Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ending gender-based violence, doing more for adolescents: We’re reading about young people and HIV

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UNAIDS calls for an end to gender-based violence – In this press release issued ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women yesterday, the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS says gender-based violence is not only a serious human rights violation but also increases the risk of HIV infection, particularly among young […]

AIDS orphan programs strengthen communities but need improved antiretroviral treatment links

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Three women told an audience last week how PEPFAR programs to reach the most helpless of people in the path of the AIDS epidemic changed their lives. Sibongile Gladys Gule told how working with the PEPFAR-funded Isibindi program for orphans and vulnerable children in Kwa-Zulu Natal gave her the chance she had been waiting for, […]

UNAIDS HIV data update, Sec. Kerry revisits disabilities treaty, TB treatment advocates wait for bedaquiline trial: What we’re reading is a stroll down memory lane

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Sec. Kerry on the Convention of the Rights of People With Disabilities – Remember last year when the Senate chose not to ratify a treaty to help protect the rights of disabled people around the world? We noted it here at the time, because it’s a human rights issue, because it also is one that […]

HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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A nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look […]

HIV vaccine development, combination prevention, antiretroviral treatment top agenda as briefing eyes progress against 2.3 million new infections

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With the wait for a vaccine against HIV stretching back to when the virus was first identified 30 years ago, how do you measure progress? You can measure it against the time vaccine development has taken since the field began. Margaret McGlynn, who has been involved in the marketing of more than a dozen vaccines, […]

PEPFAR Act: AIDS response’s next chapter begins with unanimous Congressional vote

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Rep. Barbara Lee: “When it comes to saving lives PEPFAR is a clear example of how we come together to do just that” By the time the House of Representatives began to take up the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 Tuesday afternoon, the end was not in doubt. All the same, once lawmakers […]

PEPFAR Act assures five more years of U.S. HIV, TB responses

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Bipartisan, bicameral legislation extends U.S. Leadership Act, confirming ongoing commitments to PEPFAR and the Global Fund Proving that Congress can act, unified, swiftly and decisively, the United States Senate Monday unanimously passed legislation renewing authorization of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and supporting the program’s goals. The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of […]

Desmond Tutu: PEPFAR should double HIV treatment, set Global Fund commitment

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Pointing to data released last month that demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of early antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV, Archbishop Desmond Tutu challenges President Obama in a Politico op-ed column today to commit to doubling PEPFAR’s life-saving reach, and to promise up to $5 billion in Global Fund donations over the next three years. Tutu […]

Support antiretroviral treatment for 12 million with HIV by 2016, Republicans, Democrats urge Obama

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In a powerful display of humanitarian bipartisanship, with World AIDS Day on the way, and the Fourth Replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria Conference set for the same week in Washington, DC, 40 United States lawmakers — Democrats, Republicans, Senators and Congressional Representatives — have united across party lines and […]