WWR: Heroes in the Battle Against Pediatric AIDS, PMTCT in Uganda, and Vaccine Research

This week, we’ve been reading about awards for heroes in the battle against pediatric HIV, new momentum in Uganda for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, civil rights issues for children living with HIV in the U.S., and where the research stands on the search for an AIDS vaccine.

Government Executive, Washington gives props to feds at annual awards gala: Earlier this year, we wrote about Dr. Lynn Mofenson and her ground-breaking work on pediatric HIV at the National Institutes of Health. This week, Dr. Mofenson received the Career Achievement medal during the Service to America awards ceremony for her groundbreaking work over the past twenty years battling HIV/AIDS in women and children worldwide.

IRIN PlusNews, UGANDA: Government adopts new PMTCT strategy: This week, the Ugandan government decided to launch the World Health Organization’s “Option B+” recommendation, which involves giving pregnant women living with HIV antiretroviral medications and having them continue treatment for the rest of their lives. This article details the Option B+ protocol and Uganda’s plans for a full-scale roll-out of the recommendation.

EGPAF, On the Trail of an AIDS Vaccine: Jeffrey Safrit, Ph.D, the Foundation’s Director of Clinical and Basic Research, wrote about attending the 12th annual AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference. The conference, which focuses on research and analysis that could lead to the development of an AIDS vaccine, provided a number of presentations on T-cells, mother-to-child transmission via breastfeeding, and antibody responses that could help researchers find new solutions for people living with HIV.

Washington Post, Boy, mom get $700,000 in AIDS discrimination case against Pa. school tied to Hershey candy co.: The Milton Hershey School settled a lawsuit with a 14-year-old boy living with HIV who was denied admission to the school because of his HIV status. The Department of Justice worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania to reach the settlement on behalf of the student. In a statement on the case, Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said, “Children should not be denied educational opportunities simply because they have HIV.”

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