Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

ShangRing: WHO approval of second nonsurgical circumcision device sets stage for accelerated access to HIV prevention measure

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Latest device approved for use on adolescents, broadening scope of low-cost intervention Call it “VMMC,” for voluntary medical male circumcision, or the current, and more concise “MC” for medical circumcision, by any name, removing men’s foreskins has been proven to lower their risks of acquiring HIV through vaginal sexual intercourse by as much as 60 […]

UNAIDS, Lancet: Take accelerated action on HIV treatment access, research and development, and address epidemic drivers, or risk rebound

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. ” . . . the question is no longer whether the fight against AIDS can be won; the only questions are: will it be won — and when?” An international commission of scientists and others involved in and affected by responses to the global HIV pandemic released findings from a two-year examination of what […]

Henan province study shows HIV treatment offering greater protection against transmission as drugs, programs improved

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Findings suggest that quality of care required to reduce HIV transmissions can be achieved in resource-poor and remote settings Selling blood brought in more money, quicker, than farmers across Henan province in China could earn any other way, but the practice came at an even higher price. By 1997 when the government cracked down on […]

Diminishing research dollars sparks disease comparisons, competition, while HIV advocates say now is not the time to ease efforts

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As U.S. House and Senate Appropriation Committee members prepare to set funding levels for health and human services that include medical research during the fiscal year ahead, 679 clinicians and researchers as well as leaders of 416 organizations working to prevent, treat and some day end the impact of HIV, have added their names to […]

African scientists on anti-homosexuality laws: Criminalization harms public health

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Report details how criminalization and discrimination against sexual minorities fuels spread of infectious diseases among general populations as well as among men who have sex with men Research forming the basis of a broad consensus among scientists worldwide that homosexuality is normal, natural and poses no threats to health remains widely unknown to policymakers where […]

START findings highlight treatment divide

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“It’s just more scientific evidence to back what we’ve been saying for a long time.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announcing the conclusion of the START trial, which began in 2011 to assess “the best time for healthy HIV-infected people to begin antiretrovirals.” The announcement from the National Institute […]

START Trial data support starting antiretroviral treatment for HIV as early as possible

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An international trial has shown that starting antiretroviral treatment for HIV early significantly lowers risks of serious illnesses, including AIDS, compared to waiting for immune cell counts to drop. The START — Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment clinical trial — which enrolled 4,685 people living with HIV at 215 sites across 35 countries over the […]

Study asks: What if a “concentrated” HIV epidemic is bigger than 1 percent?

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In a “generalized HIV epidemic,” what if all transmission during sex work stopped? Call it a different kind of 1 percent — the kind that doesn’t connote privilege. In the definition that sets the course of HIV programming, an epidemic is considered “concentrated” among specific populations, (i.e. sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men […]

Budget cuts threaten HIV vaccine development, say experts

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New HIV infections would decrease by 40 percent within ten years after the launch of an HIV vaccine, experts said at an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event on Monday hosted by AVAC, IAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Advancements in technology have paved the way for an effective HIV vaccine, but progress is threatened […]

Court clears HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona in case highlighting free speech, recognition of men who have sex with men

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A Zambian High Court today affirmed the acquittal of human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona today in a case that highlighted obstacles to HIV prevention and treatment services in a country where sex between men remains a crime. Kasonkomona was arrested in 2013 shortly after speaking on a local talk show about the need for Zambia […]