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13 JUNE 2014, VOLUME 15, ISSUE 24

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  • The National AIDS Control Council will incorporate the county governments in the new National HIV Strategic Framework to fight the spread of HIV-AIDS....NACC Coast regional coordinator Julius Koome said county governments must work with the national government in ensuring funds are set aside for HIV-AIDS prevention projects. "We are talking with the counties to ensure a certain percentage of budgetary allocation is channeled towards the HIV-AIDS kitty," he said. Koome said they cannot continue waiting for donor support to fight HIV....

    June 12, 2014
    The Star
  • Johnson & Johnson has signed a deal with ViiV Healthcare, the HIV-focused venture majority-owned by GlaxoSmithKline, to spin their two antivirals into a single tablet, potentially sparing patients from some harsh side effects associated with current therapies and challenging Gilead Sciences' dominance. The plan is to combine J&J's rilpivirine, which prevents HIV from replicating itself in cells, and ViiV's dolutegravir, which blocks an enzyme that allows the virus to crack its host's DNA....

    June 12, 2014
    Fierce Biotech
  • Citizen News Service's Bobby Ramakant and Shobha Shukla have written a series of 5 articles about the research process based on interviews with researchers, nurse counsellors, Community Advisory Board (CAB) members, MSM and transgender study participants in the MTN017 rectal microbicide study in Thailand. Links and full text of all at: http://www.citizen-news.org/2014/06/informed-consent-process-upholds-ethics.html

    June 12, 2014
    Citizen News Service
  • As clinical trials of antiretroviral treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) continue to produce dramatic drops in HIV transmission, researchers are still trying to pinpoint the risk of transmission from specific sex acts....
     

    June 12, 2014
    BetaBlog
  • American gay men who have chosen to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are aware of their own risk of being exposed to HIV and see PrEP as providing ‘an extra layer of protection’ on top of their efforts to use condoms, some or all of the time. The use of PrEP can help reduce anxiety and provide greater ‘peace of mind’, men reported in in-depth interviews.

    June 12, 2014
    aidsmap
  • ACT UP, the Treatment Action Group (TAG), and local advocates this week launched the Atlanta Principles, calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase HIV prevention efforts -- including antiretroviral treatment-as-prevention and pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis -- to lower HIV incidence rates that have remained stable overall for several years and actually risen for heavily affected groups such as young black gay men and transgender women....

    June 11, 2014
    HIV and Hepatitis.com
  • ...[S]ix months ago, [the Indonesia AIDS Coalition/IAC launched AIDS Digital, a mobile phone application that allows users to access information about HIV/AIDS information and medical services confidentially. The first service of its kind in Indonesia, the app provides information about HIV testing and treatment services available across the country....The AIDS Digital mobile app and accompanying website provide a directory of about 1,300 HIV health provider sites across Indonesia....

    June 11, 2014
    Jakarta Post
  • A US Senate spending panel today approved a draft bill that would raise the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget by $605.7 million, to $30.5 billion, in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That modest 2% increase is good news for the agency; President Barack Obama’s budget proposal had requested a smaller $211 million increase....

    June 10, 2014
    Science
  • Kenya's Ministry of Health released statistics yesterday stating that approximately 13,000 babies are born with HIV annually, averaging 35 infants each day. Health Secretary James Macharia spoke June 9 at the Red Cross Headquarters in Nairobi’s South C where he received equipment procured by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Red Cross with support from the Global Fund. Macharia said, “This trend is unacceptable and must be reversed”....

    June 10, 2014
    Africatime.com
  • A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk. “Anyone who buys condoms in the private market now faces the risk of using low quality condoms. It affects sex workers and their clients, but also [the public in general],” Arthur Erken, UNFPA Vietnam representative, told IRIN....

    June 9, 2014
    IRIN
  • Many observers believe that the United States is churning out too many new Ph.D. biomedical researchers, creating a hypercompetitive, unhealthy environment. But a new report from an advisory panel to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) paints a different picture for physician-scientists: There may not be enough of them to replace those preparing to retire....

    June 9, 2014
    Science
  • Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study....in Zimbabwe by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine....
     

    June 9, 2014
    IRIN
  • Uganda's AIDS commission on Friday called an HIV bill passed by parliament "nonsensical", and urged the country's president not to sign it into law. "My advice to the president is not to sign the bill," Vinand Nantulya, who chairs the Uganda AIDS Commission -- a government-run body, told reporters...."If this is the law, then a right thinking a person would not get tested...," said Nantulya....

    June 6, 2014
    Yahoo News
  • Calendars, posters, an artificial vagina and cartons of female condoms line the walls and tables of the Doris Root Beauty Saloon, one of the most prestigious hair salons in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s Northwest region. The more than 10 hairdressing apprentices in the salon are all wearing aprons that say “Protectiv,” a brand of female condoms. Doris Atoh, a hairdresser and owner of the salon, demonstrates how to use the female condom properly....

    June 6, 2014
    Global Press Journal
  • ...The scandal is that one of the main reasons why people with HIV do not come forward for testing is that they know they will come up against a wall of discrimination and prejudice....In my view, HIV will not be defeated until there is a vaccine. ... A vaccine will not end the prejudice with HIV but it will give us the means to go around it...

    June 5, 2014
    The Guardian
  • Back in 2012, the GAVI Alliance announced plans to help immunize 30 million girls in 40 countries with HPV vaccines by 2020. Wednesday, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation chipped in toward that goal with a $25 million investment that will be matched through the UK's Department of International Development. The funding will be used across GAVI's HPV programs, going toward the purchase of both Merck's Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix...to supply developing countries....

    June 5, 2014
    Fierce Vaccines

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