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HIV/AIDS News Archive - July 2010
Researcher finds key to how AIDS infects cells
Jul 30 2010 - A scientist who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases believes he may have found a key to how HIV manages to break through and infect a single cell.
Evan Wood: Drug Abuse and HIV
Jul. 28, 2010 - Evan Wood, a physician and associate professor of medicine at UBC and the co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, writes about the Vienna Declaration in the Los Angeles Times.
XVIII International AIDS Conference: Dr. Julio Montaner's closing address
July 26, 2010 - Outgoing IAS president calls on Prime Minister Harper to meet Canada's commitment to universal access and fulfill its obligation to adress inequities faced by Aboriginal Canadians
Guest Commentary by Joel Stegen: AIDS Denialists in the 21st Century? Really?
July 26, 2010 - The Pride-week issue of the GLT is the widest read and distributed of the year. For this reason, many advertisers invest in this issue. One such advertiser is Rethinking AIDS: The Group for the
Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis, who purchased a 2-page ad in the July 15th issue. Rethinking AIDS is a group of AIDS denialists, individuals who believe that HIV is not the cause of AIDS.
AIDS 2010 Closing Session: LIVE WEBCAST - Kaiser Global Health
XVIII International AIDS Conference | July 18-23, 2010 | Vienna, Austria
WATCH LIVE WEBCAST ...
ELLY KATABIRA (UGANDA) BECOMES IAS PRESIDENT,FRANÇOISE BARRE-SINOUSSI (FRANCE) BECOMES IAS PRESIDENT-ELECT
23 July 2010 (Vienna, Austria) - Dr. Elly Katabira named as new President of International AIDS Society as the
XVIII International AIDS Conference closes in Vienna. Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Laureate, becomes new President-Elect.
The International AIDS Society (IAS), principle organizer of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) in Vienna, today announced
Dr. Elly Katabira, Professor of Medicine and former Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine at Makerere University, Kampala, as its new President for the next two years.
Katabira takes over from outgoing President, Dr. Julio Montaner, and becomes the first African representative to hold the position.
Strong Scientific Findings Presented at AIDS 2010 Point to Promise Ahead and Underscore the Need to Stay the Course
23 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - HIV Epidemic at a Crossroads as Delegates, Buoyed by Scientific Progress, Confront the Possibility of Stagnant Funding for Programme Scale-Up
The biennial meeting of the global AIDS community concluded today with clear evidence of tangible progress in HIV research and programme scale up, yet facing an urgent need for increased resources,
the protection of human rights, and broader use of scientifically sound prevention strategies.
NIH-FUNDED STUDY FINDS EARLY HAART DURING TB TREATMENT BOOSTS SURVIVAL RATE IN PEOPLE CO-INFECTED WITH HIV AND TB
July 22, 2010 - A clinical trial in Cambodia has found it possible to prolong the survival of untreated HIV-infected adults with very weak immune systems and newly diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) by starting anti-HIV therapy two weeks after beginning TB treatment, rather than waiting eight weeks, as has been standard.
Lack of Access to Evidence-based HIV Prevention and Care Is a Fundamental Violation of Human Rights
22 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - AIDS 2010 Delegates, Speakers and Organizers Call for an End to the Passive Neglect and Active Denial that Thwart Access to Lifesaving Health Services,
Information and Tools That Fuel the HIV Epidemic
The appalling lack of access to scientifically proven interventions for key populations at risk -- including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs - and the lagging scale up of simple
and inexpensive treatment regimens to prevent vertical transmission of HIV reflect persistent, underlying human rights violations that threaten future progress on AIDS, according to organizers of the XVIII International AIDS Conference taking
place in Vienna this week under the theme of Rights Here, Right Now.
Primary care interventions improve health outcomes for HIV-positive Canadians
Vancouver, British Columbia (July 22, 2010)- Study results suggest primary care interventions would improve health outcomes, reduce emergency department use and decrease healthcare costs for this client population
Results of a study presented today at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) call for increased primary care interventions to improve health outcomes for
HIV-positive Canadians and reduce emergency department use by this patient population.
