Category Archives: Condoms

Beginning to End the AIDS Epidemic: What’s the Research Agenda?

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Capitol Hill briefing highlights research agenda to end AIDS

The following is a guest blog post by Chris Collins, vice president and director of Public Policy at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC.

Looking back over three decades of AIDS, it’s hard to point to a better investment than research. Over the past three years, a string of HIV prevention research breakthroughs has put the ambitious goal of even talking about an end of AIDS within sight for the first time. With more strategic use of the tools we have today, we can bend the curve of new infections…

Eye on Rwanda – successes and challenges in HIV testing and treatment

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In many ways, Rwanda is a success story in terms of provision of services to people with HIV — just 18 years after 800,000 people were massacred in the country’s 1994 genocide. Anita Asiimwe, MD, MPH, of the Rwanda Biomedica Center in Kigali, drew a picture of what is seen on the ground for an […]

Community group cautions WHO on communication of its guidance on hormonal contraceptives and HIV

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The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) expressed concern Monday over the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Technical Statement on Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV and its accompanying press release. WHO released the statement last week – concluding that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal […]

HIV docs tell a powerful tale of combination prevention

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“This is an extraordinary moment in the AIDS epidemic – we finally have the tools to turn the tide,” said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, speaking to the arsenal of HIV prevention interventions the AIDS community now has at its disposal to combat new infections worldwide. She spoke alongside a […]

CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

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New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative […]

Level of HIV virus in the blood is major determinant of sexual transmission

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A study of heterosexual couples in several sub-Saharan African countries found that the amount of HIV virus in an infected person’s blood is the major determinant of whether or not they will pass the virus on to their uninfected sexual partners. Published today in The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), the article “Determinants of Per-Coital-Act […]

President Obama pledges to put 6 million on treatment globally by 2013

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A renewed effort to end AIDS: “30 years and 30 million funerals”

President Obama made a bold announcement Thursday, World AIDS Day, to renew U.S. leadership in the fight against global AIDS – pledging to put 2 million more people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program by 2013.

Sec. Clinton: “Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a priority of the U.S. government until today…”

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The community responds to Clinton’s momentous speech

The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a bold announcement Tuesday – that an AIDS free generation is possible and the U.S. will be working toward that goal. Aiming to reinvigorate the fight against global AIDS, she emphasized the leadership role the U.S. must play but, as administration folks have reiterated for several months, the U.S. cannot do it alone.

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

Pope Benedict Speaks Out on Condom Use

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The Associated Press reported earlier this week that in a new book about Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff says condom use can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV. Vatican spokesman Reverend Federico Lombardi clarified the Pope’s statement Tuesday, stating that condom use is acceptable prevention against HIV transmission for women and transsexual […]