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July ADAP Update: State and Federal Programs Get an A for Effort, but Waiting Lists Keep Growing
By Becky Allen
July 28, 2010

For what feels like the first time in months, there's good news about U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists.

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Where HIV Care Is a Rare and Precious Thing, 4,000 May Be About to Lose It
By Myles Helfand
July 21, 2010

One of the 30,000 people here in Vienna for AIDS 2010 is Svetlana Antoniak. She is a short, round woman with curly, shoulder-length hair. At first glance she seems jovial but motherly, a person who loves life but knows her responsibilities. At closer inspection, though, it's clear that the vivid gleam in her eyes is offset by a face that has become drawn from exhaustion and worry. Antoniak looks soulworn.

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Confessions of a Conference Newbie
By Becky Allen
July 21, 2010

AIDS 2010 has brought me a couple of incredible firsts: It's my first AIDS conference, and it's my first time traveling abroad. Either of those things on its own would be overwhelming, but "overwhelming" doesn't quite cover it. My coworkers had told me all about it, and I can remember being amazed by just their descriptions of the conference two years ago, so I'd braced myself. I thought I was prepared.

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Raltegravir Lovefest, Vienna Edition: AIDS 2010 Studies Explore Various Strategies for Use
By Myles Helfand
July 20, 2010

The first set of scientific presentations at AIDS 2010 brought us some new research on raltegravir (Isentress), a study on raltegravir and some new data on ... let me see here ... ah, yes! Raltegravir! How could I forget.

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At Opening of AIDS 2010, Creative Action Turns Conferees' Attention to Governments' Broken Funding Promises
By Olivia Ford
July 20, 2010

HIV/AIDS activists from around the world collaborated on a demonstration set to coincide with the opening ceremonies of AIDS 2010. In addition to a banner drop, which, sadly, I missed (though I did procure a photo, courtesy of Kaytee Riek from Health GAP), a diverse contingent marched through the conference exhibit hall shouting. At the entrance of the opening ceremonies, the contingent staged a "die-in" to illustrate the avoidable deaths that inevitably result from a lack of funding for HIV treatment. Health GAP's official press release provides more details about the issues behind the demonstration.

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An Anti-Inflammatory Antiretroviral? CCR5/CCR2 Antagonist TBR-652 Monotherapy Study Results
By Myles Helfand
July 19, 2010

When it comes to health problems in people with HIV, inflammation is the flavor of the day. In the case of TBR-652, a CCR5 inhibitor in the earliest stages of testing in humans, that's an awfully good thing. What sets TBR-652 apart from other CCR5 inhibitors -- heck, all other antiretrovirals on the market today -- is that it's also designed specifically to block another receptor, CCR2.

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A "Family Reunion" for Some Fierce Activists: The Global Forum on MSM and HIV
By Olivia Ford
July 18, 2010

In what's becoming a tradition around International AIDS Conference time, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) held its pre-conference gathering on the day before the conference officially opened. MSMGF, to paraphrase its Web site, works worldwide to fight HIV and promote the health and human rights of men who have sex with men (MSM).

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HIV/AIDS Vaccine Experts Discuss Hopes and Fears for the Future of Vaccine Development
By Myles Helfand
July 18, 2010

Before AIDS 2010 had even officially begun, some of the luminaries in the HIV/AIDS vaccine field gathered to talk about how bright and bubbly the future looks for vaccine development.

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An HIV/AIDS Vaccine Breakthrough? On CNN, Community Leaders Offer Perspective
By Kellee Terrell
July 12, 2010

Off the cusp of the exciting news that scientists have discovered two potent antibodies that can stop more than 90 percent of HIV strains, CNN anchor Don Lemon interviewed Phill Wilson, CEO and founder of the Black AIDS Institute, and Sherri Lewis, HIV/AIDS activist and TheBody.com blogger, to discuss what this development means in terms of a possible HIV/AIDS vaccine.

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What Does an ADAP Waiting List Really Mean? A Look at the Deepening Crisis From HIV/AIDS Service Organizations' Point of View
By Becky Allen
July 8, 2010

Waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) are at an all-time high, having grown steadily all year: They're now at 2,090 people across a total of 11 states. An unknown number of additional people -- perhaps thousands -- have lost their ADAP coverage entirely or seen it reduced due to other cost-cutting moves.

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