Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Researcher finds unintended consequence: women avoid healthcare settings for childbirth to avoid perception — or news — that they have HIV

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The word is out in the rural Nyanza Province of Kenya: Pregnant women with HIV should deliver their babies in health facilities that are equipped to deal with the complications they might face. The result? Added to the cost, distance, and inconvenience of going to a health facility for prenatal care and delivery is this […]

Sustainable HIV prevention possibilities present choices, challenges

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When he looks at what biomedical science can do in the next decade to prevent HIV transmission, Jim Turpin of the National Institutes of Health said, he thinks of the lyrics of a Timbuk3 song: “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” By, which, actually, he means — don’t get blinded by the light; […]

Dr. Fauci on innovative HIV vaccine initiative awards: “There are fundamental questions that remain unanswered”

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Researchers at 14 institutions will explore new approaches to designing a vaccine against HIV with awards that are part of an anticipated four-year, $34.8 million initiative, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced today. The awards reflect directions suggested by previous research, as well as the need to explore new avenues toward a […]

Paths to a cure: Dr. Dan Kuritzkes discusses experiences of two patients

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When Dr. Dan Kuritzkes of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital presented his team’s findings on two HIV-positive men who remained on antiretroviral therapy while undergoing stem cell transplants, and in whom the levels of HIV DNA had since dropped to undetectable levels, he was careful to emphasize that he was not claiming […]

Groups to Global Fund, PEPFAR: Support switch from toxic treatment

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Imagine a country that, while poor, serves as something of a model for getting treatment for HIV out to those who need it —  addressing  obstacles that can make the  vision of full-scale coverage and  treatment as prevention seem like a mirage elsewhere. That’s how international donors and implementers talk about Malawi, where, they say, […]

CDC issues interim guidelines on preexposure antiretroviral use for heterosexual adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for clinicians prescribing antiretroviral medicine to prevent acquisition of HIV in heterosexual men and women, saying daily doses of Truvada can be safe and effective in reducing risk of infection. The guidelines, released in the agency’s August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, emphasize that […]

Lessons learned, lessons yet to be learned, Lancet’s MSM series, tuberculosis as kindling — HIV as the match, and more . . .

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JAIDS all-PEPFAR supplement is free online and gives a past, present, future look at the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief as a historic effort that can still look forward to its greatest accomplishments. While the emphasis is on the program’s successes and a pre-AIDS 2012 panel discussion was light on the “lessons learned” from […]

WHO documents summarize current guidelines, progress, next steps, and pitfalls

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Remember when one of the objections to rolling out life-saving treatment to people living with HIV in developing countries was that lack of capacity to maintain treatment would lead to drug resistance on a massive scale? While that didn’t happen at the scary levels projected, the transmission of drug resistant strains of HIV continue to […]