What We’re Reading: Vaccines, Soccer and Social Media leading the fight to end pediatric HIV.

This week, we’re learning about AIDS Vaccines, Soccer and Science, and how social media can change the landscape of HIV

Nigel Barker

This week, we’re reading about new findings from the AIDS Vaccine 2013 Conference in Barcelona, Spain;  learning about the reemergence of Malaria in parts of Africa,  and learning how social media can help eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS. 

EGPAF  -- “New Film Blends Soccer and Science to Tackle HIV” -- “Inside Story” effortlessly combines sports with science  – blending live-action soccer matches with state-of-the-art animation to show the effects of HIV on the body. The Discovery Channel’s Global Education Partnership (DCGEP) developed “Inside Story” in a public-private partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Chevron, and Access Bank.

Red Orbit – “HIV Vaccines Elicit Immune Response In Infants” – At this week’s AIDS Vaccine 2013 Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Duke University unveiled new insight into a HIV vaccine that could trigger an immune response in infants. Duke researchers analyzed the results of two previously conducted pediatric HIV vaccine trials and found evidence of HIV antibodies.  Stay tuned for  more news from the AIDS Vaccine 2013 conference from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)’s Director of Clinical and Basic Research, Dr. Jeff Safrit.

EGPAF – “Combatting HIV with Social Media” -- We’re rallying our social networks around an issue that matters —eliminating pediatric HIV. Online communities of support can be a lifeline for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Find out how EGPAF is using social media to eliminate pediatric HIV.

VOA – “Malaria re-emerges in Cameroon” – Improper use of mosquito nets and resistance to anti-malaria medications has caused an outbreak of malaria in parts of Cameroon. This article discusses the links between HIV/AIDS and drug resistance as well as proposes strategies to combat the outbreak.