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HIV/AIDS News Archive - July 2014
Beijing registers increase in AIDS amongs seniors
July 31st, 2014 - Beijing registered 1,680 cases in the first half of this year, marking a 21.5% hike compared to the 1,388 cases in the same period last year.
Self-stigma dominant in people living with HIV and Aids
July 31st, 2014 - Medical research by health care practitioners has shown that internal or self stigma is still prevalent in people living with HIV and Aids (PLHIV), subjecting them to frequent illness because of stress.
To deal with this matter, an inaugural Inquiry Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) study will be introduced in the country, first in Harare, and later roll out to all provinces and districts.
Most people think they'll never get HIV. We spoke to two students who did
July 30, 2014 - 'I didn't tell my mum I had HIV until after Christmas - I didn't want to ruin the festivities'
HIV may no longer be the death sentence it once was - nonetheless, it dramatically changes the lives of those who contract it.
Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV
July 30, 2014 - Soon, protection from HIV infection could be as simple as inserting a medicated, disappearing fabric minutes before having sex.
Stigma and Discrimination still major challenge in fight against HIV
Published on Jul 30, 2014
Scientists call for new strategy in pursuit of HIV-free generation
July 30, 2014 - In light of the recent news that HIV has been detected in the Mississippi baby previously thought to have been cured of the disease, researchers are assessing how to help those born to HIV-infected mothers. These infants around
the world are in need of new immune-based protective strategies, including vaccines delivered to mothers and babies and the means to boost potentially protective maternal antibodies, say researchers who write in the Cell Press journal Trends in Microbiology on July 30th.
B.C. working on Hepatitis C screening process
July 29, 2014 - Genome British Columbia is funding scientists at the B.C. Centre for Excellence (BC-CfE) in HIV/AIDS to develop a screening test in Canada for a variant of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), with a polymorphism called "Q80K", that renders a new drug called simeprevir less effective at treating patients.
HIV rates down, gonorrhea on the rise: SHR report
July 29, 2014 - The results are in, and the news is good and bad.
The good news is that HIV and Hepatitis C rates are steadily falling in Saskatoon and surrounding area.
The bad news is that rates for some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing, according to statistics from a Saskatoon Health Region report on blood-borne infection and STI cases reported in 2013.
Lack of awareness among general public in Goa about HIV/AIDS
July 29, 2014 - PANAJI: While GSACS is given credit for generating awareness about the deadly disease among high-risk groups such as commercial sex workers, truck drivers, motorcycle pilots, the Sanguem incident emphasizes the GSACS' need to also focus on the general population and work towards eliminating stigma attached to HIV AIDS.
Better remedies for hepatitis C are becoming available in B.C., but who's going to pay for them?
July 29, 2014 - New and more effective drugs to treat B.C.'s 50,000 hepatitis C patients would cost billions if covered under B.C. PharmaCare, but doctors say treating the patients for liver cancer or transplants could cost taxpayers even more.
First in Canada: two Vancouver pharmacies begin a pilot to offer HIV tests to customers
July 29, 2014 - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are piloting the feasibility of local pharmacies offering HIV tests to their customers - a first in Canada.
Forced mutations doom HIV: New study reveals how a potential HIV drug exacts its toll on viral populations
July 28, 2014 - Fifteen years ago, MIT professor John Essigmann and colleagues from the University of Washington had a novel idea for an HIV drug. They thought if they could induce the virus to mutate uncontrollably, they could force it to weaken and eventually die out-a strategy that our immune system uses against many viruses.
Social media 'meet ups' linked to spike of syphilis, health official says
July 28th 2014 - Saskatoon's deputy medical health officer believes an increase in reports of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may be linked to more people getting together through the use of social media.
Key messages from HIV conference come to Saskatchewan
July 28th 2014 - A Saskatchewan medical health officer is returning to work excited to build on momentum after spending a week at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS
July 28th 2014 - Sonnabend is known for his efforts on behalf of the gay community, preceding AIDS and throughout the epidemic -- for GLBT health care outreach and advocacy, for research on STDs and treatments, for his co-authorship with Richard Berkowitz and Michael Callen of an early safer-sex guide, "How To Have Sex in an Epidemic," and for being a co-founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR).
Worrying Lack of HIV Awareness Among Young People Means It's Time to Talk About Sex
July 27th 2014 - A recent survey by the MAC AIDS Fund found that of 1,000 young people aged 12-17 who were surveyed, 1/3 of them wrongly thought you couldn't catch HIV through unprotected sex. These are worrying figures, that if left without no action could leave a whole generation ignorant of the facts.
Of guidelines, targets and resources: the documents that defined the 2014 International AIDS Conference
26 July 2014 - If there was a phrase that defined the 20th International AIDS Conference, one that surfaced in every few presentations and kept turning up in documents, it was "Key Affected Populations".
Beware of Hepatitis, the 'silent epidemic' more deadly than HIV
July 26th 2014 - NAIROBI: Kenyans in their millions dread HIV, the infectious virus responsible for Aids. However, the dreaded scourge is being shoved aside by a more lethal virus infecting Kenyans and putting millions of lives at great risk.
It is now official that Hepatitis, which primarily attacks the liver causing cancer or liver failure, is three times more infectious than HIV, which was declared a national disaster in Kenya more than a decade ago.
Vancouver street youth face 'alarmingly' high risk of hepatitis C
Jul 25, 2014 - B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS study published in the British Medical Journal
Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection because of a high incidence of injection drug use, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference
July 25, 2014 - South Africa's port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum's return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said on Friday.
AIDS 2014 ENDS WITH CALLS FOR UNITING HIV, GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Friday July 25, 2014 - WORLD FIGURES ADDRESS THE CLOSING CEREMONY
AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference ended in Melbourne, Australia today with a chorus of international figures calling on governments and organisations to step up the pace in terms of delivering universal access to treatment, care and prevention, not only for HIV but for other health issues as well.
IAS Presidential Award Honours Prof. Eric Goosby for his Long-term Commitment and Leadership in the Response to HIV
25 July 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) honours Prof. Eric Goosby, Professor at the University of California, San Francisco with the IAS Presidential Award for his long-term commitment and leadership working in the HIV field at local, national and international levels.
TGen-led study seeks to understand why some HIV-positive men are more infectious than others
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - July 24, 2014 - Study showed significant links between bacteria, viruses and the immune system in the semen during HIV infection
A new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) provides insights into the interplay among bacteria, viruses and the immune system during HIV infection.
Mechanism Found for Development of Protective HIV Antibodies
July 24 2014 - DURHAM, N.C. - Scientists at Duke Medicine have found an immunologic mechanism that makes broadly neutralizing antibodies in people who are HIV-1 infected.
These findings, published online July 24, 2014, in the journal Cell, are a major development toward determining the key to induction of potent neutralizing antibodies by an HIV vaccine.
Anti-gay laws will help global spread of HIV, claims global AIDS expert
July 24 2014 - Anti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have "consequences" for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century, the head of the International Aids Society has warned.
NLGJA Honors HIV Plus Contributing Editor Mark S. King
July 24 2014 - Mark S. King has spent many years fighting to destigmatize HIV, and now his blog, My Fabulous Disease, has earned him an award from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
Mark S. King, a contributing editor for HIV Plus, won the Excellence in Blogging award from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the group announced Wednesday.
FAST-TRACKING THE GLOBAL HIV REPONSE - DAY 5 AT AIDS 2014
Thursday July 24, 2014 - SIR BOB GELDOF SAYS THE 'LAST MILE' OF THE HIV EPIDEMIC MUST BE FUNDED
Sir Bob Geldof has told delegates at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, that the "preposterous reluctance" of governments to fund HIV programs in
developing countries is "disgraceful", especially as the journey to the end of the HIV epidemic is "in the last mile".
The renowned anti-poverty campaigner made the comments at the conference in Melbourne today as he reflected on the impact of HIV on developing nations.
