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23 September 2016 VOLUME 17 ISSUE 38

Media Coverage

  • As part of the investment, the couple is funding a $600 million research center in San Francisco called the Biohub, a partnership with UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UC Berkeley,...which is embarking on its first two research projects: The Cell Atlas...and the Infectious Disease Initiative, which will explore new approaches and develop new tools for creating drugs, diagnostic tests and vaccines that could aid the fight against such threats as HIV, Ebola and Zika.

    September 22, 2016
    USA Today
  • US health officials have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that show sharply increased resistance to the last effective treatment available for the country's second most commonly reported infectious disease. The findings from a cluster of Hawaii cases...represent the first cluster of cases in the United States that have shown such decreased susceptibility.

    September 21, 2016
    Washington Post
  • Despite "very low to moderate" uptake of the human papillomavirus vaccine, it is having a substantial impact in reducing anogenital warts, one of HPV's most common symptoms....The annual prevalence of anogenital warts has fallen significantly among young women and adolescent girls, and...also among young men, suggesting there might be a herd effect of vaccinating young women.

    September 21, 2016
    MedPage Today
  • The Worth a Shot campaign, which allows students to attend a walk-in clinic with HPV vaccinations, will debut at Cornell on Oct. 1. For every vaccination issued, an immunization shot will be given to a child in need....Sarah Fortna ’17, creator of the campaign, said she began the planning process this April when she contacted the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to develop a strategy.

    September 21, 2016
    Cornell Daily Sun
  • UN Women has come under fire from rights activists for launching an online consultation on its sex worker policy that will exclude the opinion of thousands of people in poorer countries. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) said many of the sex workers affected by any UN policy change live...where access to the internet remains low,...and also criticised...the short timescale of the six-week consultation...and [its] bureaucratic language.

    September 21, 2016
    The Guardian
  • Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, and National University of Singapore, surveyed almost 66,000 people in 67 countries to gauge public trust in immunization on a global scale. The survey assessed perceptions of vaccine importance, safety, effectiveness and compatibility with religious values. Overall, sentiment toward vaccines was positive....However, perceptions of vaccine safety varied widely by country.

    September 21, 2016
  • President Obama asked Congress for $1.9 billion to address the Zika crisis back in February. But...renewed fights in Congress over Planned Parenthood have tripped up Zika funding bills. Fauci said that if the battles aren’t resolved by the start of the new fiscal year (Oct. 1), “We’re going to have to stop what we’re doing.” The consequences of such an action are huge.

    September 20, 2016
    Washington Post
  • Trans man Jamie Jaxon takes PrEP to prevent becoming HIV positive. Here he explains why NHS England should provide the treatment.

    September 20, 2016
    Gay Star News
  • Why wake up the virus? To better kill it, of course. A team from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre has taken an important step forward in the search for a HIV/AIDS cure. The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Kaufmann has developed a highly accurate technique for detecting the rare cells that hide the virus and prevent current therapies from curing HIV infection.

    September 19, 2016
    Antibody Related Research
    Science Daily
  • President Duterte has said that his government may need to extend its bloody anti-drug campaign for six more months. But the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users, Ana P. Santos reports.

    September 19, 2016
    Deutsche Welle
  • Bisexual men have long been saddled with a 'down low' mythology and an enduring stigma that makes women fear them as a source of HIV infection. Turns out, research shows this fear may be based on a lot of false assumptions.

    September 19, 2016
    HIV Plus
  • Callen-Lorde is the largest specialist provider of health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in New York....Barriers to PrEP uptake specific to this community include a dearth of PrEP marketing materials that are trans-inclusive, concerns about potential interactions between PrEP and hormonal therapies, and...experiences [with] providers hostile or uninformed about transgender people’s needs.

    September 19, 2016
  • A global fund has raised over $12.9 billion from international donors as part of a campaign aimed at effectively eradicating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030, conference organizers said...."We can declare success for we have saved the lives of 8 million people in the coming years," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters after attending the conference, which drew several heads of state, singer Bono and Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

    September 18, 2016
  • Three patients who are suffering from a rare form of blood cancer may be denied life-saving stem cell transplant operations, and the NHS are blaming the cost of PrEP. The patients, including a mother of three, a former gynaecologist and a senior NHS consultant, have had their treatments reassessed because of the High Court ruling that the NHS must consider paying for PrEP.

    September 18, 2016
    Pink News
  • Microbiologist Jonathan Eisen took one look at the speaker lineup for a prestigious conference on precision medicine in Silicon Valley and decided he wouldn’t attend. Yes, top scientists in the field will be speaking. But the vast majority of them happen to be white men....Hilda Bastian, academic editor and blogger at PLOS Medicine...urged conference organizers to look beyond gender and aim for racial and ethnic diversity, too....Fewer than 15 percent of speakers appeared to be people of color.

    September 15, 2016
  • [Researchers] suggest several reasons for Sweden’s success: small size of the epidemic; legislation that obliges laboratories and clinicians to report new HIV cases and patients to keep follow-up appointments; linkage of patients to specialist treatment centres with multi-disciplinary teams; free access to ART; high level of adherence to national guidelines by care providers.

    September 14, 2016
  • Opt-out HIV testing in accident and emergency departments in areas of high HIV prevalence is likely to save NHS trusts money..., according to presentations at the British HIV Association conference in Manchester last week....Although national guidelines have recommended [such] testing...since 2008, financial pressures have discouraged local NHS managers from implementing the policy.

    May 4, 2016

Published Research


  • USAID is pleased to invite applications for a Medical Officer position in the Microbicide Branch of the Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS. The Medical Officer will support clinical testing, development, and implementation of HIV prevention technologies, especially microbicides and PrEP in the near term, as well as alternative ARV-based products, vaccines, and other novel approaches in the future. For additional information, please see here. Note that applicants must be US citizens and this posting closes October 18, 2016.
    September 23, 2016