UNAIDS Gap Report: 35M Have HIV, 19M of Them Don’t Know It

More of the latest stats on global AIDS:

  • 2.1 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2013.
  • New infections have dropped by 38% since 2001, with a 13% global decline over the past 3 years alone.
  • 22 million people living with HIV around the world still do not have access to lifesaving treatment.
  • Nearly 19 million people living with HIV worldwide do not know their status.
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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Joep Lange on Malaysia Airlines flight 017. Joep was an extraordinary clinician, scientist, and humanitarian who fought ceaselessly for the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and to assure global access to antiretroviral therapy. Joep was a great friend of the ACTG—he chaired the review of the ACTG during a previous competitive renewal cycle and provided invaluable insights through formal and informal consultation that helped shape the current ACTG agenda. Many of us in the ACTG counted Joep and his partner, Jacqueline, as esteemed colleagues and cherished friends. The impact of their loss is immeasurable. We offer our deepest condolences to their families and colleagues, and we are committed to redouble our efforts to realizing the vision to which Joep had devoted his life.
Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, AIDS Clinical Trials Group Network Chair (via actgnetwork)
amfAR’s Best Bets for an HIV CureThese 7 scientists will be leading research teams supported by more than $2M in grants from the Foundation for AIDS Research. If you want to know about the science going behind the virus today, check them out:Ramesh Akkina: Using humanized mice to unmask the HIV reservoir.Nicholas Chomont: Studying HIV persistence in T cells during ARV treatment.Scott Kitchen: Programming T cells to eradicate HIV.Javier Martinez: Replicating the experience of the Berlin patient.Vanderson Rocha: Identifying stem cell donors with CCR5 potential.Robert Siciliano, Guido Silvestri: Shedding light on the need for change in current HIV cure efforts.

amfAR’s Best Bets for an HIV Cure

These 7 scientists will be leading research teams supported by more than $2M in grants from the Foundation for AIDS Research. If you want to know about the science going behind the virus today, check them out:

Ramesh Akkina: Using humanized mice to unmask the HIV reservoir.
Nicholas Chomont: Studying HIV persistence in T cells during ARV treatment.
Scott Kitchen: Programming T cells to eradicate HIV.
Javier Martinez: Replicating the experience of the Berlin patient.
Vanderson Rocha: Identifying stem cell donors with CCR5 potential.
Robert Siciliano, Guido Silvestri: Shedding light on the need for change in current HIV cure efforts.

True Story
by David Hancock

“Back in 2001 or ‘02, I met a guy in New York City. His name was Guillermo and he was a sexy little beast. I wasn’t smitten, but we had some fun. Skating on the river, phone conversations; more than just hooking up. Two weeks after we met, he called me on the phone and said, “Look, I have to tell you something.” I listened and then assured him it was not a problem. And then I never spoke to him again.

To Guillermo and other poz dudes: I’m really sorry for the shitty way I’ve treated you through the years. The way I coldfished you after you put your cards on the table. Or how I’ve sped past your online profiles when I saw the “+” sign.

I wouldn’t open my heart for you, even a little. I was too scared. And then it just became an engrained habit to excise you. In 2014, I want to free my mind. I want to shake off knee-jerk behaviors that are rooted in decades-old fears. I’m tired of living in fear of HIV.

[Continued….]