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Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

Researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Fox News
Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Huffington Post
Are "Sugar Daddies" to Blame for HIV Transmission in Africa?

It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Scientific American
Social inequalities associated with late HIV diagnosis and delayed HIV treatment – European study

Even in the context of western European countries with universal access to health care, there are socioeconomic inequalities in timely access to HIV testing, according to a

Published
05 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
UK: Serious concerns expressed by DrugScope over sharp increase in drug related deaths

On 3 September, the Office for National Statistics released Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2013. The data relates to deaths registered in 2013 and shows a sharp rise in deaths as a consequence of drug misuse in England and Wales.In 2013, 1,957 drug misuse deaths were registered, up 20 per cent on the figure for 2012 (1,636).

Published
04 September 2014
From
DrugScope (press release)
AHF PrEP Ad Controversy: What Do the Numbers Mean?

A new campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has kicked off another round of controversy about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and how to interpret data from prevention studies.   

Published
03 September 2014
From
BETA blog
Scientists Question NIH Priorities in Awarding Scarce Government Grants

One scientist says funneling large amounts of money into a single line of research, as in the search for an AIDS vaccine, rewards pet projects and leaves many researchers out in the cold.

Published
03 September 2014
From
Healthline
Kenya: Circumcision Secretariat Closes

The secretariat that coordinated all voluntary medical male circumcision in Kenya the last six years has closed. It was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but other funders have not come forward. The closure of the secretariat is likely to slow down the momentum of circumcision in Kenya.

Published
02 September 2014
From
AllAfrica
Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Groundup
Semi-soft vaginal drug-delivery suppository could limit spread of HIV, AIDS

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.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Medical News Today

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