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HIV/AIDS News Archive - April 2014
Scientists Figure Out Staying Power of HIV-Fighting Enzyme
April 30, 2014 - Johns Hopkins biochemists have figured out what is needed to activate and sustain the virus-fighting activity of an enzyme found in CD4+ T cells,
the human immune cells infected by HIV. The discovery could launch a more effective strategy for preventing the spread of HIV in the body with drugs targeting this enzyme, they say. A summary of their work was published online
on April 21 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
WHO's first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health
30 April 2014 | Geneva - New WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries
A new report by WHO-its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally-reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance-when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections-is now a major threat to public health.
Study Highlights Potential Benefit of Transplant Drug in Treatment of HIV
APRIL 29, 2014 - Since 1987, Kathleen Webster has been living with HIV.
Risk of birth defects small with HIV drugs
29 April 2014 - The risks of birth defects in children exposed to antiretroviral drugs in utero are small when considering the
clear benefit of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV but where there are safe and effective alternatives, it might be appropriate to avoid use by pregnant women of drugs that may be associated with elevated risks of birth defects, such as zidovudine and efavirenz, according to a study published by French researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine .
A Curious Case:
The new HIV/Aids denial
29 April 2014 - Years ago, before the US Agency for International Development (USAID) poured more than R45?billion into this country's HIV-prevention programmes,
my friend Lucian poked me in the ribs during school assembly and whispered under his breath: "You know what Aids stands for?" I replied no.
"American Idea for Discouraging Sex!"
Study Highlights Potential Benefit of Transplant Drug in Treatment of HIV
ISSUE: APRIL 2014 - Results from a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation have demonstrated that sirolimus (Rapamune, Pfizer)-an immunosuppressant drug designed to
prevent recipient rejection of transplanted
organs-also may combat the HIV reservoir. The study was posted online earlier this month (Am J Transplant 2014 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]).
Low cholesterol in immune cells tied to slow progression of HIV
PITTSBURGH, April 29, 2014 - People infected with HIV whose immune cells have low cholesterol levels experience much slower disease progression, even without medication,
according to University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health research that could lead to new strategies to control infection.7
Soy Sauce Molecule May Unlock Drug Therapy for HIV Patients, MU Researcher Finds
April 28, 2014 - COLUMBIA, Mo. - Compounds can be 70 times more potent than Tenofovir, a first-line HIV regimen
For HIV patients being treated with anti-AIDS medications, resistance to drug therapy regimens is commonplace. Often, patients develop resistance to first-line drug therapies, such as Tenofovir, and are forced to adopt more potent medications. Virologists at the University of Missouri now are testing the next generation of medications that stop HIV from spreading, and are using a molecule related to flavor enhancers found in soy sauce, to develop compounds that are more potent than Tenofovir.
Implementation of a comprehensive harm reduction programme curtailed the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Taiwan
28 April 2014 - Implementation of a comprehensive harm reduction programme successfully contained the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Taiwan, investigators report in PLOS Medicine.
Could this be the cure for HIV?: Scientists predict vital breakthrough in fight against Aids virus
April 28, 2014 - Danish scientists using a technique which strips HIV virus from human DNA
Process involves releasing virus to be destroyed by body's immune system
Clinical trials on humans due to start following successful laboratory tests
The technique is being researched in Britain, but studies have not yet begun
Uganda's anti-gay law worries doctors and researchers
April 28, 2014 - Concerns have been mounting in Uganda's hospitals and clinics since Western donors began leaving the country to protest a new law making homosexuality a crime punishable by years in prison.
The World Bank put a US$90-million loan on hold, and several European countries suspended donations, but Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reacted defiantly. At a demonstration last month, he told thousands who marched through the streets of
Kampala to celebrate the law's passage that the cutbacks were "contemptuous."
Uganda's anti-gay law worries doctors and researchers
Montpellier, 28 April 2014 - During a francophone conference on HIV currently being held in France, MSF highlights the delay in the fight against the disease in French-speaking African countries and calls for them to adopt strategies that have proven to be highly effective in Southern Africa.
