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.
The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of HIV-Infected Children announces the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection.
For a complete preview of key updates to the guidelines, please see What's New in the Guidelines. Additions and revisions are also highlighted in yellow throughout the text and tables of the guidelines.
To view or download the guidelines, go to the Pediatric Guidelines section of AIDSinfo. Separate PDF files of the tables or recommendations can also be downloaded from the page.
Your Feedback Is Welcome
Feedback on the latest revisions to the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection is welcome. Please send your comments with the subject line “Comments on Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines” to ContactUs@aidsinfo.nih.gov by February 26, 2014.
infoSIDA, the Spanish-language companion website to AIDSinfo, is featured on the “Bienvenidos a América” radio program. This radio show is designed to introduce infoSIDA to a national audience, with a focus on new immigrants to the United States. The show is produced by Hispanic Communications Network and can be heard on radio stations across the United States. Check your local stations for times or listen online.
infoSIDA provides Spanish-language HIV/AIDS resources to the Hispanic/Latino community in an easy-to-use format, while utilizing culturally appropriate and relevant language. The infoSIDA full and mobile websites provide information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials, HIV-related drugs, and the latest HIV/AIDS news.
On Friday, February 14, at 1 p.m. ET, the Hispanic Communications Network will be hosting a “Tweet Up” to share and discuss infoSIDA’s resources. Follow or join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #infoSIDA2014.
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day serves to raise awareness of the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS among African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), blacks represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated 44% of new HIV infections in 2010.
Explore our National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage [en español] to learn more about the annual observance and to find HIV-related information specific to African Americans.
“More than 30 percent of young males who had sex with other males and who were subsequently enrolled in a government treatment and research network were found to have high levels of HIV, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.
“The health status of the study participants, who ranged in age from 12 to 24 years, was monitored as part of their participation in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN). The ATN provides medical care to youth with HIV and offers counseling and, medications, and other preventive measures to youth who are at risk of acquiring HIV. …
“To conduct the current study, researchers analyzed the health records of youth with HIV, soon after they enrolled in the ATN. The study authors noted that the high blood levels of the virus seen in the majority of study participants indicated that they were diagnosed early in the course of HIV infection, when the chances for minimizing the health consequences of HIV are greatest. The researchers added, however, that the study results suggest that HIV is highly likely to be transmitted among members of this group. …
“Because of the high viral loads they detected in their study, the researchers concluded that efforts to diagnose and treat people with HIV should focus a large share of their efforts on youth, particularly young men who have sex with men.”
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“A team including University of North Carolina and NIH scientists has demonstrated in a mouse model that an HIV-specific poison can kill cells in which the virus is actively reproducing despite antiretroviral therapy. According to the researchers, such a targeted poison could complement antiretroviral therapy, which dramatically reduces the replication of HIV in infected cells but does not eliminate them. …
“The immunotoxin, known as 3B3-PE38, was created in 1998 in the laboratories of Edward A. Berger, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Ira Pastan, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, both part of NIH. This genetically modified bacterial toxin targets HIV-infected cells and becomes internalized by them, shutting down protein synthesis and triggering cell death.”
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