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Posted: 15 May 2012
Science Around the Blog - 15 May 2012

In this week’s news: FDA panel recommends approving Truvada for PrEP, U.K. government strongly supports Open Access and enlists Wikipedia co-founder, a study on implementing flash-heating breast milk to avoid mother-to-child-transmission, discussion on over-the-counter HIV test, UNAIDS' "Believe it. Do it." campaign.

FDA advisory panel decision on Truvada as PrEP – The FDA’s Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee (ADAC) voted by a majority in favor of recommending Truvada as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).  This was covered widely, selected stories can be found here, here, here and here.

'Academic Spring' Continues With Commentary on Open Access in the U.K. – David Willetts, the U.K. Minister of State for Universities and Science, contributed to the dialogue with a speech presented on 2 May  at the Publishers Association’s annual meeting and a companion opinion piece published in The Guardian on 1 May.  It reiterated the U.K.’s strong support for making research outputs publicly accessible as a means of enabling innovation and emphasized that the question is no longer whether to make research publicly accessible, but how to do it in a viable, sustainable way.  Wikipedia’s co-founder, Jimmy Wales, is an adviser to address issues of reusability and collaboration. See also http://open-access.org.uk/

Flash heating breast milk to cut AIDS – Mothers in sub-Saharan Africa could successfully follow a protocol for flash-heating breast milk to reduce transmission of HIV to their infants, a new study reports.

Over-the-counter HIV test for home use? – The Food and Drug Administration sees both benefits and risks as it considers approval of the first over-the-counter HIV test that would allow consumers to quickly test themselves for the virus at home. Two interesting stories: here and here.

 UNAIDS launches “Believe it. Do it.” action campaign to help end new HIV infections among children by 2015 – The newest campaign, “Believe it. Do it.“ brings attention and action to ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy.