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Posted: 13 Dec 2011
Science Around the Blog - 13/12/2011

This week’s highlights: why sex is a dirty word, new target for antiviral therapy, collection of papers on circumcision, call to journalists, NIAID paylines, and latest data in the search for the cure.

  •  Why sex is a dirty word – discusses the reluctance of donors from developed countries to sponsor education about contraception and women’s rights in the developing world. It also briefly touches on HIV by suggesting that PEPFAR was approved because focusing on treatment “took the sex out of HIV.”
  • Changing the locks – another step in the life cycle of HIV is opening up as a potential target for antiviral drugs
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision – PLoS blog features a collection of nine articles that discuss how scaling up VMMC in eastern and southern Africa can help prevent HIV
  • Tell the stories that matter - USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah urges journalists to help tell the story of USAID helping the world's poorest, including its work on HIV treatment and prevention
  • NIAID interim 2012 paylines for grants - the paylines for R01 grants went down again: 8% for non-new PIs and 12% for new PIs. The trend looks rather grim:


  • Andrea Savarino Interview on HIV Cure –at the "5th International Workshop on HIV Persistence, Reservoirs and Eradication Strategies" in Saint Maarten last week, new data from animal models show suppression of the virus for 5 months after therapy was stopped