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Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Improved Function of Heart’s Arteries
07/29/2020 - In a pilot study of people living with HIV or high levels of cholesterol, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that a six-week course of a cholesterol-lowering medication improved the function of the coronary arteries that provide oxygen to the heart.
The drug used in the study, a PCSK9 inhibitor, lowers the activity of PCSK9, a protein involved in cholesterol metabolism. These levels are higher in people with HIV and in those with high cholesterol.
Loneliness linked to poorer brain health and reduced quality of life in HIV
28 July 2020 - Now that HIV has become a chronic health condition thanks to effective treatment, Canadian researchers have turned to studying other issues that can affect the health of this population. A team of researchers at several Canadian clinics have cooperated to assess the impact of loneliness on the health and well-being of more than 800 mostly middle-aged HIV-positive people.
Top 5 HIV treatment stories at AIDS 2020
28 July 2020 - AIDS 2020, the 23rd International AIDS Conference was held virtually this year due to social distancing and the coronavirus. You might have missed some of the key developments in HIV treatment presented at the meeting.
UNAIDS is hopeful that a new long-acting HIV prevention option will soon become available for women in sub-Saharan Africa
GENEVA, 28 July 2020- The European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion of the dapivirine ring, a monthly vaginal ring that reduces the vulnerability of women to HIV
UNAIDS congratulates the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) on obtaining a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the dapivirine vaginal ring. The monthly ring adapts a medical technology commonly used as a contraceptive device to deliver the antiretroviral medicine dapivirine to prevent HIV.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Announces Anthony Fauci, Dolores Huerta, Colin Kaepernick, Dan Schulman, and Dan Springer Will Receive Its 2020 Ripple of Hope Award
New York, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)- The 52nd annual Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award celebrates outstanding changemakers who are working to advance equality, justice, and human rights during extraordinarily challenging times.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights today announced its 2020 Ripple of Hope Award laureates: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers of America; Colin Kaepernick, human rights activist, co-founder of Know Your Rights Camp, and Super Bowl quarterback; Dan Schulman, president and chief executive officer of PayPal; and Dan Springer, chief executive officer of DocuSign.
Joe Biden Is Our Strongest Option to End the HIV Epidemic
July 27, 2020 - Vice President Biden’s decades-long commitment to HIV/AIDS dates back to 1987. As a senator, Biden was an early and strong supporter of U.S. domestic programs to address the AIDS crisis. He cosponsored and voted to create the Ryan White CARE Act in 1990, as well as subsequent reauthorizations in 1996, 2000, and 2006. Vice President Biden has also been a staunch supporter of U.S. global-health assistance, particularly the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the principal U.S. international prevention and treatment program established in 2003. As a Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) ranking member, he worked with Chairman Dick Lugar, House members like my former boss, Rep. Barbara Lee, and the Bush administration to establish the PEPFAR program in 2003. As chairman in 2008, then-Sen. Biden led the reauthorization of PEPFAR, working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to enact an unprecedented measure that has enjoyed strong bipartisan support until today.
Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Receives Positive Opinion from European Regulator
July 24, 2020- NIAID Celebrates Pivotal Step Toward Expanding HIV Prevention Choices for Women
Today the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced it has adopted a positive scientific opinion on the dapivirine vaginal ring for use by cisgender women ages 18 and older in developing countries to reduce their risk of HIV infection. This milestone marks an important step toward expanding the number of biomedical HIV prevention options available to women in sub-Saharan Africa, who are among those most affected by the HIV epidemic. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, thanks and congratulates everyone who led, conducted and participated in the research that led to the positive opinion.
UNAIDS pays tribute to AIDS champion Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
GENEVA, 24 July 2020- UNAIDS is saddened by the death of the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Benjamin William Mkapa. Mr Mkapa was a bold and compassionate leader who worked to promote peace in eastern Africa and was committed to ending AIDS, being credited with much of the United Republic of Tanzania’s success in responding to HIV.
