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Worldwide, an estimated 35.3 million [32.2 million - 38.8 million] people are infected with HIV. 36 million people infected with HIV have died since 1981. Every year 1.8 million people die of AIDS related diseases and 2.7 million people become infected with HIV. One forth of individuals infected with HIV are not aware that they have been infected. Each hour, 300 people around the world will contract HIV. AIDS kills more people than any other infectious disease. People are dying and many more millions will likely die due to the lack of condom use. Sex with a condom is by far our best
resource in preventing HIV infection through sexual contact. Sexual contact accounts for 95 percent of all new HIV infections worldwide. Safe Sex = Disease Prevention - STAY SAFE - USE A CONDOM EVERY TIME!

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network -
New Resources: Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure
October 18, 2014 - Access our new suite of multimedia resources on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

International AIDS Society -
Fracture Risk Higher With HIV/HCV Versus HIV Alone or No Infection
18 October 2014 - Risk of osteoporosis or fracture is higher with HIV/HCV coinfection than with HIV alone or with neither HIV nor HCV, according to results of a meta-analysis. Traditional bone risk factors also emerged as significant predictors of osteoporosis or fracture in this 15-study review.
Read more... International AIDS Society - AIDS News Worldwide -

Fear is a plague, education the cure
October 18, 2014 - When AIDS hit America, leaders panicked and people died. Ebola must be different.
The first sign of an epidemic is the spread of illness. The second is the spread of hysteria — which not only punishes victims, but impedes treatment and public education. Public health experts know this terrible cycle, and yet it’s being repeated before our eyes.
Read more... NEW YORK DAILY NEWS -

Julia Roberts and Danny Moder given humanitarian award
October 18, 2014 - Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder were honored with a humanitarian award in Los Angeles on Friday.
The couple, married since 2002, was handed the prize by bosses at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) at their annual Respect Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Roberts and Moder were recognized for their work on The Normal Heart, a 2014 TV movie which depicts the rise in the HIV/AIDs crisis in the 1980s.
Read more... - Entertainment -

The University Of British Columbia: UBC -
UBC gets $11.6M boost for 16 Canada Research Chairs
October 17, 2014 - The University of British Columbia has received $11.6 million for 16 new and renewed federally funded Canada Research Chairs.
With 13 new appointments, and three renewals, UBC now has 186 Canada Research Chairs, the second-highest number in the country. Newly appointed researchers are helping improve stress-tolerant crops, solar electricity and tuberculosis treatments, and making big discoveries about the origins of planets and of life on Earth.

HIV prevention pill is at hand, but will it be left untaken?
17 October - Trials of PrEP show not everyone can or will use it all the time, and there are concerns those taking it will take more sexual risks
Although sexual health campaigners are delighted at the news that the Proud trial is being expedited, the arrival of drugs to prevent HIV does not spell the end of Aids.
Read more... The Guardian - News - Aids and HIV -

International AIDS Society -
Hodgkin, Lung, Liver, Anal Cancer Rates Higher With HIV in France
17 October 2014 - Rates of Hodgkin lymphoma and lung, liver, and anal cancers were 3 to 79 times higher with HIV infection than in the general population of France in a study spanning 1997 through 2009. Gaining CD4 cells with antiretroviral therapy (ART) appeared to limit the excess risk of lung cancer but not Hodgkin lymphoma or liver cancer.
Read more... International AIDS Society - AIDS News Worldwide -

IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis -
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control
KAMPALA, 16 October 2014 (IRIN) - Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.
Read more... IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis - HIV/AIDS (PlusNews) -

Aidsmap -
High effectiveness seen in English PrEP trial
16 October 2014 - All participants in PROUD study to be offered PrEP early
The Steering Committee* of the PROUD trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay men in England announced today that participants currently on the deferred arm of the study, who have not yet started PrEP, will be recalled to their clinics and offered the opportunity to begin PrEP ahead of schedule. This is because the effectiveness seen in the trial has exceeded the threshold set for trial continuation.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Gus Cairns -

HIV 'Breakthrough' Drug Reduces Risk of Infection by up to 92%: What is Truvada?
Oct 16, 2014 - A daily tablet that offers up to a 90% reduction in the risk of contracting HIV could be available in the near future, in what is being hailed as the most significant breakthrough against the virus in a generation.
Read more... International Business Times - News -

