• Looking Ahead to 2012

    Updated: 2011-12-30 15:41:03
    As 2011 draws to a close and we look ahead with anticipation to the New Year, I want to honor the members of the HIV/AIDS community for their passion in advancing toward our goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. Through our collective commitment to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Action Plan for...

  • Leading with science, we can end the AIDS pandemic

    Updated: 2011-12-28 15:56:45
    The following post originally appeared on the Global Health Technologies Coalition blog “Breakthroughs” on December 1. Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD, is the Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), an international HIV vaccine research program that successfully integrates HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. [...](Read more...)

  • New York AIDS Institute Facebook Town Hall

    Updated: 2011-12-27 22:52:00
    World AIDS Day 2011 in New York was marked by another event using social media against HIV and STDs. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute conducted a one-hour Facebook/Live Town Hall in which young people were invited to ask and post questions about HIV, STDs, sexual health, and substance use. Answers came...

  • Ranbaxy’s New Year’s Resolution

    Updated: 2011-12-26 21:56:35
    Right now, many of us are thinking of how we could improve ourselves during the new year. Others, such as Ranbaxy, will be forced to improve themselves in 2012. The company signed a consent decree last week, and its management must be eager to put its ugly past behind it. Ranbaxy’s ...

  • Taking Drugs off the Short List

    Updated: 2011-12-22 01:04:25
    Drug shortages are increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of drug shortages per year leapt from 61 to 178. This year’s total, 220 as of October, already surpasses that of last year. Fortunately, FDA has taken a step that is intended to prevent drug shortages ...

  • It’s Time to Share Your Valuable Biomanufacturing Opinions

    Updated: 2011-12-22 01:04:22
    This post was written by Eric Langer, Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. Yes, doing surveys is a pain.  So there’d better be a darn good reason.  Here’s a survey with 7 good reasons that I consider worth the effort.  The industry and participants benefit from the 9th Annual Report and ...

  • FDA Inches Towards a Biosimilar Approval Pathway

    Updated: 2011-12-22 01:04:19
    This week’s announcement of a public meeting to discuss a user fee structure for biosimilars marks another step towards implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009, which mandates that FDA establish an approval pathway for biosimilars. The question on everyone’s mind regarding the definition of a ...

  • Thirty-Five Years in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Counting

    Updated: 2011-12-22 01:04:18
    A new year is often reason to reflect on what has occurred and to consider what the future may hold. And for 2012, Pharmaceutical Technology is doing just that. Next year will mark Pharmaceutical Technology's 35th anniversary, and as part of a special issue to be published in July ...

  • AVAC outlines research and implementation path for ending the AIDS epidemic

    Updated: 2011-12-21 08:00:48
    There is now an unprecedented opportunity to curb new HIV/AIDS infections, save lives, and set the world on a path toward eliminating the AIDS epidemic, according to AVAC’s annual update on HIV prevention research.   In AVAC Report 2011: The End?, the advocacy group provides a three-part, science-based agenda for ending the AIDS epidemic in our [...](Read more...)

  • What we’re reading

    Updated: 2011-12-20 19:45:26
    The following “What We’re Reading” collection is a compilation of recent articles making headlines in HIV and TB news. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention – The Cost, Impact, and Challenges of Accelerated Scale-Up in Southern and Eastern Africa: In this collection of nine new articles – four reviews and five research articles – [...](Read more...)

  • Building developing country capacity is key in the battle against HIV/AIDS

    Updated: 2011-12-19 18:38:17
    The following post originally appeared on the Global Health Technologies Coalition blog “Breakthroughs” on December 1. Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees research and research training programs for U.S. and foreign scientists working to improve health in the developing [...](Read more...)

  • PEPFAR takes a hit in 2012 funding bill; Military HIV Research Program sustains funding after close call

    Updated: 2011-12-16 18:36:17
    ***UPDATE 12/19: The final spending bill for FY 2012 was agreed to by the Senate. The resolution to fund the emergency spending bill with an across the board 1.83 percent cut to most discretionary funds did not pass. Also of interest, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic TB budget for FY 2012 [...](Read more...)

  • On Mr. Crowley’s Departure, Our Appreciation

    Updated: 2011-12-16 16:36:20
    This month, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley ends his tenure as President Obama’s Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy(ONAP) and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, positions he has held since 2009. We acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Jeff’s significant contributions to fulfilling the President’s commitment to develop the United States’ first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Since...

  • Study: Starting Immediate HIV treatment for recently infected is better than delaying

    Updated: 2011-12-16 13:00:17
    Researchers have found that initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately among patients who have been recently infected with HIV modestly staves off disease progression and the need for long-term HIV treatment later down the road. The study results are published in the latest issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases in an article entitled, “The Setpoint [...](Read more...)

