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Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

The problem the vaccine has faced is its link to a taboo in American culture: sexual activity among teenagers. Health-care providers are the biggest hurdle to getting more children vaccinated.

11 September 2017
MIT Technology Review
Another HIV vaccine efficacy trial will start this year

A year ago, one of the biggest pieces of prevention news at the Durban International AIDS Conference was the announcement that a large HIV vaccine efficacy study

26 July 2017
Gus Cairns
The 2017 Pipeline Report

Treatment Action Group (TAG) announces the launch of its annual research and development landscape analysis: The Pipeline Report: Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, Preventive Technologies, Research Toward a Cure, and Immune-Based and Gene Therapies in Development.

19 July 2017
Treatment Action Group
Immune system may keep body from neutralizing HIV-1 virus

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that a process protecting the body from autoimmune disease appears to prevent it from creating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus, a finding that could possibly help lead to a vaccine that stimulates production of these antibodies.

11 July 2017
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
First vaccine shows gonorrhoea protection

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say. The vaccine, originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B, was given to about a million adolescents in New Zealand between 2004 and 2006. Researchers at the University of Auckland analysed data from sexual health clinics and found gonorrhoea cases had fallen 31% in those vaccinated. The meachanism of protection is unknown. This particular vaccine is no longer available but the UK has been using a similar vaccine, though whether it will protect is also unknown.

11 July 2017
Does it ever make sense to target HPV screening at HIV-infected individuals?

A number of recent studies have considered the case for HPV-related cancer prevention interventions that are targeted at specific populations. A recent study suggests that, given their more rapid progression to precancerous conditions, HIV positive women in sub-Saharan Africa should be given the multivalent HPV vaccine, as it already is to HIV-positive MSM in some high-income settings.

05 July 2017
HIV vaccine boost generates higher immune response 6 to 8 years later

Boosting Thai participants from the RV144 HIV vaccine trial 6 to 8 years after their initial vaccination generated higher immune responses compared with those seen immediately after RV144; however, these humoral and CD4+ T cell responses were short-lived and did not grow after subsequent boosting, according to recent data published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

03 July 2017
Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of this HIV vaccine study?

More than 500 people have signed up since December to be part of the country’s largest HIV vaccine trial, but some experts are crying foul over what they say is unequal access to the HIV prevention pill among participants.

30 June 2017
Top HIV expert is not donating to crowdfunding HIV vaccine campaign, says it's "Fake News"

Dr. Carl W. Dieffenbach, head of the AIDS division of the US National Institutes of Health, has denounced an HIV vaccine crowdfunding campaign involving prominent stars. The major fundraising #ENDHIV campaign which features SIA, the campaign’s ambassador. Other celebrities include Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore. Dr Dieffenbach's assessment is not pointed at the celebrities nor the organisation behind the campaign. It’s about the research of scientist, Dr. Paul, whom Dieffenbach asserts “is wrong” in his direction towards discovering the vaccine or cure promoted by the video and the campaign’s website Yet, the #ENDHIV video calls Dr. Paul’s work “a promising new AIDS cure.”

17 June 2017
Slow start to landmark South African HIV vaccine trial

Stringent global standards to enlist participants are slowing the process of volunteering to participate in South Africa’s ground-breaking HIV vaccine trial, known as HVTN 702.

02 June 2017
Medical Brief
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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