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Published: Nov 21, 2011 10:30 am
Beacon NewsFlashes – November 21, 2011

Foundation For AIDS Research Announces Additional $2.1 Million In Grants Towards AIDS Cure – The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has announced that it will distribute an additional $2.1 million in grants and fellowships to researchers working toward a cure for HIV. AmfAR states that 60 percent of its research grants now go toward research into finding a cure for HIV. Many of the grants have been awarded to scientists working on eliminating latent HIV, which is a dormant form of HIV that is not affected by antiretrovirals. Many scientists believe that activating and eliminating latent HIV is the key to a cure (see related AIDS Beacon news). For more information, please see the amfAR press release.

FDA Grants Priority Review For HIV Neuropathy Pain Relief Patch Qutenza – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted biopharmaceutical company NeurogesX a priority review for its capsaicin patch Qutenza, which is currently being evaluated for the treatment of pain from HIV-associated neuropathy. The decision means that the FDA will review the application for approval of Qutenza in six months rather than the usual 10 months. NeurogesX stated that it expects a decision from the FDA on March 7, 2012. Neuropathy is a condition that causes pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in the extremities. Qutenza is a capsaicin patch that is placed on the skin for 30 minutes. If approved, it would be the first product in the U.S. indicated for the treatment of pain from HIV-related neuropathy. It is currently approved for treatment of nerve pain due to shingles. For more information, please see the NeurogesX press release.

World AIDS Day Is December 1  December 1 marks the 23rd World AIDS Day, a day set aside to remember those who have passed from the disease, acknowledge those who are living with HIV and AIDS, and spread awareness of its impact around the globe. The theme of this year’s AIDS day is “Getting to Zero,” which refers to zero new infections, zero new deaths from AIDS, and zero discrimination against people with HIV. Cities around the nation and the world will be holding events to mark World AIDS Day. For more information on participating or to register an event, please see the AIDS.gov website. For more information on World AIDS Day, please see the international World AIDS Day website.

Redesigned AIDSinfo Website To Debut On World AIDS Day – AIDSinfo, a website maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been redesigned; the new design will debut on World AIDS Day, December 1. In addition, the Spanish version of the site, infoSIDA, will now have its own web address at www.infoSIDA.nih.gov. The AIDSinfo websites bring federal information regarding HIV and AIDS research, treatments, prevention, and medical practices to the public, with a specific focus on clinical research information and medical guidelines related to the care of people with HIV and AIDS. For more information, please see the AIDSinfo website.

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