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Curing Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C

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In a new video, NIH researchers and their colleagues from health centers in the District of Columbia discuss efforts to improve treatments for hepatitis C, a potentially life-threatening viral disease that slowly damages the liver. NIH-sponsored clinical studies in the nation’s capital focus on identifying effective, safe, and convenient therapies for hard-to-treat hepatitis C patients,…

A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci: Results from the START Trial and Implications for the Global Treatment of HIV

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Last week, NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) released the exciting results of the Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START) study, a randomized, controlled clinical trial to more clearly define the optimal time and benefits for people with HIV to begin antiretroviral therapy (ART). Given the implications of the study, AIDS.gov sat…

International Study Demonstrates Benefits of Early HIV Treatment

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The question of when to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART) during the course of HIV infection has been debated for years, yet a conclusive answer has remained elusive. For HIV-infected individuals the primary question was whether to start ART early, risking possible cumulative drug toxicities, potential viral resistance, and difficulties with long-term adherence, or to defer…

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

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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

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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…