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Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in Large Multinational Trial

Woman holding the dapivirine vaginal ring tested in the NIH-funded ASPIRE study.
Credit: International Partnership for Microbicides

NIH-Funded Study Finds Protective Effect Strongest in Women over Age 25 A ring that continuously releases an experimental antiretroviral drug in the vagina safely provided a modest level of protection against HIV infection in women, a large clinical trial in four sub-Saharan African countries has found. The ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by…

Seizing the Opportunity to “End the Scourge of HIV/AIDS

Richard J. Wolitski, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, HHS

“Right now, we’re on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS. That’s within our grasp.”—President Barack Obama The power of those words really struck me when I heard President Obama say them in his final State of the Union address last week. I’ve wanted to believe that this was possible for the 30 years I’ve been…

ICYMI – NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci Pens Op-Ed on Tools to End HIV/AIDS

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In case you missed it, last week Dr. Anthony Fauci shared an op-ed in The Washington Post: “No more excuses. We have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, observes, “[W]hy does this global pandemic continue to rage? It is not…

NIH Image Gallery Now on Flickr

NIH Image Gallery

Editor’s Note: Our first new media blog of 2015 emphasized the value of “keeping it visual.” So for our final new media post for the year, we share with you an image gallery from the National Institutes of Health that can help enhance your digital content. Looking for health or science related images? The National Institutes…

White House World AIDS Day Observance Features Release of National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Action Plan

Valdiserri - Dec 4 blog

The White House hosted a World AIDS Day observance on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, welcoming domestic and global leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Gathered under the theme “The time to act is now,” various presenters highlighted key actions underway or about to begin here in the U.S. and around the globe. The event opened…

Criteria Published for Research into Organ Transplantation from One Person with HIV to Another

Ronald Valdiserri

Federal partners recently took two important steps that will allow scientists to carry out research on organ donations from HIV-positive donors into HIV-positive recipients as authorized by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act. As required under the Act, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have each…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2015: Follow the Science to Fast-Track the End of AIDS

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When the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported in 1981, scientists and physicians did not know the cause and had no therapies to treat those who were infected. Times have changed and today physicians can offer their patients highly effective medicines that work as both treatment and prevention. We can…

New Coating for HIV Drug Holds Promise for Patients

VOA blog - pill image

Managing HIV could get a lot easier with a new delivery system for anti-AIDS drugs. Instead of daily pills, the treatment could lead to drugs that can be administered just once or twice per year. The new delivery system, designed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, starts with protease inhibitors, the antiretroviral drugs commonly…