Category Archives: HIV Prevention

“Ending AIDS” will mean filling cracks and chasms of neglect, inequity and exclusion . . . We’re reading about HLM 2016 AIDS

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The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS this week could give the impression by its name alone that, but for a few loose ends, the end of HIV as a global health threat is within grasp. But in numbers alone, with fewer than half the people living with HIV worldwide accessing the antiretroviral treatment […]

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 […]

Assumptions on sexual behavior, prevention messages are risky business in HIV responses

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Sometimes, comparing two countries can tell you more about what you don’t know, than about what you do. Take one country, for example, where the average age of first sexual experience for young people is a little more than 16, fewer than 36 percent of young women used a condom during their last sex act, […]

Study finds medical circumcision scale up reduces HIV incidence in the community

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The roll out of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs in highly affected areas not only reduces HIV/AIDS acquisition among heterosexual men, but also significantly reduces HIV levels in the community, according to a study by researchers from the University of Versailles published in PLOS Medicine this week.  The study also found that VMMC is […]

WHO okays medical circumcision device, and “PEPFAR is ready”

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An okay from the World Health Organization today for  a medical circumcision device as an alternative to conventional surgery “may change the landscape” of scaling up a proven HIV intervention, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator announced today, saying PEPFAR will provide immediate support to help countries evaluate the device for their settings. PrePex™, […]

HPTN Annual Meeting: The story of Project Accept one of both process and results

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The HIV Prevention Trials Network is holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC this week, and Science Speaks is there, covering Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. As Tom Coates was getting ready to discuss the results of Project Accept, a 10-year study of the impact of community involvement HIV efforts on community-wide HIV incidence, he […]

Paul Kasonkomona: A Zambian HIV treatment activist takes on homophobia and silence

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Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation  needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made […]

Study: In Malawi lifelong antiretroviral treatment for expectant moms “translates into saving more than 250,000 maternal life years”

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One or two years ago, the idea was radical for low-resource settings: Provide antiretroviral treatment for life for all women who were pregnant and HIV positive, thus protecting the health not only of the infants on the way, but of their future siblings, and of the mothers themselves, as well as their partners. Since 2010 […]

Dr. Myron Cohen: Treatment as prevention is a bridge to the future

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Dr. Myron Cohen had a broken arm in a sling, was talking on a subject he has discussed scores of times before, but all the same, he was having a good time. “It’s a really exciting time to be in AIDS research,” he explained. He was talking to an audience Wednesday evening at the George […]

Studies show “Real World,” benefits of HIV treatment: It reduces likelihood of HIV transmission in communities, ups overall life expectancy

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First the landmark HPTN 052 study proved what antiretroviral treatment can do to prevent transmission of HIV. Now, two studies reported in the most recent edition of the journal Science spell out what increased treatment coverage has done, in communities in the “real world” — among people going about their business, not receiving instructions of […]