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Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Infants Born to Infected Mothers: Need for a Fresh Look

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins University presented an intriguing case study of a child who by all measures seems to be cured of HIV infection. This single case has sparked significant conversation, debate, and optimism. This blog…

Daily-use HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study

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According to findings of a major HIV prevention trial presented Monday, March 4, 2013 at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), study participants who received daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) did not experience any protection against HIV compared to those in the placebo arm, likely because very few were taking the study…

Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Infection, NIH-Supported Investigators Report

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Discovery Provides Clues for Potentially Eliminating HIV Infection in Other Children Editor’s note: NIH issued this news release this afternoon about findings announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) which began today in Atlanta, Georgia. The session at which the investigators will be reporting their findings in detail will be webcast…

USG @ AIDS 2012: How to Talk About a “Cure”

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In an interview with AIDS.gov Director Miguel Gomez, Dr. Carl Dieffenbach discussed how to talk about “a cure” for HIV, and how talk of a cure is different from talk of an “AIDS-free generation.” Dr. Dieffenbach is Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). According to…

USG at AIDS 2012: Video with Dr. Anthony Fauci

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Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH to discuss his speech at the opening plenary of AIDS 2012 and his 31 years as a physician and leader in HIV/AIDS scientific research. Having participated in International…

Turning the Tide Together: Looking To the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Next month, the International AIDS Conference returns to Washington, D.C., where it was last held in 1987. One of us (ASF) had the privilege of speaking at the 1987 conference, and will do so again this year. At the Washington conference 25 years ago, the mood was somber. The HIV/AIDS pandemic was expanding rapidly. Although…

NIAID Advances Efforts to Restructure Clinical Trials Networks with Funding Announcements

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Over the past year and a half, many of you followed the AIDS.gov blog post series Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research by Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH. Last week, NIAID advanced those efforts by issuing several requests for applications (RFAs)…