Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

OGAC’s Dr. Caroline Ryan discusses PEPFAR male circumcision efforts

By on .

This is the first in a week-long series exploring efforts to reduce HIV incidence via scaling up medical male circumcision (MC) in sub-Saharan Africa. Clinical trials have shown MC protects males by up to 60 percent from contracting HIV during vaginal sex. For more information, check out the Center’s recent report “Medical Male Circumcision as […]

CROI plenary speaker calls for universal test and treat for pregnant women in Malawi

By on .

Anthony Harries, MD, offered a powerful overview of the history of the global AIDS response from the vantage point of his work over more than a decade in the small African country of Malawi. He spoke at the plenary session of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston Sunday. Malawi is a […]

“The demands on science have never been greater” – key players discuss IAS 2012 in Washington

By on .

Organizers of the International AIDS Society 2012 meeting to be held in Washington, DC, hosted a press conference Friday introducing key meeting partners to the media and highlighting the progress that needs to be made in the district’s own HIV epidemic. “This conference will be remembered as another pivotal moment in the epidemic,” said Elly […]

Gates Foundation’s Dr. Bertozzi talks about what’s to come for HIV and TB

By on .

In the first of a two-part series with TB and HIV experts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, director of HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Foundation, gives his thoughts on what lies ahead this year in HIV and TB building on key developments from the past year and a half. In his role, Dr. Bertozzi oversees grants in HIV vaccine development, biomedical prevention research, diagnostics development and resistance monitoring, and strategies for introduction and scaling-up of interventions. He has held past leadership roles at UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico.

Gates on HIV/AIDS: We need a higher sense of urgency

By on .

Bill Gates recently released his third annual letter, in which he discusses many of the global health causes close to his heart, namely polio, vaccination, malaria and HIV/AIDS among others. In the letter, Gates writes regarding HIV and the 33 million people living with HIV today, “Given all the lives that are at stake, I am impatient enough about this that I am willing to be viewed as a troublemaker by people who are happy with the status quo.”

In this video clip, Gates discusses the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, while stressing that much remains to be done and a higher sense of urgency is needed. “We are making progress… but the rate of progress in reducing treatment costs, honing in on prevention tools, creating the ultimate prevention tool, an AIDS vaccine, is going slower than I think it should…” Gates said.

Extended iPrEx study looks at long-term safety, behavior change and medication adherence

By on .

In a conference call convened by AVAC Tuesday, government representatives, scientists and advocates discussed the particulars of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEx) open label study set to launch at some trial sites in March 2011. The study continues on the infrastructure of the original iPrEx study trial, which determined that daily oral dosing of Truvada among […]

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

By on .

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 […]

Bipartisan foreign aid, and Obama’s Global Health Initiative

By on .

The following is a collection of recent articles and news pieces making headlines in HIV/TB and global health:

A call for more effective foreign assistance: An opinion piece in The Daily Caller calls for more effective foreign assistance programs and bipartisan efforts to strengthen U.S. global leadership. Mark Green, Jim Kolbe, and Rob Mosbacher argue that the new Congress should make a bipartisan effort to improve foreign aid – just 1% of the federal budget – rather than slash budgets.

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

By on .

There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission: Update on a PEPFAR priority on Capitol Hill

By on .

Yesterday the Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on the successes and challenges in the global response to mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.  A panel of experts representing programs funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) discussed their respective organizations’ prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) activities and […]