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Donors Pledge $13 Billion to Replenish Global Fund

International donors committed to provide $12.9 billion over 3 years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the fund's fifth replenishment conference, held last week in Montreal. "This replenishment is an enormous contribution to our collective ambition of ending AIDS," said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé.

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September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Sunday, September 18, is the annual observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), an opportunity to focus on the HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment for the aging population, as well as the health and well-being of the growing population of older people living with HIV.

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Nationwide PrEP Search Engine Debuts at U.S. Conference on AIDS

Emory University and partners have developed a new web-based directory of PrEP providers across the U.S., launching the project at the U.S. Conference on AIDS taking place this week in Hollywood, Florida. The search engine can be used to help people find physicians or clinics in their area that will prescribe Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) for HIV prevention.

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Sweden Becomes First Country to Achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets

Sweden has become the first country to achieve the UNAIDS/World Health Organization (WHO) 90-90-90 targets, research published in the August 18 advance edition of HIV Medicine shows. At the end of 2015, 90% of HIV cases in Sweden were diagnosed, 99.8% of people were linked to care, and 95% of people taking antiretroviral therapy for at least 6 months had a viral load below 50 copies/mL.

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AIDS 2016: Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention is Effective and Acceptable

An updated adherence analysis from the ASPIRE study indicates that consistent users of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine experienced 65% fewer HIV infections, according to a presentation at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. Moreover, African women who took part in the study told researchers that they liked the product, found it easy to use, and preferred it to possible alternatives such as tablets or vaginal gels.

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USCA 2016: U.S. Conference on AIDS Discusses HIV Prevention and Access to Care

The U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA 201c), sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council,is taking place this week, September 15-18, in Hollywood, Florida. The largest U.S. conference focused on the community-based response to HIV/AIDS, USCA brings together researchers, front-line providers, community organizations, government policymakers, and people living with HIV and their advocates to discuss how to improve access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

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AIDS 2016: Realism Needed About the Benefits and Risks of Taking Part in HIV Cure Research

A significant proportion of people living with HIV would be willing to take part in a study towards a cure for HIV, according to research presented at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. However, some potential participants may not fully understand that taking part in an early-phase study is highly unlikely to afford any personal clinical benefit, but might have the potential to cause harm.

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