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Two Studies Among Monkeys Show Potential For New HIV Treatment

“Antibodies derived from the blood of HIV-infected people suppressed the virus in the blood of monkeys in two studies that suggest the experimental approach may improve AIDS therapy or point the way toward a cure,” Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 10/30). “The two studies, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, involve…

Understanding HIV ‘Treatment Cascade’ Critical For Program Success

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, senior fellow Mead Over and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine the issue of retention with respect to HIV treatment, which they note was discussed at the October 2 PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board meeting. “For years…

AIDS 2014 Presents Opportunity To Showcase, Learn From Australia’s Inclusive AIDS Response Model

“It has been a fascinating week in Australia planning for the AIDS 2014 conference and one of the highlights has certainly been attending this year’s annual Australasian HIV/AIDS conference in sultry Darwin,” International AIDS Society Executive Director Bertrand Audoin writes in the Huffington Post U.K.’s “Lifestyle” blog. “AIDS 2014, from…

African Judges Meet To Discuss HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights, Legal Issues

More than 50 African judges and magistrates on Tuesday met at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to share HIV/AIDS-related experiences with human rights and the law, Xinhua reports. “Kenya’s Supreme Court President Willy Mutungai said the meeting will provide an opportunity for judges and magistrates to discuss effective strategies and…

New Report Examines District-Level Health Data In South Africa

South Africa’s Health-e on Tuesday published six articles highlighting Health Systems Trust’s annual District Health Barometer, which provides district-level data on a wide range of health issues. The first article examines maternal and infant mortality in various provinces and districts (Cullinan, 10/29). A second article lists “some of the worst…

Researchers Discover Protein In Breast Milk That Can Disable HIV

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genevieve Fouda of Duke University and colleagues describe the isolation of a “single protein called tenascin-C” in human breast milk that is believed to “disabl[e] HIV by locking onto a protein on the virus’s surface, and ……

IRIN Examines Potential Rollout Of HIV/AIDS Vaccine

An IRIN analysis examines how nations need to prepare for the distribution of a future HIV/AIDS vaccine. “Increased attention to the delivery of HIV prevention and treatment programs is needed to prepare communities for a potential rollout of a vaccine, which will most probably be partially effective, experts say,” IRIN…

Global HIV/AIDS Response Must Include Children

“One of the most under-reported tragedies of the HIV epidemic is that children continue to be left behind in the HIV response,” Eliane Drakopoulos of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Weak health systems, lack of medical personnel trained in treating children, stock-outs…

Updated Case Report Shows Mississippi Infant Remains ‘Free Of Active HIV Infection’

“A three-year-old Mississippi child born with HIV and treated with a combination of antiviral drugs unusually early continues to do well and remains free of active infection 18 months after all treatment ceased, according to an updated case report published Oct. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine,” a…