Tag Archives: AVAC

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 […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds

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Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […]

AIDS vaccine update: With Thai trial, broadly neutralizing antibodies, new technologies and monkeys that met the SIV challenge, “we’re closer than ever”

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NIH AIDS Vaccine Research Program Director: “The future of HIV-1 Vaccines is bright.” In 1997, scientists announced the birth of Dolly the cloned sheep, a computer named Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion Gary Kasparov, and the Hubble telescope brought the far reaches of outer space closer. President Bill Clinton pointed to all of these […]

Uganda law concerns at home and abroad, CDC PrEP guidelines endorsed, getting ready for World AIDS Vaccine Day . . . We’re reading about what’s next

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Ambassador Deborah Birx, on the Passage of the HIV Prevention and Control Act by the Ugandan Parliament –  With more than three decades of experiences at home and abroad offering lessons, Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx responds to the Uganda Parliament’s new HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, which criminalizes HIV transmission, mandates […]

International Partnership for Microbicides, pharmaceutical company agreement sets path for woman-controlled HIV prevention

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The announcement today that Janssen R&D Ireland pharmaceutical company will give the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides exclusive worldwide rights to develop, make and market sexual and reproductive health products with the antiretroviral dapivirine was heralded by both organizations as a stride for global public health in general, and HIV prevention for women in particular. The […]

In Russia a UNAIDS conference setting ignores abuses, while in Bangladesh sex workers supply answers, and in Zambia rules raise questions — We’re reading about HIV and human rights (and Uganda . . .)

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An open letter to UNAIDS on Russia’s drug policies – Leaders of harm reduction and HIV advocacy organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia condemn the decision by UNAIDS to participate in, and support a regional conference on HIV set to take place in Moscow, where harsh government policies and laws will bar the participation […]

Injectable ARVs and PReP, viral load testing developments, questions on Global Funds in Nigeria and Uganda, we’re reading updates and more . . .

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AVAC’s latest PxWire – News at March’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs offered monkeys protection against vaginal and rectal HIV exposure paved the way for investigating if the approach would work for people too, and raised expectations that long-acting PReP, or pre-exposure prevention of HIV is possible, AVAC […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

“Country ownership” needs tweaking, circumcision data needs sharing, TB-stricken South African miners need justice . . . What else is new? We’re reading about unmet needs

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The good, the bad, and the uncomfortable in country ownership – This commentary in aidspan’s Global Fund Observer comes in the wake of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan’s signature on the newest anti-gay law threatens the country’s HIV response, but that is only one in a series of problems, it shows, that defining “country ownership” as […]