Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

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3pm – Just announced: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now the first patent-holder to share intellectual property with the Medicines Patent Pool. The pool is a recently-established initiative – funded by UNITAID – to expand access to treatments in developing countries. The announcement is here. Ken Mayer – co-chair of the Center’s […]

Live webcast of hearing on PEPFAR – Wednesday Sept. 29

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Wednesday morning, September 29, the controversy over the Obama approach to funding AIDS programs will get a full airing during a congressional hearing on U.S. global AIDS policy.  At 9:30 a.m., the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing entitled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS,”  in room 2172 of the Rayburn House […]

Clinical research fellows educate lawmakers on value of global HIV/TB programs

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Eleven current and former Fogarty International and Doris Duke clinical research fellows made their way to Capitol Hill Thursday for congressional office visits with key legislators. The Center for Global Health Policy staff escorted the group to meetings with the offices of 15 policymakers. The fellows highlighted their research experience abroad through the Fogarty and […]

Rob Hecht talks prevention: Thoughts on UNAIDS data showing HIV prevalence decline

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Dr. Robert Hecht is Principal and Managing Director at Results for Development Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that works on health, development, and education issues. He is editor of the just-published “Costs and Choices: Financing the Long-Term Fight Against AIDS,” an aids2031 project. Hecht spoke with John Donnelly about the recent UNAIDS report that showed […]

Film shows effort to massively ramp up HIV testing in Kenya

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In the lead up to this week’s MDG Summit, health experts discussed integration of HIV/AIDS programs with other health programs at a special event in Washington, DC.  David Hoos, MD, of Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), one of the largest PEPFAR implementers, spoke on the panel, which was sponsored […]

Funding gap narrows for HIV prevention gel as donors scramble to find funding

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The U.S. government is working to bridge the gap in funding needed to continue the encouraging CAPRISA vaginal microbicide research trial with a combination of funding from USG, the South African government and possibly private donors. Sources say this is in response to a New York Times piece that ran on September 3 entitled “HIV […]

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The Center for Global Development’s Nandini Oomman has a new report, “Zeroing In: AIDS Donors and Africa’s Health Workforce.” The report looks at how global AIDS’ donors have impacted the strength of the health workforce in Africa. CGD’s blog has both a post and audio “wonkcast” on the report. Change.org’s Global Poverty Blog is doing […]

New test IDs TB infections in less than 2 hours

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A new, automated nucleic acid–amplification test might take the time to diagnose TB infection, even a drug resistant strain, down to 90 minutes. That’s according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday. The Xpert MTB/RIF tests for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and resistance to rifampin (RIF), a powerful anti-TB drug. Trial […]