Monthly Archives: November 2009

WH Officials Announce IAS Conference Set for D.C. in 2012, Leaves Other Key Global AIDS Policy Questions Unanswered

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Today’s White House news conference on the Obama Administration’s global HIV/AIDS efforts did not, in fact, provide all that much news. The main announcement came from Secretary Hillary Clinton, who said the International AIDS Society would host its 2012 conference in Washington, D.C., a step made possible by the Administration’s repeal of the HIV entry […]

New Report Details Benefits of Global AIDS Response

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A new issue brief released today by the Center for Global Health Policy and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, highlights the transformative success of the global AIDS response in changing the trajectory of the epidemic and improving health outcomes beyond AIDS. The issue brief details the diverse impacts of the intensive response to the […]

WHO Announces New HIV/AIDS Guidelines, As Top WH Officials Prepare to Detail Global HIV/AIDS Efforts

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In a long anticipated move, the World Health Organization released new recommendations on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS today. The WHO announced that it is now recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART) be initiated at a CD4 threshold of 350 cells/mm3 for “all HIV-positive patients, including pregnant women, regardless of symptoms.” The WHO called for prolonged […]

UNAIDS Report Shows Gains in HIV Prevention

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The new UNAIDS report out today—an epidemic update—highlights key strides made in HIV prevention. New HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years, the new UNAIDS data shows, including declines in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and elsewhere. The report also says that the number of AIDS-related deaths has dropped by more […]

HIV/AIDS Experts Call For Bold Treatment and Prevention Targets to Combat Global AIDS

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As World AIDS Day approaches, leading physician‐scientists called on the White House and Congress to continue the scale‐up of HIV prevention and treatment services in the developing world and to preserve U.S. leadership in the battle against this deadly epidemic. The Obama Administration is expected to release its five‐year global AIDS strategy on Dec. 1—World […]

HIV Funding Not at Fault for Health System Ills

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HIV is not to blame for the ills, figuratively or literally, of developing world health systems, and funding for AIDS programs can’t take a hit in favor of other health threats. That’s the take-home message of a statement issued last week from 87 civil society, research and other health groups from more than two dozen […]

Leaders in Global Health to Obama: Keep the Promise on Global AIDS

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Leading academic, scientific, and public health leaders from around the world sent a letter to President Obama last night, urging him to maintain robust scale up of AIDS services as part of his Global Health Initiative. “It is imperative that we save lives, families and communities, as well as stabilize developing nations, through continued scale-up […]

New Publication Details "Advances and Challenges" in HIV Clinical Care

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The latest HIV clinical care information is now available in a compendium of the year’s HIV-related articles from Clinical Infectious Diseases and The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The publication, 2009 Clinical Issues in HIV Medicine: Recent Advances & Challenges, was edited by Kenneth Mayer, MD, Miriam Hospital, Brown University and Daniel Kuritzkes, MD, Brigham and […]

NIAID’s Fauci on Tuberculosis: “We have much catching up to do”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered a forceful message on the need for a “storm” of attention and resources devoted to developing new TB treatment and prevention efforts. “It is imperative that we transform the way we diagnose, treat, prevent, and control TB — through biomedical research and […]