Monthly Archives: May 2013

WHO okays medical circumcision device, and “PEPFAR is ready”

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An okay from the World Health Organization today for  a medical circumcision device as an alternative to conventional surgery “may change the landscape” of scaling up a proven HIV intervention, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator announced today, saying PEPFAR will provide immediate support to help countries evaluate the device for their settings. PrePex™, […]

As PEPFAR turns 10, we’re reading about growth, lessons, goals, and perils ahead

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The 10th anniversary this week of the day Congress signed the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief into law has prompted celebration, reflection, caution, and a look at the road travelled, in What We’re Reading . . . Ten Years of Saving Millions of Lives: “Landmark scientific advances, coupled with lessons learned from a decade […]

With TB research threatened, doctors, patients, advocates and filmmakers spell out risks

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At a recent conference of medical researchers, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci spelled out what lawmakers appear to be missing in their budget balancing efforts. “They don’t realize,” Fauci said, “that hitting biomedical research now is going to have an impact, three, four years from now.” So efforts to let […]

PEPFAR treatment lifeline threatened by weaknesses at receiving end, GAO report says

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A third in a series of reports examining components of treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief  details how the the program has strengthened and streamlined antiretroviral drug supply planning, procuring and tracking, but also reveals a wide range of weaknesses hindering partner country management of the lifesaving medicines. The United States […]

Global health funding in precarious position as lawmakers “just aren’t getting it”

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You know that the state of global health is in a precarious position when leading physician scientists take time out of a scientific conference to discuss public policy.  That’s exactly what happened at the recent HIV Prevention Trials Network conference, when NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci implored his colleagues to advocate for global HIV/AIDS, particularly […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]

GAO report highlights complexities of analyzing PEPFAR treatment costs

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With the groundwork for treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief having been laid in the first expensive years of country programs, with the purchases of generic antiretroviral drugs, and with economies of scale as the numbers of people enrolled in treatment increased, PEPFAR has reduced per patient treatment costs in recent […]

Report highlights cycle of deficits: with scant funding to fight HIV among gay men, missing data leads to missing response, and . . . scant funding

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You can only imagine the impact of the HIV epidemic on men who have sex with men  in a country where institutionalized discrimination, bias and abuse is so extreme that sex between men is a felony that can lead to life in prison.

Discrimination, neglect and HIV incidence — we’re reading why every day should be International Day Against Homophobia

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While the immense accomplishments of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the governments that have worked with them have seen drops in HIV incidence as high as 73 percent in southern Africa, the benefits of these successes are not shared equally . . .

HPTN researchers: Don’t forget family planning in HIV prevention

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With pregnant women facing higher chances of acquiring HIV and greater dangers of life-threatening complications as a result of HIV, in addition to risks of passing the virus to their children, some of the most ambitious and promising developments in HIV prevention will be those that allow women to protect themselves both from the virus and from unplanned pregnancies, researchers at the HPTN annual meeting said.