Can investment and technology end AIDS without attention to human rights? We’re reading about prevention — products and policy

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HIV Preventives: This UNITAID report looks at the availability, acceptability and affordability for products targeting HIV transmission and acquisition, including female condoms, male circumcision devices (although only one, the PrePex, has received a go-ahead from the World Health Organization, this category is bigger than you might think –in addition to the “Shang Ring” from China, […]

In a week of violent tragedy and proposed funding cuts, we’re reading why the clock is ticking on an international donor response to anti-gay laws and violence

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Realities in Global Treatment of HIV: A refreshing read on the heels of a series of global health funding proposals (from the President, from the Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, from the House Appropriations Committee) that essentially tell global AIDS fighters “keep up the good work with less money,” this New York Times editorial […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

Rapid Response Fund aims to maintain HIV service access for sexual minorities

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Organizations in 29 countries are eligible for emergency funds, support for longer term measures to counter treatment barriers In the weeks after Nigeria passed its 2014 law banning gay people from gathering, and criminalizing organizations that supported them, programs providing HIV services for men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities in that […]

What comes after START? We’re reading about a projected cost of universal access and other barriers to treatment

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Treating HIV Patients Before They Get Sick – This New York Times editorial follows the newspaper’s reporting on findings from the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment study, which found that treating people for HIV upon diagnosis averts illnesses without adding negative impacts. The findings, the editorial says, raise the question of: “whether global and national […]

Nigeria anti-gay law: community calls for support, advocates call for action

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With reports that police are arresting suspected “gay organization” members in Nigeria following the President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing last week of the country’s “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013,” the impacts of the new law are just beginning, according to agencies and organizations addressing health and human rights. In addition to prohibiting marriage and civil […]

The Year in Global Health: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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HIV, TB research, funding, policy developments, setbacks of 2013 lay out promises and challenges for 2014 The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act – In a year when Congress couldn’t even keep the Panda-cam on, expectations for the future of the legislation that launched PEPFAR and that was set to expire this year were low. The […]