As the International Francophone conference on HIV and Hepatitis (AFRAVIH) takes place in Montpellier from 27 to 30 April, the international humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expresses concern about the lack of significant progress in the fight against HIV / AIDS in several countries of Central and West Africa.
All schools told to enroll HIV/AIDS affected children
April 28, 2014 - HA NOI (VNS) - All schools nation-wide have been given targets to enroll children affected by HIV/AIDS by 2020.
One man's struggle to get HIV treatment for his village
April 28, 2014 - Osborn Hamilenge is a determined man who cycles more than 30 kilometres from his village in Chaanga, Zambia around five times a month to get HIV medication for friends and neighbours.
The cure for hepatitis C is upon us, but at a costly penny
April 27, 2014 - There is a revolution coming to the treatment of hepatitis C. But a big fat asterisk is required with that assertion.
Kenya makes huge gains in war on HIV but more challenges ahead
April 27, 2014 - Kenya's war against HIV/Aids has been rated one of the best in the world in a new report to be launched Monday.
The Angel in Larry Kramer
April 26, 2014 - I LEARNED long ago to open my inbox with trepidation. A journalist is a magnet for complaints.
HIV infection increases risk of melanoma
25 April 2014 - HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of melanoma, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in PLOS ONE. Overall, people living with HIV had a 26% increase in their relative risk of melanoma compared to the general population,
SFU researchers trace HIV evolution in North America
April 25, 2014 - A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.
PrEP Yourself: Making Better Sense of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Debate
April 24, 2014 - The debate over pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) -- the daily use of the antiretroviral medication Truvada in conjunction with other prevention measures to avoid HIV infection -- has been
raging for a few years now. However, in recent weeks the back-and-forth over this little blue pill has reached a fever pitch, with pundits, health providers, and patients expressing rather entrenched opinions on a matter that is still laden with many unanswered questions.
NEGATIVE: HIV- Gay Men Speak for Themselves
Published on Apr 24, 2014 - Four negative gay men discuss their sex lives, fears of infection, and what they really think about positive gay men.
Killing With Kindness - How HIV Denialism Murders Women
April 25, 2014 - Unfortunately, the viewpoint promulgated by Anne Sono and her fellow denialists does not improve women's lives. It kills them.
New HIV studies using monkeys suggest a possible cure and offer hope
April 24, 2014 - In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA researchers injected six monkeys with the drug and six monkeys with a placebo. The HIV virus was then pumped into their systems. The results showed 100 percent effectiveness.
None of monkeys that were given the drug were infected, while all of those that were administrated the placebo were. The Rockefeller University replicated this experiment, yielding identical results.
Scripps Research Institute Scientists Find New Point of Attack on HIV for Vaccine Development
LA JOLLA, CA-April 24, 2014 - A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) working with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has discovered a new
vulnerable site on the HIV virus. The newly identified site can be attacked by human antibodies in a way that neutralizes the infectivity of a wide variety of HIV strains.
Melbourne to host a candlelight memorial in lead-up to AIDS 2014
April 24, 2014 - AS Melbourne prepares to host AIDS 2014 in July, a candlelight memorial will be held in Melbourne CBD on May 18.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is the first public activation of the city in the lead-up to AIDS 2014, serving as an important reminder of the global impact of HIV and continuing fight against HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
The HIV/AIDS crisis by the numbers
April 23, 2014 - NowThisNews looks at some of the stark realities of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Zero HIV transmission risk uncertain in serodiscordant couples with ART
April 23, 2014 - Findings from a systematic review suggest that the available data do not support a zero risk for HIV transmission among heterosexual serodiscordant couples when the positive partner is receiving antiretroviral therapy.ining Out For Life, spokesperson James Boxshall says
they have raised more than $200,000.
Pick up a menu to fight HIV
April 23, 2014 - Dining out at select Vancouver Island restaurants on April 24 will mean a lot to those working with some of the region's most marginalized people.
That day, 75 restaurants will be taking part in Dining Out For Life, a major annual fundraiser for AIDS Vancouver Island. Twenty-five per cent of food sales proceeds will be donated to the service organization. After nine years of hosting Dining Out For Life, spokesperson James Boxshall says
they have raised more than $200,000.