Living Life to the Fullest With HIV at 61 and Beyond
0/16/2014 - In 1991 I was told that I was HIV+ and I had two years to live. Twenty three years later I'm 61, living alone (my partner of 25 years passed six years ago), lonely and not living in the neighborhood I once lived in. What keeps me going? I'm a Peer Educator, activist and occasionally work as a consultant. My down time is spent with my three daughters, a few childhood friends and my brother and his family on Long Island.
Read more... The Huffington Post - The BLOG -

A Missing Link production to benefit Camp Wendake
16 October 2014 - For nearly two decades Camp Wendake has provided a safe and welcoming camping experience for persons living with HIV/AIDS and those who support them.
Read more... London Community News - News -

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) -
People living with HIV unite to respond to the HIV epidemic in the Indian Ocean islands
16 October 2014 - Two of the major networks of people living with HIV in the Indian Ocean region have merged. The decision, which is aimed at strengthening civil society participation in the AIDS response in the Indian Ocean islands, was announced during the 13th Indian Ocean Colloquium on HIV and Hepatitis, which concluded on 10 October in Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, Réunion.
Read more... UNAIDS - Features-

The Body -
Tell No Lies: Essays on Global AIDS Effort Pull No Punches in Challenging "End of AIDS" Rhetoric
October 16, 2014 - The International HIV/AIDS Alliance's new report, AIDS Today: Tell No Lies and Claim No Easy Victories, offers a series of provocative essays that, according to lead author Sisonke Msimang, resist the temptation to "pull together a neat, chronological story about how the war against AIDS has been won."
Read more... The Body -

Q&A: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
15 October 2014 - Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier were jointly awarded the 2008 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of HIV in 1983. Three decades on, Barré-Sinoussi is director of the Retroviral Infections unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Here, she tells Iria Gomez-Touriño about the latest strategies to combat the virus.
Read more... Nature - Outlook -

Magic Johnson’s Story
October 15, 2014 - Legendary Laker Comes to S.B. as Part of Arts & Lectures.
Bill Bertka spoke prophetically on November 7, 1991, the day the sports world shook over Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s announcement that he had contracted the HIV virus. Bertka was an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during a decade of greatness that had been orchestrated by Johnson on the basketball court.
Read more... Santa Barbara Independent - News -

Metro -
Cuomo wants to see drop in AIDS cases by 2020
October 14, 2014 - “HIV/AIDS has plagued families across this State for too long, and together we are going to put an end to this epidemic,” Cuomo said. “This disease can impact people from all walks of life, and the sooner society realizes that, the sooner we can end the stigma that keeps too many people from getting tested and treated.”
Read more... Metro - News -

Pushing Canadian HIV/AIDS research further
October 14, 2014 - A one-of-a-kind national HIV/AIDS study, led by Simon Fraser University health scientist Robert Hogg, is getting new funding to expand its mandate.
Over the next five years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will inject $2.7 million into the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC). It is the country’s only longitudinal study of more than 10,000 HIV-positive individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Canada.
Read more... Simon Fraser University - News -

International AIDS Society -
US Statin Guidelines May Not Be Appropriate for People With HIV
14 October 2014 - American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) cholesterol guidelines issued in 2013 would not recommend statin therapy for almost three quarters of HIV-positive people with subclinical high-risk coronary plaques, according to results of a 108-person analysis in Boston.
Read more... International AIDS Society - AIDS News Worldwide -

Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite...
October 14, 2014 - Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it's unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News - HIV/AIDS -

The 12th Annual Heart & Soul Dinner Dance
The 12th Annual Heart & Soul Dinner Dance
A Fundraiser for the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society
Ticket Price: $95
When: 6pm - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: The Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC.
With Hosts Fred Lee (CBC, The Province) and Sophie Lui (Global BC).
Featuring Symone, Vivian Von Brokenhymen & Connie Smudge

Study shows outdated policies, procedures in HIV testing
Oct 13, 2014 - A survey of healthcare organizations in Houston and Washington, D.C. found that many are not following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for HIV testing, which could cause missed opportunities to diagnose the disease earlier, according to a report published today in PLOS ONE by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Milken Institute of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS).
Read more... Baylor College of Medicine - News -

