Topic: HIV/AIDS

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World AIDS Day 2012

November 30, 2012 -- Since the early 1980s, HSPH researchers have made fundamental discoveries about HIV/AIDS and worked on the frontlines of the disease. In 1983, Max Essex provided key evidence that the infection is caused by a retrovirus; two years later, he co-discovered the…

HIV/AIDS: Stories from an epidemic

June 8, 2010 -- They are an odd couple of co-authors. Max Essex, chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative and a world-renowned research scientist, teamed up with Unity Dow, author of four novels and the first woman to sit on Botswana’s High…

HSPH hosts AIDS@30 international symposium

Hundreds of leaders in the worldwide fight against AIDS—public health experts, scientists, doctors, activists, and others—gathered December 1-2, 2011 at a conference organized by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) focused on ending the epidemic. Speakers at the two-day event, “AIDS@30: Engaging…

HSPH hosts HIV/AIDS panel on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Days is observed each year on December 1. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic and paying tribute to the millions of people who have died or suffer from the disease. First observed in 1988,…

Where do we stand in the fight against AIDS?

More than 23,000 delegates from over 195 countries are gathered this week (July 22-27, 2012) in Washington, D.C., for the XIX International AIDS Conference. Richard G. Marlink, Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and…

Study digs into secrets of keeping HIV in check

Certain HIV-infected patients — about one in every 200 to 300 — are able to resist the AIDS virus for years. It appears these people have immune system cells that are better able to detect and kill HIV-infected cells, according to a…

Study finds early treatment may delay onset of AIDS

New findings suggest that HIV-infected patients may delay the onset of AIDS by starting drug therapy earlier while their immune systems are stronger. Researchers including Lauren Cain, a research fellow at HSPH, recommend that patients start treatment earlier than current US guidelines…

HIV may increase risk of malaria infection in children

April 26, 2012 In sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of HIV/AIDS and malaria is disproportionately high and co-infection may be as high as 30 percent among HIV-positive populations in some African settings. Now, a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers…