Monthly Archives: February 2017

Aid or ammunition? As Trump plans first budget, we’re reading about the security dividends of global health investments

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Trump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy foreign aid – While this fiscal year’s $50.1 billion for the State Department and USAID represents just a little more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, this AP piece cites sources saying the president’s proposal for next year would cut that by 37 percent. US foreign […]

WHO prioritizes need for new antibiotics with list of bacteria posing greatest threats

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In the latest in a series of moves responding to the global health threats posed by spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the World Health Organization today released a list of “priority pathogens” calling for urgent and strongly supported research and development of new medicines to target the most dangerous among them. Guiding selection of bacteria making […]

CROI 2017: With possibilities for long-acting HIV treatment, modern science creates modern ART

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In injections or implants, technology that eliminates daily pill taking, and with it “pill fatigue,” stigma, and other barriers to adherence,  has already proven its value, and is on the horizon for HIV SEATTLE – Surveys indicate that the majority of people living with HIV would be happier with a monthly injection than a daily pill. At […]

CROI 2017: Innovation, research tackle TB challenges

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An “ultra”-sensitive test, and a proactive use of prednisone show promise, require monitoring SEATTLE – In the halting progress against tuberculosis in people living with HIV, advances in both diagnosis and effective treatment have come with gaps and caveats, highlighted, and then answered with research presented last week in sessions and press conferences dedicated to […]

CROI 2017: Coming “youth bulge” presents HIV responses with impetus, obstacles, opportunities

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SEATTLE – They are curious, impulsive and renownedly reckless. Studies have indicated they remain blissfully unaware of their risks, and unequipped to face them. Now, their numbers are growing fastest  in countries that are home to great risks — where rates of HIV infection are among the world’s highest and where current approaches to testing and treatment already […]

CROI 2017: Added support, speed and communication improve HIV service linkage and retention in Mozambique and South Africa

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SEATTLE – Providing immune cell testing and HIV treatment counseling immediately after a positive HIV test was the first in a series of measures that increased rapid linkage to care and retention at ten clinic sites in  Mozambique, data presented here Thursday showed. Measures in a randomized trial of interventions in Maputo and Inhambane Province also […]

CROI 2017: Targeted testing needed to reach 2020 goal, stronger systems needed to rise to the ensuing challenge

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Findings from first three of 13 countries in the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment show significant progress, highlight need for focused outreach SEATTLE – Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, neighboring countries all hit hard by HIV across their populations, have all made similar strides that go beyond dropping numbers of new infections to rising numbers of people getting the […]

CROI 2017: Continued Nix-TB regimen results take the kitchen sink out of XDR-TB treatment

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Continued success of three-drug, six-month regimen introduces potential first gold standard of XDR-TB care SEATTLE – With a mortality rate of about 75 percent, tuberculosis that is extensively resistant to first and second-line treatments — XDR-TB — has left physicians with little choice aside from what Dr. Francesca Conradie calls the “kitchen sink” approach. That […]

CROI 2017: More evidence that TB preventive therapy saves lives of people with HIV highlights need for policies

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SEATTLE – At CROI 2015 the results of the TEMPRANO trial showed that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy and six months of isoniazid preventive therapy significantly reduced illness including tuberculosis in patients with HIV.  On Wednesday, Anani Badje from the TEMPRANO group provided long-term follow-up results from this same study that confirmed the value of […]

CROI 2017: Study takes a look at real world impact of combination HIV prevention

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Data shows combination of prevention measures working, but with more elements  needed SEATTLE – As an effective approach to controlling HIV, the value of “combination HIV prevention” is discussed often enough to be known by its initials: CHP. But as always when letters replace words, what they encompass , and if the whole of something called CHP is at least as […]