Category Archives: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. PrEP: time to rethink prevention, effectiveness and ethics?

    via Somatosphere, by Marsha Rosengarten One of the more controversial interventions proposed for HIV prevention in those who test HIV antibody negative and perceived to be at risk is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – a daily pill comprising one or two antiretroviral drugs manufactured by Gilead Inc. Besides the mixed results from multi-site randomised controlled trials (RCTs) seeking Read More >>

    adherence, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FEM-PrEP, Gilead, hiv prevention, iPrEx, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, Treatment as Prevention
  2. New Microbicide May Block Virus From Infecting Cells

    via The University of Utah U News Center University of Utah researchers have discovered a new class of compounds that stick to the sugary coating of the AIDS virus and inhibit it from infecting cells – an early step toward a new treatment to prevent sexual transmission of the virus. Development and laboratory testing of the potential Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HIV, Microbicides, United States, vaginal microbicide
  3. New AIDS microbicide has huge potential, but needs funding

    via ONE, by Todd Summers At the big International AIDS Conference in Vienna a few weeks back, there was wide coverage of positive trial results for a new microbicide –- a gel that women can use to reduce their risk of getting infected with HIV. Giving women a prevention tool that they can use to protect themselves Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CAPRISA, funding, vaginal microbicide
  4. Gates Lays Out Approach to Reducing Financial Impact of AIDS Epidemic

    Via Medscape, by Daniel M. Keller, PhD In a plenary speech here at AIDS 2010: XVIII International AIDS Conference, Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and nonexecutive chairman of Microsoft, opened by telling the audience that in these times of constrained national budgets and investments in global health, he is still an optimist Read More >>

    AIDS 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Vienna
  5. Funding for rectal microbicides has DECREASED in two years

    According to the latest report just released by the HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group, funding for rectal microbicides research has decreased significantly in the past 2 years. When IRMA last tracked resources dedicated to RM research in 2006, we estimated that US$7.2 million was spent globally. According to the report Adapting to Realities: Trends Read More >>

    amfAR, Australia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Europe, European Commission, funding, rectal microbicide, Rockefeller Foundation, UNFPA, United States, World Bank
  6. Scientists Debate HIV Prevention Products – NPR today

    [NOTE – not a word on rectal microbicides, and a rather pessimistic take on microbidide development from the Gates Foundations’s Tachi Yamada] via Morning Edition, March 10, 2009 For years now, scientists have tried to find a product that would give women in developing countries more control in protecting themselves against sexually transmitted HIV. They have yet Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CROI, Dr. Sharon Hillier, Global Campaign for Microbicides, Lori Heise, new prevention technologies, NPR, PrEP, research, Tachi Yamada, vaginal microbicide
  7. 2009 Annual Letter from Bill Gates: Progress on AIDS

    [Note from the IRMA chair – while IRMA is very happy the Gates Foundation is deeply supportive of microbicide research, in addition to other new prevention technologies, it is very disappointing that Mr. Gates defines a microbicide as “a gel a woman can use to protect herself from getting infected.” Of course, we all know that microbicides Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, IRMA, PrEP, rectal microbicide, vaccine, vaginal microbicide
  8. Grant Opportunities at Gates

    Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 2 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 2 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a US $100 million initiative to help scientists pursue innovative ideas for solving major global health problems. Anyone can apply, regardless of education or experience level. Grant proposals are being accepted online until November Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, funding, research