Category Archives: 19th International AIDS Conference

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

On the sidelines: Bill Frist on bipartisanship

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and a practicing physician, doesn’t return much to Washington. But he came for three days of the International AIDS Conference to talk about the importance of winning bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Frist, along with Senators John Kerry and Jesse Helms, […]

Congressional leaders say bipartisanship, enthusiasm are key to continued AIDS support on the Hill

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Despite much disruption from protesters – to the visual and audible discontent of event moderator and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) – U.S. Congressional leaders were able to get the point across Tuesday that in order to defeat AIDS support must come from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. Rep. Barbara […]

NIDA grants $5 million to pursue combo anti-heroin and HIV vaccine

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It sounds like a fantasy, but researchers are making headway in the development of an effective, safe and easily manufactured combination anti-heroin/HIV vaccine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen Gary R. Matyas, PhD, to receive the NIDA Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development – a $1 […]

Haitian prison an incubator for disease, but treatment for multidrug-resistant TB remains out of reach

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When the January 2010 earthquake cracked the walls of Haiti’s National Penitentiary, the roughly 4,500 prisoners caged inside fled into the streets of Port Au Prince. They left a place built to hold about 1,000 men that had gotten so crowded that prisoners shared sheets turned into hammocks, and window ledges for beds, while others, […]

With different approaches countries, donors try to do the right thing

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Representatives of three countries and two donors  describe opportunities and challenges to making the most of scientific advances – and limited funds Brazil seized the moment early, with activists pressuring government officials to build in a budget line for the then new treatment for AIDS in 1996. “From then on every year, we didn’t have […]

French transaction tax to fund AIDS research to launch August 1

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A new tax on financial transactions is set to launch in France in August, and could generate billions of dollars to help fund the global fight against HIV/AIDS. “We want to create additional innovative financing instruments. This is the aim of the tax on financial transactions which my country has decided to implement from 1 […]

Survey Says: HIV treatment scale up not so impressive in 23 countries

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Much still needs to be done to get treatment to those who need it and to meet the UNAIDS-endorsed goal to achieve universal access by 2015, according to a new survey examining 25 HIV indicators assessing strategies, tools and policies to get the best HIV treatment to more people, sooner. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released […]

New clinical trials further assess vaginal microbicide ring for HIV prevention

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First potential participants screened Tuesday for inclusion in ASPIRE trial

Scientists presented progress in assessing the potential of a vaginal ring containing the potent antiretroviral drug dapivirine in preventing HIV infection in women, as two studies to assess its safety and efficacy move into Phase III.

HIV Epidemic, family planning needs are linked, and demand an integrated approach

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The following is a guest post from Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO of Population Action International (PAI) and Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). With the conclusion of the international London Summit on Family Planning earlier this month, the global health community has shifted its focus to the […]

Traditional leader: Circumcision preserves culture by saving lives

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To understand what Chief Mumena is doing, you have to understand first how strong the bonds of tradition have been to tribal culture. It passed from generation to generation without pen and paper, with ceremonies and stories holding it together. “People are custodians of their culture; that is why it has survived,” Chief Mumena says. […]