The Man Who Co-Discovered HIV 30 Years Ago on Why There Won't Be a Cure for AIDS
April 23, 2014 - Dr. Robert Gallo, who co-discovered the cause of AIDS three decades ago and helped pave the way to blood testing for HIV, says a cure is unlikely, despite advances in drug treatments that have dramatically reduced the deaths from infection
On April 23, 1984, Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler called a press conference to make a stunning announcement: Hoarse from laryngitis, the Reagan appointee spoke for less than a minute, but her words sparked an international firestorm: "The probable cause of AIDS has been found: a variant of a known human cancer virus," she said.
HIV Turns 30 Today
April 23, 2014 - Researchers Identify HIV Virus: April 23, 1984
It's been 30 years since scientists announced the cause of AIDS: a shifty retrovirus that would come to be known as HIV.
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The 2014 Pride Legacy Awards Presented by TELUS
Awards Ceremony May 4th - 6pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
The 2nd annual PRIDE Legacy Awards is a night to celebrate the legacy of activism and volunteerism that has shaped Vancouver's LGBTQ community. There are eight awards, each corresponding with a color of the original eight color rainbow flag.
The award categories also reflect the meanings associated with the colors, as defined by the creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker.
Suits Dinner - April 24, 2014 - Mahoney and Sons
SUITS - POZ GAY WORKING MEN'S DINNER GROUP
Suits is having a dinner & pub night this Thursday.
April 24th 5.30pm
Cable Evening News Ignores Major HIV/AIDS Stories
April 22, 2014 - Despite major developments in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and research in 2013, cable evening news shows devoted scant time to covering developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in 2013. The lack of coverage of HIV/AIDS stories has continued into the first quarter of 2014.
In Memory of Frankie Knuckles: the Frankie Knuckles Fund
April 22, 2014 - The Elton John AIDS Foundation, in collaboration with Judy Weinstein and Defmix Productions, has established the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment.
HIV/AIDS Basics: A New App for iPad
April 22, 2014 - If you've visited AIDS.gov before, you're likely familiar with the array of HIV/AIDS content found on the site. Time and time again, our analytics and usability testing
tell us that the HIV basics pages are among the most visited pages on the site. In tandem with this, the Pew Internet & American Life Project Exit Disclaimer has reported on the rise of mobile use in the U.S., finding that 63% of
American adult cell phone owners use their phones to go online Exit Disclaimer (as of May 2013) and 42% own a tablet device Exit Disclaimer (as of January 2014).
HIV Scientists Meet to Stem Epidemic in Chicago Youth
April 22, 2014 - CHICAGO - Can HIV researchers slow the epidemic where it is growing most -- among young people in Chicago and around the country?
Why Russia is Heading Toward an HIV Crisis and Privacy Disaster
April 22, 2014 - Russian lawmakers are said to be moving on a bill that would mandate every citizen living with HIV/AIDS must submit to fingerprint data collection, a worrying turn of events in a country that is already seeing the damages of a disastrous HIV policy.
Bishop Terry Angel Mason on HIV and Uganda
April 22, 2014 - Openly gay Christian minister, LGBT civil rights activist and National HIV/AIDS Awareness Spokesman Bishop Terry Angel Mason is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, activist and poet. He's ready to save the world, but before he does that,
there's just one thing he needs to do: get his fiancé and their adopted children out of Uganda.
New Guidelines Address Screening Prevention of HIV in Women
April 21, 2014 - Washington, DC - Recommendations Emphasize Role of Ob-Gyns in Preventive Care
Reflecting a growing emphasis on the importance of preventive care for women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College)
today released two Committee Opinions on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in women: One lowering the recommended age for HIV screening and one addressing prevention of HIV transmission through use of prophylaxis.
AIDS at 30: Apathy plus HIV kills
April 21, 2014 - In 1984, the stigma associated with HIV was crushing. Now it's also about new threats: apathy and ignorance.
Cuba Is Facing a Condom Shortage
April 21, 2014 - Cuba is currently facing a shortage in condoms - sparking worries about the impact this could have on the country's rate of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies.
Poor CD4 Gains With ART Linked to Risk of Viral Non-AIDS Cancers
18 April 2014 - Lower CD4-cell gains after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) were associated with a higher risk of virus-induced non-AIDS cancers in a prospectively followed US cohort of 9389 people with HIV.
