Monthly Archives: September 2013

Study: Does practice follow evolving TB-HIV guidelines, evidence?

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How long is the lag before the new becomes the norm? In the midst of evolving guidelines based on evidence surrounding the treatment of HIV and TB co-infection, the answer can be a matter of life and preventable death. And in resource poor settings, where changes to treatment can face more challenges, and where physicians […]

Realizing the promise, an uneven epidemic, reaching prisoners . . . we’re reading about what ending AIDS will take

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Where are we in realizing the promise? In the interests of accountability, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and AVAC last year produced An Action Agenda to End AIDS, a series of steps that would have to take place over the next four years to cut the yearly number of new infections to below that […]

Sec. Kerry announces new country ownership plans

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Yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly meeting when Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the fourth replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will be held in Washington, DC in December, he also announced that the U.S. will enter into new country ownership partnership agreements with Namibia, South […]

Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations introduces “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013”

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With the introduction of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker launched a bill Tuesday that both tweaks and extends the authorities of the 2003 legislation that started the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. With House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot […]

U.S. to host Global Fund replenishment meeting in December

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Secretary of State John Kerry announced today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting that the next replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria will be held in Washington D.C. around World AIDS Day in December. With the United Kingdom’s recent announcement that they will double their current commitment to […]

UNAIDS report: Great progress, lagging attention to most vulnerable in changing funding landscape

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With a 52 percent reduction in new HIV infections among children and a 33 percent drop in new HIV infections overall, the 2013 UNAIDS report on the epidemic outlines remarkable achievements, but also warns of stagnating progress towards meeting other targets and elimination commitments. The report’s data includes: An estimated 35.5 million people were living […]

From medical services to legal rights, nationwide and spanning continents, reports take on appropriate HIV responses for all

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What if all countries grappling with HIV worked to ensure that the most effective evidence-based prevention, healthcare and treatment measures got to everyone affected by the epidemic? What if they compared their policies and services to best practices and worked to eliminate human rights obstacles and add critical and culturally appropriate components to their responses? […]

A little human rights analysis, a little funding news, a little traditional medicine . . . We’re reading a little of everything on global HIV frontlines

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Access to HIV prevention in Rwandan prisons: Rwanda’s post-genocide government recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable populations and built the right to health into its 2003 Constitution. This is all looking like good news, especially as the article goes on to describe how prisoners with HIV in […]

Briefing speakers, report: antibiotic resistant infections “pose a catastrophic threat to people in every country”

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When Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) practiced as an attorney in Texas during the 1980s, some of his clients had become infected with tuberculosis that had become resistant to the first and best line of treatment. He had to talk to them through walls to avoid exposure to the disease, he said, often having to shout […]

Report: Large gaps between “health rich” and “health poor,” mean big odds against children

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If you have easy access to health information, education, technologies, medicine and care to prevent illness, as well as to treatment when you do get sick, you are health rich. If all of those are out of your reach, you are health poor. And if you are health poor, your chances of surviving childhood are […]