Mayan prophesies of doom in 2012 are, fortunately, false (although newly discovered stone fragments find that the ancients were actually predicting catastrophe for the Tea Party sometime in early November rather than the cessation of life on Earth). This has not stopped clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and a certain Secretary of State from ardently declaring that the end is near -- however, in this case, it is the last days of AIDS being predicted.
This is an unprecedented optimism that is fueled by a stream of good news: Therapies are getting better and better, effective prevention -- once wishful thinking -- is a reality that is evident in the downward slope of new HIV diagnoses in many parts of the globe, and there has even been less bad news from the HIV vaccine development effort. Who can blame battle-weary veterans of the war against HIV/AIDS for starting to see distant tunnel lights?
Below are some of the stories from the past year that left us feeling good -- or that showed what work still needs to be done.
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