WWR: HIV Resistance, Dance Marathon, and Defeating AIDS

Mothers and babies at a clinic in Mozambique, where the Foundation has provided over 1.1 million women with the services they need to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


This week, we’re learning more about HIV-resistant cells, thinking about Dance Marathon, and reading about the rights of children living with HIV.

Huffington Post“HIV-Resistant Cells Created By Stanford Researchers Could Protect Patients From AIDS” HIV works by entering and killing T-cells, a type of white blood cells that play an important part in immune response.  Now, researchers at Stanford University have created HIV-resistant T-cells, and their work could help people living with HIV stop the disease from developing into full-blown AIDS.

EGPAF“Dancer for Life: Dance Marathon” Sydney van Horn participated in Dance Marathon during her days at UCLA. Now, Sydney is development coordinator for the Foundation, helping dancers at colleges across the country participate in their own Dance Marathons. In this blog, Sydney explains why she’s so passionate about Dance Marathons, what they do for children living with HIV, and why she’s a “Dancer for Life.”

Black AIDS Institute – “We Shall Overcome” This past Monday, the United States celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a celebration that honors the civil rights activist for his courage and impact. But African-Americans in the United States are currently facing another challenge: HIV/AIDS.  In this blog from the Black AIDS Institute, the author talks about her vision of finally defeating AIDS.

EGPAF“The Rights of the Child Living with HIV” Foundation CEO Chip Lyons recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to meet with members of the United Nations Committee focused on the rights of children. In this blog, he talks about how children living with HIV need to be involved in any discussion of children’s rights, and how many children with HIV continue to have difficulty accessing the treatments that can save their lives. 

Huffington Post“The Big Push to Defeat AIDS, TB and Malaria” Dr. Mark Dybul was named Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in November. In this introductory piece from the Huffington Post, Dr. Dybul lays out six steps for the Global Fund to take advantage of new scientific advances in the fight against infectious diseases while keeping the current economic climate in mind.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.