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Behind the HIV ‘Miracle Cure,’ a Broken System Lurks

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There’s been much talk this week about the “miracle cure” of a child with HIV. But what about the unjust health-care system that failed her mother?

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What’s Up With Women and HIV-Prevention Method PrEP?

The anti-retroviral drug Truvada, which is a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine.

PrEP works when used properly. So why don’t women use it?

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Today More than Ever, Young Black People Need HIV Prevention

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Though the mainstream media’s virtual silence on the issue suggests otherwise, the HIV epidemic continues to rage in the U.S., and African Americans and blacks are those hardest hit.

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First Trial Proposed of a Candidate Microbicide for Women Living with HIV

Red algae Griffithsia, from which HIV entry inhibitor griffithsin was isolated. (Fed. Laboratory Consortium Newslink)

On January 7, the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) made the welcome announcement that it had added the first clinical trial of a microbicide for women living with HIV to its research portfolio. 

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World AIDS Day 2012: AIDS Funding Remains as Critical—and as Endangered—as Ever

December 1st is World AIDS Day, a time to recognize those who live with HIV, to honor those who’ve died, and to come together in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In recent years HIV science and medicine have taken monumental leaps forward, but Hillary Clinton’s now oft-repeated goal of an AIDS-free generation will remain unattainable without on-going fiscal support for critical HIV/AIDS programs.

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President Obama: Do the Right Thing on HIV Prevention

When it comes to making sure taxpayer-funded AIDS programs are comprehensive and designed to deliver the most effective interventions for people in need, the Obama administration’s track record has not been good.

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STOKING FIRE: Thanks to HART, AIDS has Become a Chronic Condition, Not a Life Threatening One

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS believed that their lives were going to be cut short. Not so today. In fact, thanks to HART, Highly Active Retroviral Therapy, AIDS has become a chronic, rather than life threatening, condition.

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Young People Are at the Center of Efforts to End the Spread of HIV

UNAIDS released a report in advance of World AIDS Day with hopeful news about the epidemic: there has been nearly a 50 percent reduction in new infections across 25 low and middle income countries. As UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe put it, “We are moving from despair to hope.” Young people are at the center of that success.

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Race-based Health Disparities and the Politics of Difference: What Rates of HIV Among Latinos Tell Us

The 10th anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day reminds us how far we still have to go to address race-based health disparities. But we must keep our efforts trained on the real causes of these statistics: social and economic conditions.

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Sex, Society, and HIV: Creating a Sexually Healthy Society

Medical advances, improved access to care, prevention initiatives, and revived determination are all good signs, but as a global culture, we will need to shift our perspective to stop the spread of HIV.  

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