Author Archives: Antigone Barton

UNAIDS report, released in advance of World AIDS Day, makes a case of speeding responses to pandemic

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“Fast-track” report points to areas where efforts are just beginning Imagine a world where discriminatory laws and policies standing between health services and men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, prisoners, people living with HIV, and others now pushed to the margins of their societies were replaced with laws and policies […]

Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission: Study underscores WHO B+ guidelines

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PROMISE Study findings released Monday support benefits of ongoing antiretroviral treatment for all pregnant women. Dr. Anthony Fauci calls findings “another important step in our efforts to define the best approaches toward the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission globally” When the multi-country PROMISE study to identify means of “Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere” by preventing transmission […]

As “most improved” for transparency among U.S. agencies, PEPFAR is one to watch in 2015

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With obstacles to information on how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief planned, spent, and tallied the worth of its funding earning the world’s largest public health initiative a “very poor” rating last year on the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — well below the U.S. Military —  the agency’s “fair” rating earned this […]

As strategies to prevent HIV and unintended pregnancies evolve, concepts of “multi-purpose technologies” raise a familiar question . . .

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What do women want? While two trials test vaginal rings to fight HIV, market research highlights respondents’ interests in different options It’s a question that gained gravity last year when an ambitious trial to identify ways women could use to protect themselves from HIV infection yielded disappointing but unsurprising findings. Nothing, results of blood tests […]

Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services

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“An act to prohibit the promotion of unnatural sexual practices; to criminalise funding for purposes of promoting unnatural sexual practices . . .” A Bill for an Act ENTITLED THE PROHIBITION OF PROMOTION OF UNNATURAL SEXUAL PRACTICES BILL, 2014 The latest draft of a bill targeting “unnatural sexual practices” from a Uganda Parliament committee seeking […]

Ebola backlash has familiar impact, why understanding sex work is good for everyone, and why advocacy matters . . . We’re reading about demarginalizing public health

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We’re reading about Ebola . . . Physicians and other health practitioners returning from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone looking forward to sharing their experiences and receiving updates from fellow attendees of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting in New Orleans this week instead got this disinvitation from Louisiana Governor Bobby […]

Dr. Fauci: “Why we really do need an HIV vaccine in spite of the spectacular successes in prevention”

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One of the reasons: “Recidivism” In 1957, public health efforts on the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of Tanzania confronted the malaria threat there with an all out attack on the parasite that spreads the disease. The result was rewarding, with the disease all but eliminated there. In more recent years, the same effort was […]

HIV R4P: With combined HIV biomedical prevention approaches come optimism, circumspection

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“We were all pretty sad sacks, after seeing all these vaccine trials and not really seeing anything,” Dr. Mary Marovich said early last week, reflecting on the state of the HIV vaccine research field just a few years ago. Marovich, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was emphasizing the contrast between then […]

HIV R4P: HIV prevention science and community meet at Crossroads

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“When we say relationship, we mean relationship,” Professor Linda-Gail Bekker said today. “It’s not like the relationship with your banker, it’s like the relationship with your mother.” It includes doing the wash, minding the kids, calling before the holidays with reminders to make sure to stay in touch . . . “Whatever it takes to get the […]

As HIV R4P focuses on those with highest burden, least access to services, the death of a Zambian President highlights fragility of leadership and public health

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A Zambian acquaintance here at the HIV R4P conference in Cape Town shared the news this morning that the country’s President, Michael Sata, has died. “It is too much,” she said, noting he is the second president to die in office in six years, and in the short history of the country that just celebrated […]