Monthly Archives: October 2013

From coast to coast, Dr. Mike Cohen presses the case for immediate HIV treatment

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In the middle of the first week of the U.S. government shutdown, the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS relief was a respite from the void, as clinicians and researchers discussed the unmet needs of adolescents, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and people […]

With departure of Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Goosby pending, advocates hoping for swift action on replacement

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Through the summer, talk circulated that Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby was preparing to move on – and today we’re hearing that his departure date is set for as early as Oct. 26. After four years of leading the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and its President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief […]

Bill calls for U.S. to integrate comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to global efforts

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Imagine if a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program comprised an integral part of the U.S. global health response. Funding would be authorized and services would be available to build a continuum of care that would promote voluntary family planning information and resources where unmet demand  exists, provide comprehensive sexuality education, link contraceptive services to […]

Clinician scientists urge support for PEPFAR bill, while we’re reading about the high stakes of the U.S. global health response

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Update — The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Bill of 2013: In spite of the government shutdown, hopes were high in the beginning of the month that the Senate would take action on a bill to extend the the United States global AIDS response. Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders Robert Menendez and Bob Corker introduced S […]

AIDS Vaccine 2013 — with new approaches on the horizon, it’s a wrap-up: A dreaded infection as “the Goldilocks vector,” getting with the times and a view of politicians’ “cognate immunity”

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Science Speaks  live-blogged from AIDS Vaccine 2013 from Oct. 7 to Oct 10, in Barcelona, Spain. With the theme “Progress, Partnership and Perserverance,” the last event for the foreseeable future to focus exclusively on HIV/AIDS vaccine development, aired promising developments while looking ahead at new approaches, and the uncertainties of politics. Could the Cytomegalovirus be […]

IDWeek: Latest approach to TB treatment looks at novel drug regimens

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With the pipeline for new tuberculosis drugs “perilously under populated,” the new paradigm in tuberculosis treatment focuses on using existing drugs and evaluating them in combination  to develop better, shorter regimens, according to leading physician scientists at last week’s IDWeek meeting in San Francisco.  Researchers are now looking at individual drug compounds and putting them […]

AIDS Vaccine 2013: Do you want the good news first, or the bad news?

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AT THIS CONFERENCE, THE GOOD NEWS CAME FIRST . . . BARCELONA, SPAIN – As attendees depart for far flung corners of the earth, the final sessions of this AIDS vaccine conference addressed the unsettling questions lingering over the results of three halted clinical research trials for which follow up studies continue. These are the questions: As each trial was […]

AIDS Vaccine 2013: Four years on, surprise success of Thai trial buoys field

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS Vaccine 2013 this week. Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme “Progress, Partnership and Perserverance,” from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, this event brings together a history of hope, and an update on opportunities that have shown themselves in recent years. BARCELONA, SPAIN – In a field as complex […]

AIDS Vaccine 2013: “We’re going backwards” trial enrollment should include couples counseling

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS Vaccine 2013 this week. Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme “Progress, Partnership and Perserverance,” from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, this event brings together a history of hope, and an update on opportunities that have shown themselves in recent years. The t-shirt Dr. William Kilembe and a few […]

AIDS Vaccine 2013: Conference set to open with “progress, partnership and perserverance” . . . and leading researchers benched by shutdown

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS Vaccine 2013 this week. Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme “Progress, Partnership and Perserverance,” from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, this event brings together a history of hope, and an update on opportunities that have shown themselves in recent years. The voice of Dr. Anthony Fauci sounded, clear, […]