International AIDS Society and ViiV prioritise paediatric HIV research
Thursday, 24 July, 2014 (Melbourne, Australia) - £1.5 million additional funding from ViiV Healthcare enables the programme expansion
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is announcing an additional 1.5 million UK pounds funding for its paediatric HIV programme known as CIPHER*. The new funding will attempt to address a significant gap in HIV - understanding and
advancing new ways to prevent and treat HIV among children in resource limited settings. Despite decades of effort by donors and governments, only 34% of eligible children today receive life-saving HIV treatment. This is approximately half the rate of adults.
Activists Hold Die-In to Protest High Price of Gilead's Hepatitis C Drug
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, July 24, 2014 - Treatment activists at the 20th International AIDS Conference held a die-in to protest the exorbitant pricing of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), Gilead's new hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug.
As Gregg Alton, Gilead's Executive Vice President of Corporate and Medical Affairs, spoke, activists brought him a liver on a silver platter while chanting "Pills Cost Money, Greed Costs Lives," "Shame, Shame, Shame," and "Pharma Greed Kills." Their signs said,
"Wanted: Crimes Against Access," "Hep C Criminal," and "Gilead Kills" as the O'Jay's "For the Love of Money" blared in the background.
Gay and Grey': AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement
23 Jul 2014 - Diagnosed when HIV was a 'death sentence,' old age catches these seniors off guard.
Fraser Doke never expected to live past his 30s. Diagnosed with HIV in the years doctors called it the death sentence, he didn't think he would experience life as a senior.
Harnessing the Potential of Social Media in HIV Prevention - Voices from AIDS 2014
Published on Jul 23, 2014 - AIDS 2014
New HIV strategy sets hopeful goal, amid grief of flight MH17 losses
July 23, 2014 - In the shadow of the deaths of conference delegates, new strategies for combatting AIDS are debated
Dr. Julio Montaner, a top AIDS researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia, last saw his long-time friend and collaborator Dr. Joep Lange earlier this month. As special adviser to the United Nations on
HIV/AIDS, Montaner had convened a high-level meeting to go over a new strategy for combatting AIDS worldwide-one being presented and discussed at the International AIDS Conference, in Melbourne, Australia, this week. "That is why I am here. It is why Joep was travelling to
Melbourne," says Montaner, who was deeply shaken after learning that the Dutch AIDS researcher was killed on July 17, when his Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur-en route to Melbourne-was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard, including at least six conference delegates.
Bill Clinton pays tribute to MH17 victims at AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne
July 23, 2014 - "The people we lost on that airplane gave their entire lives to the proposition that our common humanity matters a hell of a lot more than our interesting differences," Clinton said.
US Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights
July 23, 2014 - A new documentary series from the Voice of America, "AIDS: Living in the Shadows," examines the impact of stigma in several communities around the world. It's hosted by Elton John, whose AIDS foundation supports programs on four continents.
HIV rates rise in Philippines amid stigma concerns
Jul. 23, 2014 - The number of HIV and AIDS cases in the Philippines has been steadily increasing since 2007 and fears about the disease have not abated.
Decriminalization of Sex Work Among Top HIV-Prevention Strategies
Jul. 23, 2014 - The decriminalization of sex work is among one of the most important steps needed in order to curtail the spread of HIV, according to the findings of a group of HIV researchers recently published in The Lancet and presented at the
20th Annual International AIDS Conference. The need to focus on marginalized populations grows as mainstream populations gain increasing access to HIV-preventative measures and drugs to treat the virus, the research explains.
This Designer Makes Clothes Entirely Out of Condoms to Promote Safe Sex and AIDS Awareness
Jul. 23, 2014 - Adriana Bertini, a Brazilian-based artist and designer, has created a project called "Condom Couture" that has turned her into quite the activist. She "transforms expired or defective condoms into raw material to be used to make pieces of art," according to her Facebook.
HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) - For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.
Researchers said doctors could use their findings to improve treatment strategies for people with the two diseases.
Call for greater recognition of Indigenous people in international HIV efforts
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 (Melbourne):- Indigenous Australians face inacceptable HIV riskThe Honourable Rona At 10.30 am on Wednesday, A/Professor James Ward,
Deputy Head of Aboriginal Health at the Baker Institute IDI will be first Indigenous person to present on Indigenous peoples' issues in a main plenary session at an International AIDS Conference.
Ward's address will highlight the invisibility of Indigenous people in international agency documents and call for their public recognition as a key population at risk of HIV, alongside other key groups.
Five outstanding early-stage investigators awarded Fellowships at AIDS 2014 to conduct HIV and Drug Use Research
Day, 23 July 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS), today announced the recipients of the joint HIV and Drug Use Research Fellowship Programme. Recipients of the prestigious awards will receive US$75 000 each
to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between drug use and HIV while fostering multinational research. The research fellowships are co-sponsored by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and ANRS (France REcherche Nord&sud Sida-hiv Hépatites).
BREAKING RELIGIOUS TABOOS, THE INJUSTICES OF HIV AND TACKLING STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION - DAY 4 AT AIDS 2014
Wednesday July 23, 2014 - BILL CLINTON ADDRESSES THE DELEGATES
Former US President Bill Clinton has told delegates at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, that finding more economically efficient ways to respond to HIV is
vital to saving lives and preventing the spread of the virus.
Queensland to adopt British Columbia Treatment as Prevention Strategy
July 23, 2014 - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government
The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Government of Queensland (Queensland Department of Health) and the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) are entering into an agreement through
a memorandum of understanding, signed at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The partnership formalizes a collaboration aimed at supporting HIV positive individuals and at risk populations in Queensland and British Columbia. Queensland will formally adopt the made-in-BC HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy, pioneered by the BC-CfE.
Government of Canada shows international leadership to Addressing HIV/AIDS
July 23, 2014 - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, participated in the 20th International AIDS Conference this week in Melbourne, Australia. During the Conference sessions, meetings and side events, Minister Ambrose reinforced Canada's continued commitment to global efforts to address HIV/AIDS
and to advancing a comprehensive and integrated long-term approach to address HIV/AIDS in Canada.
HIV infected 'face workplace stigma'
July 23, 2014 - Discrimination rife in society, study finds
Stigma and discrimination against HIV-infected employees are still commonplace in Thai society despite laws to protect human rights, a study has found.
The study, conducted by Chulalongkorn University's Social Research Institute between September 2012 and November 2013, was released yesterday during a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seminar on occupational discrimination against HIV-infected people.
An AIDS Free Generation
Published on Jul 22, 2014 - Listen to what it means to young people living with HIV from around the world, and to their future.
HIV clinic-based audio project emphasizes the power of patient voices
Memphis, Tennessee, July 22, 2014 - Patients become teachers through an innovative, clinic-based audio project of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that gives youth infected with HIV a chance to share their experiences with the diagnosis
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital VOICES project that captured the patient's voice and story is the focus of the "A Piece of My Mind" column in the July 22 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The project uses contemporary
technology to tap an ancient and powerful clinical tool-the patient's own story-as a way to empower and inspire patients, teach empathy and improve health care.
Vigil remembers AIDS researchers on MH17 as Tony Abbott consoles grieving families
Jul 22, 2014 - LEADING HIV researchers and lobbyists who died in the MH17 plane crash have been honoured at a candlelight vigil in Melbourne for victims of the disease.
Hundreds packed into Federation Square to pay their respects to the six researchers - who were en route to this week's International AIDS Conference in Melbourne when the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over Ukraine - as well the 35 million people who have died worldwide as a result of HIV or AIDS-related causes.
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AIDS conference told legalizing prostitution a simple way to curb HIV
Jul 22, 2014 - Marginalizing sex workers makes them less able to enforce condom use or seek treatment, advocate says
As HIV scientists, advocates and patients gather at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week, there is an increasing focus on the role that the criminalization of sex work is playing in the worldwide epidemic.
Experts say laws that prohibit prostitution are hampering efforts to control the global HIV epidemic.
AIDS: Living in the Shadows
July 22, 2014 - A new documentary series from the Voice of America, "AIDS: Living in the Shadows," examines the impact of stigma in several communities around the world. It's hosted by Elton John, whose AIDS foundation supports programs on four continents.
