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Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Infants Born to Infected Mothers: Need for a Fresh Look

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins University presented an intriguing case study of a child who by all measures seems to be cured of HIV infection. This single case has sparked significant conversation, debate, and optimism. This blog…

HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

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The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

Conversations from CROI 2013: The Case Study of a Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Infection

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Read the statement about this study from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read the statement from Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The story that captured global headlines from the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) this week was that of a toddler ‘functionally cured’ of HIV infection. We…

Statement by Ambassador Eric Goosby, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on report of the first child to be ‘functionally cured’ of HIV

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March 6, 2013 This case brings new hope for young children infected with HIV. We eagerly await further research on these findings and whether the experience of the child can be replicated in clinical trials involving other HIV-exposed children. The doctors’ use of early and aggressive antiretroviral treatment in this child raises questions for further…

Conversations from CROI 2013: ONAP’s Dr. Grant Colfax

Dr. Grant Colfax at CROI

While at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy. We discussed the role science plays in helping us achieve the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as some of…

Daily-use HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study

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According to findings of a major HIV prevention trial presented Monday, March 4, 2013 at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), study participants who received daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) did not experience any protection against HIV compared to those in the placebo arm, likely because very few were taking the study…

Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Infection, NIH-Supported Investigators Report

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Discovery Provides Clues for Potentially Eliminating HIV Infection in Other Children Editor’s note: NIH issued this news release this afternoon about findings announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) which began today in Atlanta, Georgia. The session at which the investigators will be reporting their findings in detail will be webcast…

CDC Director Frieden Opens CROI

Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opened the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 3, 2013. In welcoming the more than 4,000 conference participants from 91 countries to the city in which CDC is headquartered, Dr. Frieden reflected on both…