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22 MAY VOLUME 16 ISSUE 21

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  • On May 18 1997, United States President Bill Clinton committed to developing an HIV vaccine within 10 years. Nearly 20 years later, we still don’t have one. And every day in South Africa, more than 1,000 people become newly infected. Young women and girls are especially hard-hit by HIV in our country.

    May 22, 2015
    Mail & Guardian
  • On May 18, 1997, US President Bill Clinton committed to developing an AIDS vaccine within 10 years. Nearly 20 years later, we still don’t have one. And every day in Kenya, 275 people become newly infected. Young women and girls are especially hard hit by HIV in our country.

    May 22, 2015
    The Star
  • In 1995, nine HIV treatment activists joined together to speed the search for an AIDS vaccine.... They focused their advocacy on the research institutions best positioned to drive new breakthroughs, especially the US National Institutes of Health. Two decades later, the movement they started has achieved remarkable success.... But we don’t yet have all the tools we need. That’s why it is dismaying that some members of Congress have chosen this moment to call for scaling back the nation’s investments in HIV research.

    May 21, 2015
    The Hill
  • Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released highly anticipated draft recommendations that would allow gay men to donate blood after one year of celibacy. While an improvement from the current, highly criticized lifetime ban, the new policy, which was announced in December, still caters to fear and stigma rather than science. It should be reconsidered.

    May 21, 2015
    New York Times
  • In this special issue of VAX, we interviewed five leading women scientists from the US, Australia, and Africa to learn more about their careers and what inspires them to continue battling HIV/AIDS worldwide.

    May 21, 2015
    VAX
  • In Malawi the [dapivirine] vaginal ring study launched in 2012, Microbicides Trials Network has partnered with the University of North Carolina Project and Johns Hopkins University....About 2629 women in Africa are participating in the clinical trial....To complement the success of the trial’s outcome, Journalist Association Against Aids in Malawi, (Journaids) is engaging Malawi’s media, print and electronic, by sensitizing them on context and innovations around new HIV prevention technologies and microbicides.

    May 21, 2015
    Maravi Post
  • Spurred on by the recent Ebola outbreak, an African Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is being established this year to effectively respond to major epidemics. The need for an African CDC was recognised at the African Union Special Summit on HIV and AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Abuja in July 2013.

    May 21, 2015
    Key Correspondents
  • A judge in Fresno County, California, has ruled against an abstinence-only sex education program, saying a school district violated state law by failing to provide adequate instruction on sexual health and HIV prevention...."Given the high social cost of teen pregnancy and similar toll on society of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the rights vindicated by this suit, access to medically, and socially appropriate sexual education, is an important public right," Black wrote.

    May 21, 2015
    Huffington Post
  • The High Court of Malawi has today ruled that subjecting people to mandatory HIV Test is a violation of fundamental human rights....Justice Ivy Kamanga has ruled that Police in Mwanza violated human rights of 11 sex workers who were forced to go for HIV testing after been rounded up from Sangala Leisure Center, [and] condemned the conduct of Mwanza Police Station and Mwanza Hospital personnel...in 2009. The court further recommended a separate action against police and health personnel for award of damages.

    May 20, 2015
    Malawi 24
  • Everyone needs an advocate, a champion....Where HIV, AIDS, and women are concerned, that champion is Judith Feinberg, professor of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, nationally renowned for her work on HIV and AIDS and their effect on women. She has also brought to light the importance of working harder to include women of color in clinical drug trials.

    May 20, 2015
    Physicians Money Digest
  • Texas lawmakers continue to carry out an ideological campaign against young people’s access to honest information on sex....There is ample evidence the state’s abstinence-only approach to sex education has not been working. In 2010, Texas had the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, fourth-highest teen birthrate, and highest prevalence of repeat teen births. Asked about the questionable efficacy of the abstinence-only program, State Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R) said, “It may not be working well…,but abstinence education is HIV prevention. They are essentially the same thing.”

    May 20, 2015
    Guttmacher News
  • The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is holding a public meeting on May 21 to consider regulations mandating condoms in adult films...The proposed regulations are not science-based, and we join a broad coalition of public health advocates in asking you to reject them....We have broadened our HIV prevention approach to include not just condoms but also testing, PrEP and quickly connecting newly infected individuals to antiretroviral therapy in order to suppress their viral loads.

    May 20, 2015
    POZ
  • A mathematical model developed by researchers at Imperial College in London, and based on what would happen if PrEP was introduced to a high-prevalence region in Kenya, shows that PrEP could be a ‘runaway success’ or a ‘runaway failure’, depending on a number of factors.... But the model shows – as other cost-effectiveness models have done – that by far the most influential determinant of PrEP’s effectiveness is whether it is targeted accurately at those at highest risk of HIV.

    May 20, 2015
    AIDSmap
  • For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe". Vadim Pokrovsky, the softly spoken head of the Federal AIDS Centre in Moscow, has watched as the figures have climbed remorselessly upwards.

