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  • Millions of HIV infections could be averted by treating patients earlier than current guidelines recommend, after a study showed giving pills to patients as soon as they’re diagnosed can prevent them infecting others.

    May 13, 2011
    Bloomberg
  • The journal Science chose an AIDS study as the twenty-eleven "Breakthrough of the Year." The study found that antiretroviral drugs can greatly lower the risk of spreading HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It showed that infected people with early treatment were ninety-six percent less likely to infect their partners.

    January 10, 2011
    Voice of America
  • To ensure that high-level promises are kept and to get the funding we need to effectively implement the tenets of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we need our A-list soldiers on the line. In that spirit, we offer the following list of 100 people we feel have great impact on HIV/AIDS in the United States today. We have many of them to thank for the progress we’ve recently made. These people are also likely to keep the heat on in the months and years to come.

    December 31, 2010
    General
    POZ
  • For the first time, a microbicide gel -- a product that could be used by women -- had been shown to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.

    December 23, 2010
    MedPage Today
  • Last week, 2,499 gay and bisexual men and transgender women from four continents made history when the iPrEx HIV prevention trial reported positive results.

    December 10, 2010
    Huffington Post
  • In the study, published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that the men taking Truvada, a common combination of two antiretroviral drugs, were 44 percent less likely to get infected with the virus that causes AIDS than an equal number taking a placebo.

    November 23, 2010
    New York Times
  • In the next few months, said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, an advocacy group for AIDS prevention, “we’re going to see a cascade of results” from trials of what is called “oral pre-exposure prophylaxis,” or “oral prep” for short. In them, men and women who are not infected with the AIDS virus but who regularly engage in high-risk sex, like anal sex without condoms or sex for money with strangers, take a daily dose of one or two of the antiretroviral drugs normally taken by infected people.

    November 8, 2010
    New York Times
  • Mitchell Warren, executive director of global advocacy organisation AVAC, said: "Not only is South Africa at the forefront of testing individual approaches but it is leading the development of combination prevention, which is clearly the only way to truly end the epidemic."

    May 26, 2010
    Times (South Africa)
  • This year, for the first time, we mark the Day with hope based on evidence from a trial in humans that shows that an AIDS vaccine is possible.

    May 17, 2010
    Huffington Post
  • The microbicides field has undoubtedly moved and shifted a lot in the past decade. Now, with first generation microbicides candidate products up and gone, antiretroviral treatment (ART)-drug based microbicides in spotlight, and only three major microbicides efficacy studies remaining, the need to lobby for increased funding of microbicides research and development, was never so compelling.

    May 14, 2010
    Citizen News Service

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