Category Archives: 19th International AIDS Conference

19th Annual International AIDS Conference held in Washington, DC.

Paths to a cure: Dr. Dan Kuritzkes discusses experiences of two patients

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When Dr. Dan Kuritzkes of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital presented his team’s findings on two HIV-positive men who remained on antiretroviral therapy while undergoing stem cell transplants, and in whom the levels of HIV DNA had since dropped to undetectable levels, he was careful to emphasize that he was not claiming […]

Researchers, actress agree: Following past lapses, future in TB, HIV prevention promising, challenging

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In the giddy talk of a turning tide and the chance for an “AIDS-free generation,” a look at the recent history of responses to tuberculosis, the science surrounding that disease as it stands now, and what, after a period of premature complacency in the middle of the last century, yet is to be done to […]

On the sidelines: Lisa Fitzpatrick on fighting AIDS in America

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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is medical director of the Infectious Diseases Care Center at United Medical Center in Washington,D.C., and now  has about 100 HIV-positive patients. From 2005 to 2007, she also was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief of party for the Caribbean. She spoke at several events in and around the conference, […]

Subsequent HPTN 052 data shows early HIV treatment is even more beneficial to patient, cost-effective

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The good news keeps getting better for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study, which found last year that HIV-infected persons on antiretroviral therapy (ART) were 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus to an uninfected partner through vaginal sex. At the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington this week, two late-breaker sessions […]

Community based groups note risks, seize opportunities social media offer sexual minorities

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Driven underground by laws and discrimination, their needs for information ignored in much of the global AIDS response, social media provided a refuge but also risks for members of sexual minorities in countries around the world, panelists agreed Thursday. But, representatives of groups from Thailand, the Netherlands, Morocco and Cameroon said, social media and communications […]

On the sidelines: USAID’s Rajiv Shah on GHI and AIDS

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Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a central player in the US government’s AIDS fight. His agency, more than any other in the US government, guides aid programs in the developing world, working in 80 missions. But USAID also suffered a blow early this month when […]

HIV/AIDS funding reality check: Tanzanias of the world can’t do it alone

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In Tanzania, an east African country home to 46.2 million people where the national HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 5.7 percent, the domestic HIV/AIDS response accounts for 10 percent of the national budget, or about $20 million per year. Sixty-five percent of government funding finances antiretroviral therapy (ART). Still, there is a gap of financing of […]

The future of the AIDS response: A fragile affair

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“The 1,200 wealthiest people in the world have about $4.2 trillion in wealth,” said Kent Buse, a senior advisor on policy and strategy at UNAIDS. If that super elite group contributed 0.1 percent of their wealth, he said, it would pay for all of global health. Buse opened what was a sobering discussion about the […]

Kenyan mentor mother: “We don’t believe in making poor people volunteer”

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Jackline Odongo is a Kenyan single mother, “living positively with HIV,” as she puts it, raising a healthy, HIV negative daughter. Her story spells out the magnitude of that accomplishment. She told it Thursday at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, during a session titled “Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress against AIDS and Key Challenges.” The challenges […]