Vancouver Artist Tiko Kerr to unveil original painting "A Night Full of Stars (Maxine's)" to raise funds for West End community
(Vancouver, July 21, 2010) - Popular Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr and West End Neighbours will unveil an original acrylic painting titled "A Night Full of Stars (Maxine's)" at noon Wednesday in front of Maxine's. The painting will be sold at a charity art auction within several weeks to raise funds for Vancouver's West End community to create its own vision. This is a mature neighbourhood of about 46,000 people under tremendous pressure for rapid change by major rezoning and development proposals.
TOP SCIENTISTS TACKLE THE ISSUE OF HIV PERSISTENCE
21 July, 2010 (Vienna, Austria) "Towards a Cure: HIV Reservoirs and Strategies to Control Them" Brings Together Global Research Leaders
Can HIV infection ever be cured? The prospect of efficiently controlling HIV persistence in infected persons was the topic of a high-level, two-day meeting of researchers gathered here on the eve of
AIDS 2010, the biennial international conference of HIV researchers, funders, policy-makers and advocates.
AIDS 2010 Heralds Continued Innovation in Global AIDS Response
21 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - Exciting New Avenues of Research and Policy Drive Expansion of HIV Treatment Access, Use of Antiretrovirals to Prevent Infections and Pursuit of a Cure
The unwillingness of the global AIDS community to accept the status quo is fuelling a new era of scientific innovation to drive novel ways of treating and preventing HIV, organizers of the XVIII International AIDS
Conference (AIDS 2010) taking place in Vienna, Austria said today.
Developing World Conditions in Canada Impede Access to HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support
July 21, 2010, Vienna - HIV/AIDS researchers, health-care professionals, AIDS service organizations and AIDS activists in Vienna for the XVIII International AIDS Conference expose shocking statistics
revealing that, even in Canada, an affluent country where many treatments are accessible without cost, people are still becoming unnecessarily infected with HIV and falling ill, without being linked to treatment.
STATEMENT OF ANTHONY S. FAUCI, M.D. DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON RESULTS FROM THE CAPRISA 004 MICROBICIDE HIV PREVENTION STUDY
July 20, 2010 - Today we congratulate the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and the people of South Africa on the positive findings from
the CAPRISA 004 microbicide study, which marks a significant milestone both for the microbicide research field and HIV prevention as a whole.
Human Rights Protections Essential in Drive for Universal Access
20 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - Release of Important New Research that Could Empower Women to Lower Risk of HIV Infection Highlights the Intersection of Science and Human Rights
The call for human rights as a fundamental component of efforts to prevent new infections and provide treatment for people living with HIV pervaded the XVIII International AIDS Conference today as delegates and local
residents prepared for the HIV and Human Rights March through the streets of Vienna this evening. Conference participants are giving voice to the conference theme of Rights Here, Right Now through a number of plenary presentations,
sessions, and Global Village and Youth Programme activities.
NEW IAS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD HONOURS DR. JACK WHITESCARVER FOR HIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE RESPONSE TO AIDS
20 July 2010 (Vienna, Austria) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) honours Dr. Jack Whitescarver, Associate Director for AIDS Research of the U.S. National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research, for his outstanding commitment to the global fight against HIV and his pioneering work in the field. During the closing session
of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), Dr. Jack Whitescarver will be the first recipient of the IAS Presidential Award.
Study highlights benefits of HAART treatment, culturally relevant programs for HIV-positive Aboriginal Canadians
Vancouver, British Columbia (July 20, 2010) - New study results suggest HAART treatment coupled with appropriate social supports would improve health outcomes for HIV-positive Aboriginal people
The results of a study presented this week at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and its research partners reinforces the benefits of
treating HIV-positive Aboriginal Canadians with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and enhancing supportive services to improve health outcomes.
