Monthly Archives: November 2012

FDA panel finds new type of TB drug effective, raising hopes for treatment of drug-resistant strains

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Dr. Dalene von Delft had a choice between dying  or going deaf, and that was a choice only if the arduous treatment she was undergoing for drug-resistant tuberculosis worked. The South African pediatrician had contracted a resistant strain of the disease caring for patients, and the only potentially effective treatment was showing one of its […]

Clinton launches Blueprint for AIDS-free generation: “Now we have to deliver”

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Introducing the first formal strategy to tackle the global AIDS epidemic, U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint today, saying the plan would not have been possible without science, and that science will carry it forward. Clinton was joined by U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, South African AIDS treatment advocate Florence […]

Reports track current progress, pitfalls, funding and gaps of AIDS fight

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On the eve of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s release of the first United States global AIDS response strategy, two reports released in recent days give a look not only of the progress so far, but of the shortfalls the new plan must address. Achieving the End, One Year and Counting, from AVAC, looks at the scientific […]

Southern African organizations respond to Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill, more “MARPs” in Uganda? . . . And updates from the U.S. Military HIV Research Program

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African civil society urges veto of Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: Thanks, but no thanks, a partnership of more than 60 southern African civil society groups is saying to the “Christmas present” of a revived anti-homosexuality bill that Uganda’s parliament speaker is promising to pass before the end of 2013. If the bill becomes law it will […]

UNAIDS reports promising results against global HIV ahead of World AIDS Day

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The latest World AIDS Day report from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), released on Tuesday, shows unprecedented reductions in new HIV/AIDS infections, overall prevalence, and HIV/AIDS related deaths, while more people than ever have access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) – all thanks to an acceleration in the global AIDS response. The report, […]

New report on children and TB, Global Fund considers new approaches to ending AIDS, and UK activists call for Blueprint

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Out of the Dark – Meeting the needs of children with TB: Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presented findings from their latest report on children and TB at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The study found that a whopping 93 percent of children tested for TB are misdiagnosed, […]

Sign here, and here . . .

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You can lend your name to these causes in this all-action petition edition of What We’re Reading . . . Stop Nigeria’s “Jail the Gays” bill: The most recent anti-gay legislation on its way through Nigeria’s legislature would sentence gay couples who try to marry or live together to up to 14 years in prison, […]

Former PEPFAR head Mark Dybul to lead Global Fund

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The physician who helped create and then led the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will be the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund announced the appointment today, shortly after announcing the firing of Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons. Dybul will lead an institution […]

Study’s yield could extend reach of HPV vaccine, but probably not where need is greatest

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Administered before girls start  having sex, vaccines against the human papillomavirus — HPV — offer their greatest protection against infections that can lead to cervical cancer. Since the vaccination can only prevent infection, the benefits after the start of sex  — to individual girls and women, as well as to public health — diminish in […]

Programs, research, funding for tuberculosis response leave children behind

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When a disease spreads among people living in close quarters and poverty, the question of how hard it is hitting some of the most vulnerable people in its path seems obvious: How many children are suffering from, and dying of tuberculosis? The answer: Nobody seems to know. Numbers are just the tip of the iceberg […]