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White House Appoints Out, HIV+ Director for Office of National AIDS Policy

White House Appoints Out, HIV+ Director for Office of National AIDS Policy

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 12, 2021

The White House announced the appointment of an out gay man, Harold Phillips, as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, or (ONAP). The June 5 announcement coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first report on AIDS.

Change to Gilead Assistance Program Threatens PrEP Access, HIV Advocates Say

Change to Gilead Assistance Program Threatens PrEP Access, HIV Advocates Say

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez | Jun 11, 2021

Gilead announced in April it will change how much it reimburses through that assistance program. For pharmacies that contract with certain safety-net clinics, the change means less reimbursement cash to pass along to the clinics.

US Urges World to Ensure HIV Services for LGBTQ Community

US Urges World to Ensure HIV Services for LGBTQ Community

By Edith M. Lederer | Jun 11, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the world's nations Thursday to ensure equal access to HIV services to those most at risk of getting AIDS -- the LGBTQ community, drug users, sex workers, racial and ethnic minorities and women and girls.

National AIDS Memorial Reflects on 40 Years of the AIDS Epidemic

National AIDS Memorial Reflects on 40 Years of the AIDS Epidemic

Jun 6, 2021

Leaders of the AIDS movement came together at San Francisco's National AIDS Memorial — the nation's federally-designated memorial to AIDS — to mark forty years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States.

40 Years Later: Stigma and Progress Collide Since the Onset of the AIDS Crisis

40 Years Later: Stigma and Progress Collide Since the Onset of the AIDS Crisis

By Billy McEntee | Jun 6, 2021

It's been 40 years since the AIDS crisis was first documented. Sweeping in scope and driven by those advocating for and living with HIV, EDGE offers a snapshot of where we've been and what the future holds for the fight against AIDS.

Could HIV and COVID Collide, Complicating Efforts to Eradicate the Pandemic?

Could HIV and COVID Collide, Complicating Efforts to Eradicate the Pandemic?

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 5, 2021

HIV and COVID may be colliding to create an even more complicated roadmap to eradicating the virus due to genetic shifts that could change the behavior of SARS-CoV-2.

Experts See Strides on AIDS, But COVID-19 Halted Progress

Experts See Strides on AIDS, But COVID-19 Halted Progress

By Mike Stobbe | Jun 4, 2021

Some researchers believe COVID-19 has derailed the fight against HIV, siphoning away health workers and other resources and setting back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Why Don't We Have an HIV/AIDS Vaccine After 37 Years?

Why Don't We Have an HIV/AIDS Vaccine After 37 Years?

May 22, 2021

Millions of lives have been saved thanks to the rapid deployment of effective vaccines against COVID-19. And yet, it has been 37 years since HIV was discovered as the cause of AIDS, and there is no vaccine — why?

Loss, Resilience and Activism: The Early Years of Canada's AIDS Epidemic

Loss, Resilience and Activism: The Early Years of Canada's AIDS Epidemic

May 20, 2021

Many early depictions of HIV/AIDS focus on the experience of gay communities in the U.S. or UK. However, HIV/AIDS has deeply affected, and continues to affect, many different communities in Canada.

AIDS Virus Used in Gene Therapy to Fix 'Bubble Baby' Disease

AIDS Virus Used in Gene Therapy to Fix 'Bubble Baby' Disease

By Marilynn Marchione | May 11, 2021

A gene therapy that makes use of an unlikely helper, the AIDS virus, gave a working immune system to 48 babies and toddlers who were born without one, doctors reported Tuesday.

Researchers are Cautiously Optimistic for a HIV Vaccine

Researchers are Cautiously Optimistic for a HIV Vaccine

By Kilian Melloy | May 4, 2021

A new vaccine design approach focusing on B cells rather than T cells may be the first step toward what's been a highly elusive vaccine for HIV.

Strides Against HIV/AIDS Falter, Especially in the South, as Nation Battles Covid

Strides Against HIV/AIDS Falter, Especially in the South, as Nation Battles Covid

By Sarah Varney | Apr 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused profound disruptions in almost every aspect of the battle against HIV/AIDS, grounding outreach teams, sharply curtailing testing and diverting critical staff away from laboratories and medical centers.

President Biden Asks for $267 Million More to Fight HIV

President Biden Asks for $267 Million More to Fight HIV

By Emell Adolphus | Apr 14, 2021

The president is seeking $667 Million in total to fund a program that makes HIV treatment and prevention drugs widely accessible.

CDC Inquiry Sought on HIV Outbreak in WVa's Largest County

CDC Inquiry Sought on HIV Outbreak in WVa's Largest County

By John Raby | Apr 6, 2021

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday submitted a congressional inquiry with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding an HIV outbreak in West Virginia's largest county.

HIV and High Blood Pressure: It's Complicated

HIV and High Blood Pressure: It's Complicated

By American Heart Association | Apr 6, 2021

For people with HIV and high blood pressure, the type of medication used to lower their blood pressure may impact future cardiovascular risk, new research shows.

UNAID's New Strategy Aims to END AIDS by 2030

UNAID's New Strategy Aims to END AIDS by 2030

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 26, 2021

The new Global AIDS Strategy 2021—2026, End Inequalities, End AIDS, is a bold approach that uses an inequalities lens to close the gaps preventing progress to end AIDS.

'It's a Sin' Contributes to Record-Breaking HIV Testing in UK

'It's a Sin' Contributes to Record-Breaking HIV Testing in UK

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 24, 2021

The new hit series "It's A Sin" has helped spark a record-breaking rise in HIV testing in the U.K.

Gov. Cuomo Expands COVID Vaccine Access to HIV+ New Yorkers

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 11, 2021

This week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include people living with HIV.

HIV Vaccine Approach Succeeds in First Clinical Trial

Feb 7, 2021

A phase 1 clinical trial testing a novel vaccine approach to prevent HIV has produced promising results, IAVI and Scripps Research announced this week.

National AIDS Memorial Observes Black History Month with Virtual Exhibition

Feb 5, 2021

The specially curated exhibition features 56 blocks of the Quilt that memorialize loved ones lost to AIDS, sharing stories and raising awareness about HIV today, particularly among communities of color.

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