Tag Archives: HIV prevention

Panel members: Policy stemming from PEPFAR evaluation needs to integrate “earthquake” that happened in its midst

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When a report evaluating the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief produces recommendations that give little weight to the most recent major scientific breakthrough in HIV research, what will its impact on policy be? That ended up being one of the central questions in a panel discussion April 30, at the Center […]

Microbicides Conference Opens Amid High Expectations

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This post is by the Global Center’s David Bryden, who is attending the 2010 International Microbicides Conference this week in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for more coverage of this important conference. An exciting conference on microbicides for HIV prevention has gotten underway in Pittsburgh, Penn. There is an air of anticipation at the meeting because some of the […]

Enhanced NIH Funding Vital For Success in Battle Against AIDS

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If there’s any question about the value of U.S. investments in scientific research on HIV/AIDS, Anthony Fauci probably put it to rest today by noting that in the period since HIV first emerged, “we went from a 26-week lifespan to a 40-year-plus life span” for those infected with the virus. Talk about measureable outcomes. That […]

Scientific Data on PrEP is Promising, But Real-World Impact Still Uncertain

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Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH, President, Research, Family Health International, recently gave a provocative presentation at a Microbicides Trial Network meeting in Washington, D.C., providing insights about the potential public health impact of microbicides, if the scientific evidence demonstrates efficacy in preventing HIV transmission. We spoke with Dr. Cates about the challenges of translating scientific […]

Don't miss the April 1 online presentation on treatment as prevention

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Can ARV treatment be used to prevent HIV infection?  What are the implications?  How far along is the science? Mark your calendar to hear an online presentation and discussion on treatment as prevention, Thursday, April 1 at 10am EDT. You can ask questions via the web as it is taking place, and you can also […]

UNAIDS Expert: Prevention Needs Full Funding

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Evaristo Marowa, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Botswana, said today that major opportunities to prevent HIV, and save billions of dollars in the long run, will be missed if the US and the international community fail to increase AIDS funding for Botswana and other countries in southern and eastern Africa.  He made his comments in a presentation […]

Goosby Promises "Steep" Scale Up of HIV Prevention Services

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Despite a nearly flat budget, US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby today promised a “steep increase” in PEPFAR’s prevention activity, as the program pivots from an emergency US response to a broader long-term, country-driven endeavor. Indeed, Dr. Goosby signaled that PEPFAR will be as aggressive in scaling up prevention services in the next five years […]

UNAIDS Report Shows Gains in HIV Prevention

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The new UNAIDS report out today—an epidemic update—highlights key strides made in HIV prevention. New HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years, the new UNAIDS data shows, including declines in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and elsewhere. The report also says that the number of AIDS-related deaths has dropped by more […]

Efforts to Overturn Needle Exchange Hit Snag in House

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One step forward, half a step back. That’s where advocates of evidence-based treatment of HIV/AIDS seem to have landed Friday in their efforts to overturn the two-decades-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. Last week, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, successfully moved to nix the needle-exchange ban when a subcommittee took […]

WHO Bulletin Examines Using ART to Prevent HIV Transmission

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The World Health Organization’s latest bulletin is a must-read for experts and advocates working on global AIDS, delving into the hot topic of preventing HIV transmission with antiretroviral drugs and noting upcoming WHO action on this issue in the coming months. The bulletin, authored by Kevin M De Cock and others in the WHO’s Department […]