Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 NIH-funded trial results likely will impact global treatment guidelines A major international randomized clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune…

FDA Invites Comments on Proposal to Revise Lifetime Deferral on Blood Donation by Gay Men


In a Federal Register notice published Friday, May 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on the following draft recommendations: Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products [PDF 135KB]. This draft guidance, to establishments that collect blood or blood components, proposes…

BULLETIN: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2015

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May 18, 2015 Vaccination has historically been the best method for protecting against and ultimately defeating mankind’s most devastating infectious diseases. Although the path to developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine has so far been difficult, achieving this goal remains key to realizing a durable end to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. HIV vaccine development…

Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day


Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on Friday, May 15 by Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to commemorate today’s observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. May 15, 2015 With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort…

HOPE Act to facilitate organ recovery from HIV-positive donors

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In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will amend the OPTN Final Rule (42 CFR Part 121) to allow the recovery of transplantable organs from HIV-positive donors. This is a milestone in support of the federal HIV Organ Policy Equity…

New! NIH Clinical Trials Media Player Now Available

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Clinical Trials Clinical trials play an immensely important role in finding medical advancements and developing treatments for many diseases and conditions, including HIV. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving quality…

New NIH Study to Tackle Cardiovascular Heart Disease in HIV-infected Individuals

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If you are HIV positive and on antiretroviral therapy (ART), are you doing all you can to maintain and improve your health?  While early diagnosis of HIV infection and use of combination ART has significantly reduced AIDS-related mortality and morbidity in the U.S., it does not completely return you to your pre-infection health status. For…

NIH launches largest clinical trial focused on HIV-related cardiovascular disease

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Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)…