DECRIMINIALISATION, PREVENTION, HUMAN RIGHTS - DAY 3 OF AIDS 2014
Tuesday July 22, 2014, Melbourne, Australia - Delegates to AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, were told today that
decriminalisation of illicit intravenous drug use is a key measure for ending HIV transmission around the world.
What supervised injection sites can teach Canada about health and drug addiction
Jul. 22 2014 - It is noteworthy that not a single OD death has been recorded at any of the world's 92 supervised injection sites, including Insite in Canada.
Move to reduce AIDS legal stigma over transmission of HIV
22 July 2014 - VICTORIAN AIDS groups have welcomed moves to amend a law criminalising the transmission of HIV.
Victorian AIDS Council and Living Positive Victoria have welcomed the announcement from Health Minister David Davis but called for the law to be abolished, not just amended.
'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV
22 July 2014 - Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of hiding.
HIV can become part of someone's DNA and lie dormant for decades, making a cure impossible.
Early stage research in six people, reported at the Aids 2014 conference, shows that low-dose chemotherapy can awaken the virus.
HIV/Aids mortality rate rising by 11% annually in Pakistan
22-07-2014 - Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/Aids) is claiming more lives in Pakistan than ever, says a first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries released on Monday.
Overall PrEP effectiveness in iPrEx OLE study 50%, but 100% in those taking four or more doses a week
22 July 2014 - Substantial early dropout rate seen, especially in young people
The open-label extension of the iPrEx study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (iPrEx OLE) reported its main findings at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia today, and published simultaneously in The Lancet.
Researchers successfully eliminate HIV virus from cultured human cells
Published on Jul 21, 2014 - The Temple University School of Medicine research team's approach looks promising as they work towards a permanent cure and potential for protection against HIV. "This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS," says Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple.
Danish Scientist Kicks HIV Virus Out Of Body Cells For First Time
July 21, 2014 - But an HIV cure is "many, many years away".
A Danish study has used anti-cancer drugs to "kick out" HIV viruses from infected cells in what has been described as a new "first step" in finding a cure for HIV.
At AIDS 2014, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Discusses Key Challenges in HIV Scientific Discovery: Cure, Vaccine
Monday, July 21 - A cure for HIV and a vaccine to prevent infection are essential to achieve an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, but researchers must learn a great deal more to develop either intervention, said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
AbbVie 3D regimen cures most genotype 1 HCV in people with HIV and HCV co-infection
21 July 2014 - An oral regimen of three direct-acting antivirals plus ribavirin taken for 12 weeks demonstrated a sustained virological response rate of 94% for people with both HIV and genotype 1 hepatitis C co-infection in the TURQUOISE-I study, delegates heard on Monday at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
Recession and income inequality have fuelled HIV infections in European drug users
21 July 2014 - In European countries, increases in rates of reported HIV infections among people who inject drugs in recent years have been associated with the economic downturn and income inequality, Georgios Nikolopoulos of the University of Athens told the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne today.
Tesamorelin Cuts Visceral Fat in HIV Patients
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Visceral adiposity tied to metabolic dysregulation, fatty liver disease with HIV
For HIV-infected patients with abdominal fat accumulation, the growth hormone-releasing hormone analog tesamorelin is associated with reductions in visceral fat and modest reductions in liver fat, according to a study published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia.
Honoring the HIV/AIDS Activists Killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AUDIO/VIDEO)
21 July 2014 - As people throughout the world mourn the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, HIV/AIDS activists are particularly heartbroken over the loss of some of the world's leading researchers in the fight against the disease,
who were on their way to the World AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) taking place in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20 to 25, 2014. I dedicated a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live to the memory of those lost.
The Journey from AIDS to HIV
21 July 2014 - The School of Media, Film and Journalism hosted a fascinating preview of Transmission: The Journey from AIDS to HIV on Wednesday, July 16 at Monash University's MADA building at Caulfield.
Aids conference hears why Ghana police chief carries bag of condoms
21 July 2014 - New report shows how police, sex workers and drugs users can work together to beat HIV
The chief superintendent of the anti-narcotics department of the Ghanaian police force, Jones Blantari, carries some special ammunition on his weapons holster - a bag full of condoms.
Building Hope for Babies Born With HIV
July 21, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Hope and commitment motivate Deborah Persaud. An infectious disease expert, she's among researchers worldwide who are "on a mission to find a cure for AIDS," she says. "But this is going to be a very long road."
Vigil remembers AIDS researchers on MH17 as Tony Abbott consoles grieving families
JULY 21, 2014 - LEADING HIV researchers and lobbyists who died in the MH17 plane crash have been honoured at a candlelight vigil in Melbourne for victims of the disease.
Hundreds packed into Federation Square to pay their respects to the six researchers - who were en route to this week's International AIDS Conference in Melbourne when the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over Ukraine - as well the 35 million people
who have died worldwide as a result of HIV or AIDS-related causes.
Mourners at Tuesday's AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil were invited to call out the names of loved ones they had lost to the disease before raising candles during a minute's silence.
A March to End HIV/AIDS
JULY 21, 2014 - Levi Strauss & Co. has been a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 30 years, even when it was a taboo topic back in the early 1980s. Yesterday was no different when more than 100 employees
took to the streets of San Francisco to march in the 27th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco, of which LS&Co. was also a major sponsor. For one day each year, AIDS Walk San Francisco creates a community of unity and hope, committed to one goal-that our efforts will help end this terrible epidemic for this generation, and all generations to come.
Credibility Among Gay Men Gives Leverage to New York City's New Chief of H.I.V. Prevention
JULY 21, 2014 - Now Dr. Daskalakis, 40, is about to become the consummate insider, as the city's new $180,000-a-year assistant health commissioner in charge of the Bureau of H.I.V./AIDS Prevention and Control, starting in September.
HIV CURE, HIV COINFECTION AND HIV LAWS FEATURE ON DAY 2 OF AIDS 2014
July 21, Melbourne, Australia - AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, officially began last night (Sunday 20 July) in Melbourne, Australia, with moving tributes to the six delegates who lost their lives aboard flight MH17.
International AIDS Society Announces Recipients of Innovative HIV Research Awards
Monday, 21 July 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) has today announced the recipients for the fourth round of the research grant programme, Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR). The CNIHR programme is jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH-supported Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the IAS. The aim is to promote innovative research and novel ideas from early stage scientists whose primary focus has previously been in fields of scientific inquiry other than HIV.
Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards
Published on Jul 21, 2014 - At AIDS 2014 on Monday, AIDS.gov had the opportunity to catch up with Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the PEPFAR program.
Ten organizations receive Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS
MELBOURNE, 21 July 2014 - Ten exceptional community-based organizations have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
They were presented with the prestigious prize in a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. The Red Ribbon Award is the world's leading award for innovative and outstanding community work in the response to the AIDS epidemic.
Sir Elton John's welcoming message
Published on Jul 20, 2014 - Attend the screening of "AIDS : Living in the Shadows" presented by Elton John in satellite conference room 203 and 204 on Tuesday, June 22 from 7:00am to 8:30. There will be a panel discussion following with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Julio Montaner, Dr. James McIntyre, and Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike.
Access to 'Undetectable' Viral Load for all by 2020: AIDS Activists Demand New Model for the HIV Response
July 20, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia - Leading activist groups in the global AIDS movement at the International AIDS Conference today launched a call for a bold new focus on enabling every person with HIV to achieve an "undetectable" viral
load and challenged political leaders to set national and global targets to deliver on the means to achieve that goal by 2020. The organizations called on governments and international agencies to expand financing financing and treatment options and reform laws and policies to enable access for all.
Carl Dieffenbach's Highlights from AIDS 2014: Day 1
Uploaded on Jul 20, 2014 - NIH's Dr. Carl Dieffenbach reflects on the AIDS 2014 theme, "Stepping Up the Pace," and discusses some of the topics that will be addressed at the conference as participants work towards achieving an AIDS-free generation.
Launch of Community Guide to WHO Guidelines: supporting communities to drive the HIV response
When: Tuesday 22 July 2014, 11.00 - 11.45AM
Where:Press Conference Room 2, Melbourne Convention Centre
Who:Gottfried Hirnschall ( WHO), Suzette Moses-Burton (GNP+), Louise van Deth (STOP AIDS NOW!) , Dr Tetyana Deshko (Alliance Ukraine), Sylvere Bukiki (ITPC West Africa), Teresia Njoki Otieno (ICW)
On 22 July, at the International AIDS Conference, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! will launch a new Community Guide, Driving the HIV response , developed in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for treating and preventing HIV.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Malaysia Flight 17
Published on Jul 20, 2014 - Dr. Fauci expresses his condolences to the family and friends of those lost and shares inspiration from Dr. Joep Lange.
At conference, UNAIDS chief calls for end to 'hypocrisy' in fighting HIV/AIDS
20 July 2014 - The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS today urged world leaders at an international conference in Australia to end the hypocrisy on sex and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available.
Western nations' 'neglect' eroding fight against Aids
20 July 2014 - Funding for HIV prevention for people who inject drugs is in crisis, experts warn
The global attempt to end Aids is being undermined as western countries, including the UK, pull funding in the places that need it most, according to leading health groups.
Tributes paid to lost colleagues aboard flight MH 17 at the Opening Session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, 20 March, 2014, (New Delhi, India) - World leaders, researches, activists and policymakers applaud global progress in the HIV response and urged to address stigma and discrimination
Tributes were paid tonight at the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference to the six delegates who lost their lives aboard flight MH17.
Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients also may reduce fat in liver
July 19, 2014 - The only drug to receive FDA approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of
fatty liver disease in such patients. In a paper that will appear in the July 23/28 issue of JAMA - a theme issue on HIV/AIDS receiving early online release to coincide with the International AIDS Conference - Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
investigators report that daily injections of tesamorelin significantly reduced fat in the liver without affecting glucose metabolism.
Study examines effect on pregnancy of receiving antiretroviral therapy for preventing HIV
July 19, 2014 - Among heterosexual African couples in which the male was HIV positive and the female was not, receipt of antiretroviral pre-exposure preventive (PrEP) therapy did not result in significant
differences in pregnancy incidence, birth outcomes, and infant growth compared to females who received placebo, according to a study in the July 23/30 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. The authors note that these findings do not provide a
definitive conclusion regarding the safety of PrEP therapy prior to pregnancy. The issue is being released early to coincide with the International AIDS Conference.
Six AIDS Experts Were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
July 19, 2014 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Scientific Community Stunned by Loss, But Conference Will Go Ahead
For the 12,000 participants gathering for an international AIDS conference here, a candlelight vigil had been planned as an opportunity to remember millions of people around the world who died from HIV/AIDS.
This year, the vigil on Tuesday will take on additional poignancy. Conference organizers confirmed Saturday that at least six prominent AIDS researchers and activists were among those on the downed Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -11.11% Flight 17-news
that rattled the tightknit scientific community and prompted soul-searching
about whether the event should go ahead at all.
Why The Malaysian Plane Crash Could Be A Major Setback In HIV/AIDS Research
July 19, 2014 - Among the many innocent victims killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine were a slew of AIDS researchers on their way to a prominent international AIDS research meeting. Their
deaths have prompted an outpouring of grief from others within the scientific community.
Non-AIDS Cancers Cause as Many Deaths as AIDS in HIV-Infected Patients
July 19, 2014 - Non-AIDS-related cancers are now responsible for as many deaths as AIDS among HIV-infected patients, according to a Lancet study.
Researchers followed nearly 50,000 HIV-infected patients receiving care at over 200 clinics in the U.S., Europe, and Australia from 1999 to 2011. Roughly 8% of the cohort died during the study.
AIDS 2014 Conference: stepping up the pace and still on the wrong path
Alice Welbourn 18 July 2014 - As the 20th International AIDS Conference opens in Melbourne this weekend, Alice Welbourn reflects on how global policies still fail to acknowledge the gender dimensions of this pandemic, or take
into account the new broader medico-ethical debates which echo many of the concerns of women living with HIV.
Scientists, politicians, policy-makers, academics, doctors, celebrities - and those few activists who can afford it - are gathering for the 20th World AIDS Conference which opens in Melbourne this weekend. Meeting to discuss the global pandemic,
it is already apparent that the theme and objectives offer nothing new in the global response to AIDS, other than to scale up what is already known to work - for some.
UNAIDS in shock over tragic loss of life
MELBOURNE/GENEVA, 18 July 2014- UNAIDS expresses deep sadness over the loss of life of the passengers and crew of flight MH17, which crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, 17 July 2014.
Top HIV researcher Joep Lange among 298 killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Jul 18 2014 - Seven of the names of people on the flight verified as international AIDS conference delegates, although as many as 108 may have died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, according to Australian media reports
A leading HIV researcher, a UN staffer and three Dutch activists were among the 298 people killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which was carrying a number of delegates headed to an international AIDS conference in Australia.
Remembrances of AIDS and HIV Workers Killed in Shot-Down Plane
Jul 18, 2014 - HIV health workers, a WHO staffer, and at least one top AIDS researcher were among those killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine
A leading AIDS researcher, Joep Lange of the University of Amsterdam's Academic Medical Center, and World Health Organization spokesman Glenn Thomas were among the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine on July 17. Some
HIV health advocates were also reportedly among the dead who had been en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia. Obituaries and remembrances of these people are detailed below as a tribute to their work.
Former U.S. president vows to support Vietnam in combating HIV/AIDS
July 18, 2014 - The Clinton Foundation will maximize its support for Vietnam in preventing and fighting against HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said here Friday.
The President Makes a Statement on Ukraine
Published on Jul 18, 2014 - President Obama delivers a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday, and also discusses the current situation in Gaza, July 18, 2014.
India has third highest number HIV-infected people globally
July 17, 2014 - About 2.1 million Indian people are infected with the HIV disease, the third highest number in the world, according to a UN report released on Thursday.
Vancouver doctor to help UN meet target of eradicating AIDS epidemic by 2030
July 17, 2014 - As one of the founders of Treatment as Prevention, Dr. Julio Montaner - clinical director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS - has been appointed as a senior advisor to UNAIDS' push to eradicate the epidemic by 2030.
Start Early, Start Now: Governments, Health Care Providers and NGOs Urged to Ramp up Efforts to Meet the Needs of the Youngest Children in HIV-Affected Families
MELBOURNE, Australia, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Today the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS and The Teresa Group launched a call to action titled
"The Melbourne Statement on Young Children Born into HIV-affected Families". The statement, released at a symposium in advance of the 20 th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), calls on global leaders
to prioritize the youngest children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem - or the solution
July 17, 2014 - Research has shown that if used effectively, the media can play an important role in lessening fear and stigma about HIV - the biggest obstacles to seeking information and treatment about the disease. Yet media coverage of this important health issue remains patchy and sensationalist.
AIDS researcher Joep Lange confirmed among dead in Malaysia jet shoot-down
July 17, 2014 - Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.
The victims were on their way to the International AIDS Conference that begins this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, a trip halfway around the world that necessitated a change of planes in Kuala Lumpur.
NYU Researchers Expand Efforts to Seek Out Persons with HIV/AIDS Who Are Not Taking Medication and Not Engaged in Care
July 17, 2014 - Regular attendance at HIV primary care visits and high adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are vital for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), as these health behaviors lead to lowered rates of morbidity and mortality,
increased quality of life, and reducing the risk of HIV transmission to others. However, a large proportion of PLHA in the United States are not sufficiently engaged in care and not taking ART when it is medically necessary.
Ending AIDS in Children Must Be a Global Priority
Washington, D.C.-July 17, 2014 - Statement from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ahead of the 20th International AIDS Conference
As the global HIV/AIDS community gathers for the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) urges conference delegates, policy makers,
non-governmental organizations, and ministries of health around the world to prioritize children who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Prejudicial views "enormous barriers to HIV prevention
July 17, 2014 - (Medical Xpress) - HIV/AIDS is "not yesterday's issue; it is not a problem that has gone away", HIV campaigner Lord Norman Fowler has told a UNSW audience, arguing that the epidemic needs
to be raised higher on the global public health agenda.
