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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day: A Perspective from the National Institutes of Health

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Co-authored by Scott Proestel, M.D., Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

On September 18, 2011, we mark the fourth observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The remarkable success of antiretroviral therapies in prolonging the lives of HIV-infected individuals who have access to and can tolerate these drugs has

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)…

Whitescarver steps down as director of NIH’s Office of AIDS Research

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Jack Whitescarver, Ph.D., who has led the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at the National Institutes of Health since 2000, announced that he will step down from his post, effective July 1, 2015.  He also serves as NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research. The NIH will appoint an acting director for the office while it…

NIH, South African Medical Research Council award $8 million in HIV, TB grants

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The National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) are awarding 31 grants to U.S. and South African scientists to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related co-morbidities and cancers. The awards, which total $8 million in first-year funding, are the first to be issued through the South Africa–U.S. Program for…

NIH-led study to assess community-based hepatitis C treatment in Washington, D.C.

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For Immediate Release: Friday, March 6, 2015 Officials from the National Institutes of Health and the city of Washington, D.C., launched a clinical trial to examine whether primary care physicians and other health care providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can use a new antiviral therapy as effectively as specialist physicians to treat…