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Issue No. 50 | December 1, 2010

News and Features

Join AIDSinfo in Observing World AIDS Day 2010

Today is World AIDS Day. The theme for 2010 is “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Universal Access and Human Rights.” Universal access to HIV treatment, and accurate and up-to-date information about that treatment, is a human rights issue.

In keeping with this year’s World AIDS Day theme, we are pleased to premiere “AIDSinfo – Top 10 in 2010.” The video highlights our expanding menu of features to keep HIV/AIDS clinicians, researchers, and patients up-to-date on the latest federally approved information on HIV research and treatment. We hope “AIDSinfo – Top 10 in 2010” will spread the word of our commitment to provide access to the latest information on HIV to anybody, anytime, anywhere.

The “AIDSinfo – Top 10 in 2010” video is available on AIDSinfo, on the National Institutes of Health (NIHOD) YouTube Channel, and in the Auditorium on the Virtual National Library of Medicine Island in Second Life.

2010 Year in Review: NIAID HIV/AIDS Research Milestones

“On World AIDS Day, December 1st, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, reflects on encouraging milestones from the past year in HIV/AIDS research that are advancing us toward controlling and ultimately ending the pandemic.

  • “Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) proves effective at reducing the risk of HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men: ... the NIAID-sponsored study known as iPrEx found that a daily dose of an oral antiretroviral drug approved to treat HIV infection reduced the risk of HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men by 44 percent. Even higher rates of effectiveness, up to 73 percent, were found among study participants who adhered most closely to the daily drug regimen. …
  • “Vaginal microbicide prevents HIV infection: … The CAPRISA 004 study, conducted by the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), found that the use of a microbicide gel containing a 1 percent concentration of the antiretroviral drug tenofovir resulted in 39 percent fewer HIV infections compared with a placebo gel. …
  • “Antibody discoveries propel HIV vaccine research: In the past year, researchers have discovered at least eight antibodies that can stop a wide range of HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory. … Learning the structure of the new antibodies and where they bind to the virus is helping equip scientists with the tools to design a vaccine that could stimulate healthy people to make some of the antibodies as protection against HIV infection.
  • “New hope for people co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis (TB): The Cambodia-based study known as CAMELIA demonstrated that the survival of untreated, HIV-infected adults with very weak immune systems and newly diagnosed TB can be prolonged by starting antiretroviral therapy two weeks after beginning TB treatment, rather than waiting eight weeks, as had been standard.”

More information is available: 

Statement from President Obama on World AIDS Day

“On this World AIDS Day, as we approach the thirtieth year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, we reflect on the many Americans and others around the globe lost to this devastating disease, and pledge our support to the 33 million people worldwide who live with HIV/AIDS.  We also recommit to building on the great strides made in fighting HIV, to preventing the spread of the disease, to continuing our efforts to combat stigma and discrimination, and to finding a cure.

“Today, we are experiencing a domestic HIV epidemic that demands our attention and leadership.  My Administration has invigorated our response to HIV by releasing the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. … 

“Signifying a renewed level of commitment and urgency, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States focuses on comprehensive, evidence based approaches to preventing HIV in high risk communities.  It strengthens efforts to link and retain people living with HIV into care, and lays out new steps to ensure that the United States has the workforce necessary to serve Americans living with HIV. … 

“Our Government has a role to play in reducing stigma, which is why my Administration eliminated the entry ban that previously barred individuals living with HIV/AIDS from entering the United States.  As a result, the 2012 International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., the first time this important meeting will be hosted by the United States in over two decades. … 

“World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV/AIDS has not gone away.  More than one million Americans currently live with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 56,000 become infected each year.  For too long, this epidemic has loomed over our Nation and our world, taking a devastating toll on some of the most vulnerable among us.  On World AIDS Day, we mourn those we have lost and look to the promise of a brighter future and a world without HIV/AIDS.”

More information is available:

  • White House: Presidential proclamation
  • White House: National HIV/AIDS Strategy
  • White House: Obama Administration officials and leaders in the AIDS community will speak at a World AIDS Day event at 1:30 p.m. ET on December 1, 2010. Click here to watch a live video stream of the event.