Category Archives: Covid-19/2019-nCoV

Virtual CROI 2021: Disparate impacts of two pandemics highlight systemic and leadership failures across four decades

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As the AIDS epidemic emerged and spread in 1981, its swift and steep death toll raising urgent needs for answers and action, it was met at first with silence, a speaker at today’s virtual CROI noted. President Reagan did not acknowledge the pandemic or say the word AIDS until 1987, while other officials spoke of […]

Virtual CROI 2021: In opening talk Dr. Fauci looks at the “two-way street” of lessons from HIV and COVID-19

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Transmitted by people without symptoms, hitting populations regarded too widely as “disposable,” its spread facilitated by claims the deadly public health threat is a hoax, and presenting lessons in research that include the critical roles of community engagement and of collaborative endeavors reaching across disciplines and national boundaries, HIV offered valuable lessons to scientists and […]

COVID vaccines in HIV-Positive recipients: Need for more data from the Novavax South Africa study and with other vaccine platforms

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The Jan. 28 Novavax press release that included preliminary results from its COVID-19 vaccine Phase 2b trial in South Africa appears to contain a significant difference in efficacy between volunteers who were HIV-positive and HIV-negative. If verified, then the implications warrant sustained attention for this protein-based adjuvanted COVID-19 […]

A plan maintains continuity of HIV care in a Nigerian state during COVID-19 lockdown

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The following is a guest post by Tyra Fom of Data.FI The COVID-19 pandemic poses a double threat for people living with HIV, who must find ways during lockdown to access their antiretroviral therapy from overwhelmed health facilities. In addition, people who have the virus but are not yet diagnosed face challenges getting tested and […]

To End the HIV Epidemic among Latinx populations, look at the big picture and zoom in

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By Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Dr. Barbara Taylor In February 2019, the federal government updated national HIV goals to end the epidemic in the U.S. by 2030. Those goals appeared to be coming into reach because of significant overall progress in the fight against HIV, with deaths attributed to HIV across the U.S. decreasing by approximately 4% […]

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: An overlooked crisis leads to missed opportunities

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Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health and the co-chair of the Ending the HIV Epidemic working group for the HIV Medicine Association, which produces this blog. Today, on National Latinx AIDS […]

As we face a new pandemic, the Ryan White Program has shown us the path ahead

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Thirty years ago this week Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program that addresses obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest hit by […]

Three decades after passage of the Ryan White Care Act, an HIV physician looks at gains and the challenges ahead

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Thirty years ago today Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination against people with HIV before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program addressing obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest […]

COVID-19: In Maryland and across America, disparate outcomes show impacts of inequities

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Allison Agwu, M.D., ScM is an associate professor of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She cares for patients across the age spectrum, in both the pediatric and adult Ryan-White funded HIV clinics at Johns Hopkins, as the founder and medical director of the Accessing Care […]

COVID-19: In Amb. Birx, the White House gets a scientist, physician, public health expert and global health realist as response coordinator

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If the criteria for the selection announced Wednesday night of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 seemed less than obvious to public health experts, another appointment announced today may bring a measure of reassurance. Mr. Pence faced criticism in his most prominent previous role in a […]