Category Archives: AIDS 2010 – Vienna

The 18th International AIDS Conference, Vienna.

New PEPFAR Guidance on HIV Prevention Intervention for Injection Drug Users

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The regional HIV/AIDS epidemics in Russia, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia are concentrated in part among injection drug users (IDU) and their partners. This population is highly stigmatized, making it difficult to successfully launch appropriate prevention campaigns. In an effort to recognize that the use of syringe exchange programs and medication-assisted therapy can help reduce […]

A Profile: The Medicines Patent Pool Initiative

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During IAS 2010 in Vienna, UNITAID’s Ellen ‘t Hoen gave a plenary presentation on the organization’s new Medicines Patent Pool Initiative, a project that began to take shape in 2008. Hoen leads the program, which aims to lower the cost of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis drugs by working with pharmaceutical companies to allow generic production […]

Top Five Lessons from Vienna

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Many themes emerged during the 18th International AIDS Conference last week in Vienna. Here is our list of the top five: Universal Access to HIV Treatment and Prevention Remains Elusive Goal From comments by Bill Gates to the many activist demonstrations, a main theme at IAS 2010 was fear over dwindling funds dedicated to the […]

What We’re Reading: Vienna Edition

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In the fight against AIDS, last week was dizzying – and vitally important.  The International AIDS Conference in Vienna prompted the release of studies and data that some say could revolutionize the world’s prevention efforts. Much talked about is a vaginal gel containing tenofovir, which proved successful in preventing HIV in women. This is the […]

Late Breaker: Daily Oral PrEP for HIV-Negative MSM Shows Encouraging Results

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Vienna – The CAPRISA trial results are not the only good news to come out of the International AIDS Conference. At a late breaker session on Friday, Lisa A. Grohskopf from the CDC presented preliminary findings and analysis of the phase II clinical safety trial of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) […]

Treating Infants with HIV Earlier Saves Money

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The following post is by HIVMA Executive Director Andrea Weddle. She is on location in Vienna, reporting from the 18th International AIDS Conference. South African researcher Meyer-Rath presented compelling data on the cost effectiveness of treating infants early in South Africa at an IAS 2010 late breaker session on Thursday. The findings were based on […]

Post CAPRISA: Fauci Describes Another PrEP Trial Underway

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During a press conference Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, describes the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) trial. The study is testing the safety and efficacy of microbicide gel containing the ARV drug tenofovir, […]

Twenty-four Members of US House Warn About HIV Treatment Slowdown

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A letter from 24 members of the US House of Representatives is requesting a detailed global HIV/AIDS treatment strategy from US Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby. Echoing concerns raised last week by the Lantos Foundation, the letter states in part: We are concerned that reported decisions to stop new enrollment for HIV/AIDS treatment at […]