Monthly Archives: November 2015

Men lagging behind women on HIV treatment rolls, viral load monitoring gets scaled up . . . we’re reading about catching up to get ahead in a World AIDS Day MMWR, and more

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Lower levels of antiretroviral therapy enrollment among men with HIV compared with women — The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes this examination of  765,087 HIV treatment records from 12 countries, between 2002-2013, in what it says is the most comprehensive look  yet at disparity between the numbers […]

WHO’s new TB research framework to help high burden countries take leadership

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To develop tools to meet the goals set out in the World Health Organization End TB strategy, which includes reducing tuberculosis incidence by 80 percent and deaths by 90 percent by 2035, last week the WHO announced the launch of a global action framework for tuberculosis research. The framework outlines steps at global and national […]

UNAIDS Report: 15.8 million on treatment; infections, deaths continue to drop from peak in early 2000s

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The number of people receiving life-saving HIV treatment has doubled every five years since the peak of the epidemic in 2000, according to a new UNAIDS report ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. Doubling that number one more time will break the epidemic, said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe in a release accompanying […]

Anita Datar, who worked to bring the world together in health, lost to attack in Mali

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“Without a strategic plan or a road map, many countries suffered from multiple, fragmented systems that could not share information.” Some people look at a map and see divisions. Anita Datar looked at maps and saw ways to pull the world together. The horrific tragedy of the great difference between those two perspectives came into stark […]

Thanks for listening, PEPFAR, but could you come a little closer? Civil society members answer questions on HIV response planning

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Analysis finds gaps, opportunities, and appreciation as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief opens door to local advocates, implementers, and affected populations On paper, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief guidance for country and regional planning in 2015 seemed to open a new era, as the document released last February instructed PEPFAR […]

HIV drug resistance study highlights need for viral load tests, affordable second line treatments

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A study across southern Africa following more than 2700 people with HIV showed that before their treatment even began, more than 5 percent had viruses that were resistant to at least one of the first line of drugs used to treat HIV, necessitating a switch to a second, less accessible and more expensive treatment. Authors […]

The cost of treating hepatitis C, and the cost of neglect . . . We’re reading about lost and found global health opportunities

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Hepatitis C: cost of lost opportunities – Among the estimated 150 million people infected with hepatitis C virus, about 75 percent represent the poorest and most marginalized populations in middle income countries, where, stigma, poverty, and policies hinder access to both harm reduction prevention measures and then to treatment. While the costs of untreated infection […]

Antibiotic resistance posing little understood global health threat, WHO report says

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Survey responses across 12 countries, six regions show range of awareness, common dangers, failures to communicate . . . On the positive side, two-thirds of a sampling of people across the world are aware of antibiotic resistance and that it can affect them. On the more concerning side, three-quarters of those surveyed thought it was […]

On sexual minorities, development, and Uganda and more, Barney Frank notes: “You didn’t tell me to mind my own business when I was pushing for a billion dollars in debt relief . . .”

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“One of the little lies that people tell is, ‘Oh, I don’t like to say I told you so,’” former Rep. Barney Frank reflected Wednesday, before adding with decided relish, “Everyone likes to say I told you so. It’s one of the pleasures that improves with age.” One of possibly many times the outspoken and […]

Global health is currency for peace and security, say panelists

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“It’s very difficult to have a health policy discussion in the foreign policy arena,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said. “Health is not mentioned, power and security are.” But they are the same thing, speakers reiterated at a Washington, DC event Monday. Rear Admiral Tom Cullison, who served in the Mekong Delta during […]