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Renewed institutional support for innovation in HIV prevention

This is reposted in full from the Lancet blog post of Aug 23th, “US$14 million grant for HIV prevention campaign”. The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition is launching a new organization to promote the development of a wide variety of HIV prevention strategies, including microbicides and oral preventive drugs. The launch of the new organization, called […]

So much for not breastfeeding…

Turns out that it is better if kids get breastmilk, even if their mothers are HIV positive, as they are more likely to die from diarrhea than they are of contracting HIV. Here is a link to the story in the Washington Post and excerpt from the Kaiser summary report. Providing infant formula to HIV-positive […]

Male circumcision as foreign policy

The Council on Foreign Relations held its first of several rounds on the role of health technologies in US foreign policy. Laurie Garrett led the discussion with Ambassador Mark Dybul and New York Health Commissioner Tom Frieden. The full video is available on the CFR site. I’d be curious to hear what others think but […]

Scientists Discover ‘Natural Barrier’ to HIV

‘Natural Barrier’ to HIVMarch 5, 2007 By E.J. Mundell Researchers have discovered that cells in the mucosal lining of human genitalia produce a protein that “eats up” invading HIV — possibly keeping the spread of the AIDS more contained than it might otherwise be. Even more important, enhancing the activity of this protein, called Langerin, […]

Clinton Foundation brokers deal to lower drug prices for tots

This, in the NY Times, about Clinton’s efforts to drive down drug prices for ARV therapy for kids. Got to hand it to the ex-Pres, he’s trying to make amends for having done so little as President: MUMBAI, Nov. 30 — The cost of treating children infected with H.I.V. and AIDS is poised to plummet […]

Local practices lead to global HIV?

Behavior change campaigns for years in the African region have targeted high-risk sexual behaviors in attempts to prevent HIV infection. The discourse at times has veered into culturally naive assumptions of sexual exceptionalism. Yet, as some researchers have observed, some fundamental measures human sexual behaviors appear consistent across cultures and geographies -i.e. average lifetime number […]

Robert Gallo praises PEPFAR, dismisses Duesberg

I attended a conference at Princeton this week in which eminent scientists discussed the state of efforts to develop a vaccine for the virus that causes AIDS as well as other treatment and prevention technologies like new anti-retrovirals, microbicides and male circumcision. It was a very interesting workshop, giving me a greater appreciation of the […]

Know your enemy: Capitalizing on evolutionary origins of HIV

From the KaiserNetwork: “[B]efore researchers can develop new drugs” to “stave off the worst that viruses” — such as HIV — and “bacteria can produce, … they must understand the evolutionary nature of individual diseases and how viruses and bacteria, in turn, shape the evolution of humans and other animals,” Boston Globe columnist Stephen Smith […]

Microbicides – female-controlled technology for HIV prevention

The East Bay Express (8 Mar 2006, A Fresh Front in the AIDS War“) presents a narrative on the development of microbicides as seen through the eyes of African and Californian residents and the work of Bethany Young Holt, a Cal-trained epidemiologist and former Peace Corps Volunteer. The article has several threads and makes some […]

New PBS Series on Global Health

PBS has a new special on global health airing November 1-3, 2005. It is called Rx for Survival and is narrated by Brad Pitt. Here is a description from the website. During the twentieth century, the world lived through a golden era in public health: vaccines were discovered, diseases were cured, and the average life […]