Monthly Archives: May 2010

Combating the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Nigeria

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. At a forum hosted by the Brookings Institution yesterday, the Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH) presented their findings from two studies that explored attitudes and behaviors related to HIV/AIDS prevention in Nigeria. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has 3 million living with HIV and a prevalence […]

MSF Report:Growing HIV Treatment Crisis in Africa

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What does flat funding for PEPFAR and other global AIDS programs mean on the ground in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo? Fewer new treatment slots. Uncertainty about access to lifesaving drugs. An unfolding crisis. That’s one snippet in a bigger, disturbing picture painted by a new report from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. […]

What We’re Reading

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Starting today, we here at Science Speaks are going to try something new: Every Wednesday, we are going to feature stories from around the blogosphere and elsewhere that we have been reading – and that we believe will be of interest to you. Because this is something new for us, any feedback you have would […]

Global Reproductive Rights and the Link to HIV/AIDS

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This post is by the Global Center’s Rabita Aziz. Toni Bond Leonard, president and CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ),  was 12 years old when she became pregnant.  Her mother, a single woman unable to earn an income due to debilitating multiple sclerosis, ran their household on the $300 a month she received […]

For men and women in Africa, rectal microbicides are crucial

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Here at the Microbicides 2010 conference in Pittsburgh I got a chance to talk with Dr. Gita Ramjee, one of the top researchers in the field, about the most exciting scientific challenges being discussed at the meeting.  Dr Ramjee is the Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.  […]

Mark Harrington: US Cannot Pull Back on HIV Treatment Scale Up

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In this video, Mark Harrington, executive director of the Treatment Action Group, discusses the resources needed to “catch up” with the HIV epidemic and the urgency of expanding treatment to save lives. Harrington explains this pressing need in the context of a shift in US global health policy and the global economic recession. Harrington spoke […]

Scale up of HIV Testing is Vital

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In this video interview, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert in epidemiology and outcomes research, discusses the need to scale up HIV testing and link those who test positive to appropriate care. She also talks about a new avenue to reach men who may be infected […]

Microbicides Conference Opens Amid High Expectations

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This post is by the Global Center’s David Bryden, who is attending the 2010 International Microbicides Conference this week in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for more coverage of this important conference. An exciting conference on microbicides for HIV prevention has gotten underway in Pittsburgh, Penn. There is an air of anticipation at the meeting because some of the […]