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NIH Seeks Input on HIV Cure Research Priorities

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is asking the scientific community to weigh in on what should be the highest priority research areas related to understanding HIV persistence and investigating strategies for eradicating or controlling remaining virus despite optimal antiretroviral treatment. Responses will be accepted through March 14 and will help guide the HIV Cure Initiative, a $100 million…

Scientific Advances in HIV and Viral Hepatitis To Be Examined This Week at CROI

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The 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  takes place this week in Boston. This annual scientific meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases provides a vital forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against these diseases. More than 4,000 HIV/AIDS research leaders…

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…

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Durable End to AIDS Will Require HIV Vaccine Development

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Recent Scientific Advances Offer Promising Areas for Further Exploration   WHAT: Broader global access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapies and wider implementation of proven HIV prevention strategies could potentially control and perhaps end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. However, a safe and at least moderately effective HIV vaccine is needed to reach this goal more expeditiously and in…

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…

FDA approves Sovaldi for chronic hepatitis C

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Drug is third with breakthrough therapy designation to receive FDA approval The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Sovaldi is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon. “Today’s…