Government of Canada's HIV/AIDS Response Insufficient, Misdirected and Divisive
Vienna, Austria and Vancouver, British Columbia (July 20, 2010) - Minister Leaves AIDS 2010 Prior to Announcement, Unavailable for Comment
Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said that the Government of Canada's announcement today at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) regarding its response to the HIV
and AIDS pandemic is insufficient and disappointing.
AIDS 2010 Delegates and Speakers Unite in Support of Full Funding For the Global Fund, the Next Milestone in Drive for Universal Access
19 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Philanthropist Bill Gates Address Conference
Scientists, practitioners and advocates from around the world today made a united call for global leaders to commit at least $US20 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its upcoming replenishment meeting in October.
At Opening of XVIII International AIDS Conference, Scientific, Community and Political Leaders Applaud Recent Progress Toward Universal Access and Urge Continued Momentum to "Finish What We've Started"
18 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] - Protection of Human Rights, Widespread Use of Evidence-based Interventions and Sustained Financing Highlighted as the Three Pillars of Success
Encouraged by recent progress but wary of signs of possible retrenchment, an estimated 20,000 participants from more than 185 countries have assembled in Vienna for the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) today.
4 years later, Canada still trying to 'turn the corner' on AIDS
July 18, 2010 - Ahead of the latest AIDS conference beginning Sunday in Vienna, the Star examines the pledges and proclamations of the Toronto conference to see what progress has, or hasn't, been made.
KFF/UNAIDS Report Finds Donor Nation Support for AIDS Relief Was Flat in 2009 During World Economic Crisis, With US$7.6 Billion Provided During the Year
July 18, 2010 - VIENNA, Austria - Overall support for global AIDS efforts from donor nations flattened in the midst of last year's global economic crisis, according to a new analysis of 2009 funding levels from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
YouTUbe - The National HIV/AIDS Strategy
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, ONAP Director Jeffrey Crowley and HHS Assistant Secretary Dr. Howard Koh speak during the official announcement of the White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
International AIDS Society and Partners Recognize Outstanding Researchers from Around the World at AIDS 2010
16 July 2010 (Vienna, Austria) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced today the ten winners of four prestigious scientific awards, to be presented at plenary sessions during the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010).
Presented by the IAS and partners, these awards recognize scientists involved in innovative HIV and AIDS research throughout the world.
Canadian AIDS Society at AIDS 2010
July 16, 2010, Ottawa - Beginning at noon Central European Summer Time (CEST), from July 18 - 22, the Canadian AIDS Society
will host the Canada Exhibit at AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The Canada booth represents both government and non-government organizations and their efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Canada.
Novel microfluidic HIV test is quick and cheap
16-Jul-2010 - Microfluidic device uses antibodies to 'capture' white blood cells called T cells affected by HIV
IAS Names HIVMA/IDSA a Local Partner for 2012 International AIDS Meeting
July 15, 2010 WASHINGTON - The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced Monday that the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), with its Center for Global Health Policy, will be one of two local scientific partners for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., in July 2012.
Medicine Hat Cares Centre Now Open
July 14, 2010 - AIDS Calgary is excited to announce the opening of the Medicine Hat Cares Centre. In early 2010, the primary provincial funder for HIV programs in
Alberta de-funded the existing Medicine Hat AIDS service organization. AIDS Calgary was asked to manage service delivery in the area. After community consultation and planning, the Medicine Hat Cares
Centre was born. The Centre will operate as a program of AIDS Calgary Awareness Association.
International AIDS Society Announces Inaugural Recipients of Innovative HIV Research Awards
14 July 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) today announced the recipients of its first joint research grant programme,
Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR). CNIHR grants,
funded in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH-supported Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) are designed to promote innovative research and new ideas from early stage
investigators whose primary focus has previously been in fields of scientific inquiry other than HIV/ AIDS.
