• Getting Ready for USCA 2011, November 10–13: Send Us Your Thoughts

    Updated: 2011-10-27 22:54:09
    The U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) 2011 is less than two weeks away. As Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council noted in his recent blog post, this year’s conference is pivotal. With the conference theme, “Make Change Real,” over 3,000 federal, national, and community-level HIV partners will gather in Chicago to...

  • Needle-Free Flu Season a No-Go

    Updated: 2011-10-27 22:38:54
    For those who are needle-shy, or who have ever had the pleasure of explaining to a hysterical 5-year old that the shot isn’t going to hurt THAT much, and besides, it’s for the good of public health, a needle-free shot sounds like a great idea.  FDA, however, disagreed, and issued ...

  • Building Relationships at CPhI

    Updated: 2011-10-27 05:28:46
    In attending CPhI this week in Frankfurt, one theme that repeatedly emerged was the increasing importance of CROs, CDMOs, and CMOs to build more strategic, deeper, and collaborative relationships with pharmaceutical companies as a way to meet the evolving needs of the industry and as a a mutual tool in value creation. The ...

  • IDSA: Hep B Vaccine Benefit Persists in HIV Patients

    Updated: 2011-10-26 18:45:00
    BOSTON -- The effects of the hepatitis B vaccine appeared to last long-term in HIV-infected patients even if they have high CD4-positive cell counts, researchers said here.

  • IDSA: Risk of Muscle Breakdown in HIV

    Updated: 2011-10-26 18:00:00
    BOSTON -- The risk for rhabdomyolysis is significantly elevated in HIV-infected patients, according to researchers here.

  • IDSA: HIV Patients Face Early Anal Cancer Risk

    Updated: 2011-10-25 19:45:00
    BOSTON -- Anal intraepithelial neoplasia seems to develop during the first year of HIV infection, according to the results of a cross-sectional study.

  • Celebrating National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

    Updated: 2011-10-25 19:44:43
    This month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is standing with President Obama and our public health partners to celebrate National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (PDF 349KB) in the month of October. As those in the public health community know, the best way to address some of the nation’s biggest health issues is...

  • Prosperity through Biology

    Updated: 2011-10-25 02:28:50
    As the unemployment rate hovers around 9.1%, the federal government needs to find ways to create jobs. Congress is debating whether a tax break on repatriated money would prompt companies to hire more workers, as I mentioned last week. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is eyeing another potential means of stimulating ...

  • Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls

    Updated: 2011-10-25 00:36:14
    In 2002, the World Health Organization estimated that 150 million girls and 75 million boys worldwide experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. Research shows that consequences of the sexual violence epidemic in children include increased risk of contracting HIV, as well as myriad debilitating mental health problems that affect social behaviors, education opportunity,...

  • IDSA: HIV Testing in High-Risk Group Unchanged

    Updated: 2011-10-22 00:15:41
    BOSTON -- Despite government guidance encouraging more testing for HIV infection, researchers said here they found no significant increase in testing among men at high risk for acquiring the pathogen that causes AIDS.

  • Humanized Mouse Models of HIV Latency

    Updated: 2011-10-21 18:56:45

  • European Court Rules Against Embryonic Stem Cell Patents

    Updated: 2011-10-21 13:28:47
    The Court of Justice of the EU ruled on Oct. 18, 2011 that “A process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, cannot be patented.” The ruling was not unexpected, following as it did a ...

  • Open Access Articles on HIV in Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives

    Updated: 2011-10-20 14:34:27

  • New Update: Registering for the NHAS Implementation Dialogues

    Updated: 2011-10-20 14:24:24
    In two earlier blog posts we outlined the topic and format for a series of regional dialogues that the White House Office of National AIDS Policy will convene to focus attention on issues related to implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.  These events will be a forum for Federal, state and local agency representatives, researchers,...

  • Assessing the Role of Virus-Specific CD4 T Cells in Controlling SIV

    Updated: 2011-10-20 13:39:27

  • Coordinated Global Health Efforts Pay Off for Malaria

    Updated: 2011-10-20 03:28:57
    The malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S is looking even more promising, according to preliminary clinical trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine . Early data from a large-scale Phase III trial conducted in seven African countries show that the vaccination regimen “can reduce the risk of clinical malaria ...

  • Key Updates from the Fall 2011 PACHA Meeting

    Updated: 2011-10-19 21:33:11
    The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened for a meeting on September 29 and 30, 2011, in Washington, DC. The Council heard from both members of PACHA subcommittees and external presenters. Highlights of some of those sessions include: White House Update Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), opened...

  • Recapping Social Media for the National HIV Prevention Conference

    Updated: 2011-10-18 23:27:18
    As part of the planning and preparation for CDC’s 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), we reached out to the staff of our CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) project to lend their expertise with social media outreach. Through our social media channels and activities we  promoted the conference, informed followers of key deadlines, and...

  • Region VIII Federal Interagency Collaboration Continues

    Updated: 2011-10-17 17:57:33
    As the seasons begin to change in the Mountain West, we paused recently to share our efforts to pursue the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) in the States in our region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming). On September 29, we held a special meeting of the Region VIII NHAS...

  • Using National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) to Redouble Our Efforts to Respond to the HIV Prevention and Care Needs of Latinos

    Updated: 2011-10-14 20:39:00
    According to CDC estimates , 9,400 Latinos in the United States were newly infected with HIV in 2009. Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population, but approximately 20% of new infections. Sixty-four percent (or nearly two-thirds) of all HIV infections in the Latino community occur among gay and bisexual men. Among women, 1,700 heterosexual...

  • Seattle Meeting Focuses on Ideas to Strengthen the HIV Workforce

    Updated: 2011-10-13 18:23:15
    On October 4, 2011, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted the second in a series of five Implementation Dialogues in Seattle Washington at Swedish Medical Center. The theme for this meeting was “Building Capacity Within the HIV Workforce so that it Delivers What We Need Today and Tomorrow”. The meeting was an opportunity...

  • Join us for "AIDS Prevention/Awareness" on October 16!

    Updated: 2011-10-10 18:54:54
    WZRD-88.3 FM Presents: AIDS Prevention/Awareness  hen: nbsp; Sunday, October 16, 2011 nbsp; nbsp; amp;nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; 2 p.m.read more

  • HIV Drug Resistance Effect Damped Down over Time

    Updated: 2011-10-09 23:30:00
    The proportion of HIV patients able to suppress the virus despite extensive drug resistance nearly tripled over a 10-year period, researchers reported.

  • Depo Contraceptive Increases HIV Risk

    Updated: 2011-10-03 23:30:00
    Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injections and other hormonal methods of contraception, including birth control pills, are associated with an increased risk of acquiring HIV for both men and women, researchers reported.

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