« June 2010 | Main | August 2010 »

July 2010

July 30, 2010


International AIDS Conference 2010: Highlights & Key Scientific Outcomes From Andrew Fullem

Guest post by Andrew Fullem, MSPH, AIDS.gov Advisor and Director for JSI & World Education's Center for HIV and AIDS Exit Disclaimer

Health Protection Perspectives

Andrew Fullem, MSPH, AIDS.gov Advisor and Director for JSI & World Education's Center for HIV and AIDS Exit Disclaimer

I’ve been fortunate to attend international HIV conferences for many years. Several of those conferences stand out in my memory for the results they produced. In Vancouver (1996), researchers first announced the results of the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) clinical trials—changing the future for millions of us living with HIV. In Durban (2000), delegates to the conference made an urgent call to ensure access to treatment for people in Africa and other regions of the world heavily impacted by HIV. Now the XVIII International AIDS Conference Exit Disclaimer which recently concluded in Vienna joins that list for memorable results. On Monday, July 19, researchers announced a significant step forward in the development of microbicides that may one day be widely available to provide critical protection from HIV and herpes.

It was an amazing few days with scientists, service providers, clients, and advocates talking and debating about what we need to do for those living with, and at risk for, HIV. Some of the highlights for me include:

Continue reading "International AIDS Conference 2010: Highlights & Key Scientific Outcomes From Andrew Fullem" »


NIH-Led Scientists Find Antibodies that Prevent Most HIV Strains from Infecting Human Cells

By Laura Sivitz Leifman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Scientists have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory. The scientists also have demonstrated how one of these disease-fighting proteins accomplishes this feat. According to the scientists, these antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Plus, the method used to find these antibodies could be applied to isolate therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases as well.

Led by a team from the NIAID Vaccine Research Center (VRC), the scientists found two powerful antibodies called VRC01 and VRC02 in an HIV-infected individual's blood. They discovered the antibodies using a probe they developed that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies against a very vulnerable spot on HIV.

Continue reading "NIH-Led Scientists Find Antibodies that Prevent Most HIV Strains from Infecting Human Cells" »

July 27, 2010


Games for Health 2010

By Michelle Samplin-Salgado, AIDS.gov New Media Strategist

Games for Health 2010

We attended the Games for Health 2010 Exit Disclaimer conference in Boston, Massachusetts to learn more about how video games and virtual worlds are being used to increase physical activity, train health care providers, and advocate HIV/AIDS information and prevention methods among youth. Now in its 6th year, the three-day conference was developed in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Exit Disclaimer to convene public healthcare professionals and providers with game developers to bring innovative solutions to everyday issues in public health.

We talked to Lynn Fiellin, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine Exit Disclaimer. Dr. Fiellin is Principal Investigator for a NIH-funded project to develop a behavioral changing HIV prevention video game. We asked her to tell us about her project, why she chose video games as an intervention for HIV and what advice she had for the HIV/AIDS community.

Continue reading "Games for Health 2010" »

July 26, 2010


International AIDS Conference: Dr. Valdiserri talks to Ambassador Eric Goosby

by Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On July 22, 2010, during the International AIDS Conference Exit Disclaimer, I talked with Ambassador Eric Goosby, who serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and who oversees the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.

PEPFAR is the United States’ response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic—but I was interested in getting Dr. Goosby’s impression of what the news coming from the conference might mean for those working on HIV/AIDS in the United States.

I also asked him to share his impressions about the new National HIV/AIDS Strategy and to give those of us responding to the domestic epidemic some advice, based on his work in the thirty-one PEPFAR partner countries.

July 24, 2010


Wrap-up from the International AIDS Conference in Vienna

By Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director and Michelle Samplin-Salgado, AIDS.gov New Media Strategist

IAC 2010 attendees

Closing Session, XVIII International AIDS Conference Vienna, Austria
©IAS/Marcus Rose/Workers’ Photos

Today is the last day of the International AIDS Conference Exit Disclaimer. Throughout the week we’ve had the pleasure of hearing key scientific outcomes along with policy and program updates from the meeting. We were encouraged by the expanded use of new media at the conference this year. For example, the IAC blog Exit Disclaimer and tweets Exit Disclaimer kept us up-to-date throughout the week. We ourselves used our blog, YouTube Exit Disclaimer, Twitter Exit Disclaimer, and Facebook Exit Disclaimer pages to share updates with those who weren't able to attend the conference in-person. We also enjoyed meeting new media colleagues from around the world at tweet ups and other informal meetings.

The closing session concluded with Jack Whitescarver, Director for AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health and Director of the Office of AIDS Research, receiving the first International AIDS Society’s Presentation Award. President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also shared a video message at the session, where they spoke about the U.S. commitment to HIV and welcomed the conference to Washington, DC in 2012 Exit Disclaimer.

We have additional posts and videos from the conference that we will be sharing over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our blog and the AIDS 2010: Expanded Edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Policy Report Exit Disclaimer.


Change text size:

smaller bigger

Exit Disclaimer Exit Disclaimer Links marked with this image go to non-government websites.

Add to Technorati Favorites

AIDS.gov blog syndicated content powered by: FeedBurner