Antiviral Research has a supplement this month on recent trends in microbicide formulations.
A report from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies out of the University of California looked at psychiatric risk factors for HIV disease progression. Researchers found that depression and substance use were tied to discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy, therefore hastening the progression of the disease.
A survey finds that HIV prevention programs often exclude men who have sex with men (MSM). The report – from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV – found that only 39 percent of respondents had easy access to free condoms and 57 percent found it to be either difficult or impossible to access HIV testing services. Three
–quarters of respondents were from low- and middle-income countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday its support of the Xpert MTB/RIF for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV-infected individuals. The results of the test demonstration study were announced in September of this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, producing results for many patients in approximately 100 minutes. Current test could take up to three months.
“The Xpert MTB/RIF is a revolutionary technology that could allow TB programs in resource-limited settings to leapfrog from 19th century microscopic techniques to 21st century rapid molecular assays,” said Celine Gounder, MD, ScM, from the Center for Tuberculosis Research at Johns Hopkins University…
Implementing an aggressive medical male circumcision (MC) scale-up program in countries with high HIV prevalence and low rates of MC could save millions of lives and significant resources. That’s according to a new report issued by leading infectious diseases scientists in global health at the Center for Global Health Policy. Medical MC is a one […]
Some disappointing news has emerged from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the body of experts that considers requests for resources from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Only 44 percent of the HIV proposals submitted for Round Ten were successful. In a pattern consistent with previous rounds, the TB proposals and the malaria proposals were much more successful, 54 and 79 percent respectively. (Note: These figures include resources for crosscutting health systems strengthening.)
Below is a list of notable opinion pieces and statements released on and around World AIDS DAY (Dec. 1): Act Now to Suppress AIDS Spread: Drs Kathleen Squires and Rafael Campo laud recent advances in HIV prevention research and urge new and continuing congressional members to take up the cause of supporting HIV/AIDS treatment and […]
How do we prepare for the possible roll-out of a topical microbicide for the prevention of HIV infection in women? That was one of many key questions posed to Monday’s esteemed panelists at a meeting hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID called the meeting in response to the encouraging Center for the […]
The White House hosted a World AIDS Day event today with a video from the President and remarks from a number of key administration officials with leadership posts related to HIV/AIDS. Jeff Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy hosted the event in tandem with Dr. Eric Goosby, Director of the Office of […]