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2010 International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria

July 26, 2010
The 2010 International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, convened more than 20,000 AIDS researchers, policy makers and advocates. A number of MHRP staff attended and presented.

The 2010 International AIDS Conference, held July 18–23 in Vienna, convened more than 20,000 AIDS researchers, policy makers and advocates. A number of MHRP staff attended and presented.

Dr. Merlin Robb, Deputy Director of Clinical Research participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Progress Toward an HIV Vaccine.” The panel discussed progress that's been made including the follow-up to the RV144 Thai prime-boost trial results and in the development of the next generation of vaccine candidates for testing. 

Dr. Robb then presented at a conference session where he provided an update of ongoing research efforts including virus characterization, immunogenicity studies and correlates pilot studies. He emphasized that the goal continues to be a globally effective HIV vaccine—one that is safe, effective in high-risk populations, protects against multiple types of HIV and is accessible to those who need it most. 

Building on the past success of RV144, Robb shared some of the plans for upcoming clinical studies. Robb said that “Our highest priority is confirming and extending the observations of RV144. Next steps are correlates research, which is underway, and regional clinical studies, with the goal of developing a globally-effective vaccine.”

Additionally, MHRP staff and partners presented the following posters:

  • Universal Benefits from Developing a Women’s Psychosocial Support Group with a Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial in Kericho, Kenya
  • Viral Load Monitoring in Rural Kenyan ART Clinics:  Preliminary Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey Results from the Kericho CLADE Studyview poster
  • Lower Extremity and CNS Sinus Venous Thromboses in patients with Advanced AIDS Starting Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Kericho, Kenya view poster
  • Incident Tuberculosis After Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Kericho, Kenya
  • Factors Influencing First Line Antiretroviral Therapy at the Kericho District Hospital HAART Clinic
  • Evaluating the Impact of the Optimal Combination Therapy After Nevirapine (OCTANE) Study Trial 1 Results on a Large PMTCT Program in Rural Kericho, Kenya
  • Ophthalmological Findings in Patients with Advanced HIV/AIDS Prior to Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Kericho, Kenya view poster
  • Retrospective Clinical Data Review from a Ugandan Medical Male Circumcision Program view poster
  • Community Acceptance of Medical Male Circumcision: A 2009 clustered cross-sectional pre- and post-sensitization Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior Survey from Rural Uganda view poster

To view highlights of AIDS 2010, visit www.kff.org/AIDS2010.