  • 2nd Annual Golden Ticket: Party for HIV Prevention!

    Updated: 2011-12-15 20:45:29
    We joined approximately 200 Washington, D.C. youth at the second annual Golden Ticket: Party for HIV Prevention this month in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) , a local community health organization, sponsored the affair with the support of community, corporate, and government partners. Building on last year’s success, the party was named...

  • MSF Report: Funding shortages threaten advances against HIV/AIDS, political promises will fall short

    Updated: 2011-12-15 17:55:14
    There is a real risk of losing ground in the fight against global HIV/AIDS if funding for key programs is not increased, according to a new report published by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) called, “Reversing HIV/AIDS? How Advances are being Held Back by Funding Shortages.”  Funding shortages threaten to set back progresses made in many [...](Read more...)

  • Be Safe – Mobile!

    Updated: 2011-12-15 14:45:53
    Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency charged with promoting transportation safety, voted unanimously to recommend a nationwide ban on the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. Specifically, the NTSB has called on all states and the District...

  • Some light is shed on future of Global Fund disbursements; critical time on the Hill for future global health funding

    Updated: 2011-12-14 18:27:40
    “It’s not that the income of the Global Fund is going down – we are predicting fairly stable income over the next few years,” said Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He spoke by conference call with members of the advocacy community in early [...](Read more...)

  • Global Fund explains “Transitional Funding Mechanism” — No funding for HIV treatment scale up

    Updated: 2011-12-14 17:51:16
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released an “Information Note” explaining the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) that the Fund Board recently decided would replace a Round 11 funding cycle. The information note and accompanying documentation are meant to aid applicants in the development of proposals for TFM funding. According to the Fund, [...](Read more...)

  • AIDS Funders Release NHAS Toolkit for Philanthropic Sector

    Updated: 2011-12-14 14:00:52
    At a recent (12/5/11) summit of the philanthropic community, in Washington, DC, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) launched the Funder’s Toolkit for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy . Throughout the development and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), a strong emphasis has been placed on the need for the engagement and participation of all sectors...

  • Young people

    Updated: 2011-12-13 19:00:00
    A tale of two countries: rethinking sexual risk for HIV among young people in South Africa and the United States Pettifor AE, Levandowski BA, Macphail C, Miller WC, Tabor J, Ford C, Stein CR, Rees H, Cohen M. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Sep;49(3):237-243.e1. Blog Description:  Sexual risk for HIV in South Africa and the USA: it is not at all what you think read more

  • “PEPFAR has kept me alive”

    Updated: 2011-12-13 18:48:46
    Florence Ngobeni didn’t know she was infected with HIV until September of 1996 when her newborn child Nomthunzi became ill and was taken to the doctor and diagnosed with HIV infection.  Ngobeni subsequently tested positive as well.  She had watched her husband die three months earlier of an undiagnosed illness – most likely HIV – [...](Read more...)

  • Hormonal contraception

    Updated: 2011-12-13 18:00:00
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  • Sexual transmission

    Updated: 2011-12-13 17:00:00
    Risk for HIV and unprotected sexual behaviour in male primary partners of transgender women Operario D, Nemoto T, Iwamoto M, Moore T. Arch Sex Behav. 2011 May 21. Blog Description:  Men who are primary partners of transgender women: what is their risk profile? read more

  • Male circumcision

    Updated: 2011-12-13 16:00:00
    Adult male circumcision as an intervention against HIV: an operational study of uptake in a South African community (ANRS 12126) Lissouba P, Taljaard D, Rech D, Dermaux-Msimang V, Legeai C, Lewis D, Singh B, Puren A, Auvert B. BMC Infect Dis. 2011 Sep 26;11(1):253. Blog Description:  Uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in Orange Farm shows impact read more

  • Male circumcision

    Updated: 2011-12-13 15:00:00
    Acceptability of medical male circumcision in the traditionally circumcising communities in Northern TanzaniaWambura M, Mwanga JR, Mosha JF, Mshana G, Mosha F, Changalucha J. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 23;11:373 Blog Description:  How acceptable is VMMC in traditionally circumcising communities in Tanzania? read more

  • A Remarkable Day: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

    Updated: 2011-12-13 13:58:20
    Optimism. Passion. Poignancy. Excitement.  Last week’s World AIDS Day observances generated these emotions worldwide. Thirty years ago, when the first federal first reports of AIDS emerged, none of the new media tools we use today were available. Since then, so much has changed to inform people about HIV and AIDS. Within the Office of the...

