Category Archives: Fall 2013

HAI: The Movie

A just-released short video marks the 25th anniversary of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, recapping accomplishments and outlining work that remains to be done. Fast-paced and featuring interviews with Max Essex, Harvey Fineberg, Deeda Blair, and others.

Supplements to Slow Disease Progression

supplementsWill taking a daily multivitamin and selenium help if you have HIV, but your CD4 count isn’t low enough to qualify for antiretroviral treatment?

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 878 HIV-positive men and women in Botswana, Dr. Richard Marlink, Executive Director of HAI, and colleagues showed that a single supplement containing specific multivitamins (vitamins B, C, E) and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and death over a two-year period. The supplements cost just pennies per week.

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Young Researchers in Botswana

Three Harvard undergraduates spent last summer at the Botswana–Harvard Partnership (BHP). Under the direction of Max Essex, Chair of HAI, the students worked in the laboratory and designed research projects. They also kept a blog. Here are a few excerpts.

Harvard students Yanick Mulumba and Charlotte Kreger, and friend
Harvard students Yanick Mulumba and Charlotte Kreger, and friend

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Clinical Trials: When Research Gets Personal

Members of BHP Community Advisory Board in Botswana
Members of BHP Community Advisory Board in Botswana

When the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) was launched in 1996, the official goal was collaborative research and training between the Republic of Botswana and the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative. But for Dichaba Siane—a 40-year-old hospital worker in the capital, Gaborone, who chairs the local Community Advisory Board (CAB)—the scientific teamwork has transformed not only his community and country, but also himself. Continue reading

Cutting-Edge Study Launches

Press conference for the launch of Ya Tsie, the Botswana Combination Prevention Project
Press conference for the launch of Ya Tsie, the Botswana Combination Prevention Project

“We strongly believe that with this project we have the chance to make history in the fight against AIDS,” said Michelle Gavin, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, at the November 8th press conference in Gaborone announcing the launch of the Botswana Combination Prevention Project. Continue reading

Elton John Receives HAI Award

Elton John, Deeda Blair, Maurice Tempelsman, Max Essex, and Julio Frenk at EJAF gala
Elton John, Deeda Blair, Maurice Tempelsman, Max Essex, and Julio Frenk at EJAF gala

Sir Elton John received HAI’s Leadership Award on October 15th. The award is presented to individuals who have exhibited extraordinary vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS. Past recipients include tennis star Arthur Ashe, Diana, Princess of Wales, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria. Continue reading