Research, TB and the Robin Hood tax, harm reduction results, and more research . . .

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Px Wire: AVAC’s Quarterly Update on HIV Prevention Research includes great graphics, spells out clear definitions (i.e. “the purpose of sieve analysis,” is similar to what it sounds like), interesting updates — the latest yield from the Thai 144 AIDS vaccine trial, and vaginal microbicide ring research — including findings showing protection among 83 percent of monkeys testing an antiretroviral filled vaginal ring. With a comprehensive look at where research money has been going, it illustrates and makes a case for continuing the momentum of research investment, which is yielding real advances against the AIDS epidemic. AVAC Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention also invites questions on the updates at

Tuberculosis and the Robin Hood Tax : Over the next five years, says the first of these articles in the fall 2012 Global Health and Diplomacy, about 1.7 million people could die of tuberculosis because treatment is unavailable. This is one of the scenarios projected in the face of falling contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Or  a small piece of the money from a proposed financial-transaction tax — the “Robin Hood” tax on stocks, bonds and derivatives trading could continue the investment in global health by filling the gap. The first article, by former Portugal President and  U.N. Special Envoy for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis, makes the case for this, explaining that lack of treatment is, in the long run, the more expensive as well as less humane option. The second, by RESULTS Stop TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden explaining how it could be done. In the same issue, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South African television host Gerry Elsdon, both tuberculosis survivors, urge focused efforts to target HIV and tuberculosis together.

Opiate substitution treatment and HIV transmission in people who inject drugs: Shared needles as well as unprotected and transactional sex, that structural factors surrounding dependence on drugs can lead to, are among the reasons injecting drug use has been credited with up to 10 percent of HIV infections worldwide. This data analysis found, not surprisingly but convincingly, that treatment with opiate substitutes reduces transmission rates.

Top 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Invest in Global Health R & D: It saves lives, creates jobs, keeps us competitive — that’s part of a list put out by Research!America that shows it doesn’t take a scientist to see the point in funding and maintaining research to conquer diseases. Research!America also invites you to submit more reasons.



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