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Mozambique Completes First HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial

Last week, “researchers at Mozambique’s Polana Cancio Centre for Research and Public Health completed a trial evaluating the safety of an HIV vaccine candidate,” the country’s “first HIV vaccine trial,” and it “is set to embark on a second, a demonstration of the country’s increased HIV research capacity,” PlusNews reports. The Phase…

CSIS Report Examines U.S., South Africa Efforts to Transition HIV/AIDS Programming

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday released a report (.pdf), titled “The Future of the U.S.-South Africa HIV/AIDS Partnership,” examining the joint U.S.-South Africa effort “to transition responsibility for HIV/AIDS programming and policies to the South African government,” the center reports on its webpage. The report is based on…

Small Percentage Of Adults Who Receive Rapid HIV Treatment Following Infection Might Achieve ‘Functional Cure,’ French Researchers Say

“Rapid treatment after HIV infection may be enough to ‘functionally cure’ about a 10th of those diagnosed early, say researchers in France,” who “have been analyzing 14 people who stopped therapy, but have since shown no signs of the virus resurging,” BBC News reports (Gallagher, 3/15). “The research, published in the U.S. journal…

ABC News Examines How Newly Selected Pope’s Stance On Contraception Might Impact Catholic Organizations Working On HIV/AIDS

ABC News examines how the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina to be Pope might impact Catholic organizations’ work in disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS prevention. According to ABC News, the Guardian reports that Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, “takes a slightly more pragmatic view on contraception, believing that it can be…

Placing Issue Of HIV Among Drug Users On Global Agenda

“In wide-ranging opening remarks to the current session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, the Executive Director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov placed HIV and drug use at the heart of the global agenda,” UNAIDS reports in an article on its webpage. “Addressing the…

Many Challenges Exist To Delivering Proven Interventions For Preventing Pediatric HIV Infections

Last week’s “scientific report on the ‘functional cure’ of an HIV-infected infant has set the world’s media ablaze with discussion and speculation,” Randal Kuhn, director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Benjamin Young, chief medical officer of the International Association…

Listen To Women’s Needs When Designing HIV Prevention Strategies

According to “results from a large HIV prevention trial among African women” known as VOICE and released last week, “none of the prevention methods tested in the study made a difference in HIV infection rates, because few women actually used them as directed,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in an…

International Community Should ‘Strengthen And Sustain’ Efforts To Prevent GBV, HIV

Noting the ongoing 57th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and International Women’s Day, recognized today, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and head of the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé write in the Huffington Post’s “Global…

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