Kidney Transplantation Between People with HIV is Safe
July 24, 2020- Multicenter HOPE Act Study Expands Pool of Available Kidneys
Kidney transplantation from deceased donors with HIV to people living with both HIV and end-stage kidney disease is feasible and safe, investigators supported by the National Institutes of Health have found. Their study demonstrates that the pool of available kidneys for people with HIV can be expanded by including donors with HIV, making more kidneys available for all who are awaiting a transplant. nding AIDS, being credited with much of the United Republic of Tanzania’s success in responding to HIV.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID, HIV, and Being an 'Alarmist'
JULY 23 2020 - America’s doctor, who fought HIV in the ’80s and is now battling COVID-19, discusses viruses then and now for our digital cover story.
Powerful new lockdown film reimagines Princess Diana’s historic visit to an AIDS hospital
July 22, 2020- A new film created in coronavirus lockdown recreates the incredible moment Princess Diana visited an AIDS unit in London in 1987 and shook a patient’s hand.
Moments of Grace was originally written as a play by Bren Gosling and was set to debut at the Actors Centre’s flagship venue, the Tristan Bates Theatre.
But the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans to bed.
Now, a film version made entirely by actors in lockdown and created in association with the National HIV Story Trust will air on the Actors Centre website from July 31 to August 9.
How COVID-19 threatens efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa
JULY 21, 2020 - When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread rapidly across the globe, scientists expressed concern that people living with HIV would be particularly severely affected. This was because those with compromised immune systems are at increased risk of acquiring infections.
PEPFAR’s Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath
July 21, 2020 - MPact Slams U.S. Supreme Court for Upholding PEPFAR’s Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath
When Congress passed, and George W. Bush signed into law, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, the law contained a draconian “anti-prostitution loyalty oath” (APLO) provision which requires all recipients of PEPFAR funding to “have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.”
H.I.V. Survivors Confront Painful Memories and New Risks in Pandemic
July 20, 2020 - In a 15-minute trip to the pharmacy, Jim Morgan, 66, had touched the entrance door, the checkout counter and his face.
Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Jordin Sparks and more join AIDS WALK Live At Home!
July 19, 2020 - AIDS Walk Live At Home will join the legendary New York and San Francisco AIDS Walk events for the first time to raise funds for GMHC and PRC. Featuring performances and appearances by Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Shoshana Bean, Matt Bomer, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pioneering method reveals dynamic structure in HIV
NEWS RELEASE 16-JUL-2020 - Technique can track molecules in real time, at room temperature
Now, physicists from the University of Utah have pioneered a way of imaging virus-like particles in real time, at room temperature, with impressive resolution. In a new study, the method reveals that the lattice, which forms the major structural component of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is dynamic. The discovery of a diffusing lattice made from Gag and GagPol proteins, long considered to be completely static, opens up potential new therapies.
Networks of people living with HIV plug the gap in essential services as weak health systems struggle to cope with COVID-19
14 July 2020 - As health systems the world over are buckling under the pressure of COVID-19, volunteers and activists from the HIV movement have stepped in to ensure that essential services continue. A survey by GNP+, ICW and Y+ Global has found that networks of people living with HIV are using innovative ways to ensure their peers and their communities continue to have access to the critical services that they need.
Can U=U be used to reshape HIV programmes globally?
15 July 2020 - Research presented to the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) last week on Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) indicates varying levels of awareness and acceptance of this powerful message, despite the conclusive finding that people living with HIV who have an undetectable viral cannot infect others.
Multiomics investigation revealing the characteristics of HIV-1-infected cells in vivo
Press Release July 14, 2020 - Clues for the development of an "HIV-1 cure"
For eradication of HIV-1 infection, it is important to elucidate the detailed features and heterogeneity of HIV-1-infected cells in vivo. In this study, a hematopoietic stem cell-transplanted humanized mouse model infected with a gene-modified HIV-1 was used to reveal multiple characteristics of HIV-1-producing cells in vivo.
