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Nature Special Issue Focuses On Vaccines

The May 26 issue of Nature explores vaccines, which the journal says “are responsible for some of the world’s greatest public health triumphs.” Though new vaccines for deadly diseases have been developed in the past 10 years, and more are in development, “funding is tight, and unfounded doubts about the safety of vaccines persist.” The issue features stories on polio, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as issues surrounding vaccine rejection and hysteria about risk (5/26).

Vatican Newspaper Article Addresses Condom Use Among Married Couples

Three days before the start of a Vatican conference focusing on “the centrality of care” in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, on Tuesday printed a piece by Spanish theologian Juan Jose Perez-Soba arguing that married couples with one HIV-positive partner “should abstain from sex, because intercourse performed with a condom is, ‘from the moral point of view, not a fully conjugal act,'” RNS/Beliefnet News reports (Rocca, 5/24).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET, NIH will webcast live a presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of…

AFP Examines Expansion Of Indian Drug Companies In South Africa

Agence France-Presse examines how Indian drug companies have infiltrated the South African market over the last few years in an effort to have broader reach in Africa. India’s pharmaceutical industry is now the second largest in the world by volume, according to AFP.

EDITORIAL: Study Results Show Need For More Data On HIV Prevention Economics

A recent study showing a “near-perfect way to halt sexual transmission of the AIDS virus has the potential to change the way international agencies and nations cope with the epidemic. But that can only happen if troubling issues of cost and practicality can be surmounted,” a New York Times editorial says.

OPINION: Global Health Community Must Recognize Merits Of HIV Treatment As Prevention

“Many interesting research questions now lie ahead. But most urgent will be the assessment of the practical impact of these findings and their public health importance in generalised epidemics,” according to a Lancet editorial about last week’s release of study results showing early HIV treatment dramatically reduces transmission risk. “Another immediate issue will be to reflect these findings in ongoing and future prevention trials,” the Lancet adds.