Author Archives: Antigone Barton

ShangRing: WHO approval of second nonsurgical circumcision device sets stage for accelerated access to HIV prevention measure

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Latest device approved for use on adolescents, broadening scope of low-cost intervention Call it “VMMC,” for voluntary medical male circumcision, or the current, and more concise “MC” for medical circumcision, by any name, removing men’s foreskins has been proven to lower their risks of acquiring HIV through vaginal sexual intercourse by as much as 60 […]

UNAIDS, Lancet: Take accelerated action on HIV treatment access, research and development, and address epidemic drivers, or risk rebound

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. ” . . . the question is no longer whether the fight against AIDS can be won; the only questions are: will it be won — and when?” An international commission of scientists and others involved in and affected by responses to the global HIV pandemic released findings from a two-year examination of what […]

Global health advocates circle U.S. Capitol, but Senators advance toward TPP trade deal

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Trade agreement would allow patent extensions, profit-protecting lawsuits, limiting access to affordable drugs, leaked records of secret talks have shown Representing organizations that train and supply health workers in some of the world’s poorest countries, that push for global access to life-saving medicines, and that urge effective responses to infectious diseases, protesters opposing the Trans […]

MERS: An outbreak reveals vulnerabilities, gaps, another chance to build appropriate responses

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On his way to a Médecins Sans Frontières meeting in New York last week, Dr. Dan Lucey was looking forward to a reunion of sorts with physicians with whom he volunteered at a hospital in Liberia last fall. “Not a hospital,” he corrected himself, “An Ebola treatment center.” The difference, he clarified, is that he was talking about a […]

Henan province study shows HIV treatment offering greater protection against transmission as drugs, programs improved

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Findings suggest that quality of care required to reduce HIV transmissions can be achieved in resource-poor and remote settings Selling blood brought in more money, quicker, than farmers across Henan province in China could earn any other way, but the practice came at an even higher price. By 1997 when the government cracked down on […]

House committee discusses diminished medical research budget, while Fauci talks to HIV prevention scientists

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While funding constraints divide science support, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director says, “We really do have a lot to do.”  As members of a House subcommittee met this morning on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to discuss allocations that will affect health, human services, education and training programs in the year ahead, […]

Down, but not out . . . We’re still reading about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on health

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Obama’s trade plan in critical condition – Last week Congress dealt a blow to White House hopes for authority to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement without amendment. This was good news for opponents of the pact, including global health advocates concerned that extended patent protections in the deal could put life-saving medicine out […]

Diminishing research dollars sparks disease comparisons, competition, while HIV advocates say now is not the time to ease efforts

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As U.S. House and Senate Appropriation Committee members prepare to set funding levels for health and human services that include medical research during the fiscal year ahead, 679 clinicians and researchers as well as leaders of 416 organizations working to prevent, treat and some day end the impact of HIV, have added their names to […]

African scientists on anti-homosexuality laws: Criminalization harms public health

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Report details how criminalization and discrimination against sexual minorities fuels spread of infectious diseases among general populations as well as among men who have sex with men Research forming the basis of a broad consensus among scientists worldwide that homosexuality is normal, natural and poses no threats to health remains widely unknown to policymakers where […]

XDR-TB patient in U.S. highlights global reach of infectious disease

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While health officials seek fellow passengers, researchers seek a vaccine If an argument is needed against prioritizing United States medical research dollars simply on the basis of disease burden in the U.S., global health advocates in Washington, DC didn’t have to look any farther this week than the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland. […]