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Issue No. 5 | February 28, 2014

News and Features

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Each year, March 10 is set aside to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The purpose of this day is to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls and encourage action to reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS among women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the end of 2010, 1 in 4 people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the United States were women. 

Explore our National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage [en español] to learn more about the annual observance and to find HIV/AIDS-related information specific to women and girls.

Recent HIV/AIDS News from NIAID and NIH

  • February 25, 2014: NIH Expands Focus of Research Funding Opportunity Targeting HIV Reservoirs

    “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Mental Health, both part of the National Institutes of Health, recently expanded the scientific scope of an HIV-cure related funding announcement to allow for a broader range of studies and approaches.

    “Specifically, the funding opportunity 'Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs,' which was originally issued February 17, 2012, has been significantly expanded to allow for 'proposed basic research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of HIV latency and persistence.' …

    “The funding opportunity is part of the larger NIH HIV Cure Initiative designed to fuel research toward finding a cure for HIV. NIAID and NIMH will accept applications through April 25, 2014. For more information about the specific changes to the RFA, see the Notice of Change of Program Priorities to be Supported by PAR-12-109 ‘Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TaPHIR) (R21/R33).’ View the complete RFA.”
  • February 24, 2014: Youth Born With HIV May Have Higher Heart Disease Risk, NIH Network Study Shows

    “Nearly half of adolescents who have had HIV since birth may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease — including heart attack and stroke — later in life, according to a National Institutes of Health network study.

    “The findings are the latest results from the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS), a multi-site, long-term follow-up study of children and youth who have had HIV since birth, sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and supported by eight other institutes at NIH.”