    May 20, 2015
    BBC
  • Genocea Biosciences' in-development vaccine for genital herpes met its goals in a Phase II trial, sending the biotech's shares soaring. The protein treatment, GEN-003, works by galvanizing the body's T and B cells to attack herpes, and, in a 310-patient trial, the vaccine significantly beat out placebo in tamping down viral activity. The trial found no serious adverse events...and no difference in the rate of patient dropouts.

    May 20, 2015
    Fierce Biotech
  • The 68th session of the World Health Assembly has begun in Geneva on 18th May 2015 [and] will continue up to 26th May 2015. Officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future....The Assembly [has] elected Dr.Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda of India as its new President. Five vice-presidents were also appointed from Afghanistan, Barbados, China, San Marino, and Senegal, representing their respective regions.

    May 19, 2015
    PharmaBiz
  • A team led by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Ragon Institute has found that the most common bacterial community in the genital tract among healthy South Africa women not only is significantly different from that of women in developed countries but also leads to elevated levels of inflammatory proteins. In the May 19 issue of Immunity, the investigators describe finding potential mechanisms by which particular bacterial species induce inflammation and...could increase the risk of HIV infection.

    May 19, 2015
    Bright Surf
  • Maria Mejia and Kate Borloglou from The Well Project joined our own Julie "JD" Davids on a webinar to share perspectives on the 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Washington....The webinar was an opportunity to draw attention to data of interest to women with HIV, their care providers and those interested in HIV prevention for women.

    May 19, 2015
    The Body Pro
  • A primary research goal is to find an HIV cure that either clears the virus from an infected person's body or enables HIV-infected individuals to suppress virus levels and replication to extremely low levels without the need for daily ART....In a new Perspective article, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and colleagues describe how persistent HIV reservoirs form in the human body and why they pose formidable challenges to achieving a cure.

    May 19, 2015
    Science Daily
  • With the help of a computer program called "Rosetta," researchers at Vanderbilt University have "redesigned" an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than can any known natural antibody.

    May 19, 2015
    Science Daily
  • Researchers [at New York University] sought to identify the factors associated with incident HIV infection among a cohort of [600] racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse young, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Socioeconomic status is key driver of HIV seroconversion, they concluded.

    May 19, 2015
    Science Daily
  • New HIV infections would decrease by 40 percent within ten years after the launch of an HIV vaccine, experts said at an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event hosted by AVAC, IAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Advancements in technology have paved the way for an effective HIV vaccine, but progress is threatened by cuts to funding, particularly from US government agencies which provide 70 percent of all global R&D funding for an HIV vaccine.

    May 19, 2015
    Science Speaks
  • According to Prof. Anthony Fauci, a director in the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists are more optimistic than before. A breakthrough in getting a vaccine for HIV will be the final blow to the virus if the vaccine is effective, safe, affordable and accessible to all. A vaccine would be better than all preventive technologies being studies and processed because it is taken once for a lasting protection...

    May 19, 2015
    New Vision
  • HIV/AIDS accounted for 59.3 percent of female deaths recorded in Nigeria for four years [between 2010 and 2013] on the average, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. [The report] indicated that among diseases reported during the period, HIV/AIDS affected females most. Of the total diseases reported during the period, HIV/AIDS accounted for 63.5 percent. Comparatively, it accounted for 36.5 percent of diseases reported for males in the reference period.
     

    May 18, 2015
    Daily Trust
  • Girls between ages 11 and 16 continue highly vulnerable, with a total of 909 having been sexually abused in three months, National AIDS Council (NAC) revealed. In its 2015 first quarter report, NAC says 1 855 people have been sexually abused....Of these people, a total of 1,655 sexually abused clients were tested for HIV...According to the report, of the total number of sexually abused people, 136 were men and 1519 were women. One man tested positive while 77 women tested positive.

    May 18, 2015
    New Zimbabwe
  • On May 18, 1997, then US president Bill Clinton committed to developing an AIDS vaccine within 10 years. Nearly 20 years later, we still don't have one. And every day in Thailand, 22 people become newly...

    May 18, 2015
    Bangkok Post
  • Now, with a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to a surge in heroin use in states including Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, the question of whether to let federal money support needle exchanges is back. Still, in contrast to a new willingness by state politicians to accept needle exchanges, Congress appears unlikely to overturn the moratorium....

    May 16, 2015
    New York Times
  • ..We are close than ever to having an AIDS vaccine...The AIDS vaccine field needs to develop a transparent decison-making process that direct efforts towards only the likeliest candidate for success.

    May 16, 2015
    New Vision
  • A simple reminder via electronic health records significantly increased HPV vaccine initiation and completion among young women, recent data suggest. “We found that simply alerting patients and providers during an office appointment increased uptake and completion of the HPV vaccine series,” Mack Ruffin, professor of family medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, said in a press release.

    May 14, 2015
    Healio
  • Some modern HIV treatment regimens can achieve viral suppression with adherence rates as low as 85%, investigators from the US Veteran Aging Cohort Study report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The authors monitored trends in adherence and viral suppression between 2001 and 2010.

    May 12, 2015
    Aidsmap

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