New HIV cases in Australia at 20-year high
July 17, 2014 - The number of new HIV cases in Australia remains at the highest level in 20 years, according to data Thursday which reveals many people are not being detected early enough.
AHF: U.S. AIDS Strategy Falling Short
WASHINGTON (July 17, 2014)- A UNAIDS report shows the U.S. is lagging in the global battle against HIV and AIDS and notes that U.S. infection rates are double that of Western Europe; AHF says statistics underscore need for total overhaul of U.S. approach to testing, linkage and access to care and treatment.
A new UNAIDS report released yesterday ahead of the 20th International AIDS Conference, which convenes next week in Australia, shows that the U.S. is lagging in the overall global battle against HIV and AIDS and shows that U.S. infection rates are double that of Western Europe and other wealthy nations.
An end to the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only with better access to HIV testing and treatment, say IFRC and GNP+
Cape Town/Geneva/Melbourne, 17 July 2014: - In connection with actual critical situation the state bodies and the non-governmental organizations operating in HIV/AIDS sphere are pressed to refuse
from participation and announce boycott to the IV Eastern Europe and CentralAsia HIV/AIDS Conference scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Moscow under the auspices of the Russian Federation Government, as well as terminate its operation in the organizational committee of this event.
B.C. report recommends inclusive, holistic HIV prevention measures for gay and bisexual men
July 16, 2014 - As British Columbian gay and bisexual men continue to be overrepresented in the HIV epidemic, a new report from provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall recommends a number of strategies that need to be taken, including addressing
the underlying factors influencing HIV infection, such as mental health and social context;developing inclusive sex education strategies; and more.
WHO: No, Not All Gay Men Need to Take Antiretroviral Drugs
July 16, 2014 - A new recommendation from the World Health Organization about who should take drugs to prevent HIV is causing confusion and controversy nationwide.
Headlines proclaiming that the WHO is mandating antiretroviral medications for all gay men incited outrage on news sites nationwide. On Monday, the WHO released a clarification on its recommendation, citing "incorrect headlines and reporting."
The WHO stressed that PrEP should be taken into consideration as an additional method of preventing HIV infection, alongside the use of condoms.
Number of people with HIV unchanged worldwide since 2012
JJuly 16, 2014 - United Nations claims it can stop epidemic by 2030
Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged the number of new infections - more than two
million last year - was still very high. UNAIDS estimated there were about 35 million people living with HIV last year and in 2012.
Call for better education on HIV and Aids after survey
July 16, 2014 - There's a call for teenagers to be given clearer education on how they can catch HIV and Aids.
A third of 12 to 17-year-olds wrongly think they can't catch HIV through unprotected sex.
Neal Blewett and Peter Baume honoured for bipartisan work against AIDS epidemic of 1980s
July 16, 2014 - Two former political rivals will be honoured today for their joint work in combating the terrifying AIDS epidemic in Australia in the 1980s.
Former Labor health minister Neal Blewett and his then Liberal counterpart, Dr Peter Baume, will be presented with life governorships of the Kirby Institute, ahead of a major week-long international conference on efforts to combat HIV/AIDS around the world.
UNAIDS report shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus
GENEVA, 16 July 2014 - In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment-ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap
A new report by UNAIDS shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV globally do not know their HIV-positive status.
"Whether you live or die should not depend on access to an HIV test," said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. "Smarter scale-up is needed to close the gap between people who know their HIV status and people who don't, people who can get services and people who can't and people who are protected and people who are punished."
The WHO's unwise recommendation for gay men
July 15, 2014 -
Joseph Sonnabend, MD, Physician and AIDS Researcher
PrEP is now being recommended by the WHO for, it seems all sexually active gay men. Actually it's not quite that stark - they continue to recommend condom use as well. Despite this, many will probably see this as a recommendation to rely on PrEP as an alternative to condoms.
HIV: 'the WHO is perpetuating gay stereotypes'
July 15, 2014 - The World Health Organisation has recommended that all gay men take antiretroviral drugs to stop the spread of HIV, but surely education - not more drugs - is the answer
Physicians struggle to clinically diagnose early HIV infection
July 15, 2014 - Journal of the American Medical Association study reveals early detection is easily missed
Despite the belief that early HIV infection presents with a well recognized flu-like syndrome, most physicians are unable to use clinical skills to differentiate those who should and should not be tested for HIV infection, according to a study published July 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
New Study Helps Scientists Better Understand Why HIV Causes Life-Long Infection
15-Jul-2014 - Newswise - JHIV integrating into cancer genes sustains infection
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has the ability to integrate into the human genome, making it extremely difficult to cure the infection. A new study by scientists at Seattle Children's Research Institute , University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that when HIV integrates into genes involved with cancer, these cells tend to reproduce to a greater extent than others HIV-infected cells. The study entitled " Center for Global Infectious Disease Research ," was published on July 10, 2014 in the online edition of the journal Science.
Kick and kill: is this the best new hope for an Aids cure?
July 15, 2014 - Last week, a four-year-old girl thought to have been cleared of HIV was found to be still infected. But scientists are not giving up, and trials of a promising new technique are about to begin
10,000 Condoms Donated To Bahamas Aids Foundation
July 15, 2014 - The Bahamas AIDS Foundation has received a donation of 10,000 condoms from Builders Mall; Tile King, FYP, The Paint Centre, AC Depot and Liquid Courage.
As a long-standing supporter of HIV/AIDS campaigns in The Bahamas, Builders Mall and its CEO, Mark Roberts, has contributed both donations and in service to help broaden awareness across the country.
HIV incidence among gay and bisexual men shows no meaningful decrease
VANCOUVER - Jul 14, 2014 - The number of new HIV diagnoses in British Columbia has steadily declined in the past decade - but not for gay and bisexual men, who have shown no meaningful decreases and accounted for nearly two-thirds of new cases in 2012, according to a new report from B.C.'s provincial health officer.
Turning On AIDS 2014 at Arts Centre Melbourne Set for 7/18-21
Jul 14, 2014 - Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall will be lit up nightly from Friday July 18-21 with a series of unique digital art projections putting the spotlight on creating an HIV-free generation. Titled Honouring the Past, Hope for the
Future: Towards an HIV Free Generation this sophisticated and symbolic public art installation marks the beginning of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) being hosted in Melbourne July 20-25.
Russia's HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons
Jul 14 2014 - We are Rainbow Refugee
Russia is home to the world's most explosive HIV epidemic, with an estimated 1.2 million infections accounting for 55 percent of the total number in Europe.
While the epidemic is concentrated among people who inject drugs - primarily opioids - there is growing evidence that it is spreading to the general population. Despite this, the government exacerbates the problem by creating a climate of
fear, repression and stigmatization for drug users while simultaneously denying them access to effective treatment programs.
Help visibility of LGBTIQ* and HIV Refugees
July 14, 2014 - We are Rainbow Refugee
Rainbow Refugee has been supporting LGBTIQ+ people fleeing persecution because of their Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or HIV status since 2000.
First of all we want to thank you for considering to supporting us and our aim to make us more visible during Vancouver Pride March.
HIV, Stigma and Society
Jul 14, 2014 - Tackling a Complex Epidemic and Renewing HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men in British Columbia.
This Provincial Health Officer's annual report examines the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic in BC, with a Focus on gay and bisexual men.
World Health Organization Clarifies Recommendation, Says Men Who Have Sex With Men Should Consider Truvada
Jul 14, 2014 - "PrEP should be considered as an additional choice for preventing HIV infection alongside and together with the use of condoms and other prevention options," WHO said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
The World Health Organization announced Friday that for the first time, it "strongly recommends" that men who have sex with men should consider antiretroviral drugs along with the use of condoms as an additional method of preventing HIV infection.
HIV on the decline in B.C., but not among gay and bisexual men
Jul 14, 2014 - B.C.'s provincial health officer says that while we are making progress on reducing new HIV infections, gay and bisexual men are not experiencing the same reduction.