International AIDS Society -
HIV Independently Tied to Low Bone Density in 474-Person Ireland Study
13 October 2014 - HIV infection was independently associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD) at three anatomical sites, according to results of a 474-person study in Ireland. Statistical analysis indicated that HIV partly affects BMD by altering bone metabolism. Antiretroviral therapy did not affect BMD in this study.
Read more... International AIDS Society - AIDS News Worldwide -

‘Stigma, discrimination hampering fight against HIV’
13 October 2014 - Miss Anastasia Atiogbe, Birim Central Municipal Director of Health Service, has noted that stigma and discrimination are two major issues hampering the fight against HIV and AIDS.
She has therefore appealed to people to stop stigmatizing and discriminating against People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and rather give them care and support.
Read more... GhanaWeb - Health News -

Aidsmap -
HCV core-antigen testing is a reliable way of detecting acute HCV infections in HIV-positive gay men
13 October 2014 - Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core-antigen testing is a highly reliable way of diagnosing acute HCV infections in people living with HIV, investigators from the United Kingdom report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Core-antigen testing was as accurate as HCV polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing – the current gold standard for diagnosing acute infections. Potential advantages of core-antigen over PCR testing include savings in time, money and staff resources.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Hepatitis C symptoms and diagnosis - Michael Carter -

Food security key to HIV fight
Oct 13, 2014 - WALVIS BAY - Food security or access to at least one balanced meal a day for HIV-positive Namibians is one of the critical aspects that need to be addressed by government and the private sector to ensure that antiretroviral drugs administered to such people serve their purpose.
Read more... New Era Newspaper - News -

Pharmaceutical companies, WHO help India in HIV/AIDS drug crisis
Oct 13, 2014 - (Reuters) - Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide a critical medicine for the country's free HIV/AIDS drugs programme after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month.
Read more... Evening Standard - AIDS - India -

‘HIV cases may increase in 4 to 5 years due to laxity in prevention’
October 12, 2014 - Even as the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country has come down over the last ten to twelve years, president of AIDS Society of India I.S. Gilada fears a fresh spurt in the epidemic if the laxity in preventive intervention is allowed to continue.
Read more... THE HINDU - News -

Scientists capture snapshot of protein HIV utilizes to spread infection
October 11,, 2014 - Even as the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country has come down over the last ten to twelve years, president of AIDS Society of India I.S. Gilada fears a fresh spurt in the epidemic if the laxity in preventive intervention is allowed to continue.
Read more... TECH TIMES - News - HIV - AIDS -

'Affordable medicines has helped contain HIV/AIDS'
Oct 11, 2014 - Dr Suniti Solomon from Chennai on?Saturday asserted that affordable prices of medicines available to treat HIV infected had helped contain the disease in the country.
Read more... DECCAN HERALD - News -

Social networking identified more HIV infections than self-referral
October 11, 2014 - PHILADELPHIA - The number of reactive HIV tests was 2.6 times higher among clients recruited for testing using social networking strategies compared with clients screened by standard client-initiated counseling, testing and referral programs, according to data presented at IDWeek 2014.
Social network strategies involved enlisting HIV-positive and HIV-negative clients to recruit network associates for HIV testing. According to Westergaard, in a previous CDC-funded demonstration project conducted from 2003-2005, there was a 5.6% prevalence of HIV among more than 3,000 network associates referred for testing by 422 recruiters.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - News - HIV/AIDS -

Brown to host national HIV scientific symposium Nov. 6
October 10, 2014 - PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Speakers representing the nation’s 19 Centers for AIDS Research will come to Brown University Nov. 6 to present their original research on the biology, medicine, and public health of the epidemic. The daylong National Science Symposium begins at 8 a.m. in Sayles Hall.
More than 20 of the nation’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers will discuss research advances against the epidemic at the National Scientific Symposium of Centers for AIDS Research Nov. 6 at Brown University.
Read more... Brown University - News -

Gay American Men Shockingly Ignorant About HIV/AIDS, Kaiser Study Finds
October 10, 2014 - A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of what gay American men know and how we behave when it comes to HIV shows a stunning level of ignorance and denial 33 years since the virus began to kill extraordinary numbers of us.
Read more... The Huffington Post - THE BLOG -

Carmen TV -
Celebrity Dim Sum Brunch
October 10, 2014 - AIDS Vancouver turned local celebrities into servers at their signature Dim Sum fundraiser!
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University of California San Francisco UCSF -
Antiretroviral Therapy Benefits HIV-infected Stimulant Users, UCSF Study Shows
October 10, 2014 - New clinical research from UC San Francisco shows that 341 HIV-infected men who reported using stimulants such as methamphetamine or cocaine derived life-saving benefits from being on antiretroviral therapy that were comparable to those of HIV-infected men who do not use stimulants.

