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Highlights from the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Opening Session

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June 30, 2013, was the opening plenary of the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. We asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to share highlights from the conference via Skype. Please…

FDA approves first genotyping test for patients with hepatitis C virus

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a test that identifies the genotype of hepatitis C virus (HCV) that a patient is carrying. The Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype II, which can differentiate genotypes 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5,using a sample of an infected patient’s blood plasma or serum, will aid health…

Implementing HIV Prevention Methods on the Local Level: Mario Perez Discusses Use of PrEP in Los Angeles County

Mario Perez

As outlined in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, one of the key steps to successfully reducing the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. is expanding targeted HIV prevention efforts using a combination of effective, evidence-based approaches. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Mario Pérez, Director of the Division of HIV and STD…

CDC Recommends PrEP for Injection Drug Users

Jonathan Mermin

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today published in the weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report interim guidance for the use of Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs). Results from a randomized controlled trial in Bangkok, Thailand, of a daily oral dose of 300 mg…

Study finds first evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV risk among people who inject drugs

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Daily HIV medications now proven to prevent HIV among all groups at high risk A daily dose of a medication used to treat HIV infection reduced the risk of HIV acquisition among people who inject drugs by 49 percent. Those who took the medication most consistently had even higher levels of protection, according to a…

NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MEDIA AVAILABILITY NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells Findings Have Implications for HIV Treatment WHAT: Untreated HIV infection destroys a person’s immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

Compton & Khalsa

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

HIV Vaccine Research Update and HVTN 505

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May 18th was HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, and we wanted to remind you of several posts we did last week on that subject. On Friday, we featured a guest post, Moving Forward on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, by Dr. Nelson Michael, director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. And then we posted this video…

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