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House draft bill proposes NIH funding increase, cuts to Global Fund, no syringe exchange

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The House Appropriations Committee posted a draft bill today funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs.  The draft contains a $1 billion increase for biomedical research for a total of $31.7 billion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but eliminates $300 million in funding for the Global Fund to […]

House Launches HIV/AIDS Caucus

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The U.S. House of Representatives launched the first ever Congressional HIV/AIDS caucus last week, kicking off their efforts to combat the deadly disease with a press conference attended by several representatives and leaders in the fight against both domestic and global HIV.  Led by Reps. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Trent Franks (R-AZ), […]

Video: Chris Matthews plays hardball with Dr. Anthony Fauci

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MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews interviewed Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday in commemoration of 30 years of the AIDS pandemic, hosted by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).

The interview covers topics from the latest scientific developments in combating the disease, challenges to maintaining federal funding, and an assessment of President Obama’s leadership in the fight against AIDS.

IAS launches media center for drug substitution therapy

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The International AIDS Society (IAS) will launch a virtual media center for opioid substitution therapy (OST) support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the organization announced Tuesday at the 2011 International AIDS Conference in Rome.

There are an estimated 16 million injection drug users (IDU) in the world, 3 million of which are HIV infected, said Dr. Chris Beyrer…

IAS 2011 Coverage: Pediatric HIV/AIDS Highlighted on First Day of Conference

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In this guest blog post by Robert Yule of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, various sessions on children and HIV and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) are reviewed, including the role of the community in prevention new infections in infants and children plus keeping mothers healthy, the challenges in developing and purchasing new pediatric formulations of antiretrovirals, and the operational and implementation challenges to scaling up PMTCT…

Access to HIV drugs: The good, the bad and the unmet need

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Drug companies are excluding middle-income countries – such as Brazil, Thailand, India, Columbia and China – from HIV drug discount programs where drug prices can be as much as ten times higher, according to a press release and information from a new report by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released Monday at the 2011 International AIDS […]

Africa’s male circumcision programs exceed targets, grow more efficient

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The leader in the medical male circumcision (MMC) campaigns underway in sub-Saharan Africa by far, Kenya has successfully serviced 290,000 men and adolescents in the past 2.9 years. This update came from Dr. Peter Cherutich from the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Program in Kenya, at a satellite session entitled “The Cutting Edge: What’s New in Male Circumcision,” Sunday evening preceding the 2011 International AIDS Meeting in Rome…

AIDS at 30: an interview with activist Gregg Gonsalves

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Long-time AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves is often outspoken, and known for saying things like “I’m holding my nose as I say this, but I miss George W. Bush,” as he was quoted in a New York Times article in 2009 criticizing Obama for his lackluster global AIDS plan that aimed to scale back the push to put more people on antiretroviral medication. He has spent more than two decades working on AIDS to address the U.S. and global epidemics, starting out at ACT UP/Boston in the late 80s. One of many accomplishments, Gonsalves is a founding member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, a network of more than 1,000 people from 125 countries advocating for universal access to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) treatment. He was also the first-ever recipient of the $100,000 John M. Lloyd AIDS Leadership Award.

In an interview with Meredith Mazzotta for a Science Speaks blog series commemorating 30 years since the first reports of what would come to be known as HIV/AIDS, Gonsalves speaks up about his personal journey to becoming one of the pandemic’s greatest activists, his upcoming AIDS research, and the panic he feels for future funding for AIDS.

Anthony Fauci reflects on 30 years of AIDS

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Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, is arguably the U.S. government’s best-known scientist. John Donnelly interviewed Dr. Fauci for Science Speaks’ series on the 30th anniversary since the discovery of a virus that would turn out to be HIV, and he talked about everything from how he first learned of the disease, to his surprise in President George W. Bush’s commitment, to the unmet needs today to fight the pandemic. Read more…

Groundbreaking GeneXpert may evolve to measure HIV viral load in addition to TB diagnostic capacity

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Cepheid, a California-based molecular diagnostics company, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) announced a new collaboration to accelerate the development of a rapid HIV viral load test.  This viral load test will run on the platform of Cepheid’s GeneXpert, the ground-breaking rapid test to diagnose drug-susceptible and drug-resistant tuberculosis.  Given the high rates […]