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"Deadra Malloy, a co-founder of P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E Voices, which is an advocacy group for HIV-positive women in South Carolina, died Friday, August 21. She was 53.

According to a statement by the Positive Women’s Network–USA, Malloy suffered a heart attack following routine surgery for a torn rotator cuff.

Malloy had also served as one of the first two co-chairs of PWN-USA’s South Carolina regional chapter. She was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and committed decades of her life to fighting stigma and educating and empowering her community regarding HIV. She was a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and local, state and national trainer..."
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"Mistakenly believing that antiretrovirals and illicit drugs are a toxic mix, many people with HIV intentionally skip their ARVs when they plan to use such substances, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, researchers designed a prospective study including 530 HIV-positive people on ARVs who were current illicit drug users."
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"Youths who contracted HIV at birth may lack immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) despite vaccination for the three diseases, Slate reports. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers studied 669 children ages 7 to 15 between 2007 and 2009. Of these children, 428 contracted HIV around the time of birth, while the others were born to HIV-positive mothers but did not ultimately contract the virus. The participants were recruited from the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study."
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"Harm reduction centers—where injection drug users, sex workers and other at-risk populations can get clean needles, syringes, free condoms and information about HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV)—have long operated on the outskirts of the health care system. However, marginalized providers could soon experience a renaissance in the field thanks to new health care reform rules and creative partnerships, Kaiser Health News reports.

A new case study by the New York Academy of Medicine points to BOOM!Health in the Bronx as a possible model for other clinics across the country to amp up their services and save more lives."
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"Now that Gilead Sciences has made large profits developing highly effective treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV), the pharmaceutical company has set its sights on curing two more viral epidemics—HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV), Bloomberg Business reports.

Since hep C drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) became available in 2013 followed by Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) in 2014, Gilead has more than doubled its annual drug sales overall, leaving the company with about $8.61 billion for further investments."
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"Today’s teenagers are less likely to have had sex than those from a generation before, Medscape reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report based on data from 1998 to 2013 in the National Survey of Family Growth. They analyzed sexual activity, pregnancy and contraceptive use among Americans 15 to 19 years old."
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"Do we really need a revival of the people living with HIV (PLHIV) self-empowerment movement that arose in the 1980s and early '90s?

According to a recent national survey, the answer is yes. The Sero Project conducted the survey because, according to director Sean Strub, "we wanted to understand better how many local and state PLHIV networks exist and what they mean to those who participate in them." The Positive Women's Network-USA, Global Network of People Living with HIV/North America, the North American affiliate of the International Community of Women with HIV and the U.S. PLHIV Caucus co-sponsored and helped promote the survey."
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"The rates of people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada, who are in medical care and who have an undetectable viral load are nearing United Nations targets for what it would take to send the HIV epidemic into a significant retreat. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, researchers examined records on 5,380 members of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study between 2001 and 2011."
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"New York State has awarded a total of $2.5 million in grants to 11 groups across the state that provide legal services to people and families living with or affected by HIV, according to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.

“Individuals living with HIV often have to deal with a long list of legal issues resulting from their illness and are unable to find or afford the proper assistance,” said New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, in the press release. “This funding helps ensure that HIV-positive individuals and their families have access to the services and supports that can sometimes be difficult to obtain.”"
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"The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is preparing for the departure of its chief executive officer, Neil Giuliano, according to a press release from the organization. Giuliano notified the board of directors he would step down by the end of 2015, completing five years as CEO at the AIDS group.

The board of directors is appointing a search committee to find the new CEO."
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"One of the HIV vaccines tested in clinical trials may have failed because it spurred not just antibodies active against the virus but gut bacteria as well. Researchers have been studying the results of the HVTN 505 vaccine study, hoping explanations for the trial’s failure may help guide future vaccine development.

The study participants were given an initial “prime” vaccine followed by a booster shot."
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"In recent trials Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), AbbVie’s Viekira Pak (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir; dasabuvir) and Merck’s investigational grazoprevir/elbasvir all cured high rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among those coinfected with HIV, aidsmap reports. Researchers presented findings from three studies at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, British Columbia."
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