What We’re Reading: Researchers Hail Progress, Hard Work Still Ahead

October 25, 2013

This week, we're reading about new breakthroughs in AIDS research and why experts say we still have a long road ahead.

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This week, we’re reading an update on the “Mississippi Baby,” who was functionally cured of HIV earlier this year. According to a new report from the New England Journal of Medicine the toddler’s HIV is now in remission. Read on to learn about this interesting breakthrough in HIV/AIDS research, as well as Dr. Jeffrey Safrit’s updates from the 2013 AIDS Vaccine Conference.

EGPAF “Blood Brother:” A Moving Portrayal of the Fight to End Pediatric HIV/AIDS -- On Oct. 22, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) hosted an advanced screening of the award-winning documentary “Blood Brother” in Los Angeles.  Following the film, there was a moderated discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen, “Blood Brother” director, Steve Hoover, and EGPAF’s Vice President of Global Planning Trish Karlin.

Huffington Post“Baby Born with HIV in Remission, Tests Suggest” – Earlier this year, news that a baby had been “functionally cured” of HIV shocked and excited the global AIDS community. Today, an update from the New England Journal of Medicine reports that the child’s HIV is in remission, meaning she shows no signs of active infection.

EGPAF “New Research Motivates Doctors at 2013 AIDS Vaccine Conference” -- This October, EGPAF’s Director of Clinical and Basic Research Dr. Jeffrey Safrit joined hundreds of scientists, clinicians and advocates at the 2013 AIDS Vaccine Conference in Barcelona, Spain.  In this piece, Dr. Safrit highlights some of the findings from the conference and discusses why perseverance and tenacity is essential to AIDS researchers.

The Guardian“Thousands with Tuberculosis not given treatment to stay alive, warns WHO” – Journalist Sarah Boseley tackles the overwhelming lack of access to proper tuberculosis (TB) treatment in this piece for The Guardian. Boseley highlights the correlation between HIV and multidrug-resistant TB and discusses why three in four cases of TB go undiagnosed.