Supplements to Slow Disease Progression

Will 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…

Clinical Trials: When Research Gets Personal

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.

Elton John Receives HAI Award

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.