Anne Hathaway, Matt Bomer, Bette Midler & More Join AIDS Walk: Live at Home Virtual Benefit
July 14, 2020 - On July 19, a star-studded lineup will join forces for a remote broadcast to raise money to help those affected by HIV and COVID-19
On Sunday, July 19, everyone from Bette Midler to Matt Bomer will join forces to put on a virtual benefit show that will raise money for PRC (formerly the Positive Resource Center in San Francisco), GMHC (formerly the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City) and more than 45 other service organizations helping those affected by HIV, AIDS and COVID-19.
No link between HIV status and coronavirus outcomes in large US study
13 July 2020 - An analysis of the largest cohort of people living with HIV in the United States found that they were not more likely to contract the new coronavirus, and those who did so were not more likely to develop severe COVID-19, researchers reported last week at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual).
APLA Health Opens Registration for First-Ever Digital AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Los Angeles, July 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - “Get With the Programs” is the theme for AIDS Walk LA 2020
Today, APLA Health opened registration for its first-ever online only, digital AIDS Walk Los Angeles. In 2020, sponsors, individuals and teams will “Get With the Programs,” and they will see firsthand how they support the vital work of APLA Health services and programs through their AIDS Walk fundraising efforts.
Addressing HIV Stigma in MSM
Jul 10, 2020 - Why men who have sex with men face social hurdles in seeking PrEP and preventive education.
AIDS 2020: Virtual - National Memorial Quilt
Premiered July 10, 2020 - + Ambassador Deborah Birx – Host Karl Schmid talks with Ambassador Birx about global commitments and her current role as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and how her past experiences overseeing the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and as US Global AIDS Coordinator have helped her tackle this new role.
Adeeba Kamarulzaman of Malaysia announced as the first Asian President of IAS – the International AIDS Society
July 10, 2020 - IAS has announced nine newly elected and three re-elected members to its Governing Council. Adeeba Kamarulzaman of Malaysia is the new IAS President and Sharon Lewin of Australia the President-Elect, with Jennifer Kates of the United States serving as Treasurer.
AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Five ft. Ambassador Birx and Guy Vanderburg
Premiered Jul 10, 2020 - + Ambassador Deborah Birx – Host Karl Schmid talks with Ambassador Birx about global commitments and her current role as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and how her past experiences overseeing the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and as US Global AIDS Coordinator have helped her tackle this new role.
AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Four MTV Shuga ''Alone Together''
Premiered Jul 9, 2020 - + MTV Shuga: Alone Together – Join host Karl Schmid as he talks to leadership and cast members from the award-winning behavioural change campaign MTV Shuga about life during COVID-19 lockdown, what it’s like to live with HIV and why digital content is important during these unique times.
We Can’t End AIDS Without Fighting Racism
July 9, 2020 - As America continues its long-overdue reckoning with racism and systemic injustice, we must address the devastating impact of the disease on the Black community.
The color of your skin should not determine the quality of your health. But in the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is exacerbated by racism, bias, and discrimination. As America continues its long-overdue reckoning with racism and systemic injustice, we must address the devastating impact of the disease on the Black community. An end to the AIDS epidemic can only be achieved through dignity, respect, love, and compassion for all.
View All 48,000 Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
July 9, 2020 - They’re pictured in one awe-inspiring digital image. Meanwhile, select panels are displayed in San Francisco as part of AIDS 2020.
Breaking research advances announced ahead of virtual COVID-19 Conference
9 July 2020 - COVID-19 Conference, hosted by IAS, to feature Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Jane Goodall, Salim Abdool Karim among others
Important advances in COVID-19 research, including promising data on new treatments, were announced today ahead of the virtual COVID-19 Conference, the world’s first abstract-driven scientific meeting dedicated to the global pandemic.
Hosted by IAS - International AIDS Society, the COVID-19 Conference will take place on 10 July (extending into July 11 in some time zones), following the 23rd International AIDS Conference, also known as AIDS 2020: Virtual.
