Posts tagged: HIV/AIDS

Ondine Congratulates Dr. Bryon Bhagwandin For Presenting His Research At The International AIDS Society Conference 2011

The use of Photodisinfection to disinfect the birth canal is a novel approach that can bypass the stigma associated with HIV treatment and any reliance on patient compliance.

Ondine is pleased to congratulate Dr. Bryon Bhagwandin of Vitalwave™ on the publication of his abstract at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference. This is an important accomplishment as it highlights the need to develop new approaches in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission.

A higher vaginal HIV viral load has been independently associated with a higher risk of transmission. Dr. Bhagwandin’s study evaluated the use of antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT), also known as Photodisinfection, as a means to reduce the vaginal viral load of pregnant women infected with HIV/AIDS. In 2008, more than 1.4 million pregnant women were living with this disease. An additional 430,000 children had been infected through mother-to-child transmission.

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10th

March 10th is the annual National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On November 9th, 2009, the WHO (World Health Organization) announced that HIV/AIDS was one of the top global killers of girls and women between the ages of 15-44. On March 10th, the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day occurs. It is a day of nationwide observance to raise awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on women & girls and to encourage them to get tested. This is especially the case for lower income communities where access to HIV/AIDS related education and prevention measures are typically inadequate. It is also therefore a day aimed at empowering communities and organizations to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Read more »

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