Monthly Archives: August 2017

Test and start policy doubles numbers initiating treatment at PEPFAR Lesotho sites

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MMWR reports preliminary results of Lesotho’s adoption of WHO universal treatment guidelines The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt World Health Organization guidelines recommending all people with HIV have immediate access to the antiretroviral medicine that prevents illness and transmission saw the average number of patients starting treatment of the virus increase by nearly […]

We’re reading about gaps between funding and reality . . . and more

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Research and public health funding must reflect reality – Dr. Wlliam Powderly, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which produces this blog, founding chair of the HIV Medicine Association, and director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, has followed advances in HIV care and the translation of clinical advances to […]

An IAS 2017 wrap-up: Between unprecedented success and unprecedented threats, HIV fight confronts complacency, apathy — and resistance

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PARIS – For all the more incremental advances and continuing challenges that would be discussed during the days that followed, the report released by UNAIDS before the 9th International AIDS Society conference began in Paris last week offered an irrefutably validating and concrete measure of progress: For the first time since HIV had been recognized, more […]

IAS 2017: In preventable deaths, new infections, study shows “we stand to lose a lot of recent progress” under Trump AIDS funding plan

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PARIS -What would happen if the vision of the U.S. role in the global HIV response articulated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before Congress, and delineated in a Trump administration budget document became reality? A modeling study presented on the last day of IAS 2017  provided a glimpse. To do that, researchers used funding […]

IAS 2017: Pioneering HIV researchers tell how public health leadership started with Fogarty fellowships

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Paris – When Dr. Jean Pape began his medical training in the 1970s, he didn’t see what research could do to solve the problems facing his country. Ranked among the most fragile countries on earth, home to one-sixth of deaths from disasters occurring worldwide, and situated — in the crosswinds of trade and tourism, limited health […]