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  • Increased attention to the delivery of HIV prevention and treatment programmes is needed to prepare communities for a potential roll-out of a vaccine, which will most probably be partially-effective, experts say. “How to deliver a 31 percent effective vaccine - it’s hard stuff, it’s uncharted territory, and it’s un-costed territory,” Mitchell Warren, executive director of the New York-based NGO AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), told IRIN.

    October 23, 2013
    IRIN
  • About a dozen countries hit hard by AIDS have reached a “tipping point” that means they are winning their battles against the disease, according to a new analysis.

    October 7, 2013
    New York Times
  • In November, 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a three-year clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, announcing the arrival of a treatment that could reduce the risk of contracting H.I.V. by more than ninety per cent. But, in fact, adoption of the drug has been slow. According to Dawn Smith, a biomedical interventions implementation officer in the C.D.C.’s epidemiology branch, at least half a million Americans are good candidates for PrEP—meaning that they are at high risk for contracting H.I.V.

    October 1, 2013
    The New Yorker
  • Although we have yet to discover a vaccine to prevent HIV infection or lower viral load, there are currently 30 candidates moving forward in clinical trials across the world. AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention’s Executive Director Mitchell Warren spoke to EDGE about current human clinical trials in Thailand and South Africa that show promise.

    September 27, 2013
    Edge on the Net
  • 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

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