HIVR4P 2016: Live from Chicago

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CHICAGO – As the quest of new biomedical tools and interventions to prevent HIV infection and illness continues, Science Speaks is in Chicago this week covering the HIV Research For Prevention — HIVR4P 2016 — Conference. The conference promises news of developments in HIV treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis, circumcision (or, as they say here, TasP, […]

Global Health 2015: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB and more

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Ebola – Since surfacing in Guinea the day after Christmas 2013, the Ebola virus has killed at least 11,000 people, 500 of them front-line health workers, and, in the course of devastating communities and health systems, caused the deaths of many more. In that same period, an estimated 3 million people worldwide died of tuberculosis, […]

Accessible global health innovations critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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“You can design the most beautiful vaccine or other technology but without proper marketing or dissemination, it will sit on a shelf,” Kaitlin Christenson of PATH said Wednesday. Emphasizing that access and affordability are key to the success of innovations addressing global health concerns, she was speaking at  a Congressional panel focused on the role […]

UNAIDS, Lancet: Take accelerated action on HIV treatment access, research and development, and address epidemic drivers, or risk rebound

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. ” . . . the question is no longer whether the fight against AIDS can be won; the only questions are: will it be won — and when?” An international commission of scientists and others involved in and affected by responses to the global HIV pandemic released findings from a two-year examination of what […]

CROI 2015: With strides in treatment, prevention, and cures, science meets realities

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SEATTLE, WA — On the morning before the science-centered Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections opened today, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and now United Nations Special Envoy on TB Eric Goosby reflected on the “long, strange trip” of responses to HIV/TB. He was speaking at a discussion about HIV/TB research and noting that while […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

AIDS 2014: Confronting tragedy and progress, 20th International AIDS Conference brought approaches, community together

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“Unity” was the word that incoming International AIDS Society President Chris Beyrer used to characterize AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The word, he said, at a panel discussion last week, described the response to the loss of six HIV movement leaders, who, en route to the conference died in the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight […]

AIDS 2014: Antiretroviral treatment update kicks off final plenary session

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia this week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA –  Professor David Cooper kicked off the final opening plenary in Melbourne today with a review on antiretroviral therapy including a look at recommended drug regimens for first- […]