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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…

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…

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 ……

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…

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…

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…

Early HIV Treatment Is Cost-Effective Over Long Term, Study Says

“Treating people with HIV soon after they become infected is cost-effective over the long term, according to a study out Wednesday [in the New England Journal of Medicine] that focused on South Africa and India,” Agence France-Presse reports. “By projecting the treatment costs over time and accounting for the effects…

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…

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