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  • About 260,000 children were affected by the AIDS-causing virus in 2012, a 52% drop since 2001, the UNAIDS report found. In addition, the combined rate in children and adults fell to 2.3 million new infections, a 33% reduction during the same time period.

    September 23, 2013
    MSNBC
  • Activists in Uganda, where some 400 people are infected with HIV every day, have called on the government to rethink its dismissal of an emerging prevention protocol demonstrated to be effective in a trial conducted partly in Uganda, and which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

    September 3, 2013
    IRIN
  • Health experts on Thursday called for trials of an HIV vaccine under development in Thailand to be speeded up following recent setbacks in other efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.

    August 29, 2013
    Agence France Press
  • Our recent report, From Research to Reality: Investing in HIV Prevention Research in a Challenging Landscape, shows that US $1.3 billion in 2012 enabled sustained investment in new and potentially powerful preventive tools like vaccines and microbicides, and emerging prevention methods such as voluntary adult male circumcision, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT), and treatment-as-prevention.

    July 23, 2013
    The Lancet Global Health Blog
  • A broader base of funders is needed to sustain support for HIV prevention research, which continues to make breakthroughs that could help to end the AIDS epidemic, according to a report released on Saturday.

    July 5, 2013
    Vaccine News Daily
  • The new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on HIV treatment and prevention which were released at the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur do provide hope that more people living with HIV will be able to live healthy - only if these guidelines get implemented in letter and spirit on the ground.

    July 3, 2013
    Asian Tribune
  • A trial of the only vaccine to offer partial protection from HIV, after 30 years of research, was started in South Africa this week.

    June 21, 2013
    Times (South Africa)
  • A once-a-day pill can protect people who inject drugs such as heroin from the AIDS virus, lowering their risk by nearly 50 percent, researchers reported Wednesday.

    June 12, 2013
    NBC News
  • The National Institutes of Health on Thursday halted a study testing an experimental HIV vaccine after an independent review board found the vaccine did not prevent HIV infection and did not reduce the amount of HIV in the blood. "This trial has provided a clear, swift answer about a specific vaccine strategy. It's not the answer we hoped for, but the search doesn't end here," Mitchell Warren, executive director of the nonprofit group AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, said in a statement.

    April 25, 2013
    Reuters
  • For more than 30 years, the belief was that “safer sex = condoms”. But what happens when science shows that pills and gels can also prevent HIV? How do we rethink decades of prevention programs that equated condoms with safer sex and left few other choices?

    April 1, 2013
    ACHIEVE Vol. 5, No. 4

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