Welcome to the new edition of UNAIDS Science now and welcome back to the loyal readers of HIV this week.

We have made a few changes and welcome your feedback.

HIV this month will now be updated on a monthly basis.

As previously, we have selected and posted the highlighted abstracts from about 20 of the most interesting papers from the scientific literature to have appeared in the previous month.

In addition, we have asked a Guest Editor to provide his perspective on why these findings are important and where they fit into the broader context of HIV research.

This month's Guest Editor is Professor Stefano Vella

Stefano is a medical doctor and Head of the Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Italian National Institute of Health in Rome.  Since the early days of the HIV epidemic he has worked in research, advocacy and clinical medicine and has served in a leadership or advisory role in many of the major international agencies including IAS (past President); ANRS (Vice President of the Scientific Council); UNAIDS (Programme Coordinating Board); WHO (Chair of Treatment Guidelines Committee); NIH (Panels on anti-retroviral therapy principles); Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Technical Review Panel and Italian constituency); EDCTP (General Assembly).

His research interests are mainly directed towards: the study of HIV resistance to antiretroviral drugs; the mechanisms of immune reconstitution; the perfecting of antiretroviral therapy.

We hope you enjoy his insights.

Peter Godfrey-Faussett and Celeste Sandoval

Coming up in our next issue: A thank you to HIV this week founding editor Dr Catherine Hankins, formerly Chief Scientific Adviser to UNAIDS, now at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.

HIV this month - January 2013

Welcome to the 1st issue of the UNAIDS Science now digest HIV this month!  In this issue, we cover the following topics:

1. Reducing sexual transmission

2. Eliminating new HIV infection among children

3. 15 million accessing treatment

4. Eliminating gender inequalities

5. Strengthening HIV integration

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