Tag Archives: AVAC

Science, not politics, must lead to COVID vaccine approvals

By on .

Political pressure to speed the introduction of COVID vaccines threatens scientifically proven systems to protect public safety and research integrity The following is a guest post from Uché Blackstock, MD, Founder & CEO, Advancing Health Equity, and Mitchell Warren, Executive Director, AVAC COVID-19 has devastated communities and health systems around the world – but it […]

COVID-19: The HIV research advocacy movement offers lessons

By on .

What we have learned from HIV can guide responses to COVID-19 that are innovative, effective and inclusive, and can help end the pandemic faster The following is a guest post by Stacey Hannah of AVAC In biomedical research, there is a “before HIV” era, and the world we live in now. Before HIV, most responses […]

Budget cuts threaten HIV vaccine development, say experts

By on .

New HIV infections would decrease by 40 percent within ten years after the launch of an HIV vaccine, experts said at an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event on Monday hosted by AVAC, IAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Advancements in technology have paved the way for an effective HIV vaccine, but progress is threatened […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

By on .

To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds

By on .

Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […]

AIDS vaccine update: With Thai trial, broadly neutralizing antibodies, new technologies and monkeys that met the SIV challenge, “we’re closer than ever”

By on .

NIH AIDS Vaccine Research Program Director: “The future of HIV-1 Vaccines is bright.” In 1997, scientists announced the birth of Dolly the cloned sheep, a computer named Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion Gary Kasparov, and the Hubble telescope brought the far reaches of outer space closer. President Bill Clinton pointed to all of these […]

Uganda law concerns at home and abroad, CDC PrEP guidelines endorsed, getting ready for World AIDS Vaccine Day . . . We’re reading about what’s next

By on .

Ambassador Deborah Birx, on the Passage of the HIV Prevention and Control Act by the Ugandan Parliament –  With more than three decades of experiences at home and abroad offering lessons, Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx responds to the Uganda Parliament’s new HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, which criminalizes HIV transmission, mandates […]

International Partnership for Microbicides, pharmaceutical company agreement sets path for woman-controlled HIV prevention

By on .

The announcement today that Janssen R&D Ireland pharmaceutical company will give the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides exclusive worldwide rights to develop, make and market sexual and reproductive health products with the antiretroviral dapivirine was heralded by both organizations as a stride for global public health in general, and HIV prevention for women in particular. The […]

In Russia a UNAIDS conference setting ignores abuses, while in Bangladesh sex workers supply answers, and in Zambia rules raise questions — We’re reading about HIV and human rights (and Uganda . . .)

By on .

An open letter to UNAIDS on Russia’s drug policies – Leaders of harm reduction and HIV advocacy organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia condemn the decision by UNAIDS to participate in, and support a regional conference on HIV set to take place in Moscow, where harsh government policies and laws will bar the participation […]

Injectable ARVs and PReP, viral load testing developments, questions on Global Funds in Nigeria and Uganda, we’re reading updates and more . . .

By on .

AVAC’s latest PxWire – News at March’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs offered monkeys protection against vaginal and rectal HIV exposure paved the way for investigating if the approach would work for people too, and raised expectations that long-acting PReP, or pre-exposure prevention of HIV is possible, AVAC […]