Researchers at Western University develop a way to pull HIV out of the latent reservoir
July 9, 2020 - Researchers at Western University have developed a way to pull HIV out of the latent reservoir making the virus visible to the immune system and providing the potential to be killed by treatment.
Part of what has made HIV infection so difficult to cure, is that once the virus enters the body, some of it hides dormant inside of the cells, making it essentially invisible to both the immune system and antiretroviral drugs. This hiding virus is known as the ‘latent reservoir’ and it is what prevents a cure for people living with HIV.
COVID-19 Mortality Rates and Outcomes for HIV Patients Better Than HIV-Negative Group
JUL 08, 2020 - In a small hospital study, HIV patients who were hospitalized for coronavirus (COVID-19) fared better compared to a HIV-negative population.
AIDS 2020 Virtual DAILY - Ask Me Anything (Episode One Special)
Jul 8, 2020 - Featured in episode one of AIDS 2020: Virtual is this special segment involving community members from all around the world for a myth busting segment entitled ‘’Ask Me Anything’’:
AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Three ft. Jonathan van Ness and Romesa Roy William
Premiered Jul 8, 2020 - Host Karl Schmid speaks to activist, television personality and podcast star Jonathan Van Ness about their personal journey with HIV, how to deal with stigma, U=U, and the most pressing issues people living with HIV face today.
AIDS 2020: Brazilian man in long-term HIV remission – without a stem-cell transplant
July 7, 2020 - A man in São Paulo who has no evidence of remaining HIV after more than 15 months off antiretrovirals – at least according to tests done so far – may represent the first case of a functional cure without the risks of a stem cell transplant, according to a report presented today at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual).
Opening Series: The Duke of Sussex encourages thousands worldwide to share stories of resilience
Premiered July 7, 2020 - As the final feature of the 23rd International AIDS Conference Opening Ceremony Series, the Duke of Sussex and two Sentebale Youth Advocates Sekgabo and Rethabile – HIV leaders of tomorrow - to share what Resilience means to them.
Opening Series: On the Red Sofa - Sir Elton John and David Furnish
Jul 7, 2020 - Opening series: Sir Elton John and David Furnish on stigma, marginalized communities and COVID-19. The fourth and final session of ‘On the Red Sofa’, with the Founder and Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in an interview with International Broadcaster James Chau
AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Two ft. Billy Porter & Dr Alan McCowan
Premiered Jul 7, 2020 - The official AIDS 2020: Virtual studio show in partnership with +Life.
+ Billy Porter – A conversation with activist and performer Billy Porter. Together with host Karl Schmid, they will discuss how systematic discrimination impacts HIV, how unequal access to healthcare allows HIV to go untreated and how stigma fosters the spread of HIV, among other topics.
Important HIV prevention, treatment and cure research unveiled at AIDS 2020: Virtual
7 July 2020- New data provides insights with potential real-world implications for people living with HIV – including a promising long-acting injectable HIV prevention drug
Leading HIV researchers announced important new developments in HIV research at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) today. This includes what may be the first report of an adult with HIV to achieve long-term HIV remission without the need for a bone marrow transplant and new data showing that long-acting injectable cabotegravir is superior to daily oral Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Opening Series: On the Red Sofa - A warm welcome from Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Lee
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The first in our four-part AIDS 2020: Virtual Opening Series entitled ‘On the Red Sofa’ features a conversation between Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and US Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
AIDS 2020: Virtual opens with focus on impact of COVID-19 on global HIV response
6 July 2020- New UNAIDS global HIV estimates, evidence of HIV service disruption and impact on LGBTI+ people due to COVID-19 presented at 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual)
The first-ever virtual edition of the world’s largest conference on HIV began today with a focus on the links between HIV and the COVID-19 pandemic and recognition of global debates around racism. Delegates from 175 countries are attending the conference, originally set to take place in Oakland and San Francisco, US.
AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode One ft. Dr Anthony Fauci & Community Members
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The official AIDS 2020: Virtual studio show in partnership with +Life.
Today’s episode features Dr Anthony Fauci (NIAID) and community members from all around the world for a special myth busting segment entitled ‘’Ask Me Anything’’
Dr. Tam | International AIDS 2020: Virtual (FR)
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Dr Tam | International AIDS 2020: Virtual (EN)
Premiered Jul 6, 2020
PROMO AIDS 2020: Virtual Global Village Showcase
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The Global Village Showcase features highlights from AIDS 2020: Virtual’s selection of international cultural performances, as well as exclusive interviews with performers and commentary by special guest host, Jennifer Hopelezz of the House of Hopelezz.
UNAIDS celebrates the life of pioneer AIDS activist Larry Kramer
GENEVA, 28 May 2020 - Founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis,
ACT UP and award-winning playwright sadly dies aged 84
The AIDS movement has lost one of its earliest and leading activists, Larry Kramer, who passed away on 27 May 2020 in New York City. Mr Kramer was one of the first to raise the alarm in the United States of America about the spread of the AIDS epidemic and throughout his life he actively rallied support to accelerate research into treatment and support for people living with HIV.
UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of pioneering HIV scientist and researcher Gita Ramjee
GENEVA, 2 April 2020 - UNAIDS is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Gita Ramjee, who died of COVID-19 related complications on 31 March 2020. Her death is an immense loss to the HIV prevention research community. UNAIDS offers its full support to all efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent more loss of life.
UNAIDS calls for a human rights approach to the COVID-19 outbreak that puts communities at the centre
GENEVA, 20 March 2020- UNAIDS is calling on countries to adopt a human rights-based approach in responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 that puts communities at the centre and respects the rights and dignity of all. To help guide governments, communities and other stakeholders in planning and implementing measures to contain the pandemic, UNAIDS has produced a new guidance document that draws on key lessons from the response to the HIV epidemic: Rights in the time of COVID-19: lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), HIV and hepatitis C: What you need to know
17 March 2020- The World Health Organization has declared that there is a pandemic caused by the spread of a new coronavirus. This virus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and causes a disease called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
UNAIDS welcomes government’s decision to make PrEP routinely available across England
GENEVA, 17 March 2020- UNAIDS warmly welcomes the decision made to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to everyone who needs it in England. Activists and advocates have been campaigning for a number of years to make the life-saving preventative HIV medicine available to people at higher risk of HIV and on 15 March the government announced that PrEP will be made available across the country as part of the government’s efforts to end HIV transmission by 2030.
Forty years into the HIV epidemic, AIDS remains the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age—UNAIDS calls for bold action
GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2020 - Gender discrimination and violence, gaps in education and lack of economic empowerment and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights are blocking progress
Ahead of International Women’s Day, UNAIDS has launched a new report showing that the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. We’ve got the power urges governments to do more to empower women and girls and fulfil their human rights.
Might cost issues affect the success of HIV care programs in the future?
3 March 2020- Over the past 15 years several important advances have been made in the care and treatment of HIV infection. Clinical trials have found that initiating HIV treatment (ART) early results in better measures of health. Treatment guidelines now recommend that ART be offered to all people who test positive for HIV regardless of their CD4+ cell count. The effects of ART are so tremendous that scientists increasingly expect that many HIV-positive people will live into their senior years.
AIDS 2020 plenary line-up announced
24 February 2020 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced the plenary presentations headlining the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), which will take place in San Francisco and Oakland, United States, on 6-10 July 2020. AIDS 2020 is the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS and is expected to bring together 20,000 participants from more than 170 countries.
Knowledge is power | Tackling HIV; the CD4 story
Jan 14, 2020 - HIV is a virus that invades the body and attacks its natural defences. But there are treatments available that control the virus so that people living with HIV can lead long and fulfilling lives.
We’ve developed a short animation which tells the story of how HIV affects the body and how treatments fight back.
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