Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ebola vaccine candidate safety study to launch next week at NIH

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The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will begin human testing of a vaccine candidate to prevent Ebola virus disease at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, next week, seeking information on the safety and effectiveness in prompting an immune system response of the investigational product. The product was […]

Ebola outbreak: “Unprecedented” and familiar, global health emergency calls for solidarity, innovation, communication

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Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola – As of Monday, 240 health workers in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone had become sick with Ebola and 120 had died. That is just one of the ways that the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa is unprecedented, the latest “situation assessment” from the World […]

Transgender sex workers, male sex workers, a call for a Global Fund review of “key population” programming, and an American organization exports hate . . . We’re reading about needs, rights and wrongs

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The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers – With high prevalence of HIV, targeted for violence, often living undocumented and having fled their countries of origin to escape even greater threats, transgender sex workers face tremendous health risks and vulnerabilities, but find health care inaccessible or harmful, this briefing paper from the Global Network […]

Study sets out to capture pediatric antiretroviral treatment costs, improve planning

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Earlier this month we posted an interview with Ambassador Deborah Birx on a new partnership aiming to expand pediatric antiretroviral treatment access in Africa. The following is a guest post from Ron MacInnis, Sarah Alkenbrack and Sara Bowsky with the Health Policy Project about work to strengthen that effort with reliable data. By Ron MacInnis, […]

Criminalized sex work, contraception as the weakest link, reducing harm reduction, a homophobic faith-based organization doesn’t get it . . . We’re reading about policies, proposals and programs that don’t mind the gap

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“An end to AIDS is only possible if we overcome the barriers of criminalization, stigma and discrimination that remain key drivers of the epidemic.” AIDS 2014, Nobody left behind, The Melbourne Declaration US bill to pressure countries that do not criminalize the purchase of sex must be dropped, say rights groups – The Global Alliance […]

Uganda’s HIV criminalization, mandatory testing bill signed into law against local and international cautions of harms to health, human rights

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Jail terms to punish “attempted” and “intentional” transmission of HIV, as well as forced HIV testing of sex crime victims, people accused of sex crimes, pregnant women and their partners and anyone who “unreasonably” withholds consent to be tested are now law in Uganda, with President Yoweri Museveni’s assent to The HIV and AIDS Prevention […]

The dictates of drug development, a need to invest in community health workers, the role of inequity, and deadly denialism . . . We’re reading about Ebola, and reliving history

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Ebolanomics – Nearly 40 years after Ebola was discovered in a fast-moving Zaire outbreak that took 280 lives, Western Africa has faced the largest outbreak yet since March, as the disease swept into four countries, with no proven and available treatment with which to confront it. “The lack of a treatment,” this New Yorker piece […]

PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds

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Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […]

HIV treatment successes lead to new challenges, opportunities in confronting chronic disease

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More than three decades after the scientific quest to confront and control HIV and AIDS began, and more than a decade after concerted efforts to make advances in treatment and prevention of the disease equitably available gathered force, results are observable worldwide, the introduction to the new issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency […]

While Museveni mulls “harmonized” homophobia, no news from Nigeria is bad news, Kenya considers death by stoning, and smiling faces hide ugly truths . . .We’re reading about politics over public health

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NRM Caucus Sets Up Committee to Harmonize Anti-Homosexuality Law – The two weeks since a Uganda high court overturned the country’s Anti-Homosexuality law have seen a celebration of gay pride in Entebbe, as well as continued celebrations of bigotry,demagoguery and political opportunism by Ugandan parliamentarians promising to both appeal the court’s ruling, and to reintroduce […]