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HIV Therapy for Breastfeeding Mothers Can Virtually Eliminate Transmission to Babies

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HIV Therapy for Breastfeeding Mothers Can Virtually Eliminate Transmission to Babies For HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their infants, according to results from a large clinical trial conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and India. These findings from…

Vaginal Ring May Cut HIV Infection Risk if Used Consistently

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NIH Clinical Trial Will Clarify Relationship between Ring Adherence, HIV Infection Risk A new exploratory analysis of data from the ASPIRE study has found that using a drug-infused vaginal ring most or all of the time reduced the risk of HIV infection in women by at least 56 percent. This finding is being reported today…

NIH Expands Investment in HIV Cure Research

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Six Research Teams to Lead Collaborative Investigations Worldwide The National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $30 million in annual funding over the next five years to six research collaborations working to advance basic medical science toward an HIV cure. The awards comprise the second iteration of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory: Towards an HIV-1 Cure…

FDA approves Epclusa for treatment of chronic Hepatitis C virus infection

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First regimen to treat all six major HCV genotypes The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epclusa to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) both with and without cirrhosis (advanced liver disease). For patients with moderate to severe cirrhosis (decompensated cirrhosis), Epclusa is approved for use in combination with the drug ribavirin….

LGBT Health: Celebrating Our Progress and Looking Ahead

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Summary: Here at HHS, our support for LGBT health and wellbeing has spanned across the department. If there is a single thread which ties together the incredible work done by each member of the Health and Human Services family, it is the belief that every American deserves the same opportunity to live a healthy, happy…

An AIDS-free world is possible, but do we have the will to achieve it?

About 100 demonstrators protested on the steps of New York's City Hall on Friday, Nov. 15, 1985 as a City Council committee considered legislation to bar pupils and teachers with the AIDS virus from public schools. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Thirty-five years ago this week, our lives — and the lives of millions of people around the globe — changed forever with the publication of a report of five previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a disease typically seen only in those with profoundly impaired immune function. As two…

Global Effort to End AIDS Would Save Millions of Lives

NIH Director blog - HIV virus with AIDS ribbons - cropped June 2016

Almost 37 million people around the world are now infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS [1]. But many don’t know they are infected or lack access to medical care. Even though major strides have been made in treating the infection, less than half receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) that could prevent…

NIH Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Day 2016 - Fauci quote - cropped May2016

Advances in HIV/AIDS research have given us the opportunity to transform the lives of those living with HIV while providing highly effective methods of preventing the infection. This progress has strengthened optimism for achieving a durable end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. With an estimated two million new HIV infections occurring worldwide annually, however, controlling and…