News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
Evan Von Leer
March 8, 2013
Foundation Ambassadors Janice McCall
(right) and Josephine Nabukenya at the
2012 UCLA Dance Marathon.
This week, news broke around the world that an American HIV-positive infant has been cured of the virus for the first time. The timing of this news couldn’t be better, as organizations across the country prepare to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10.
This month, we're paying tribute to the women who are fighting to eliminate HIV.
March 7, 2013
Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins
University and winner of the Elizabeth Glaser
Scientist Award in 2005. (Photo: the Johns
This week, the world was stunned by news of a baby in Mississippi who was functionally cured of HIV. The lead author of the case study was Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University and a 2005 recipient of the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award (EGSA). Read more about her research, her focus on eliminating pediatric HIV, and how EGPAF's support changed her career.
March 7, 2013
Foundation Global Ambassador Josephine
Nabukenya presents at a UN event on the
rights of children. (Photo: EGPAF)
Despite the very welcome news this week that a child in Mississippi was cured of HIV—and we hope that this leads to huge advances in pediatric HIV treatment—30 years into the HIV epidemic, children are still generally being left behind in the HIV response.
Children march in a Youth Day parade in
Cameroon, where some of the festivities
centered on HIV testing and prevention. (Photo:
It all started with the sounds of marching, cymbals, and drum beats coming from outside my room in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon
. Was it a military parade passing by? Read more about how EGPAF and its partners are using a day dedicated to young people in Cameroon to share information on HIV/AIDS.
Venice Beach, CA
March 5, 2013
Jake Glaser at the Steve
Chase Humanitarian Awards,
where he received the Partners
in Activism Award. (Photo:
Desert AIDS Project)
Jake Glaser is Elizabeth Glaser’s son, and a powerful advocate for children and young people living with HIV. Over the past few months, he’s been traveling the country, sharing his story of hope and determination. He wrote this blog for us about a recent award he received and about how inspired he is by the continued fight for an AIDS-free generation.
March 4, 2013
Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins University,
recipient of the EGPAF Research Award in 2005
and lead researcher on study showing functional
cure of HIV in an infant. (Photo: Johns Hopkins
Elizabeth Glaser worked for a day just like this one.
This weekend at the 20th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, researchers announced that a baby born with HIV in Mississippi had been functionally cured of the virus. This is the first documented case of a functional HIV cure in an infant, and could be a catalyst for future research and further evidence of just how close we are to eliminating pediatric HIV.