The findings imply that T cell-mediated immunity plays a role in pathogenesis of these cancers.
People with HIV encourage others to take their medication
April 17, 2014 - Five patients tell their stories in a new video produced by a U of A PhD student
A new video uses positive stories of people with HIV to encourage others with the virus to take their medication.
Brazilian football star David Luiz appointed new UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador
GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNAIDS leverages the power of football ahead of FIFA 2014 World Cup
In the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil starting in June, UNAIDS has teamed up with Brazilian football champion and vice-captain of the national Brazilian football team David Luiz, appointing him as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.
ORIGAMI Attending the Life Ball in Vienna: "Love is a bloom growing anywhere".
APRIL 16, 2014 - Danny Resnic, Los Angeles entrepreneur and inventor of the radical new ORIGAMI condoms, will be one of 250 VIP guests at The AIDS Solidarity Gala at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, 31 May - 01 June 2014. The Gala is followed by the renowned spectacle, the Life Ball.
Integrase Inhibitor Dolutegravir Superior to Darunavir in 48 Weeks
15 April 2014 - Once-daily treatment with dolutegravir, an integrase inhibitor, yielded a superior 48-week response when compared with once-daily darunavir/ ritonavir in an international randomized trial that enrolled previously untreated people. The difference between regimens could be partly ascribed to greater tolerability of dolutegravir.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Registration and visa information for media attending the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), 20-25 July, Melbourne, Australia
April 16, 2014 - All media are encouraged to register as early as possible. Registering will automatically place media representatives on a database enabling
them to receive important press announcements in the lead up to AIDS 2014.
AccolAIDS 2014 Awards Gala on Vimeo
April 14, 2014 - Positive Living BC Slide Show presentation of photographs from previous AccolAIDS Galas, at AccolAIDS 2014.
Community-based HIV prevention can boost testing, help reduce new infections
By Enrique Rivero | April 14, 2014 - The aim of the intervention was fourfold: to increase access to voluntary counseling and testing, as well
as post-test services; to change community attitudes about HIV awareness and particularly about the benefit of knowing one's HIV status; to remove barriers to knowing one's HIV status; and to increase the safety
of testing and minimize the potential negative consequences of testing by providing various forms of support.
Russia's Anti-Gay Law: Fueling an AIDS Crisis
April 14, 2014 - The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Russia is spiraling out of control, and LGBT communities are some of the most seriously affected. From 2002 to 2012, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Russia
has increased an astounding 41%, with the numbers of those infected towering over 1.3 million.
Charles Farthing dies at 60; doctor at forefront of AIDS care
April 14, 2014 - Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60.
Researcher studies what makes people with HIV successful at sticking with antiretroviral treatment
April 11, 2014 - At the end of 2011, an estimated 34 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. In Alberta, the total was 1,532. Thanks to scientific improvements in antiretroviral therapy, many of these Albertans are
living long and full lives. The key to living longer
with HIV is sticking with the antiretroviral therapy prescribed.
'The Day It Snowed In Miami' LGBT-rights documentary to screen Wednesday in Key West
April 11, 2014 - NEW YORK - The Day It Snowed In Miami, a documentary about the LGBT-rights movement presented by Miami Herald Media Company and WPBT2, will be screened Wednesday at the San Carlos Institute in Key West.
#MyTruth - I define my destiny! I am Daniel Bauer!
Published on Apr 11, 2014 - This is a video I have made in response to the daily battles I fight.
Rising Anal, Liver, and Prostate Cancer Rates in HIV+ US Patients
10 April 2014 - Rates of anal cancer, liver cancer, and prostate cancer all rose annually from 1996 through 2010 in US patients with HIV infection.
HIV pioneer says collaboration paramount to eventual cure
Apr.10, 2014 - NEW YORK - The prominent French virologist Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says scientists have not lost the sense of urgency in seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS.
Professor Barre-Sinoussi, who co-discovered HIV in 1983, says there's also a role for pharmaceutical companies, in the collaborative effort.
