Tag Archives: HIV/AIDS

Looking forward to AIDS 2012: First prisoner networking zone, the epidemic in context, getting HIV treatment to the most people and more . . .

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Justice in Prisons: Health Access, Treatment and Prevention at Prisoner Networking Zone Often coming from situations of the greatest risks for HIV, the dangers confronting prisoners are multiplied when, in overcrowded cells, lacking basic nutrition, health and hygiene and ability to protect themselves from infection, they are locked away, whether convicted or awaiting trial in […]

Is PrEP Ready for Primetime?

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This week’s New England Journal of Medicine showcases the results of clinical trials testing the use of antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV acquisition in uninfected individuals.  The results, which have been widely reported at major conferences, are mixed. An article by Lut Van Damme and colleagues reports on the primary results of the Preexposure Prophylaxis […]

PEPFAR recommends integrating international TB screening guidelines into prevention of mother to child HIV transmission work

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Pointing to mounting evidence of the impact of tuberculosis on the health of pregnant women and their children, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief is recommending improvements to efforts to detect the disease in settings offering health services to pregnant women, women with HIV, newborns, and children. “Recent studies have shown that HIV-infected pregnant […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

CDC weighs in: contraceptive hormones look safe for HIV-exposed, infected — but use condoms, too

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It was a global health Catch-22: Women’s ability to prevent unintended pregnancies is pivotal to the fight against HIV, but researchers had deduced that one of the most widely used and effective methods of contraception in areas hardest hit by the epidemic could increase transmission of the virus. Research released last year, following earlier studies […]

WHO’s HIV/TB update latest move toward treatment as prevention

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The potential for antiretroviral medicine to reduce transmission of HIV and tuberculosis has been demonstrated, but the challenges of using treatment to prevent infection will need to be tackled country by country, and with focus on people for whom it will have the biggest impact, the latest bulletin on HIV treatment from the World Health […]

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.

An HIV-positive mother’s plight in Zambia

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The Center’s Rabita Aziz describes a visit to Livingstone General Hospital’s antiretroviral therapy (ART) ward in Zambia during a recent Congressional delegate trip to Africa. In a dark room so small and cramped that the door won’t even close, Ndabila Singango, a provincial clinical mentor employed by the Center for Infectious Disease Research of Zambia (CIDRZ), tests […]

What We’re Reading

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As we head into the International Aids Conference next week, here are a few stories and posts to get your wheels turning. Stay tuned for live blogging from the Conference. News came this week of an antibody that can kill 91% of strains of HIV, bringing hope for an effective vaccine against the virus. A […]

Looking toward Vienna: Mark Harrington

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The International AIDS Conference starts this coming weekend. ScienceSpeaks sat down with Mark Harrington (right), executive director of the Treatment Action Group (TAG), to get his thoughts on the meeting. TAG is an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for AIDS. TAG’s programs focus on […]