Monthly Archives: October 2012

ID Week: Awareness, treatment options, research needed to address HIV/Hepatitis B coinfection

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SAN DIEGO, CA- With liver disease the second leading killer of people living with HIV and one in every six HIV-positive people in resource-poor settings co-infected with Hepatitis B, efforts to increase awareness, screening, prevention, treatment access and research of effective treatments are needed, Dr. Chloe Thio told an audience at  ID Week, this morning. […]

ID Week: Biomedical prevention efforts must address range of challenges

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San Diego, CA — At a symposium entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in HIV Prevention today at ID Week, Jean Marrazzo offered a summation of the pre-exposure phophylaxis (PrEP) research findings and highlighted some of the nuances and unanswered questions about disparate study results. She began by defining the now widely used term “biomedical prevention” as […]

Keeping up with the Global Fund

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After a tumultuous few years the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is nearing completion of, at least, the first phases of a makeover, with the framework for a new funding model agreed upon at its September board meeting, and details of the model to be decided at the next, Nov. 14-15 board […]

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 […]

Focus, inclusion, aspiration and language highlight changes in 2013 PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Guidance

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What a difference a year can make, when sometime within that year a goal comes into focus. Every year the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief puts together a set of guidelines — a Guidance — on how to turn Country Operational Plans into the realities of setting, reaching and documenting goals to put epidemic-fighting […]

Blueprint: Dr. Myron Cohen on treatment as prevention and other essential elements of a global AIDS plan

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Dr. Myron S. Cohen is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. This work was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011. His research focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV, and […]

The largest agency in global health, spreading word of home-grown research, a look at the Global Health Initiative’s life — and afterlife, and more . . .

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Global Health: It is the oldest agency in the United States, has a reach that extends effectively to all countries, is involved in health service delivery and health research, but is not budgeted as a global health agency, nor is global health considered its mission. All the same, the […]

Good Participatory Practice TB drug trial guidelines lay groundwork for research, use of new treatments

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If you consider all the years that time stood still in the world of tuberculosis drug research, the most compelling aspect of the Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB Drug Trials just released by a Critical Paths to TB Drug Regimens working group is that occasions exist for them to be used. With nearly half […]

Blueprint: Dr. Kenneth Mayer on a menu of prevention in a global AIDS plan

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Dr. Kenneth Mayer provided care to people living with HIV since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and developed some of the first cohort studies and prevention interventions dealing with the epidemic. As the founding medical research director of Fenway Health, he created a health research program with an international reputation for its community-based peer-reviewed […]

U.S. global AIDS blueprint must address those at greatest risk, groups say

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Echoing Secretary Hillary Clinton’s call for a United States plan to fight the global AIDS epidemic, representatives of 12 organizations and institutions have sent a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, detailing the ways the plan should address the needs Clinton said must be addressed in the plan: those of people who […]