Condoms and lubricant
IRIN | Less than 1 hour ago
A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk. Vietnam has made substantial gains in making condoms available to the public in recent years. They are free in clinics, or sell for as little as two US cents at kiosks, cafes, massage parlours and hotels. However, a March 2014 UNFPA report revealed that Vietnam is flooded with poor quality condoms - and oversight mechanisms have failed to catch the influx.
New and experimental HIV treatments
C&EN - Chemical and Engineering News | Less than 1 hour ago
A small molecule (green) binds within a cavity on the HIV protein gp120. Amino acid residues that contribute only to binding affinity are colored blue, and those that contribute strongly to binding as well as the protein's conformational change are ...
Medical News Today | Less than 1 hour ago
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A semi-soft vaginal suppository made from the seaweed-derived food ingredient carrageenan and loaded with the antiviral drug Tenofovir provides a woman-initiated, drug-delivery vehicle that can protect against the spread of sexually transmitted infections during unprotected heterosexual intercourse, the researchers said.
Transmission and prevention
Bad Blood (blog) | 22 hours ago
There has been a recent wave of films and television events, for a combined gay and heterosexual audience, in an emerging genre of “AIDS nostalgia”. I’m thinking of films like Dallas Buyers’ Club and television series like Angels in America and The Normal Heart.
Hepatitis C transmission and prevention
Courier Mail | 01 September 2014
"In places like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, hepatitis C can be nine or 10 times more prevalent than at home, and this coupled with generally lower standards of equipment sterilisation in the average tattoo parlour or where you get pedicures can greatly increase the risk of infection," Tyrell says.
Epidemiology and behaviour
Inter Press Service | 01 September 2014
At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos. According to UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), an estimated 270,000 people were living with HIV in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2012.
Hepatitis C treatment
Pharmabiz | 01 September 2014
Welcoming the EMA's approval of daclatasvir on August 27, 2014, the MSF said that the BMS must rapidly register daclatasvir in those countries with a high burden of hepatitis C, especially in those countries with a high prevalence of genotype 3. It also urged BMS to ensure daclatasvir is affordable in those countries with a high burden of hepatitis C.
Science Daily | 01 September 2014
Applying the benefit of hindsight, researchers have reanalyzed the findings of two historic pediatric HIV vaccine trials with encouraging results. The vaccines had in fact triggered an antibody response -- now known to be associated with protection in adults -- that was previously unrecognized in the infants studied in the 1990s.
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
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.