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28 April 2017: Volume 18 Issue 17

Media Coverage

  • We focus on revealing that epigenetic immunity, in addition to the known innate and adaptive immunities, plays a pivotal role in the control of HIV infection, reprogramming patient immunity, and successful potential AIDS vaccination toward a cure.

    April 27, 2017
  • To his many critics in AIDS activism, Michael Weinstein is the Koch brothers of public health: a mastermind driven by ideology, accountable to no one, with bottomless funds and an agenda marked by financial opportunism and puritanical extremes....To his faithful, however, Weinstein is not only a provider of superior health care but also an evangelist of moral urgency at a time when prevention efforts are floundering and drug prices are surging.

    April 26, 2017
    NY Times
  • Each year, the CDC recognizes April as STD Awareness Month....This year, the CDC is particularly focused on syphilis prevention, as the rate of reported cases is the highest it has been in 20 years....In recognition of STD Awareness Month, Infectious Disease News spoke with Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

    April 26, 2017
  • The "great people are coming" is what Dr. Glenda Gray, paediatrician and medical research scientist, would say jokingly to her late father, after she was chosen as one of Time magazine's top 100 most influential people in the world. She is the second South African to make the list‚ following Thuli Madonsela in 2014.

    April 25, 2017
    Times Live
  • A new report from The King’s Fund highlights how improvements in treatment mean that.. people with HIV are able to live longer, healthier lives....But while HIV care in England is among the best in the world, the report, funded by the M·A·C AIDS Fund, found that the Health and Social Care Act 2012 has created a complex and fragmented system for HIV care.

    April 25, 2017
    Kings Fund
  • The world's first vaccine against malaria trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite....The WHO said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world....The pilot will involve more than 750,000 children aged between five and 17 months.

    April 25, 2017
  • Addressing the China-Africa Ministerial Conference on Health Cooperation [in Pretoria], the Chinese vice premier hailed China-Africa health cooperation as an epitome of the China-Africa community of shared future....More than 200 participants, among them UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, attended....At the conference, China signed agreements on maternal and child health care cooperation..., hospital cooperation..., and a free-cataract-surgery program with [various] African countries.

    April 24, 2017
  • President Donald Trump’s vow to put “America first” includes a plan to drastically cut assistance to developing countries and merge the State Department with USAID....In addition to closing missions, global health funding is also targeted, with 41 countries facing cuts. While the Trump budget has committed to maintaining funding for [PEPFAR],...the State Department’s budget indicates that health programs abroad are set to take an approximately 25 percent hit in funding.

    April 24, 2017
    Foreign Policy
  • Switching from branded Atripla to regimens that include at least one generic drug formulation can achieve big cost savings without compromising virological efficacy, according to research....presented to the recent conference of the British HIV Association. The annual cost saving associated with the treatment switch was £159,000.

    April 23, 2017
  • Miranda was four months pregnant and extremely anxious when she got her first HIV test....After her diagnosis, Miranda was referred to Safe and Sound, a program to reduce violence against pregnant women in South Africa....Most women in the program...had never spoken to anyone about the violence they’d endured, says Abigail Hatcher, a senior researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health.

    April 23, 2017
  • San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza was full as the premarch rally begins. City supervisor Jeff Sheehy was one of three politicians who opened the rally with stories of why they're marching. "I turned 60 yesterday," he said, eliciting cheers and well wishes from the crowd. "Hold on," he continued. "I've been living with HIV for 20 years. Without science, I would be dead."

    April 22, 2017
    Science News
  • As Saturday’s March for Science approaches, many are wondering: Just how many marchers will show up?...We have been mulling another puzzle: If every scientist and engineer in the United States shows up at the U.S. marches, how many bodies would that be? Turns out there are a few ways you can answer that question.

    April 21, 2017
  • Despite successful treatment, people receiving antiretroviral drugs continue to have small amounts of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in their blood, as well as elevated immune system activation. However, new research published in PLOS Pathogens shows no correlation between these two measurements.

    April 20, 2017
    Science Daily
  • Our annual list of the 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown....This year's list includes Presidents and Prime Ministers, CEOs and celebrities,...joined by others of less fame but great force, in the power of their inventions, scale of their ambitions, genius of their solutions to problems no one before could solve....[Among TIME's 2017 'Pioneers', is] Dr. Glenda Gray of South Africa...inspired to fight the HIV and the silence around it through research.

    April 20, 2017
  • Current UK guidelines recommend that HIV-positive nursing mothers should exclusively formula feed...But while medical interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission are provided free by the NHS,...according to research presented to the conference of the British HIV Association, a quarter of women did not receive any provision for formula feed and...more than half reported that they or their family went hungry in order to buy formula milk.

    April 18, 2017
  • Throughout her television career, Maddow has been a singular voice of a style of media commentary that is at once radical and old school....Her background in HIV/AIDS activism also informs her overall approach to creating news programming that connects vast and disparate information into a cohesive, complete sum of parts.

    April 13, 2017
    The Body
  • The rate of primary and secondary syphilis in the United States among men who have sex with men (MSM) is 106 times that of men who have sex with women only, researchers said....The disparity is even greater — 167.5-fold — when MSM are compared with women.

    April 10, 2017

Published Research


  • Purposes: To support high risk/high impact, early discovery research on HIV vaccine approaches; a Go/No-Go approach to funding high risk research significantly different from most R01 projects; and encourage involvement of investigators new to the HIV vaccine field to build interdisciplinary approaches. For more information, click here.

    April 27, 2017