Nigel Farage condemned for calling for ban on HIV-positive migrants entering UK
10 October 2014 - Nigel Farage has been condemned by a leading Aids charity after calling for migrants who have tested positive for HIV to be banned from entering the UK.
Read more... Evening Standard - News -

Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage
10 October 2014 - Ukip leader accused of ‘new level of ignorance’ for remarks as he stakes claim to be Europe minister in a Tory-Ukip coalition
Nigel Farage was accused of stooping to a “new level of ignorance” after he called for people who have tested positive for HIV to be banned from migrating to Britain as a “good start” in controlling the UK’s borders.
Read more... Evening Standard - News -

HIV persons condemn inability to get drugs in Taraba
10 October 2014 - THE Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) that are presently taking refuge in one of the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Bali Local Council of Taraba State have complained that their inability to get retrovirus drugs has continued to force some of them with the sickness to their early graves.
Read more... The Guardian- News - Politics -

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
UN General Assembly told 90-90-90 plan can end AIDS as an epidemic by 2030 if ‘achievable’ targets met
October 9, 2014 - The United Nations (UN) unveiled an ambitious new global plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The plan embraces the made-in-BC Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy pioneered by Dr. Julio Montaner and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

Ebola challenge 'biggest since HIV/Aids' - US
9 October 2014 - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unlike anything since the emergence of HIV/Aids, top US medical official Thomas Frieden has said.
Read more... BBC - News - World Africa -

Uganda gets 380 new HIV infections daily, say experts
October 9, 2014 - Kampala - The most affected people are those in the age groups of 19 to 24 years.
Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.
Read more... Daily Monitor - News -

Less than half of HIV-positive US Hispanics are getting proper care
October 9, 2014 - (HealthDay) - Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

Aidsmap -
HIV-related stigma has increased in Uganda despite treatment roll-out
08 October 2014 - HIV continues to be stigmatised despite increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research from Uganda published in the online edition of AIDS. Levels of internalised stigma among people starting ART increased between 2007 and 2012. There was also an increase in the proportion of individuals in the general public who said they expected people with HIV to experience stigma.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Experiences of stigma - Michael Carter -

Stephen Lewis on "The End of AIDS: Reality or Hyperbole?"
October 8, 2014 - The world of infectious diseases is filled with the cries of "The End of AIDS" or an "AIDS-Free Generation". Stephen Lewis will explore the implications of these phrases. Are we really that close to the end of the pandemic? If so, how will it be achieved? What is happening on the ground? Have the enthusiastic exhortations lulled the donor community into a false sense of expectation? Is that why the world failed so abjectly in the most recent Global Fund replenishment? Could it be that UNAIDS and the Global Fund and PEPFAR have embraced a cheerleading mentality rather than a more serious assessment of realities? Or are the dissenters profoundly off-base?

HIV/AIDS: 570 girls infected with HIV every week
October 8, 2014 - About 570 Ugandan girls and young women aged 15 to 24 get infected with HIV every week, according to the HIV/AIDS situation analysis by Uganda AIDS Commission.
Read more... New Vision - News -

World awaits effective and affordable HIV/AIDS cure
October 8, 2014 - Out of hundreds of sessions held during the 20th International AIDS Conference, a scientific session — Toward HIV Cure — stole the attention of all participants and the world, who watched eagerly for news on effective and affordable cures for HIV/AIDS.
Read more... The Jakarta Post - News -

Researchers turn computers into powerful allies in the fight against AIDS
October 7, 2014 - The battle against AIDS cannot be won in the laboratory alone. To fight the potentially deadly virus that 34 million people are suffering from we need help from computers. Now research fron University of Southern Denmark turns computers into powerful allies in the battle.
Read more... Medical Xpress - News -

No Sex campaign could eradicate HIV in Swaziland
07/10/2014 - THE NATIONAL Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) Executive Director Khanyakwezwe Mabuza says the ongoing ‘No Sex’ campaign could eradicate HIV in the country.
Read more... Swazi OBSERVER - News -

The Black AIDS Institute -
CDC: Newly Diagnosed Black HIV-Positive MSM Fall Out of Care, Have Lowest Viral Suppression
07/10/2014 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta shows that only half (49.5 percent) of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. are getting treatment for their infection.