  • HIV and older people

    Updated: 2011-12-13 13:00:00
    HIV attitudes, awareness and testing among older adults in Africa Negin J, Nemser B, Cumming R, Lelerai E, Ben Amor Y, Pronyk P. AIDS Behav. 2011 Jul 8. Blog Description:  Forgotten key population: people over 50 in Africa read more

  • Financing

    Updated: 2011-12-13 11:00:00
    Long-term costs and health impact of continued global fund support for antiretroviral therapy Stover J, Korenromp EL, Blakley M, Komatsu R, Viisainen K, Bollinger L, Atun R. PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e21048. Blog Description:  Cost and impact: why the Global Fund must continue supporting antiretroviral therapy read more

  • Drug resistance

    Updated: 2011-12-13 10:00:00
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  • Social determinants

    Updated: 2011-12-13 09:00:00
    Addressing social drivers of HIV/AIDS for the long-term response: conceptual and methodological considerations Auerbach JD, Parkhurst JO, Cáceres CF. Glob Public Health. 2011 Jul 11. Blog Description:  Following the Rio conference on social determinants of health, you need this conceptual framework for your HIV work read more

  • Basic Science

    Updated: 2011-12-13 08:00:00
    Crystal structure of a monomeric retroviral protease solved by protein folding game players Khatib F, Dimaio F, Cooper S, Kazmierczyk M, Gilski M, Krzywda S, Zabranska H, Pichova I, Thompson J, Popović Z, Jaskolski M, Baker D. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2011 Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print] Blog Description:  Competing to fold a protease: Gamers with intuition and skills win the day for HIV science read more

  • Basic Science

    Updated: 2011-12-13 07:00:00
    Zinc-finger nucleases for somatic gene therapy: the next frontier Rahman SH, Maeder ML, Joung JK, Cathomen T. Hum Gene Ther. 2011 Aug;22(8):925-33. Blog Description:  What you need to know now about zinc-finger nucleases read more

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

    Updated: 2011-12-13 06:00:00
    Parental loss, trusting relationship with current caregivers, and psychosocial adjustment among children affected by AIDS in China Zhao J, Li X, Barnett D, Lin X, Fang X, Zhao G, Naar-King S, Stanton B. Psychol Health Med. 2011 Aug;16(4):437-49. Blog Description:  Positive attachment relationships prove key to adjustment among orphaned kids in China read more

  • Treatment

    Updated: 2011-12-13 05:00:00
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  • Maternal and child mortality

    Updated: 2011-12-13 04:00:00
    Progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on maternal and child mortality: an updated systematic analysis Lozano R, Wang H, Foreman KJ, Rajaratnam JK, Naghavi M, Marcus JR, Dwyer-Lindgren L, Lofgren KT, Phillips D, Atkinson C, Lopez AD, Murray CJ. Lancet. 2011 Sep 24;378(9797):1139-65. Blog Description:  How are we doing on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5? read more

  • Injecting drug use

    Updated: 2011-12-13 03:00:00
    'It's risky to walk in the city with syringes': understanding access to HIV/AIDS services for injecting drug users in the former Soviet Union countries of Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan Spicer N, Bogdan D, Brugha R, Harmer A, Murzalieva G, Semigina T. Global Health. 2011 Jul 13;7(1):22. Blog Description:  Barriers to access to services for people who inject drugs in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan read more

  • Early infant diagnosis

    Updated: 2011-12-13 02:00:00
    Early infant HIV-1 diagnosis programmes in resource-limited settings: opportunities for improved outcomes and more cost-effective interventions Ciaranello AL, Park JE, Ramirez-Avila L, Freedberg KA, Walensky RP, Leroy V. BMC Med. 2011 May 20;9:59. Blog Description:  What is the cascade and what can we do to improve outcomes? read more

  • People living with HIV

    Updated: 2011-12-13 01:00:00
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  • Sex work

    Updated: 2011-12-13 00:00:00
    Socio-demographic characteristics and behavioural risk factors of female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review Scorgie F, Chersich MF, Ntaganira I, Gerbase A, Lule F, Lo YR. AIDS Behav. 2011 Jul 13. Blog Description:  A sweeping review of sex work in Africa: everything you have wondered about read more

  • Financing

    Updated: 2011-12-13 00:00:00
    Has HIV/AIDS displaced other health funding priorities? Evidence from a new dataset of development aid for health Blog Description:  Is HIV funding displacing malaria funding? read more

  • Prisons

    Updated: 2011-12-12 23:00:00
    Limited access to HIV prevention in French prisons (ANRS PRI2DE): implications for public health and drug policy Michel L, Jauffret-Roustide M, Blanche J, Maguet O, Calderon C, Cohen J, Carrieri PM; ANRS PRI²DE study group. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 27;11:400. Blog Description:  A study of French prison adherence to guidelines underscores the need for big changes

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