Truvada's use as HIV prevention drug raises concerns
Apr.10, 2014 - NEW YORK - Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada,
and are campaigning hard to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50,000 a year
in the U.S., the AP reports.
Yet others - despite mounting evidence of Truvada's effectiveness - say such efforts are reckless, tempting some condom users to abandon that
layer of protection and exposing them to an array of other sexually transmitted infections aside from HIV.
Insight into HIV transmission risk when the viral load is undetectable and no condom is used
10 April 2014 - The sexual transmission of HIV occurs after an exposure to fluids that contain HIV, such as semen and fluids from the vagina and
rectum. The amount of virus in these fluids (also known as viral load) is the most important factor that determines whether an exposure to HIV will lead to infection. Research shows that a
higher viral load increases the risk of HIV transmission and that a lower viral load decreases the risk.
Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean - experts
9 Apr 2014 - BOGOTA - Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said.
CAHR 2014 - Mark Wainberg Lecture
April 9 2014 - Ottawa - Leading human rights advocate to deliver opening Mark Wainberg Lecture at Canada's national AIDS conference
The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) announced that Richard Elliott has been selected as the 2014 Mark Wainberg Lecturer. Each year, at CAHR's national conference on HIV research, the lecture honours Dr. Wainberg's ongoing contributions to fighting HIV/AIDS and to
\recognize the efforts of others who exemplify the same traits of excellence, perseverance, and commitment to the cause of finding innovative and groundbreaking ways to address the epidemic.
15 'Random' People Who Died From AIDS
8th of April 2014 - Today I want to show you how everyone can get infected by HIV.
HIV can affect anyone because the virus doesn't discriminate. You can be American, British, Slovakian, Swedish, South African or French, you can also be HIV positive. HIV doesn't care about your nationality. Whether you are an actor, musician, fashion designer, philosopher, politician, veteran or housewife, you can get infected by HIV. HIV doesn't care who you are or what you do in life.
Sharecare Names Top 10 Social HealthMakers on HIV and AIDS
ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - April 07, 2014) - In an effort to provide this community with qualified information and resources, Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform created by
Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD founder Jeff Arnold, today announced its Top 10 Social HealthMakers on HIV and AIDS, a list of the most influential experts leading online conversations about the often polarizing and controversial aspects associated with the varying stages of HIV.
Expanded HIV testing may find more acute infections as well as more late presenters
07 April 2014 - Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it, but may also find more people who have only recently become infected, a pilot study from Vancouver in Canada has found.
The International AIDS Society condemns raid on key HIV research facility in Uganda
Monday 7, April 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland - The International AIDS Society (IAS), the leading independent global association of professionals working in HIV, strongly condemns the raid carried out by the Ugandan authorities on the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, a key HIV research facility, on April 3. During the raid one staff member was arrested and later released. The authorities alleged, incorrectly, that the centre was carrying out unethical research and recruiting homosexuals.
Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa
Apr. 7, 2014 - VATICAN CITY - Many non-Catholic health care workers advocate condoms as an important weapon to fight the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The Vatican opposes condom use because church teaching forbids contraception.
Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors
Apr 6, 2014 - Research is showing that older people with HIV are dealing with elevated levels of depression, loneliness, and suicidal tendencies in addition to various co-morbidities or non-AIDS-defining illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, and kidney and liver failure.
Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug
April 6, 2014 - NEW YORK - It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting
uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.
Uganda police raid HIV project for 'homosexuality training'
Apr. 5, 2014 - Uganda police raided a US-funded HIV project for "training youths in homosexuality", the government said, weeks after the president signed a widely criticised anti-homosexuality law.
Can a transplant drug help eliminate lingering HIV infections?
April 4, 2014 - Researchers studying the effects of immune suppressant drugs on transplant patients with HIV have made a surprising discovery: A drug intended to hobble the body's defense system may actually help destroy dormant reservoirs of the virus that causes AIDS.
HIV in Adolescents: Breaking the Silence
Apr. 4, 2014 - According to UNICEF, half of all new HIV infections in 2012 occurred in people between the ages of 15 and 24. Worldwide, disproportionately high HIV prevalence is reported among key adolescent populations.
Driving Ability May Falter With Age in HIV-Positive Adults
Apr. 4, 2014 - Middle-aged and elderly people with HIV may have deficits in their mental skills that affect their ability to drive, according to a small new study.
