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  • Over the past decade, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — in partnership with other countries and financing mechanisms — has helped change the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic. Yet, right now, PEPFAR is operating without targets. Read why targets are necessary and how they drive action.

    August 3, 2015
  • The new National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), now updated for 2015-2020, is focused heavily on prevention and includes a strong endorsement of PrEP as a strategic option. This article in BuzzFeed takes on six common misconceptions about PrEP and clarifies what the science really has to say about this blue pill.

    August 2, 2015
  • In the past, there was a sense that stopping the HIV/AIDS epidemic would require some radically new biomedical intervention. The growing consensus, however, is that the tools needed to stamp out HIV already exist if they could just be used in the right way.

    July 7, 2015
  • An experimental vaccine protected half of a batch of monkeys against a virus similar to the AIDS virus, scientists reported.

    July 2, 2015
    NBC News
  • Circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV, most scientists agree, but the consensus is not universal. One dissenter is Ronald Goldman, a psychologist in Boston, in the US, who wrote to The Times yesterday decrying the use of the procedure as an HIV prophylactic.

    July 1, 2015
    The Times (South Africa)
  • The hotly anticipated START trial, designed to answer whether starting HIV treatment at a high CD4 count is preferable to delaying, has been halted more than a year early due to powerful evidence supporting early treatment.

    June 1, 2015
  • People who started taking AIDS drugs soon after they were diagnosed were healthier and had fewer side-effects than people who waited, a new study found. Researchers were so impressed by the results that they have stopped the study early and will offer the drugs to all the volunteers taking part.

    May 27, 2015
    NBC News
  • The search for an effective vaccine is in its most promising phase ever, with some 30 different candidates in the pipeline reflecting an exciting array of scientific approaches. But we don’t yet have all the tools we need, which is why it is the worst time to scale back on AIDS research.

    May 18, 2015
    The Hill
  • As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day today, an Associate Professor of Paediatric Dentistry and Consultant at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, Dr. Morenike Ukpong, has called for all hands to be on deck to ensure that all available HIV prevention methods reach people who need them.

    May 18, 2015
    All Africa
  • The Body shares an AVAC infographic for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

    May 15, 2015
    The Body