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[ by | Aug 22, 2011 10:48 am | Comments Off ]

Certain States Will Lose HIV Prevention Funds Due To CDC Formula Change – Due to a change in the way the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disburse funds toward HIV prevention, states will receive different levels of federal funding for HIV prevention beginning in 2012. States with lower rates of HIV transmission, such as Massachusetts and Michigan, will receive less funding while states with higher HIV rates, primarily in the Southern U.S., will receive more. Activists in states that stand to lose funding fear that the cuts could cause an increase in HIV cases in their states. For more information, please see the articles in the Boston Globe and the Washington Independent.

AIDS.gov Blog Features Highlights From Atlanta HIV Prevention Conference – The AIDS.gov blog, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), featured highlights from each day of the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta last week. The posts included discussion of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, important studies presented at the conference on preventing HIV transmission, and progress in implementing prevention strategies and campaigns. The posts were written by Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, the HHS Deputy Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. For more information, please see the AIDS.gov blog.

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Finds Promising HIV Vaccine Antibodies – Last week, researchers reported the discovery of 17 promising new anti-HIV antibodies, proteins manufactured by the body’s immune system to mark and neutralize pathogens in the body for destruction. According to the researchers, the antibodies are 10 to 100 times more effective at blocking HIV than previous anti-HIV antibodies that have been isolated. The researchers also noted that the proteins present a promising avenue for creating a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. The next step will be for researchers to begin trying to design a vaccine based on the new antibodies. For more information, please see the study in Nature (abstract) or the press release from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

CDC Adds Information Page About HIV In Transgendered Individuals – The CDC has added a new information page to its HIV/AIDS website on HIV in transgendered adults. The page has information on rates of HIV infection in this population, challenges with regard to HIV prevention, and steps the CDC is taking to better understand and monitor HIV infections in transgendered individuals. According to the CDC, transgendered individuals are three times more likely than men and nearly nine times more likely than women to become infected with HIV. For more information, please see the CDC website.

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[ by | Aug 8, 2011 1:24 pm | Comments Off ]

Rate Of New HIV Infections In The U.S. Is Stable – A report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week indicates that the annual rate of new HIV infections has stabilized at about 50,000 new infections per year in the U.S. However, the CDC also found that the rate of new infections rose 48 percent between 2006 and 2009 in young African-American men who have sex with men. Rates for all other race and risk groups remained stable. The CDC noted that most new infections (61 percent) are still among men who have sex with men, although 11 percent of new infections in 2009 were in African-American women, who are now 15 times more likely to contract HIV than Caucasian women. For more information, please see the CDC press release or the report in PLoS One.

Federal Government Reverses Limits On Emergency Funding To State ADAPs – The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has reversed a previous decision to limit emergency funding to AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) to $3 million per state. Instead, states will be allowed to receive at least as much emergency assistance as they received last year. In July, Congress authorized $50 million in emergency funding for ADAPs, which provide free antiretrovirals to low-income people with HIV. Several state ADAPs have faced budget crises, and 13 states currently have waiting lists. Activists protested HRSA’s initial decision to limit the emergency funds to a maximum of $3 million per state, which is less than some states, such as Florida, received last year in emergency funds. For more information, please see the article in The Florida Independent.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Recruits Participants For Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of New Antiretroviral – Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is currently recruiting participants for a Phase 2 clinical trial of its investigational antiretroviral BMS-663068. BMS-663068 is a new type of antiretroviral that prevents HIV from entering and infecting cells. The trial will test the new drug at four different dosages, including both once-daily and twice-daily dosages, in combination with Isentress (raltegravir) and Viread (tenofovir). Eligible participants must have been treated for HIV previously but cannot have taken Isentress. Participants must also have viral loads (amount of HIV in the blood) of 1,000 copies per milliliter or higher. BMS expects to recruit approximately 250 participants. For more information, please see the U.S. Clinical Trials Registry.

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[ by | Jun 30, 2011 9:37 am | Comments Off ]
30 años de VIH: grandes progresos, pero aún mucho por hacer

Este junio se conmemorará el 30 aniversario de los primeros casos de SIDA en los Estados Unidos. Los médicos, los legisladores y la comunidad con VIH se han parado a reflexionar sobre los progresos realizados en la lucha contra la enfermedad, así como acerca del largo camino que queda por delante hasta la erradicación del virus. Este aniversario también proporciona un momento para recordar las vidas que se han perdido a causa del SIDA, tanto en los EE.UU. como en el resto del mundo.

“La enfermedad nos ha afectado a …

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[ by | Jun 3, 2011 3:21 pm | One Comment ]
30 Years Of HIV: A Lot Of Progress, But Still A Long Way To Go

This Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS in the United States. This week, physicians, policy makers, and the HIV-positive community have paused to reflect on the progress that has been made in combating the disease, as well as the long road still ahead toward eradicating the virus. The anniversary also provides a time to remember the lives that have been lost to AIDS, both in the U.S. and around the world.

“Many of us have been touched by the disease, be it a family …

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[ by | Jun 1, 2011 5:26 pm | One Comment ]
U.S. Commemorates 30 Years Of HIV/AIDS

This Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of the first report of AIDS in the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on June 5, 1981. This week and throughout the summer, events commemorating the event – and remembering the history of the disease and its toll – will take place throughout the country.

Dab Garner, an HIV activist and educator who was diagnosed with HIV in 1982, welcomed the renewed attention on the virus.

“I have been glad to see there has been mainstream coverage of the …

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