Author Archives: Antigone Barton

CROI 2015: As the impact and efficiency of medical circumcision increase, a target is lacking for a proven intervention

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SEATTLE, WA – What if the protection from HIV offered by medical circumcision came in a pill? How differently would we think of it? Taken once, it would reduce an individual’s risks of becoming infected with HIV by 60-to70 percent for life. For every nine men to take that pill, one new infection, along with an average […]

CROI 2015: Is 90-90-90 nutty? Studies look at numbers behind getting in care, staying in care, suppressing virus, controlling HIV

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From the reasons to work with sex workers, to a survey of viral load, to ways to do more with less — and what donors can forget about — last morning of science conference looks at efficiencies and impact . . . Can efforts to prevent and treat HIV among sex workers alter the course of […]

CROI 2015: Findings on PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness results bring no surprise

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SEATTLE, WA – A review of surveys in 22 countries where the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief spent about $1.3 billion to urge populations to abstain from sex until marriage and stay faithful to one partner showed no evidence the messages had any impact on behavior or HIV risks, findings from a study presented […]

CROI 2015: Ambassador Birx talks about the tyranny of averages, actionable data, and “skeptical optimism”

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SEATTLE WASHINGTON – When Ambassador Deborah Birx comes to CROI, she’s returning to her roots, she told a hall full of scientists here today. She got her start in the science of tackling HIV, and as leader of the U.S. Military Research Program led efforts to find biomedical answers to the global pandemic. That work […]

CROI 2015: Amid challenges facing HIV-infected children, “Breather” study offers teenagers hope for a break

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Study shows teenagers who took weekend breaks from anti-retroviral treatment fared as well as those whose treatment stayed continuous SEATTLE, WA – Some three years after the call for an “AIDS-free generation” set out a vision of a world in which no child is born with the virus, and thanks to timely diagnosis and treatment, […]

CROI 2015: Study shows “Near elimination of HIV transmission” in a demonstration of PrEP as a bridge to treatment

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SEATTLE, WA — What if, in couples among whom one partner is infected with HIV, and the other is not, the protective benefits of antiretroviral drugs could be used to maximum advantage? That would mean, eventually that the infected partner would enjoy the full benefits of treatment, including a sufficient suppression of virus to lower risks […]

CROI 2015: PrEP, microbicide findings show divergent paths of prevention responses

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Results of PROUD, Ipergay studies among European and Canadian men further talk of maximizing use, while FACTS 001 findings underscore failures to find an HIV protection measure African women can use SEATTLE, WA — Presentations on two studies this morning highlighted the promise of antiretroviral drugs as pre-exposure prophylaxis against acquiring HIV (commonly known as PrEP), giving numbers […]

CROI 2015: With strides in treatment, prevention, and cures, science meets realities

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SEATTLE, WA — On the morning before the science-centered Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections opened today, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and now United Nations Special Envoy on TB Eric Goosby reflected on the “long, strange trip” of responses to HIV/TB. He was speaking at a discussion about HIV/TB research and noting that while […]

TB drug candidate starts Phase 1 trial — first in six years

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*updated 3 p.m.* The enrollment of nearly 50 volunteers in the United States will launch the first randomized clinical trial of a potential  new drug to treat TB in six years, the nonprofit product development partnership TB Alliance announced Wednesday. Assuming the trial yields good news, that means a new TB drug could reach people […]

Option B+ in Nigeria: New study supports lifelong antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Biyi Adesina of Avenir Health, Chukwuma Anyaike of the Ministry of Health, Nigeria, and Sara Bowsky of the Futures Group According to a 2013 UNAIDS report, Nigeria has a higher number of children contracting HIV than any other country in the world; nearly 60,000 were infected with the virus in 2012. As Nigeria […]