DHVI Receives Contract Renewal for HIV/AIDS Quality Control
October 7, 2014 - DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke Human Vaccine Institute received a contract renewal to again provide quality control for research laboratories across the globe involved in federally-funded HIV/AIDS studies.
Read more... Duke Medicine - News -

The Pill Truvada Can Prevent HIV/AIDS, and for Some, That's a Problem
October 7, 2014 - This summer, HBO brought a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s celebrated play The Normal Heart to living rooms across America. The film told the tale of Ned Weeks, a gay man living in New York in the 1980s. To a young gay man today, Weeks might as well have been on Mars—or in hell. As AIDS began to ravage his group of friends and lovers, his world crumbled. Death haunted everyone, and it seemed as if nothing could be done.
Read more... Newsweek -

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
Dr. Julio Montaner nominated to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
October 7, 2014 - Vancouver, B.C.- Prestigious honour recognizes significant contributions and achievements by Dr. Montaner in the field of HIV/AIDS
Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), at St. Paul's Hospital, is one of six Canadian physicians nominated to the prestigious Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for 2015. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.

B.C. HIV/AIDS researcher up for hall of fame
October 7, 2014 - WATCH: Dr. Julio Montaner spoke with Global News about his induction in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
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Beadwork AIDS ribbons honour families affected by HIV
October 7, 2014 - Each beaded ribbon takes about 30 minutes to make
A Saskatchewan man has dedicated himself to creating 250 beaded ribbons in time for Dec. 1 — World Aids Day.
Read more... CBC News - News - Saskatchewan -

PrEP use in the “real world”: Results from the iPrEX open label extension
7 October 2014 - Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy that involves HIV-negative people taking anti-HIV drugs to reduce their risk of HIV infection. This strategy also involves regular visits with a service provider to test for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), monitor side effects and receive adherence and risk-reduction support.

Treatments for HIV-visceral leishmaniasis co-infected patients
[Gondar, Ethiopia and Geneva, Switzerland – October 6, 2014] - Phase III clinical study in Ethiopia launched to test 2 treatments for HIV-visceral leishmaniasis co-infected patients
The international research & development (R&D) consortium, AfriCoLeish, formed by six research organizations from East Africa and Europe, has launched a Phase III clinical study to address the extreme difficulty in treating visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in patients who also are HIV-positive.

How did ‘the Berlin patient’ become cured of HIV?
October 6, 2014 - Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn’t provide a definitive answer, it rules out one possible explanation.
Read more... The Washington Post - Health & Science -

Drug Resistance Among PrEP Recipients — How Big a Concern?
October 6, 2014 - Data from the iPrEx trial showed infrequent low-level resistance in those who became HIV-infected while taking pre-exposure prophylaxis.
Read more... Doctor KSA - HIV/AIDS -

High prevalence of HIV infection and unprotected anal intercourse among older men who have sex with men in China: a systematic review and meta-analysis
October 6, 2014 - China has the largest number of the elderly in the world. As the proportion of elderly is rapidly increasing among national reported HIV/AIDS cases, it is a concern about HIV epidemic among older MSM in China. However, studies on HIV prevalence and unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among Chinese older MSM were relatively few or generally had small sample sizes.
Read more... BioMed Central -

Doctors Find Effective HIV Drug Course Free of Efavirenz
October 6, 2014 - Once considered part of the gold standard of HIV treatment, alternative regimens can now alleviate concerns about birth defects, psychiatric problems, and even suicide caused by the drug efavirenz.
Research published this week shows that three alternative, first-line HIV treatments that do not include efavirenz are just as good at suppressing the virus and are better tolerated. Efavirenz is known to cause nightmares and birth defects, and has been linked to suicide.
Read more... Healthline - News - Health -

States not expanding Medicaid hobble the fight against HIV/AIDS
October 6, 2014 - As we begin to worry about the possibility of an Ebola epidemic taking hold in the United States, we must not forget the epidemic already firmly rooted here. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has raged for more than 30 years in this country with more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV/AIDS and African Americans experiencing “the most severe burden of HIV,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. While a positive diagnosis no longer means guaranteed death, it does mean a life of expensive medications and care to manage the chronic disease. Lack of awareness and of access to care continue to help spread an infection that is relatively easy to avoid.
Read more... The Washington Post -