Dr. Perry Kendall released a new report today, showing a disproportionate number of new HIV diagnosis among gay and bisexual men, and a lack of improvement compared to other at-risk groups.
HIV stigma: strategic long-term plan vital
Jul 14, 2014 - With the issue of HIV related stigma and discrimination being addressed in the state, I have attempted to put more light on the issue. There is need to understand the issue, not only in relation to the children who are facing discrimination, but close to 14,000 odd HIVpositive individuals found positive in Goa. Rivona case should help us to strategize for a long term impact.
Self Restraint, Not Drugs for All, to Stop HIV
July 14, 2014 - Are we so politically correct now that we can't discuss what can really stop HIV?
Alarming rise in AIDS cases
14 July 2014 - There is a marked increase in the number of HIV (AIDS) patients by 19 percent annually, according to Mosa Hiaza'a, director of the Saudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients.
"The association has registered 630 HIV patients this year which is a hundred percent increase over last year," Hiaza'a said quoting the latest statistics issued by the association in June 2014. He added that most of the patients were men.
Harnessing natural immunity a key to HIV vaccine and cure
14 July 2014 - Those rare people who never fall ill with AIDS despite being infected with HIV could be one key to developing an HIV/AIDS vaccine or even a cure, according to French Nobel prize-winning virologist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.
Professor Barré-Sinoussi, from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, is a keynote speaker at the Global challenges in infectious diseases symposium, hosted by UNSW's Kirby Institute this week (Thursday 17 July). UNSW will confer on Professor Barré-Sinoussi an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine, honoris causa at the event.
Sex Without Fear
July 13, 2014 - Evanston, IL - The new pill that could revolutionize gay life is reawakening old arguments.
300+ Ride for AIDS Chicago cyclists return today
July 13, 2014 - Evanston, IL - Ride For AIDS Chicago Closing Ceremonies, Sun., July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
More than 300 riders are on their way home to the Chicago area as part of the 200-mile, two-day Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC).
Truvada, the Drug in Cuomo's AIDS-Eradication Plan, Spurs Debate
July 13, 2014 - Some Prominent AIDS Activists Question Cultural, Health Impacts
A cutting-edge medication that can help prevent HIV in healthy individuals is gaining favor with government officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But in advocating for the drug, sold under the brand name Truvada, officials seeking to curtail HIV/AIDS infections are going up against some surprising opponents: high-profile AIDS activists who say they have serious questions about the drug's cultural and health impacts.
Latest HIV cure data expected at AIDS 2014, more hep C news
12/07/2014 - MELBOURNE, Australia - New information about a so-called functional cure for HIV will be released at the 20th International AIDS Conference, being held from July 20 to 25. In addition, scientists and policy
makers are anticipating more breaking hepatitis C news at the largest global HIV get-together, where results from TURQUOISE-1 and PHOTO-2 will be presented.
WHO Supports PrEP, Media Bungles The Story With Hyperbole
July 12, 2014 - The World Health Organization has for the first time thrown its support behind the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV among men who have sex
with men (MSM). In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting on the announcement, numerous media outlets have misreported that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP. News sources ranging from the Atlantic and Time to
the blog Joe. My. God. have published some version of the inaccurate headline. Comment threads in response to the inaccurate reporting have reflected an ugly uproar from those who are indignant over the notion that WHO would categorize the controversial HIV prevention method as an imperative.
End of AIDS-Hype versus hope
Published on Jul 11, 2014 - After a Mississippi baby thought to be cured of HIV shows signs of the virus, Prof. Ronald Bayer weighs in on why the news is not a defeat.
HIV specialists take stock after virus reappears in 'cured' girl
11 July 2014 - Study to test the same aggressive antiviral drug regimen on other HIV-positive newborns may now be deemed unethical
The brave hopes of HIV scientists that they were on the path towards a cure for Aids have received a considerable blow with the news from the US that, after appearing to have been totally cleared from the body of one small girl, the virus has been detected again.
WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need
11 July 2014 ¦ Geneva - For the first time, WHO strongly recommends men who have sex with men consider taking antiretroviral medicines as an additional method of preventing HIV infection (pre-exposure prophylaxis)** alongside the use of condoms.
Rates of HIV infection among men who have sex with men remain high almost everywhere and new prevention options are urgently needed.
Discrimination Against Gays Threatens Spread of HIV/AIDS
July 11, 2014 - GENEVA - The World Health Organization says discrimination, stigmatization and laws that criminalize homosexual and transgender behavior are hampering these people from getting
the health services they need. The WHO is also warning HIV/AIDS will spread if gays and other people at high-risk fail to get access to HIV prevention and treatment.
Opt-out HIV testing in ED identified acute infections
July 10, 2014 - A fourth-generation test for HIV detected acute infections among patients with undiagnosed HIV who were screened as part of an opt-out ED screening program, according to research published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Researchers find interferon has both detrimental and beneficial effects on SIV infected rhesus macaques
July 10, 2014 - (Medical Xpress) - A large team of researchers with affiliations to several facilities in the U.S. and Israel has found that administering Type 1 interferon to rhesus macaques infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) can have both beneficial and detrimental effects.
PEPFAR invests over E1.8 billion in HIV, AIDS programmes
10/07/2014 - The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has invested over E1.8 billion into HIV and AIDS programmes in Swaziland between 2004 and 2011.
These resources were received by the country to support comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care programmes. This was disclosed by PEPFAR's Lucille Benoventure when making a presentation to members of parliament Portfolio Committee on HIV and AIDS at Happy Valley on Monday.
Michigan To Revisit HIV Prevention Plan In Light Of Advances
7/10/2014 - The Michigan Department of Community Health says that a plan to address the HIV epidemic in the state will be revisited 18 months early as a result of "rapidly changing" landscapes of the epidemic.
UNAIDS welcomes Australia's commitment to equal treatment of people living with HIV in its immigration policies
GENEVA, 10 July 2014 - HIV treated as other chronic conditions in immigration health assessment.
UNAIDS welcomes confirmation from the Government of Australia that people living with HIV do not face an automatic exclusion, or unequal treatment when applying for entry, stay or residence visas. People living with HIV are treated similarly to other people with chronic health conditions and disabilities during the country's immigration health assessment process. Applications for visas from people living with HIV will be assessed against criteria applying to anyone with a chronic health condition. called for the annual event, which is being celebrated for the first time on 1 March.
Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples
July 10, 2014- A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.
And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They're more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship.
Now scientists at Microsoft Research and the Zambia-Emory HIV Project have a clue about why these disparities exist.
"Mississippi Baby" Now Has Detectable HIV, Researchers Find
July 10, 2014 - The child known as the "Mississippi baby" -an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall-now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years of not taking antiretroviral therapy without evidence of virus, according to the pediatric HIV specialist and researchers involved in the case.
Substantial proportion of male HIV infections labelled as 'heterosexual exposure' in UK probably due to sex with other men
10 July 2014 - Up to a fifth of HIV infection among black African men initially classified as 'heterosexual exposure' in the UK are likely to have been acquired as a result of sex with other men, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Using a technique called phylogenetic analysis, the authors identified clusters of HIV transmissions involving patients diagnosed with HIV in the UK between 1996 and 2008. Overall, 29% of heterosexuals were in transmission clusters that only involved men who have sex with men (MSM). The authors estimate that overall 6% of HIV infections involving heterosexual men are misclassified and are actually the result of sex with other men. But the proportion of misclassified infections involving black African heterosexual men could be as high as 21%.
Northern Health expands number of sites introducing new HIV testing initiative
July 9, 2014 - The new practice follows the 2014 HIV testing guidelines developed by B.C.'s Office of the Provincial Health Officer. These guidelines recommend that everyone between 18 to 70 years of age, in both acute care
settings and the community, be offered an HIV test every five years as part of routine health screening.
