Monthly Archives: July 2010

Lack of TB Screening for PLHA: “Malpractice on the grandest scale”

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Vienna — “Today, only 4.1 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are screened for TB,” said RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter during a press conference Wednesday at IAS 2010.  “And this is despite TB being the most likely infection to kill [HIV infected persons.]” “Failure to provide this screening is malpractice on the grandest scale,” […]

When to Start in Uganda

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The following post is by HIVMA Executive Director Andrea Weddle, reporting from the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. “There’s no separate science for the rich and poor. The research applies to both,” said Dr. Peter Mugyenyi when asked whether “when to start to HIV treatment” was a real question for Uganda and countries in sub-Saharan […]

A Marriage Made in Hell: HIV/TB Co-Infection

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Vienna — “Slow, timid, and uncoordinated.” Those were the words Tony Harries, Senior Adviser to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, used to describe the response to deadly HIV/TB co-infection, with its 40 percent mortality. Harries opened the session of TB and HV Management in High-Prevalence Settings Wednesday morning at the 18th International […]

Post CAPRISA: Fauci Describes Another PrEP Trial Underway

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During a press conference Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, describes the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) trial. The study is testing the safety and efficacy of microbicide gel containing the ARV drug tenofovir, […]

If You Can Treat Them, They Will Test

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Vuyiseka Dubula, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign and plenary speaker on Monday at the International AIDS Conference, speaks about her own experience testing positive for HIV and being told she could not be treated. She speaks to the importance of providing HIV testing with the assurance that care is available if a person […]

Investment in AIDS Rebuilt South African Health Care System, Must Continue

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The following post is by HIV Medicine Association Executive Director Andrea Weddle, reporting from the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. “Invest in health. Invest in AIDS. Investing in AIDS is investing in health,” were the closing remarks from the South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi during his plenary address to the International AIDS […]

Antiretrovirals for Prevention: Panacea or Pandora's Box

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The following post is by Kenneth Mayer, MD, in response to the recent CAPRISA 004 trial results presented at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. He is the co-chair of the Global Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee and was recently elected to serve on the International AIDS Society (IAS) Governing Council. Treatment as prevention is a […]

Test, Treat & Go?

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The following post is by Andrea Weddle, Executive Director of the HIV Medicine Association, reporting from the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. Danish researcher Susan Cowan coined the “Test, Treat & Go” phrase after presenting data suggesting that the prevention benefit of HIV treatment accounts for a lower HIV transmission rate in Denmark. The presentation […]