Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

September 12, 2014 - RH Reality Check.

by Lillian Mworeko
and Emily Bass
and E. Tyler Crone
and Sophie Dilmitis
and Johanna Kehler
and Definate Nhamo

A clinical trial known as Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO)—originally designed to answer important questions about possible connections between risk of HIV infection and the use of non-barrier hormonal contraceptives—now hangs in the balance...

Two Women with HIV Join Obama's Pool of Top HIV Advisors

September 4, 2014 - Positive Women's Network, USA.

Positive Women's Network – USA (PWN-USA) congratulates two of our members, Gina Brown of New Orleans and Grissel Granados of Los Angeles, on their recent appointments to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA is the premier federal advisory body on the HIV epidemic, and includes a diversity of stakeholders in the HIV field among its roughly two dozen...

N.J. women participate in trial looking at new ways to prevent HIV

August 21, 2014 - The Star-Ledger.

By Heather Boerner

Forty-six-year-old Oshay was making breakfast in her Newark kitchen in May 2013 when her boyfriend came downstairs and dropped a bomb.

"I have HIV," he told her.

Her first reaction was, "It can't be." After all, the couple had been together for a decade.

They'd had sex without condoms lots of times. After the shock wore off, she said...

AIDS Progress in South Africa Is in Peril

August 25, 2014 - The New York Times.

by Donald G. McNeil Jr.

VERENA, South Africa — A fading roadside ad for Selala Funeral Service here captures what was, until recently, the essence of South Africa's AIDS epidemic: "Tombstones Are Available," it reads. "Buy One, Get One Free."

Not long ago, even places like Verena, a blip on the roadside northeast of Pretoria, supported several funeral parlors.

But in the...

Another full-regimen HIV pill enters the market: Triumeq

August 22, 2014 - Project Inform.

Convenient options for treating HIV infection got a boost today as the new all-in-one pill called Triumeq was approved by the FDA. Triumeq is a full HIV regimen made up of the three drugs dolutegravir (Tivicay), abacavir (Ziagen) and lamivudine (Epivir). Dolutegravir is an integrase inhibitor while the other two drugs are NRTIs, also available as Epzicom. Four full-regimen pills are now...

HIV prevention drug offers new option for women

August 22, 2014 - Houston Chronicle.

By Kyrie O'Connor

A drug that is highly effective in preventing HIV infection has found a growing clientele in heterosexual women.

Doctors and advocates say the drug, Truvada, has the potential to empower women to assume more control over their own health protection. Truvada is the only drug approved by federal regulators for HIV prevention.

Dr. Charlene Flash, an infectious disease specialist...

How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

August 14, 2014 - NPR.

by Diane Cole

When it comes to protecting themselves from HIV, women need more options.

About 84 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV contract the virus through heterosexual sex. And right now, the female condom is the only contraception available that stops HIV — and is controlled by the woman. These devices can be hard to find and tough to use.

Now...

Scientists Devise Method of Snipping HIV From Immune Cells

July 24, 2014 - AIDSmeds.

Researchers have created a genetic treatment that, for the first time, has succeeded in removing HIV from infected human cells, providing hope that the technique may be used as part of a treatment, cure or vaccine for the virus. Publishing their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers devised molecular tools that delete HIV proviral DNA from infected cells....

Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilisation

South African delegate to Aids 2104 conference tells of bitterness at forced procedure and struggle for rights

July 25, 2014 - The Guardian

by Melissa Davey

When Sthembiso Mthembu was just 22, she was forcibly sterilised.

The South African human rights activist, now 39, had gone to hospital extremely unwell. Doctors diagnosed her with a cervical cyst needing immediate surgery. But they refused to operate unless she...

Amidst Sadness, AIDS 2014 to Proceed as Global HIV Community Mourns Lost Leaders

July 18, 2004 - TheBodyPro.com by Julie "JD" Davids

A time of much anticipated excitement for the global HIV community has instead become a day of mourning, even as the leaders of the AIDS 2014 conference vow to proceed with the gathering in honor of comrades who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yesterday.

A statement from conference hosts International AIDS Society explains that "In...

