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  • Combatting stigma
    'A Day With HIV 2014' Aims To Break Down HIV Stigma
    Huffington Posty | 28 August 2014

    HIV stigma needs to be a thing of the past, and there's an awesome way you can help change public perception.

  • The search for a cure
    Beyond the Berlin patient – seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS
    Humanosphere | 28 August 2014

    Researchers from many corners of the world, including the Nobel Prize winning co-discoverer of the AIDS virus Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, are in Seattle this week to explore the possibility of curing people of HIV.

  • Drug interactions and pharmacokinetics
    Dosage of HIV drug may be ineffective for half of African-Americans
    Eurekalert Medicine & Health | 28 August 2014

    Many African-Americans may not be getting effective doses of the HIV drug maraviroc. The initial dosing studies included mostly European-Americans, who generally lack a protein that is key to removing maraviroc from the body, resulting in higher concentrations of the drug in the blood. The current study shows that people with maximum levels of the protein CYP3A5 -- including nearly half of African-Americans -- end up with lower levels of maraviroc in their bodies.

  • HIV prevention policy
    Does the global HIV response understand anal sex?
    IRIN | 28 August 2014

    Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

  • The search for a cure
    HIV Antibodies Block Infection by Reservoir-Derived Virus in Laboratory Study
    National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases press release | 27 August 2014

    The researchers conclude that passive immunotherapy involving bNAbs individually or in combination may control HIV in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. A number of clinical trials are already underway or planned to test this hypothesis.

  • New and experimental hepatitis C treatment
    European Commission Approves Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir) Across Multiple Genotypes for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection
    Bristol-Myers Squibb | 27 August 2014

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that the European Commission has approved Daklinza (daclatasvir), a potent, pan-genotypic NS5A replication complex inhibitor (in vitro), for use in combination with other medicinal products across genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. Daklinza, when used in combination with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), is an all-oral, interferon-free regimen that provided cure rates of up to 100% in clinical trials

  • Policy
    The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct
    The Lancet | 27 August 2014

    In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

  • Hepatitis B
    One out of 10 Asian Americans has hepatitis B
    Philippine Star | 27 August 2014

    There is a virus that is 100 times more easily transmitted than the dreaded acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, and it is called Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). HBV is a virus that can cause Chronic Hepatitis B, a life threatening liver disease. According to United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 25 percent of people with chronic hepatitis B develop serious liver problems such as liver failure, liver cancer and cirrhosis (severe liver scarring), if left untreated.One in 10 Asian Americans has HBV- a rate over 20 times higher than that of the overall U.S. population - two in three of whom are not aware of it.

  • Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa
    New York Times | 26 August 2014

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

  • Epidemiology
    AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril
    New York Times | 26 August 2014

    Now that aid pipeline is drying up as the program shifts its limited budget to poorer countries, so the South African government must find hundreds of millions of dollars, even as its national caseload grows rapidly.

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