IAPAC Lauds National HIV/AIDS Strategy,Urges Adequate, Unwavering Funding, Accelerated Implementation
July 13, 2010 - Washington, DC - Statement by José M. Zuniga, President, International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) lauds the Obama Administration for launching a National HIV/AIDS Strategy that, in its strategic framework and
if adequately funded, can help achieve significant progress in the US response to its HIV epidemic.
White House Announces National HIV/AIDS Strategy
July 13, 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C - In the United States, approximately 56,000 people become infected with HIV each year and more than
1.1 million Americans are living with HIV. To combat this growing epidemic, the White House today released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and accompanying NHAS Federal Implementation Plan.
Ten million deaths and 1 million new HIV infections could be averted if countries meet HIV treatment targets
GENEVA, 8 July 2010 - New UNAIDS report shows that young people are leading the prevention revolution, with 15 of the most severely affected
countries reporting a 25% drop in HIV prevalence among this key population. New global opinion poll shows that AIDS continues to be of major importance for the public around the world.
Three Former Latin American Presidents Sign Vienna Declaration, Join Global Call to Action for Science-Based Drug Policy Reform
13 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria]- Former Leaders Urge Alternatives to "War on Drugs" in Lead Up to XVIII International AIDS Conference
Former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil),
Ernesto Zedillo (México) and César Gaviria (Colombia) today announced their endorsement of
the Vienna Declaration, the official declaration of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS
2010, www.aids2010.org) taking place from 18 to 23 July 2010.
Couple-focused intervention appears effective in reducing HIV risk behaviors among African-Americans
12-Jul-2010 - A risk reduction program focused on African American heterosexual couples appears to diminish risky sexual behaviors
among couples in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other is not, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the September 27 print issue of Archives of
Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study was published online today in advance of its upcoming presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Civil society and local partners for XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) announced
12 July 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS), conveners of the International AIDS Conference,
along with permanent partners, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), the International Community
of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), are pleased to announce the new civil society and local partners for the XIX International
AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) which will be held in Washington, DC, in July 2012.
"Moving Into New Opportunities and Challenges of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic"
EVENT: Leadership Breakfast and Discussion
Monday, July 12, 2010
TIME: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
GMHC, The Tisch Building,
12th floor 119 West 24th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York City
Universal HIV testing and immediate treatment could reduce but not eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic
9-Jul-2010 - Study examines real-world impact of strategy in Washington, D.C.
Implementing a program of universal HIV testing and immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for infected individuals could have a major impact on the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in Washington, DC, but a new study finds that it would not halt the epidemic, something that a previous report had projected.
ONLINE COVERAGE OF XVIII INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE TO INCLUDE DAILY WEBCASTS, LIVE COVERAGE, PODCASTS AND NEWS RECAPS
July 9, 2010 - Menlo Park, CA and Geneva, Switzerland - INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY AND KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION PARTNER TO OFFER DAILY, COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF CONFERENCE FOR FREE
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation will provide worldwide online access to the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) taking place in Vienna, Austria, July 18-23, 2010.
International AIDS training and research program awarded $3.6 million from NIH
8-Jul-2010 - PROVIDENCE, RI - The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant to an international AIDS training and research program based at
The Miriam Hospital to continue training foreign researchers in countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
NIH-LED SCIENTISTS FIND ANTIBODIES THAT PREVENT MOST HIV STRAINS FROM INFECTING HUMAN CELLS
July 8, 2010 - Discovery to Advance HIV Vaccine Design, Antibody Therapy for Other Diseases
Scientists have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory, and have demonstrated how one of these disease-fighting proteins accomplishes this feat.
Namibia lifts travel ban for people living with HIV
GENEVA, 8 July 2010 - UNAIDS applauds the decision by the Government of Namibia to lift its
travel restrictions for people living with HIV and align the country's legislation with international public health standards. The reforms-which
took effect on 1 July-also remove entry restrictions against people living with other contagious diseases.
