Author Archives: Meredith Mazzotta

Clinton speech reinforces commitment to an AIDS-free generation

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“First let me say five words that we have not been able to say for far too long – welcome to the United States,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience of thousands Monday at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington, referring to the ban that was lifted in 2008 allowing HIV infected […]

The potential of HIV Treatment as Prevention among drug users

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Of the nearly 16 million injection drug users worldwide, approximately 3 million are living with HIV.  And if sub-Saharan Africa is excluded, thirty percent of global HIV cases are attributed to injection drug use and in some cases is the main means of HIV transmission. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. opposes proposed international org for R&D to meet the health needs of developing countries

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At the World Health Assembly in Geneva this week, representatives are debating whether or not to create a new international organization that would bind countries to fund research and development, or R&D, for neglected diseases – to which every nation would commit to spend at least .01 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on government-funded […]

Beginning to End the AIDS Epidemic: What’s the Research Agenda?

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Capitol Hill briefing highlights research agenda to end AIDS

The following is a guest blog post by Chris Collins, vice president and director of Public Policy at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC.

Looking back over three decades of AIDS, it’s hard to point to a better investment than research. Over the past three years, a string of HIV prevention research breakthroughs has put the ambitious goal of even talking about an end of AIDS within sight for the first time. With more strategic use of the tools we have today, we can bend the curve of new infections…

New HIV vaccine trial begins recruiting U.S. participants

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) has started enrolling participants in a Phase 1 clinical trial to test a “second-generation” HIV vaccine candidate, meaning the vaccine is identical to the first generation candidate but it includes a special additive to enhance the vaccine response. The additive, or adjuvant, is granulocyte-macrophage […]

Does global health spending make a difference? Americans on both sides of the aisle say: Yes!

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The U.S. is spending too little or about the right amount on global health aid, according to two-thirds of Americans surveyed recently by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), with one in five saying the U.S. spends too much. Overall the majority of Americans surveyed believes the U.S. has a major role to play in the […]