The Washington Times: Women's Bacteria Thwarted Attempt at Anti-HIV Vaginal Gel

By Lauran Neergaard

Creating new HIV prevention tools for women has proven frustratingly slow and researchers have found another hurdle: bacteria in the reproductive tract.

A new study published Thursday examined what stalled an early attempt at an anti-HIV gel, and found certain types of vaginal bacteria broke down the protective medication before it had time to work.

Global WACh Announces New Scientific Priorities

The Global Center for Woman, Adolescent, and Child health completed its fifth year in June 2016. A Center within the Department of Global Health, it was established to pursue scientific discovery and leadership development by breaking down traditional silos that separate disciplines. Their approach to research was framed from a lifecycle perspective -- one that views women, children and adolescents as interconnected populations that move along a shared life course.

In February Global WACh introduced three newly articulated scientific priority areas:

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CATCH Study Aims to Treat Children Living with HIV Before Symptoms Appear

The HIV Counseling and Testing for Children at Home (CATCH) study is concluding its final study after several years of conducting research in various parts of Kenya. The study does exactly as it name suggests — it tries to “catch” children who may be living with HIV but are still asymptomatic and tries to treat them. CATCH works by directly approaching parents who are already in treatment directly and asking if they want to have their children tested. 

Infectious Disease Advisor: Achieving Optimal Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in HIV-Infected Infants

By Linda Peckel

Infants living with HIV whose viral loads are suppressed by antiretroviral therapy (ART) are more likely to partially recover developmental milestones but with persistent deficits, compared to uninfected infants, according to an African study published in BMC Pediatrics

Sarah Benki-Nugent, Assistant Professor of Global Health at UW, led the study through the UW Kenya Research and Training Center with collaborators at UW and University of Minnesota.