Tell Congress to keep up the fight against AIDS! – The program that helped make sure a million babies were born HIV-free and put 6.7 million people on antiretroviral treatment that saves their lives and prevents transmission of HIV has gone half a decade without a raise, the organization ONE points out, as it launches this petition to the U.S. Congress. Without an increase in funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the petition tells lawmakers, “the beginning of the end of AIDS will be pushed out of reach.”
Not the time to reduce TB funding – Physician scientist and Yale faculty member Dr. Gerald Friedland responds to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s blasé take on the Obama administration’s proposed $45 million dollar cut to global TB spending. He notes suggested slash in spending to tackle an airborne and increasingly drug-resistant disease contradicts the Obama administration’s new commitment to global health security, and adds that “few cuts could be more expensive in the long run than reductions in spending to confront the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Terrible for Public Health – Starting with the reminder of how affordable antiretroviral drugs helped launch the effort that has since saved the lives of millions of people living with HIV, this Huffington Post column from Rep. Raul M. Grijalva and Peter Maybarduk looks at the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in preserving pharmaceutical company monopolies on cancer and other life saving medicines that keeps that out of reach for public health programs in low income countries.
Trans Populations and HIV: Time to End the Neglect – This brief from amfAR offers a look at the impact of HIV and neglect on trans populations, people who “have a gender identity or expression that differs from their assigned sex at birth.” The brief examines the still limited data on trans people, and notes that existing data indicates they are the hardest hit by HIV of all populations globally. It describes factors elevating both risks and neglect, and provides a breakdown of terms used to express gender identity.
Views of Uganda, from inside and out
76 Crimes post examines Uganda police action at U.S.-funded research center – This fascinating and chilling report from Ugandan medical anthropologist and research fellow Stella Nyanzi presents a breakdown on the differences between Ugandan police explanations of why they infiltrated the U.S. Military HIV Research Program’s project in Kampala, and reality. It begins with the difference between the police officers’ reported view that men were being “recruited into homosexuality, when they were actually seeing homosexual men being recruited into a research project aimed at slowing the spread of AIDS,” blog editor Colin Stewart notes, and ends with Nyanzi’s suggestion that police get a basic, minimum training in research methods.
Response to Zuma’s response to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law – If you’re lucky enough to remember the day Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s President, you may remember his pledge that “never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” South Africa’s efforts to live up to that pledge included legalizing gay marriage in 2006. But in the last week current President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to condemn Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law stirred outrage around the world and in his own country where a parliamentarian leader said he had sent “a message to the rest of the world that we are hypocrites.”
As U.S. Weighs Response to Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law, It’s HIV Aid vs. Defense – Buzzfeed’s in-depth coverage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law from J. Lester Feder continues with this look at what aid to the country the U.S. is, and isn’t willing to cut in the wake of laws passage, signing and implementation, which now has led to the closing of a U.S.-funded research project providing care and treatment.