Human cells' protein factory has an alternate operating manual
9-Jul-2014 - Newly discovered process may help the body rein in disease-fighting side effects
Working with a gene that plays a critical role in HIV infection, University of Maryland researchers have discovered that some human genes have an alternate set of operating instructions written into their protein-making machinery. The alternate instructions can quickly alter the proteins' contents, functions and ability to survive.
Scientists close to HIV breakthrough
July 9, 2014 - Researchers at the Madrid's Gregorio Marañón hospital and Alcalá University have created a gel that prevents the HIV infection.
HIV prevention needs to support gay men to discuss HIV status and risk, especially in relationships
09 July 2014 - Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Scotland rarely talk explicitly about HIV status with their sexual partners, but make sexual decisions based on their beliefs about their own HIV status and that of their partners, argue the authors
of a recently published needs assessment. This is a particular issue within long-term relationships, especially those in which men have sex with casual partners as well.
Condom Pack Making Summer Bonanza!
July 9, 2014 - Join Visual AIDS making Play Smart condom packs!
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Exhibition spanning over 30 years of HIV in Australia leads off the AIDS 2014 cultural program
July 9, 2014 - AN exhibition delving into 35 years of Australia's response to HIV and AIDS is one of a raft of events showcasing cultural engagement with
the epidemic before and during the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne.
Efavirenz increased risk for suicidality
July 8, 2014 - Efavirenz-based antiretroviral therapy was associated with a twofold increase in suicidality compared with regimens not containing efavirenz, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found.
HIV Patients Potentially Cured After Stem Cell Transplants to Treat Blood Cancer
July 8, 2014 - Two men with HIV may have been cured after they received stem cell transplants to treat lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.
Central to PrEP conversations should be its impact on people living with HIV
July 8, 2014 - The amount of people who have died worldwide from HIV/AIDS since stats have been gathered (36 million) is roughly now equal to the amount of people currently living worldwide with the virus (36 million). This morbid balancing scale moment in our planet's history dovetails an imbalance
within the AIDS movement. Despite the fact that we are more than three decades into the virus and it has been 31 years since the Denver Principles were released, we are still not prioritizing the life chances of people living with HIV.
David Furnish praises MPs for undertaking HIV tests
July 8, 2014 - Filmmaker and campaigner David Furnish has praised politicians for taking part in an HIV testing session at Westminster.
Today, a number of MPs from all parties agreed to take HIV tests in a bid to raise awareness of December's World AIDS Day and to set a World Record for the highest number of parliamentarians to take an ??HIV test in one session.
86 new faces appointed to Order of Canada
08 July 2014 - Toronto - Ron Rosenes, long-time HIV activist and advocate, is among 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada.
Aids Activist Kecia J. Releases Memoir "Dying To Be Diva" On Amazon, Kindle, & Ibooks
SEATTLE - July 8, 2014 - An untold story about a young girl who wanted the American dream, but contracted the AIDS virus at 22 instead.
Right now over 1.3 million people in the United States are living with HIV, but yet its still taboo to talk about it. AIDS Activist, Kecia Johnson is doing her best to change that. After being diagnosed with AIDS in 2006 at the young age of 22, Kecia vowed to herself to be a leading example to change the mindset of Americans when it comes to HIV/AIDS. In the 7 years it took Kecia to write this true story, she is sure it will help stop the stigma against HIV/AIDS. This past week Kecia released her memoir, "Dying To Be DIVA" on Amazon. Expect the kindle & iBooks release on July 20.
HIV/HCV co-infection associated with increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures
08 July 2014 - Co-infection with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) is associated with increased risks of low bone mineral density (BMD) and facture, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Results of 15 separate studies showed that co-infected patients had
a higher risk of osteoporosis than HIV-mono-infected individuals, and that fracture incidence was higher among co-infected individuals compared to both HIV-mono-infected patients and healthy controls. The authors believe their findings underline the importance of monitoring bone mineral density in all older co-infected patients.
Intiman Theatre and Fred Hutch announce innovative partnership to raise awareness of HIV vaccine research during 'Angels in America'
SEATTLE - July 8, 2014 - THE ANGELS PROJECT continues throughout summer
The Tony Award-winning Intiman Theatre has partnered with world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to raise awareness of Fred Hutch's HIV vaccine research. The collaboration is part of Intiman's 2014 summer theatre
festival, THE ANGELS PROJECT, inspired by "Angels in America," Tony Kushner's award-winning, two-play masterpiece about the devastating outbreak of HIV in 1980s New York City.
Nobel laureates, luminaries to launch new home of HIV research
08 July 2014 - Some of the world's leading researchers in HIV will converge on UNSW for the launch of the Kirby Institute's new facilities and a major symposium on the global challenges in infectious disease.
The NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, will officially open the new headquarters on the UNSW campus on Wednesday 16 July.
The Graying of AIDS: Stories From an Aging Pandemic
July 2, 2014 - A photojournalist on why her collaboration with a health educator continues at the 20th International AIDS Conference.
What do we think of when we hear the words HIV or AIDS? As a visual journalist, the more pertinent question for me is: What do we envision? What images do we conjure up in our minds? This, of course, depends to a large degree on whether or not you've been personally impacted by the epidemic, but for those who encounter the illness in second hand accounts through visual media-through news photos, art, movies and TV series, or maybe through public service announcements and ad campaigns-what collective image library do they draw from?
My Fabulous Disease Goes Down Under for AIDS2014!
Published on Jul 7, 2014 - Video blogger Mark S. King will be bringing his unique brand of coverage to the 2014 International AIDS Conference in
Melbourne on July 20-25.
7th HIV Strategy: Target to end new HIV infections by 2020
07 July, 2014 - HIV testing and treatment to be made more accessible
Today's announcement sets a target of ending new HIV infections by 2020. It also lifts the restriction on the manufacture and sale of HIV home tests and improves access to medications for people living with HIV,
by making them available at pharmacies rather than hospitals.
Complex needs and overlapping vulnerabilities frequently reported by 'high-risk' gay men in Scotland
2014-07-07 - A quarter of Scottish gay men who are newly diagnosed with HIV or a rectal sexually transmitted infection (STI) report two or more vulnerabilities such as problematic alcohol use,
low self esteem, mental health problems, social deprivation or experience of violence and childhood sexual abuse.
NYU Researchers Tackle Racial/Ethnic Disparities in HIV Medical Studies
July 7, 2014 - First social/behavioral intervention to address under-representation of African Americans and Latinos in AIDS clinical trials
A New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) research team found that a social/behavioral intervention vastly increased the number of African American and Latino individuals
living with HIV/AIDS who enrolled in HIV/AIDS medical studies. The intervention, designed by researchers at the NYUCN's Center for Drug
Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), found that nine out of ten participants who were found eligible for studies decided to enroll,
compared to zero participants among a control group.
New Resource: HIV Cure Research Glossary
July 7, 2014 - HIV science literacy has always been fundamental to AIDS activism; after all, "knowledge is power." As HIV cure research makes headlines, tools for science literacy become ever more important-for understanding the latest HIV cure news, and for telling fact from fantasy in mainstream media.
That's where the new "HIV/AIDS Cure Research Glossary of Terms" comes in.
Teams now forming for 25th AIDS Walk San Diego
July 7th, 2014 - SAN DIEGO, California - Teams are now forming for the 25th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27.
"Teams are a vital part of the fun and the fundraising at AIDS Walk San Diego," said Ian Johnson, The San Diego LGBT Community Center's director of special events.
It's time to bring HIV prevention drugs out of the closet
07/06/14 - May 14 should have been PrEP's big coming out moment. That's when the federal government issued new guidelines urging doctors to adopt the use of PrEP - a powerful tool that when used daily is over 90% effective in preventing new HIV infections. But for most gay Americans, the news hardly registered.
Register for the final community webinar in advance of AIDS 2014
July 6, 2014 - Not long now until the International AIDS Conference! Get ready by registering for our latest webinar:
What's HOT and What's NOT... how to navigate the conference!
Thursday 10 July 2014; 8am San Francisco, 11am New York, 5pm Amsterdam, Johannesburg, 6pm Nairobi
This webinar is full of practical tip and tricks to negotiate the conference successfully - and how to have fun doing it!
