conference’s logo, which now is subtitled: “Shaping the Science of Prevention”  had room for another line, it would be a reminder that goes way back, that some, in fact, have been saying since the very beginning. “HIV research progress will […]

HIV R4P: Conference co-chair and “vaginal ecologist” Sharon Hillier talks about “the beautiful ecosystem,” and how to make it more resistant to HIV

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“People around the world have mysterious notions about the vagina,” Sharon Hillier told a group of journalists and advocates today. Hillier, one of five co-chairs of HIV R4P, the first global conference devoted to biomedical HIV prevention research, is here to explain her work, which she sums up as making vaginas much more resistant to […]

HIV R4P: Live from Cape Town

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The world’s first global scientific conference devoted to biomedical HIV prevention research starts Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa . . . And Science Speaks will be there, covering news in antiretroviral-based HIV prevention, including treatment as prevention, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and microbicides, vaccine research, medical circumcision, and more. Posts will cover presentations and discussions, with […]

PEPFAR/Elton John AIDS Foundation partner to expand services to men who have sex with men, transgender people in southern Africa

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For years the gap has been noted in reports, national strategic plans, and donor plans: How can an effective response to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa address the epidemic among some of those most at risk, and with the least access to services, when discrimination against them is encoded in laws, policies, and even […]

In Dar es Salaam, a former patient’s group reaches clients where they live

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Joseph Samwel Mapunda was 46 when he was diagnosed with TB. He was cured in eight months, but by the time the disease was through with his family, his wife and daughter were sick too, and his brother-in-law was dead. “From that day, I felt very strongly about this,” he told us last week. He […]