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Biomarker Tracks Accelerated HIV-Associated Aging

NIH logo - cropped - April 2016

Infection Adds Five Years on Average to Biological Age By measuring a molecular signature of aging, researchers have found that HIV infection accelerates aging, adding an average of five years to someone’s biological age. The more rapid aging is occurring in people receiving antiretroviral treatment, so that even though treatment enables them to live for…

Read All About It: Routine Screening for HIV Infection

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. The January/February 2016 issue offers 16 scholarly articles about “Implementing Routine HIV Screening in Clinical Settings.” This reading list presents data from HIV testing in diverse health care settings, such as community health centers, emergency departments, family planning clinics, and other…

Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Federal Viral Hepatitis Leadership group - March 2016

Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

Measuring Stigma: Where Do We Go From Here?

Laura Nyblade - stigma graph - blog image

Prejudices and negative attitudes directed towards people living with HIV have very real consequences: Stigma discourages people from getting tested for HIV, sharing their HIV positive status with loved ones, and seeking care and sticking to treatment. Yet in the early years of the HIV epidemic, it was thought that the stigma surrounding HIV was…

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma Examines Interventions, Measures, Actions

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response

Summary: On March 3, ONAP and NIH co-hosted the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response. As we approach the 35th anniversary of the first case reports of what would later come to be known as HIV/AIDS, we can rightfully celebrate that we now have an array of effective tools to prevent…

CROI 2016 Plenary Session on HIV in Transgender Populations (Video)

Dr. Tonya Poteat - image for CROI2016 blog

The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston last month featured a first-ever plenary session on HIV in transgender populations by Dr. Tonia C. Poteat. I had the chance to visit with her following her presentation. I encourage you to watch Dr. Poteat’s plenary address at CROI. Dr. Poteat, an Assistant Professor…

NIAID to Fund Further Study of Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Investment in HOPE Trial Augments Development of Next-Generation Prevention Tools

NIAID image - vaginal ring - ASPIRE study

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it would move forward with an open-label extension study of an HIV prevention tool for women: a silicone ring that continuously releases the experimental antiretroviral drug dapivirine in the vagina. The new study builds on…

Liver Cancer Death Rate Increasing Faster Than All Other Cancers; Implementation of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Urgently Needed

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On March 9th, the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer  , revealing that the rate of new cases of liver cancer is rapidly increasing and the death rate…