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Sharpening Our Focus on Black MSM Vital to Meeting National Goals

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As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2014, we are reminded that African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Among African Americans, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (Black MSM) are especially hard hit, representing more than half of all estimated new HIV infections…

Scientists Discover Hepatitis C Virus Can Remain Infectious Outside of the Body for Up to 6 Weeks

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A recent study by researchers from the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health revealed that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks on surfaces at room temperature—resulting in a much longer period for potential transmission than was previously appreciated.  Prior to this study, scientists believed that HCV could…

20 Years of Discovery: The Women’s Interagency HIV Study

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Twenty years ago, when most HIV/AIDS patients were men, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), observing women in the United States who are either HIV-infected or at risk for becoming infected. Since then, results from the WIHS have informed unique aspects of care and treatment for HIV-infected women…

NIH Names Leadership, Research Units for Restructured HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has selected the principal investigators and clinical trials units (CTUs) that will lead and conduct the research of the five restructured HIV/AIDS clinical trials networks through 2021. The new structure is designed to create a broader, more flexible and more collaborative approach to the networks’ research priorities, which…

NIH announces plan to increase funding toward a cure for HIV/AIDS

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At a White House event today to mark the 25th annual World AIDS Day, President Obama announced that the National Institutes of Health plans to redirect AIDS research funds to expand support for research directed toward a cure for HIV. NIH plans to invest an additional $100 million over the next three fiscal years on this increasingly promising area…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2013

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In the 25 years that have passed since the first annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, extraordinary scientific progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That progress has turned an HIV diagnosis from an almost-certain death sentence to what is now for many, a manageable medical condition and nearly normal lifespan. We have…

Updated Pediatric HIV/AIDS Opportunistic Infection Prevention and Treatment Guidelines Released

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announce the release of the updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections…

Together on the Pathways to Wellness: Recovery and Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

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Throughout September’s observance of National Recovery Month, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation celebrated recovery from mental health issues and addiction challenges. Given the significant role that drug-using behaviors can play in the transmission of viral hepatitis, and the fact that alcohol intake often worsens liver disease among persons with chronic viral hepatitis, National Recovery…