Unsafe Sex Irks HIV/Aids Fighters
5 July 2014 - Lilongwe - National Aids Commission (NAC) HIV/Aids Behavioral Change and Intervention Specialist, Dr. Linje Manyozo reiterated that people in the country deliberately indulge into
unprotected sex despite the knowledge of using condoms to protect their partners or themselves from contracting and transmitting the HIV.
Nigeria largest recipient of American aid on HIV-AIDS prevention - US Ambassador
July 5, 2014 - Nigeria is the largest recipient of the U.S President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) in the world, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has said.
HIV/AIDS patients not alone in survival
July 05 2014 - Rohana Manggala says her heart nearly stopped beating when, two months ago, she met a skinny 11-year-old boy dying on a carpet in a slum area of Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.
Engaging global communities in HIV research
July 4, 2014 - AIDS 2014 is the largest conference ever to be staged in Australia and it's coming to Melbourne, July 20-25. Today on Word For Word, Dean Beck speaks to the CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) Karen Bolinger and the Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Peter King.
Bringing AIDS 2014 to Melbourne
July 4, 2014 - AIDS 2014 is the largest conference ever to be staged in Australia and it's coming to Melbourne, July 20-25. Today on Word For Word, Dean Beck speaks to the CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) Karen Bolinger and the Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Peter King.
Patients coinfected with HIV, HCV showed spontaneous HCV clearance during ART
04/07/2014 - Three patients coinfected with hepatitis C virus and HIV spontaneously became negative for HCV RNA while undergoing antiretroviral therapy, and all had the IL28B CC genotype in a recent study.
People living with HIV are . celebrating their diversity in the Global Village at AIDS 2014
July 4, 2014 - Suzette Moses-Burton, Executive Director at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), invites you to participate.
GNP+ is hosting the people living with HIV (PLHIV) Networking Zone at the AIDS 2014 Global Village, which will be home of the "People living with HIV are." campaign. This campaign celebrates the diversity of people living with HIV.
Dr. Julio Montaner: TasP - The key to an AIDS-Free Generation
Published on Jul 3, 2013 - Dr. Julio Montaner is the Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and presented at IAS 2013, the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.
Too soon for rich countries to stop HIV funding in poor ones
3 July 2014 - The global HIV epidemic has been unprecedented, both in its extent and in the way it has changed the world's approach to health funding.
HIV Cure Is a Major Priority, Research to be Presented at AIDS 2014
03 July 2014 - Finding a cure for HIV is a key scientific priority, and researchers have taken promising steps towards a "functional cure" that could enable some people with HIV to stay off antiretroviral therapy without disease progression. In the lead-up to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)
later this month in Melbourne, The Lancet has published a review of the global epidemic and prospects for the future.
Inheriting HIV: A bitter pill to swallow
July 3, 2014 - Ten years after South Africa began providing free HIV treatment, a generation of children born with HIV continues to come of age with the virus. One young Mpumalanga man shares his story.
Sibusiso Soko* is 17 years old and lives with his siblings, cousins and grandparents in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.
He is the only one of his siblings to inherit HIV from his mother, who died from AIDS-related illnesses when he was young.
Pill to Prevent H.I.V. Gets a Prominent Backer: Andrew Cuomo
July 3, 2014 - On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious goal: Ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.
Suits Dinner - JULY 28, 2014 - Yaletown Keg
SUITS - POZ GAY WORKING MEN'S DINNER GROUP
Come join the Suits men for dinner on the roof of the Yaletown Keg at 1011 Mainland St. (corner of Mainland and Nelson St.). They have a beautifully landscaped rooftop patio with views of the city and stadium roof!
Watch amazing clips of HIV and LGBT history, and meet the guy who compiles them.
July 2, 2014 - No news is not good news. In all of 2013 and the first quarter of this year, "cable evening news shows devoted scant time to covering...HIV/AIDS," writes Media Matters. An analysis
by the watchdog group found that CNN featured 11 segments on the topic in 2013, while Fox and MSNBC each aired four--and less than half featured expert commentary.
Fighting Stigma & Discrimination in the United States
July 2, 2014 - Yesterday in Mississippi, a law took effect that provides legal cover for private businesses to actively discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.
Face of AIDS and HIV: an international film archive
July 2, 2014 - The School of Media, Film and Journalism is proud to host a special preview of Transmission: The Journey from AIDS to HIV.
Aspirations and sex: coming of age in the eye of the HIV storm
July 2, 2014 - How do you shape your hopes, ambitions and expectations when growing up in an environment devastated by HIV/AIDS? For her doctoral thesis, Ellen Blommaert looked for answers in Winam, a rural area of western Kenya where HIV/AIDS wreaked havoc among the population.
Novel intravaginal ring shows promise for HIV prevention
July 2, 2014 - How do you shape your hopes, ambitions and expectations when growing up in an environment devastated by HIV/AIDS? For her doctoral thesis, Ellen Blommaert looked for answers in Winam, a rural area of western Kenya where HIV/AIDS wreaked havoc among the population.
May sees 495 new HIV/AIDS cases
July 2, 2014 - MANILA: As many as 495 HIV/AIDS cases have been recorded in the month of May, taking the total number of new cases in the country to over 2,000 this year.
HIV epidemics increased among IDUs in Middle East, North Africa
July 2, 2014 -In the past decade, HIV epidemics appear to have surfaced among injection drug users in the Middle East and North Africa and are continuing to grow, according to recent findings.
Lower toxicity in future HIV drugs may improve life expectancy
July 1, 2014 - Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh suggest that lowering the toxicity of new drugs for HIV would positively affect younger patients with HIV, according to a report in PLOS ONE.
"The side effects of treatment remain one of the primary reasons that HIV drug regimens are discontinued,"
HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men
July 1, 2014 - Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2010, young gay and bisexual men (aged 13-24 years) accounted
for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all gay and bisexual men. At the end of 2010, an estimated 489,121 (56%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were gay and bisexual men, or gay and bisexual men who also inject drugs.
19 Haunting Photos Capture LGBT Survival Against the Backdrop of the AIDS Epidemic
July 1, 2014 - When an unknown, incurable plague took the LGBT community by storm 30 years ago, most mainstream accounts offered a limited account of the experience, displaying only the devastation and disaster
it wreaked. But a recently released photo series shows a vastly different - and much more humanizing - account of life in America's gay enclaves during those tumultuous years.
Protease inhibitor therapy increases underlying genetic risk of diabetes for women with HIV
01 July 2014 - Treatment with an antiretroviral regimen based on a protease inhibitor magnifies any underlying genetic susceptibility to diabetes for women with HIV, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. In non-African American women, treatment with two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and a protease inhibitor
significantly increased the diabetes risk associated with five genes. Protease inhibitor-based therapy increased the diabetes risk associated with one gene (or alle) by a factor of two.
The Lancet: Infectious diseases cause significant burden in the USA
July 1, 2014 - Infectious diseases remain major public health challenges in the United States, according to a new report published in The Lancet as part of a new Series, The health of Americans . Endemic conditions such as chronic viral hepatitis,
human immunodeficiency virus, and other sexually transmitted infections continue to affect millions of individuals, with racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately affected.
HIV AND AIDS IN ZAMBIA
July 1, 2014 - Zambia is experiencing a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic, with a national HIV prevalence rate of 17 percent among adults ages 15 to 49. The primary modes of HIV transmission are through heterosexual sex and mother-to-child transmission.
Millions in need of HIV services will continue to be left out
July 1, 2014 - Millions of people in need would benefit from HIV services in developing countries that are moving towards universal health coverage if these services were run more efficiently and integrated better into their health systems.
Engineering facility produces cream that may block HIV transmission
July 1, 2014 - Scientists in the College of Engineering's Biological Process Development Facility have successfully produced a drug compound with potential to block HIV transmission in women.
The compound features the 5P12-Rantes molecule, discovered by scientists at the Mintaka Foundation in Switzerland to block HIV transmission by preventing the virus from attaching to human cells. Mintaka has contracted with the UNL facility to develop the manufacturing method for the compound.