Monthly Archives: July 2015

Interactive website highlights global gaps, leaders, outliers among national HIV policies

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When the World Health Organization released an announcement in Vancouver this month that its updated and highly anticipated HIV treatment guidelines were “moving towards” advising treatment for all people living with HIV, the international agency noted that the recommendations follow scientific evidence from three major clinical research trials showing that immediate access to antiretroviral treatment […]

WHO commemorates World Hepatitis Day in Egypt, where HCV infection rates are high, as are prices to critical medicines

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It is a disease estimated to afflict more than 150 million people worldwide, infecting from three to four million more each year, and killing about 700,000. In Egypt, the World Health Organization estimates that 10 percent of people between 15 and 59 years old live with the disease. That’s hepatitis C alone. The combined impact […]

IAS 2015: HIV surges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia while drug users are denied lifesaving services and donors retreat

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VANCOUVER, Canada – As a conference where discussions of southern and eastern countries told of tipping points, with numbers of people on HIV treatment greater than numbers of new HIV infections, drew toward its close Wednesday, Dr. Michel Kazatchkine painted a contrasting picture of the epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In this region […]

Ambitious new U.S. plan may put hundreds of thousands on MDR-TB treatment

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The United States plans to place 360,000 multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients globally on treatment over the next five years, as part of a national tuberculosis action plan currently under draft. The plan – which is due to be submitted to the White House in September – aims to promote universal MDR-TB treatment, accelerate basic TB research, […]

IAS 2015: Obstacles between diagnosis and care keep sex workers off treatment

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VANCOUVER, Canada – Of the many challenges women who make a living or augment their income through sex work confront, efforts to address one need sometimes seems to occur in isolation from others, presentations here highlighted today. Consider, for example, the case of sex workers in Iran, who one presenter from that country said, his government prefers to refer to […]

IAS 2015: HIV self-testing promoted as new tool to reach first 90 of 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets

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VANCOUVER, Canada –  HIV self-testing has been a hot topic at this meeting beginning with the release of new HIV testing guidelines by the World Health Organization here that include it, and its  potential role in meeting the first 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 framework. The number of people in the HIV epicenter that is […]

IAS 2015: UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal is useful if it helps programs focus, get out of the bedroom, treat those most affected as part solution

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VANCOUVER, Canada -When Francois Venter of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa got news of UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal last autumn, he told a morning audience here, he wasn’t eager to embrace another international agency target. But as targets go, this was not a bad one, he realized. At least 90 percent of […]

IAS 2015: HPTN 068 and CAPRISA 007 cash incentive studies show value of school, financial support, but also show more is needed to protect young people from HIV

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VANCOUVER, Canada –  Two clinical trials evaluating the impact of cash incentives on HIV incidence in adolescents  in South Africa found that such incentives had no impact on HIV rates  while one saw a decrease in rates of herpes simplex virus. Nearly 3,000 South African high school students in 14 schools in high HIV incidence […]

IAS 2015: Confronting community realities together will beat AIDS, Amb. Birx says

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As usual, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has the numbers to prove it, in Uganda where she says willingness to change is turning daunting numbers downward, and Malawi, where relevant practices are making a difference VANCOUVER, Canada – “Ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat” is the stated mission of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator […]