Monthly Archives: June 2012

With third-highest TB burden, South Africa is critical player in search for vaccine

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The following is a guest post by  Jim Connolly,  president and CEO of Aeras, a nonprofit product development partnership dedicated to the development of tuberculosis vaccines. Aeras is located in Rockville, MD and operates an office in Cape Town, South Africa.  By Jim Connolly Recently I had the privilege of visiting our colleagues and partners […]

Global health costs of drug war, how to bring the lab to the patient, a CHANGE-ing look at GHI, and more . . .

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The global health cost of the war on drugs: Laws targeting drug users that crowd prisons, serve as obstacle courses between drug users and HIV treatment, and push drug users into situations at high risk for HIV exposure — these are just part of How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic, this […]

CDC weighs in: contraceptive hormones look safe for HIV-exposed, infected — but use condoms, too

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It was a global health Catch-22: Women’s ability to prevent unintended pregnancies is pivotal to the fight against HIV, but researchers had deduced that one of the most widely used and effective methods of contraception in areas hardest hit by the epidemic could increase transmission of the virus. Research released last year, following earlier studies […]

Amb. Goosby reflects on decade of progress, future of global AIDS fight

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While calling recent scientific advances in HIV prevention “game changers” that have offered hope of an AIDS-free generation, Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby said Monday that the successful fight against the epidemic relies on recognizing AIDS-specific efforts so far as a foundation for further health gains, on country ownership, and on continuing to build a […]

Speakers: Address women’s issues to achieve AIDS-free generation

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Often when people living with HIV and AIDS recount their diagnoses, they mention numbers: the amount of virus in their systems, their immune cell counts. Martha Sichone-Cameron of Zambia told a group gathered at the International Center for Research on Women, hers when she was diagnosed in 2004: close to zero immune cells, a viral […]

A new Global Fund handbook, an event focuses on men who have sex with men, a dangerous TB test is banned, and more . . .

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria releases a new handbook: The new Governance Handbook reviews the mission, workings and what is next for the decade-old Geneva, Switzerland-based charity. Coming off a tumultuous few years that saw the fund reorganized in the wake of a series of audits showing misspent and missing money, […]

WHO: Pregnant women with HIV should have access to optimal drug

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With costs dropping for a drug considered one of the more effective antiretroviral treatments, along with evidence showing it is safer than previously thought, the World Health Organization is recommending the medicine be given to pregnant women with HIV. Efavirenz, a pill usually taken once a day in combination with other medicines, has been found […]

WHO’s HIV/TB update latest move toward treatment as prevention

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The potential for antiretroviral medicine to reduce transmission of HIV and tuberculosis has been demonstrated, but the challenges of using treatment to prevent infection will need to be tackled country by country, and with focus on people for whom it will have the biggest impact, the latest bulletin on HIV treatment from the World Health […]

Breaking News: Appropriations bill maintains TB, Global AIDS funding

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The 2013 health funding bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee brings good news for tuberculosis research advocates, keeping funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of TB Elimination at its current $140.298 million. The Obama administration had recommended a $4.6 million cut. While about 80 percent of the CDC’s TB division […]