Intervention may not reduce risky behaviors among those with HIV
October 6, 2014 - Behavioral intervention did not lead to a significant reduction of risky behaviors in HIV-infected heavy drinkers, according to recently published data.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - News - HIV/AIDS -

We're dying due to lack of funds - HIV positive persons
October 4, 2014 - Speaking to journalists on Friday in Abuja, the national coordinator of the association, Mr Edward Ogenyi, wondered how many people will die of HIV/AIDS before the Federal Ministry of Finance releases fund for the implementation of the Presidents Comprehensive Response Plan for HIV/AIDS which was designed to urgently bridge the existing service access gaps for HIV/AIDS.
Read more... THE NIGERIAN NEWS - News -

CDC opens consultation hotline for HIV prevention pill
October 4, 2014 - The CDC has launched a national consultation service for clinicians prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis, according to a press release.
The Clinician Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline, or PrEPline, is a toll-free resource for information about the daily HIV prevention pill. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to significantly reduce the risk for HIV infection among adult men and women at substantial risk for HIV infection through sex or injected drug use, according to the release.
Read more... Healio - Infectious Disease News - News - HIV/AIDS -

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) -
Health research team awarded $2.7M for major study on HIV and aging
October 3, 2014 - VANCOUVER - Dr. Robert Hogg, research scientist with the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and professor in the faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and a team of investigators from across the country have been awarded a $2.7M grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to expand Canada’s only longitudinal study of more than 10,000 HIV-positive individuals accessing antiretroviral therapy in Canada.

YouTube -
Optimized: PrEParing for the End of HIV?
Published on Oct 2, 2014 - Whitman-Walker Health and George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health hosted a forum on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).
This is a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field of HIV prevention and what this intervention means for the future of the epidemic.
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Group drafts agenda for AIDS survivors
10/02/2014 - A San Francisco-based group is putting forth an agenda for long-term survivors of the AIDS epidemic it hopes will gain traction among local and national leaders.
Known as Let's Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome), the group released a draft version of the document it is calling "A Vision for Our Future: AIDS Long-Term Survivors Proclamation" at an event September 25 celebrating its one-year anniversary.
Read more... The Bay Area Reporter - News -

HIV cure continues to evade doctors
2 October 2014 - Giving drugs within hours of HIV infection is not a cure, say doctors treating a baby in Milan, Italy.
The newborn infant cleared the virus from their bloodstream, but HIV re-emerged soon after antiretroviral treatment stopped.
Read more... BBC - News - Health -

HIV pandemic's origins located
2-Oct-2014 - Pandemic spread almost certainly began in Democratic Republic of the Congo
The HIV pandemic with us today is almost certain to have begun its global spread from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a new study.
An international team, led by Oxford University and University of Leuven scientists, has reconstructed the genetic history of the HIV-1 group M pandemic, the event that saw HIV spread across the African continent and around the world, and concluded that it originated in Kinshasa. The team's analysis suggests that the common ancestor of group M is highly likely to have emerged in Kinshasa around 1920 (with 95% of estimated dates between 1909 and 1930).

Clinical trial evaluates heterologous prime/boost regimens in preventative HIV vaccination
1-Oct-2014 - Almost 40 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 2.5 million new cases per year. Therefore, there has been a large global effort to develop an effective vaccine against the virus.

Exclusive - India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS programme
Oct 1, 2014 - (Reuters) - India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs programme in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month.
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International HIV/AIDS research pioneer to keynote UTSA science conference Oct. 3
(Oct. 1, 2014) - The UTSA College of Sciences (COS) will host internationally recognized HIV/AIDS research pioneer James E. K. Hildreth, M.D., as the keynote speaker for its annual research conference. The conference will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 at the UTSA Main Campus.
Read more... UTSA Today - The University of Texas San Antonio - News -

Aidsmap -
PrEP will need high adherence, high effectiveness and high coverage in specific populations to be affordable in the US, New York study finds
01 October 2014 - A study based on New York City that modelled pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake there has found that in order to be affordable, PrEP would need to be tightly targeted at gay men at higher risk of HIV infection. Within this target population, it would need high levels of usage.
Read more... Aidsmap - aidsmap news - Gus Cairns - HIV/AIDS -


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