Monthly Archives: February 2016

CROI 2016: Botswana within reach of UNAIDS 90-90-90

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With findings that 82 percent of people with HIV in a random representative population sample in Botswana had been diagnosed and were aware of their status, 86 percent were on antiretroviral treatment, and that treatment effectively suppressed the virus in 95 percent of those, a presentation in Boston Wednesday showed that the middle-income southern African […]

CROI 2016: HIV trial data raises the question of how to end an epidemic when men are “missing but in action . . .”

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Where are the men? In HIV responses across the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, the subject of men comes up often — as sugar daddies who drive HIV acquisition among school girls, as partners of pregnant women living with HIV, and as men who beat their wives — or, as it is more often put […]

CROI 2016: In the global epidemic of hepatitis C, millions await the cure

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Just as the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy spurred advocacy and finally action to extend treatment to people living with HIV in developing countries, the development of new direct acting antivirals that can cure the vast majority of patients with chronic hepatitis C infection has evoked a call to extend prevention and curative therapy to […]

CROI 2016: Scale of Ebola crisis led to knowledge, new questions, ongoing research, and need for unprecedented community healthcare delivery

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At least 10,000 survivors open opportunity to “dig little bits of hope out of an enormous tragedy,” and leave imperative to gauge scope, meet needs By the time the crisis of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak dwindled to a close without closure this year, with expectations of flares of infection, leaving untold and unmet needs in […]

CROI 2016: HIV and TB link the Bronx and Tugela Ferry in a story of human rights and social justice

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The soil was the South Bronx in the 1960s and 1970s, one of the poorest communities in the United States. With buildings leveled by arson and systematic neglect, its population crammed into debilitated and overcrowded housing without access to basic public safety and public health services, the inescapable poverty of the New York borough provided […]

CROI 2016: Vaginal microbicide ring protects against HIV some of the time, among women who use it, some of the time . . .

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Results of multinational trials echo some of the findings of earlier ARV-based prevention trials among women in Southern Africa The headline of a press release announcing the results of the ASPIRE study tells a familiar enough story that, but for the numbers, the rest is easy to guess. “Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in […]

How attention to privacy supports continuity of care in Swaziland: Confidential, complete HIV care through better health information systems

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The following is a guest post by Sam Wambugu, of MEASURE Evaluation In the United States, electronic medical records have removed the tedium of filling out replicate health forms at every doctor visit. But now the same is true for low- and middle-income countries like Swaziland in southeastern Africa where MEASURE Evaluation, a USAID-funded global […]

WHO Zika plan release highlights need for overhaul of first step in emergency response

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Following WHO recognition of Zika and observed increases of microcephaly as a PHEIC, $56 million strategy stresses need for surveillance, analysis, monitoring In the last week of January, a World Health Organization spokesman was asked why the agency charged with recognizing and coordinating responses to global public health emergencies had yet to convene a panel to explore the threat […]