HIV infection and food insecurity have created a vicious cycle in sub-Saharan Africa. Those who go hungry tend to engage in more risky sexual behaviors, and those infected with HIV/AIDS are more likely to go hungry because their illness prevents them from finding work. A team of researchers at UCSF and Massachusetts General Hospital conducted […]
Could we see the end of HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime? Researchers are getting closer to a possible cure. Truvada, a drug that has long been used as treatment for HIV-positive patients, is also the first and only FDA-approved medication to prevent HIV. Researcher Robert Grant of the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes conducted a study that […]
The scourges of immune-compromised HIV patients have always included opportunistic, chronic infection with other viruses — among them the herpes viruses that cause Kaposi’s sarcoma and chronic cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Before antiretroviral therapy became effective and widely available in the United States, Kaposi’s sarcoma — a form of cancer — was common and sometimes a […]
Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg was a featured speaker during the Friday symposia session “Looking to the Future in HIV and TB,” urging better TB prevention for children.
Goldberg, a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, is a longtime advocate of people living with HIV. Friday’s address focused on HIV’s effect on children, who become especially vulnerable to contracting severe, often fatal, forms of TB.
With calls for more implementation research and public investment in HIV prevention, how can we measure whether prevention programs in the real world are working?
For years, prevention and surveillance programs have sought a simple blood test to use in population surveys that would determine how many in the population had been recently infected with HIV. Past incidence tests (like the “BED” test) have failed to deliver because they have over-counted, misclassifying some long term HIV infected people as “recent.”