Two Strains of H.I.V. Cut Vastly Different Paths

Thirty-four years ago, doctors in Los Angeles discovered that some of their patients were succumbing to a normally harmless fungus. It soon became clear that they belonged to a growing number of people whose immune systems were hobbled by a virus, eventually known as human immunodeficiency virus, or H.I.V. To date, an estimated 78 million people have […]

Dr. Thomas Coates – An Expanded Behavioral Paradigm for Treatment and Prevention of HIV-1

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Dr. Thomas Coates, Director of CHIPTS’ Global Capacity Building Core, presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Coates’ presentation, entitled “An Expanded Behavioral Paradigm for Treatment and Prevention of HIV-1,” was part of an invited panel on “Current Imperatives in HIV Prevention […]

Tenofovir vaginal gel fails to protect women from HIV in phase 3 placebo trial

  CROI 2015, February 23-26, 2015, Seattle, Washington Mark Mascolini FACTS 001, a double-blind placebo-controlled phase 3 trial, found that tenofovir 1% vaginal gel did not protect South African women who used it before and after sex from acquiring HIV infection [1]. As in the VOICE trial [2], poor adherence appeared to contribute to tenofovir […]

Dr. Raphael J. Landovitz – PrEP for HIV Prevention: What We Know and What We Still Need to Know for Implementation

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Dr. Raphael Landovitz, Co-Director of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, gave an open plenary presentation at this year’s annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington.   His presentation was focused on orally-administered Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.  In his talk, Dr. Landovitz provided an update […]

Study That Paid Patients to Take H.I.V. Drugs Fails

SEATTLE — A major study testing whether Americans would take their H.I.V. drugs every day if they were paid to do so has essentially failed, the scientists running it announced Tuesday at an AIDS conference here. Paying patients in the Bronx and in Washington — where infection rates are high among poor blacks and Hispanics — up to $280 […]

Dr. Andrew Jolivette – Indian Blood: Critical Interventions in Mixed-Race Identity and HIV

  On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Dr. Andrew Jolivette presented to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as part of the CHIPTS HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series. He presented findings from his “Indian Blood” study, which was a two year ethnographic,  community-based study of risk factors for HIV/AIDS seroconversion among mixed-race American Indians […]

Funds for HIV/AIDS healthcare contracts reduced by L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials cut back Tuesday on contracts to provide medical care to AIDS and HIV patients, citing increased numbers of people now insured under the federal government’s overhaul of healthcare. The move to cut $4 million from the contracts, paid for with federal money, marked the latest clash between the county and the […]

Scientists Say Aggressive New HIV Strain Discovered in Cuba

Reports of people in Cuba infected by new strain developing AIDS in less than three years A recently-discovered form of HIV in Cuba has been found to progress into AIDS some three times faster than the most common strains of the virus, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of […]

S.T.D. Care for Two

Recently, while William, 21, was manning the chicken-wing fryer at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Seattle, he pulled aside his sort-of girlfriend, 18, a pizza deliverer there. He had bad news. He had tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia. That meant she was very likely infected. Loud, insult-fueled cross-accusations ensued. But the conversation did not […]

Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram – Delivering HIV Interventions by Community Health Workers

Dr. Rotheram’s Slides January 26, 2015 – Dr. Rotheram provided the Keynote Address for CHIPTS’ Cross-Core meeting, focusing on her work with community health workers in South Africa.