HIV Prevention Strategy Key to Curbing Epidemic and Cutting Long-Term Treatment Costs
Results Will Help Develop Effective Prevention and HIV Management Programs
Vancouver, BC (July 7, 2010) - Increasing highly
active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) treatment for people with HIV/AIDS will provide significant cost savings over a relatively short period of time,
according to a formal economic analysis led by researchers at
the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia (UBC).
CATIE News - Doctors and patients-the need for better communication
July 6 2010 - In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, doctors focused on making sense of patients' lab test results along
with signs and symptoms so that they could prevent and treat the inevitable life-threatening complications that were the hallmark of AIDS.
ViiV Healthcare Announces Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative, an Innovative Community Support Program to Fight HIV/AIDS
Research Triangle Park, NC, July 6, 2010- Company Announces Call for Initial Grant Letters of
Interest for Programs Focused on African American and Latino Populations in Southern States
ViiV Healthcare today announced the launch of Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative, a collaborative, community-focused
program designed to address gaps in services or programs that support linkages to care
and treatment adherence among individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Margaret McGlynn, Former President of Global Vaccines at Merck, Joins IAVI Board
NEW YORK, Jul 06, 2010 - The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) announces the appointment of Margaret McGlynn, former President of
Global Vaccines and Anti-infectives at Merck, to its board of directors. She joins a highly independent group of 16 advisors from 10 countries who meet three times a year to assess IAVI's progress and shape its long-term strategy.
Study finds higher STD rates among users of erectile dysfunction drugs
5-Jul-2010 - Results stress importance of counseling safer-sex practices, even for older patients
Physicians who prescribe erectile dysfunction drugs for their male patients should be sure to discuss the importance of safer sex
practices, even with older patients: that is an important implication of a report in the July 6 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Historic HIV Vaccine Trial Involving GeoVax Vaccine Spotlighted in The Georgia Voice and The Body
ATLANTA, GA, July 02, 2010 - GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTCBB: GOVX) - Articles Highlight AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta's Search for Volunteers To Help Test Safety of GeoVax's Vaccine in 77-Week Trial
Genetic regulator opens new avenues to AIDS, immune system research
1-Jul-2010 - CORVALLIS, Ore. - Researchers at Oregon State University and the California Institute of Technology have discovered that a genetic regulator which is
critical to many life functions also plays a key role in the formation of "T cells," a type of white blood cell that's important in immune function.
Vienna: Act on Human Rights Theme of AIDS Conference
(New York, July 1, 2010) - Protect Vulnerable Populations, Ensure Accountability
The upcoming 18th annual International AIDS Conference should focus on reaching the most vulnerable populations and removing barriers to their
treatment, Human Rights Watch said today.
Discovery of a hepatitis C-related virus in bats may reduce outbreaks in humans
July 1, 2010 - Viral hepatitis affects more than 500 million people worldwide and is a cause of liver failure and liver cancer.
While vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B, this is not the case for hepatitis C, which affects as much as two percent of the population in the U.S. Scientists today are
reporting discovery of a virus related to hepatitis C in Asian bats, which may provide insights into the origins of the hepatitis C virus and into the mechanisms by which infectious
diseases move from other species to humans.
One of a KIND Stories
- Speaker: Bradford McIntyre (Positively Positive) - Monday July 12, 2010
A long time survivor living with HIV since 1984, Bradford McIntyre (Positively Positive)
announced publicly, on national television, in 1994 that he was living with HIV. Bradford has transformed the challenges he faced through living with HIV into opportunities to educate, inform and build community.
AIDS 2010 Youth Pre-Conference
SAVE THE DATE
Date: July 14 - 17, 2010
Location: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, VIENNA
For more information: YOUTH@AIDS2010.ORG
The Vienna YouthForce and the Youth Programme of AIDS 2010 are organizing a Youth Pre-Conference supported by UNFPA.
The Pre-Conference is open to young people attending AIDS 2010 and to other youth.