Velma McBride Murry honored for HIV/AIDS awareness and research efforts
Apr. 4, 2014 - The American Psychological Association has awarded Vanderbilt professor Velma McBride Murry a presidential citation for distinguished research contributions, inspirational teaching
and mentoring; and dedicated leadership as an advocate for children, youth and HIV risk prevention.
Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #29 - Treatment as Prevention
Published on Apr 4, 2014 - AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on the latest developments from the 4th International HIV Workshop on Treatment as Prevention in Vancouver, BC.
CROI 2014: Researchers Discuss HIV, Aging, and Frailty
04 April 2014 - People living with HIV are at greater risk of geriatric syndromes such as frailty and difficulty with daily activities than HIV negative people of the same
age -- and this can have a significant effect upon their quality of life as they age, according to several studies
presented at the 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) last month in Boston.
Potential HIV prophylaxis enters Canadian pilot trial
April 3, 2014 - An established treatment for HIV is being studied for real-world use as prophylaxis in two Canadian trials beginning in late March. Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir
disoproxil fumarate) is already approved in the United States for the prevention of HIV. It is approved in Canada to treat HIV, but its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc., has "not yet submitted an application" to Health Canada for its use as prophylaxis, stated spokesperson Cara Miller.
Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors
Apr. 3 2014 - Research is showing that older people with HIV are dealing with elevated levels of depression, loneliness, and suicidal tendencies in addition to various co-morbidities or non-AIDS-defining illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, and kidney and liver failure.
Updated Perinatal ART Guidelines for Pregnant Women with HIV
03 April 2014 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has updated its guidelines for use of antiretroviral drugs by pregnant women with HIV, intended both to improve the health of women and to prevent transmission
of the virus to their infants during gestation or delivery.
Experts call for accelerating progress towards universal HIV treatment access
GENEVA, 3 April 2014 - Scientific experts from 41 countries have gathered in Vancouver, Canada for a four-day meeting to examine the latest evidence regarding the prevention benefits of antiretroviral therapy. The meeting also focused on developing new targets to end the AIDS epidemic, including a commitment to bring HIV treatment to all people who are eligible.
UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new US Global AIDS Coordinator
GENEVA, 3 April 2014 - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates Dr Deborah Birx on her confirmation as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, leading the US Government's international HIV efforts.
Rise in Fake HIV Tests in Uganda
3 April 2014 - A BBC Africa investigation has revealed that some people in Uganda are buying fake HIV negative results.
Rapid Changes Possible in Semen Viral Load, Study Finds
April 2, 2014 - Standard viral load tests look for HIV RNA (genetic material from the virus) in blood, not semen-and the amount of RNA in these two fluids doesn't always match. And as researchers report in the March 3 online edition of PLoS ONE,
not only can individuals with undetectable blood viral load have detectable levels in semen, those levels can change from hour to hour.
Local Boy Does Good - Rides 545 miles for charity
April 2, 2014 - LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles resident and Northern NY native Tommy Gaebel is training to join thousands of other participants this June for AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
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Teenage twins to be honored for fight against AIDS
April 1, 2014 - Twins Kevin and Keisha Diggs have become some of the AIDS Fund's most dedicated volunteers. They've stuffed envelopes,
emptied trash cans, set up and hosted events, handed out literature, taken the
stage to rev up audiences. They've done almost everything they could to raise
awareness of HIV infection, work to prevent its spread, and erase misperceptions about people who have AIDS.
They're 17 years old.
South Africa has world's highest HIV prevalence: survey
CAPE TOWN, April 1 (Xinhua) - South Africa had an estimated 6.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in 2012, the highest prevalence in the world, according a survey released on Tuesday.
With over 400,000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, South Africa ranks first in HIV incidence in the world, the survey finds.
International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop
April 1, 2014 - The International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop brings academic, policy, industry, and community representatives together
to review and discuss research and policy progress in the field of HIV Treatment as Prevention. Specifically, delegates review new data and identify priority areas for research and action
related to the impact of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) use among HIV infected individuals on the transmission of HIV infection and other relevant treatment outcomes.