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To Stop Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV, Focus On Safe Breastfeeding Strategies

“There is great hope that we can finally stop infants from getting infected with HIV by their mothers. But first, countries with high rates of HIV infection must work out how to deliver reliable health programs to protect babies form their mothers’ infected breastmilk,” Pierre Barker, senior vice president of…

Male Circumcision A ‘Staggeringly Under-Utilized Tool’

“PrePex, the new nonsurgical circumcision tool experts believe could revolutionize the prevention of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, is easier to assemble than a toy you might find in a Happy Meal,” freelance journalist Patrick Adams writes in the New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog. “Recent studies in Rwanda indicate…

HIV Treatment Should Be Started Earlier For Most, But Challenges Remain

Noting “French researchers have identified 14 adults” who appear to have been functionally cured of HIV after beginning treatment “within a couple of months of infection” and continuing treatment “for one to seven and a half years” before stopping, a New York Times editorial writes, “The researchers estimate that as many as 15 percent…

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…

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