Monthly Archives: July 2010

Top Five Lessons from Vienna

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Many themes emerged during the 18th International AIDS Conference last week in Vienna. Here is our list of the top five: Universal Access to HIV Treatment and Prevention Remains Elusive Goal From comments by Bill Gates to the many activist demonstrations, a main theme at IAS 2010 was fear over dwindling funds dedicated to the […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Sets Funding Levels

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The Senate Appropriations Committee finalized the funding levels for the Senate’s version of the FY2011 State/Foreign Operations Appropriations bill yesterday. A recording of the proceedings is on the Appropriations Committee website. As in the House, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding level for international affairs that was less than what the President requested.  International […]

`Fresh' U.S. strategy on MDG goals

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The Obama administration today released a government-wide strategy on a subject that previously had drawn little high-level attention from Washington – the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. Much like National Security Strategy documents put together by a succession of U.S. administrations, Obama’s MDG strategy serves as more of a framework of principles, rather than giving […]

Call for Comments: Draft GPP Guidelines, 2nd Edition

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A draft of the second edition of the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Guidelines for biomedical HIV prevention trials is now available for public comment. The guidelines were first published by Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (AVAC) and UNAIDS in 2007. Comments will be gathered until Oct. 31, 2010 and can be sent to avac@avac.org. The finalized […]

Spotlight on Zambia

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The Center for Global Health Policy staff will be hosting five congressional staff on a trip to Zambia to visit U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB in mid- August.  In addition to visiting life-saving HIV treatment programs for adults and children, staff will have the opportunity to see a male circumcision program providing […]

What We’re Reading: Vienna Edition

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In the fight against AIDS, last week was dizzying – and vitally important.  The International AIDS Conference in Vienna prompted the release of studies and data that some say could revolutionize the world’s prevention efforts. Much talked about is a vaginal gel containing tenofovir, which proved successful in preventing HIV in women. This is the […]

Late Breaker: Daily Oral PrEP for HIV-Negative MSM Shows Encouraging Results

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Vienna – The CAPRISA trial results are not the only good news to come out of the International AIDS Conference. At a late breaker session on Friday, Lisa A. Grohskopf from the CDC presented preliminary findings and analysis of the phase II clinical safety trial of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) […]

UNAIDS, STOP TB Partnership Commit to Half TB Deaths in PLHA by 2015

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The following post is by The Global Center’s Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. Michel Sidibe, Director of UNAIDS, and Marcos Espinal, Director of the STOP TB Partnership, signed a memorandum of understanding at a TB/HIV symposium today, pledging to join forces to reduce the human toll of HIV/TB co-infection.  […]

Starting HIV Treatment Earlier Improves Mortality for Co-infected Patients on TB Treatment

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The following post is by HIVMA Executive Director Andrea Weddle, reporting from the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. In another late breaker session Thursday, French researcher Blanc presented data supporting early initiation of HIV treatment for patients co-infected with HIV/TB and suggesting it could reduce deaths in co-infected patients by 33 percent. The results […]

Treating Infants with HIV Earlier Saves Money

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The following post is by HIVMA Executive Director Andrea Weddle. She is on location in Vienna, reporting from the 18th International AIDS Conference. South African researcher Meyer-Rath presented compelling data on the cost effectiveness of treating infants early in South Africa at an IAS 2010 late breaker session on Thursday. The findings were based on […]