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Issue No. 15 | April 6, 2012

News and Features

Comment Period for Updated Adult and Adolescent ARV Treatment Guidelines Extended to April 20

The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents continues to invite feedback on the revised adult and adolescent treatment guidelines released on March 27, 2012.

The panel considers all comments received to determine if further revisions to the guidelines are warranted.

Please send your comments with the subject line "Adult and Adolescent Guidelines Comments" to by April 20, 2012.

NIH-Supported Scientists Identify Possible Clues as to Why Experimental HIV Vaccine Showed Modest Protection

“Insights into how the first vaccine ever reported to modestly prevent HIV infection in people might have worked were published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Scientists have found that among adults who received the experimental HIV vaccine during the landmark RV144 clinical trial, those who produced relatively high levels of a specific antibody after vaccination were less likely to get infected with the virus than those who did not. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, co-funded the research."

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AIDSinfo and infoSIDA HONcode Certification Renewed

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce that the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) certification of the AIDSinfo and infoSIDA websites has been extended through February 2014. HON is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, that promotes the dissemination of useful and reliable online health information.

HONcode was established to help standardize the transparency of medical and health information available on the Internet. HONcode certification is granted to health-related websites that adhere to the eight HONcode principles, which include confidentiality and privacy of data, attribution of sources, financial disclosure of website contributors, and a clearly displayed advertising policy. HONcode-certified websites are reviewed periodically to ensure their ongoing compliance with HONcode ethical principles.

More information on HONcode certification is available at