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Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

September 12, 2014 - RH Reality Check.

by Lillian Mworeko
and Emily Bass
and E. Tyler Crone
and Sophie Dilmitis
and Johanna Kehler
and Definate Nhamo

A clinical trial known as Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO)—originally designed to answer important questions about possible connections between risk of HIV infection and the use of non-barrier hormonal contraceptives—now hangs in the balance...

Two Women with HIV Join Obama's Pool of Top HIV Advisors

September 4, 2014 - Positive Women's Network, USA.

Positive Women's Network – USA (PWN-USA) congratulates two of our members, Gina Brown of New Orleans and Grissel Granados of Los Angeles, on their recent appointments to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA is the premier federal advisory body on the HIV epidemic, and includes a diversity of stakeholders in the HIV field among its roughly two dozen...

N.J. women participate in trial looking at new ways to prevent HIV

August 21, 2014 - The Star-Ledger.

By Heather Boerner

Forty-six-year-old Oshay was making breakfast in her Newark kitchen in May 2013 when her boyfriend came downstairs and dropped a bomb.

"I have HIV," he told her.

Her first reaction was, "It can't be." After all, the couple had been together for a decade.

They'd had sex without condoms lots of times. After the shock wore off, she said...

AIDS Progress in South Africa Is in Peril

August 25, 2014 - The New York Times.

by Donald G. McNeil Jr.

VERENA, South Africa — A fading roadside ad for Selala Funeral Service here captures what was, until recently, the essence of South Africa's AIDS epidemic: "Tombstones Are Available," it reads. "Buy One, Get One Free."

Not long ago, even places like Verena, a blip on the roadside northeast of Pretoria, supported several funeral parlors.

But in the...

Another full-regimen HIV pill enters the market: Triumeq

August 22, 2014 - Project Inform.

Convenient options for treating HIV infection got a boost today as the new all-in-one pill called Triumeq was approved by the FDA. Triumeq is a full HIV regimen made up of the three drugs dolutegravir (Tivicay), abacavir (Ziagen) and lamivudine (Epivir). Dolutegravir is an integrase inhibitor while the other two drugs are NRTIs, also available as Epzicom. Four full-regimen pills are now...

HIV prevention drug offers new option for women

August 22, 2014 - Houston Chronicle.

By Kyrie O'Connor

A drug that is highly effective in preventing HIV infection has found a growing clientele in heterosexual women.

Doctors and advocates say the drug, Truvada, has the potential to empower women to assume more control over their own health protection. Truvada is the only drug approved by federal regulators for HIV prevention.

Dr. Charlene Flash, an infectious disease specialist...

How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

August 14, 2014 - NPR.

by Diane Cole

When it comes to protecting themselves from HIV, women need more options.

About 84 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV contract the virus through heterosexual sex. And right now, the female condom is the only contraception available that stops HIV — and is controlled by the woman. These devices can be hard to find and tough to use.

Now...

Scientists Devise Method of Snipping HIV From Immune Cells

July 24, 2014 - AIDSmeds.

Researchers have created a genetic treatment that, for the first time, has succeeded in removing HIV from infected human cells, providing hope that the technique may be used as part of a treatment, cure or vaccine for the virus. Publishing their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers devised molecular tools that delete HIV proviral DNA from infected cells....

Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilisation

South African delegate to Aids 2104 conference tells of bitterness at forced procedure and struggle for rights

July 25, 2014 - The Guardian

by Melissa Davey

When Sthembiso Mthembu was just 22, she was forcibly sterilised.

The South African human rights activist, now 39, had gone to hospital extremely unwell. Doctors diagnosed her with a cervical cyst needing immediate surgery. But they refused to operate unless she...

Amidst Sadness, AIDS 2014 to Proceed as Global HIV Community Mourns Lost Leaders

July 18, 2004 - TheBodyPro.com by Julie "JD" Davids

A time of much anticipated excitement for the global HIV community has instead become a day of mourning, even as the leaders of the AIDS 2014 conference vow to proceed with the gathering in honor of comrades who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yesterday.

A statement from conference hosts International AIDS Society explains that "In...

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