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30 September 2016 VOLUME 17 ISSUE 39

Media Coverage

  • I am writing this letter to you in your capacity as the chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)...This will be our country’s fifth national AIDS plan since democracy. It is certainly the most critical. This is the do-or-die plan. Literally. I’ve been involved in all five so please allow me to reflect on why this one is so important.

    September 30, 2016
    Daily Maverick
  • As the HIV/AIDS epidemic took hold in Africa, researchers studying ways to treat and prevent the disease struggled with the ethical questions involved....After consultations with the research community, Fogarty launched a bioethics research and training program in 2000....Since then, hundreds of academics, scientists and health officials have developed expertise to address the issues affecting their populations in the context of their own culture and research environment.

    September 29, 2016
    Global Health Matters
  • The study, in Science Translational Medicine, found the children's immune systems were "keeping calm", which prevented them being wiped out....The researchers analysed the blood of 170 children from South Africa who had HIV, had never had antiretroviral therapy and yet had not developed AIDS.

    September 29, 2016
    BBC
  • After 30 years there is still a lot of misinformation floating around about HIV. And that's where the Prevention Access Campaign comes into the picture. The recently launched organization hopes to combat the false and misleading information surrounding the HIV community and replace it with facts.

    September 29, 2016
    San Francisco Edge
  • Flush on the heels of PrEP is a major new, multi-continent trial that will test a lab-created antibody discovered in an HIV-infected individual who was able to control HIV infection without medication. Researchers will inject a solution containing the antibody into HIV-negative men and transgender individuals who have sex with men through an IV, then monitor whether infections occur.

    September 29, 2016
    Raw Story
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, this morning unveiled the names of the six candidates who are vying to succeed Margaret Chan as director-general....The outcome will also be the result of behind-the-scenes dealing by the different member states.

    September 29, 2016
    Science
  • An experimental DNA-based vaccine protected monkeys from infection with the birth defects-causing Zika virus, and it has proceeded to human safety trials, researchers report.

    September 29, 2016
    Post Online Media
  • South African fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo has created a modern male circumcision toolkit that combines traditional customs with modern medicine to ensure the safety of initiates.

    September 29, 2016
    Face2Face Africa
  • At a forum in Nairobi on Wednesday,....Dr Nelly Mugo, Kenya Medical Research Institute, said that "Part of our health budget should be ring fenced to support research on microbicides", noting that Kenya could emulate South Africa to stimulate research on microbicides as a tool for reducing HIV infections among women, youth and same sex couples.

    September 28, 2016
    Xinhua
  • Some 200 young Malawians are tightly packed onto benches, leaving 2 girls and 2 boys standing in the middle wide-eyed and apprehensive....The 4 are newcomers to Tisungane teen club, in the city of Zomba. After introducing themselves, 200 teens descend to give them a hug or a jovial slap on the back....These 4 have taken the first step in getting the support they need living as teenagers with HIV in Malawi.

    September 28, 2016
    Global Health Now
  • In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies to combat the hidden reservoir formed by the virus.

    September 27, 2016
    Medical News
  • Selexis SA...has expanded its collaboration with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Selexis will develop high-performance research cell banks to manufacture multiple HIV envelope proteins engineered by scientists at IAVI’s Neutralizing Antibody Center at The Scripps Research Institute to help induce the generation of neutralizing antibodies against HIV through vaccination.

    September 27, 2016
    Contract Pharma
  • A mathematical modelling study based on the HIV epidemic in the Netherlands has found that daily PrEP would be cost-effective even at current drug prices if it was targeted at gay men at high risk of HIV infection...in a base case where PrEP was 80% effective, 10% of higher-risk gay men took it, current drug prices were used, and PrEP was taken every day.

    September 27, 2016
    EIN
  • The data represented [here] come from a survey of nearly 66,000 people across 67 countries and regions. Study participants were asked questions about vaccine safety, importance, effectiveness, and compatibility with religious beliefs....As so often happens with data-driven graphics, the visualization not only reveals information, but also raises new questions along the way.

    September 27, 2016
    Scientific American
  • A health report from a southeastern corner of China has brought a disturbing truth into the open: HIV infections are growing rapidly among young, gay Chinese men. The trend is worrying health authorities—and prompting criticism of their efforts to respond—in a country that until 2001 classified homosexuality as a mental illness and where there is almost no public discussion of gay issues or rights.

    September 27, 2016
    WSJ
  • Activists behind the Fix the Patent Law campaign include practitioners ranging from fields like HIV/AIDS treatment, women’s reproductive health, cancer treatment, and mental health. They plan to submit their own recommendations to the Department of Trade and Industry in the hope that it will speed up the bureaucratic process....South Africa’s health minister Aaron Motsoaledi...wants the gains made in HIV treatment to apply to non-communicable diseases and tuberculosis.

    September 27, 2016
    Quartz
  • A small number of people infected with HIV produce antibodies with an amazing effect: Not only are the antibodies directed against the own virus strain, but also against different sub-types of HIV that circulate worldwide. Researchers now reveal which factors are responsible for the human body forming such broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies.

    September 26, 2016
    Science Daily
  • Tryphena Natukunda was crowned Miss Young Positive during a boisterous affair at a Kampala hotel early Sunday,... in an annual competition organized to enlighten people about the dangers of discriminating against people with AIDS....Organizers of the HIV-themed beauty pageant, launched in 2014, say one way of curbing the irrational fear of AIDS that fuels discrimination is for more people living with HIV to open up about their status rather than conceal it.

    September 26, 2016
    Times Union
  • Groups like Doctors Without Borders have long been pushing for new vaccines and medications for underserved patients that are also affordable...but the United Nations has now also joined the campaign [and] released a lengthy report calling for changes in funding models for drugs and vaccines....Some drug companies were quick to dismiss the U.N. report. But others have shown a willingness to compromise.

    September 26, 2016
    Huffington Post
  • Following are the platform positions of the Democrat and Republican parties and the positions of the lead presidential candidates of each party with respect to: PEPFAR, Affordable Care Act, pharmaceuticals and drug costs, LGBT issues, Planned Parenthood support, and sex education.

    September 26, 2016
    POZ
  • In this election year,...it’s easy for many Americans to forget that selecting the president isn’t the only choice they’ll face on the November 8 ballot....National, state and local races will affect HIV prevention, care and treatment—both at home and abroad.

    September 26, 2016
    POZ
  • A very low viral load during HIV therapy does not increase the risk of the subsequent virological failure of treatment, according to Spanish research published in HIV Medicine. The findings of the study will provide reassurance that people with very low level viraemia do not need to change their antiretroviral therapy.

    September 21, 2016
    aidsmap
  • As a young teenager, I kept a diary, writing in it many of my feelings and recording life....I am now sharing some of my journal entries to allow a glimpse into my struggle to come to terms with the news I had received.

    September 17, 2016
    The Body

Published Research

Announcements

  • This journal is accepting submissions for an upcoming Special Issue titled "New Approaches to HIV Prevention and Therapy," to be published in June 2017, and is open to original research and review articles. Submission deadline February 3, 2017. Call for papers here.

    September 29, 2016