Author Archives: Antigone Barton

AIDS 2016: Elton John, PEPFAR announce first recipients of joint fund supporting sexual minority access to HIV services

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“No human being should be left behind” Sir Elton John DURBAN, South Africa – The International AIDS Alliance and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV will receive the first grants under a j$10 million fund launched by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to open and ensure access to […]

AIDS 2016: Reducing stigma against gender and sexual minorities, a one-day training makes a difference

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The following is a guest post from Ashley Gibbs and David Mbote who serve on Health Policy Plus (HP+), a USAID- and PEPFAR-funded project. To reach the ambitious targets of the global HIV response, including universal treatment and viral suppression, we must first reach all populations with lifesaving HIV services. Unfortunately, HIV programming for gay and […]

AIDS 2016: Fund decline, incidence rise present clear, current threats to HIV services, research, “ending AIDS,” response watchers say

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DURBAN, South Africa – Global funding for HIV responses has declined in real numbers and in impact potential for the first time in five years, researchers and advocates told reporters here Tuesday, injecting reality into an ambition focused conference. The 13 percent drop in international donor funding from 2014 to 2015 means less money to support effective responses […]

AIDS 2016: Opening talks celebrate early pivotal action, and those who carry on

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“AIDS exposes us in all our human vulnerabilities . . .” Justice Edwin Cameron, July 19, 2016 DURBAN, South Africa – Justice Edwin Cameron concluded his talk at the first morning session of this conference with an invitation to sex workers in the audience to take over the stage. Dr. Sunil Sunhas Solomon concluded his with a pledge to carry on the […]

AIDS 2016: Medicines? Check! People to deliver them? Not so much . . .

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DURBAN, South Africa – Dr. Carlos del Rio, chairman of the HIV Medicine Association, chairman of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, has a pair of maps he shows medical students entering the field of infectious diseases. One shows the countries of the world sized according to the numbers of adults living with […]

AIDS 2016: Victimized, vilified by law and media, a nurse faces an uncertain future

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Journalists apologize to Rosemary Namubiru, but  the damages they dealt her career, reputation, and morale persist DURBAN, South Africa – Rosemary Namubiru is a nurse, a job too few want or have trained for in Uganda, home to a still-escalating HIV epidemic, and to inequities that put preventive health care out of reach for many. It is a […]

AIDS 2016: A preconference event highlights rights, demands, and continued neglect of gay and bisexual men in global HIV response

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Incidence, prevalence, laws and policies show: “We in fact are being left behind” DURBAN, South Africa – What if, as global HIV program leaders pursue unprecedented goals to close testing and treatment gaps, international donors cut their contributions to efforts in the hardest hit countries, leaving governments of those countries to pick up the slack? And what […]

It’s a small world after all . . . We’re reading about Ebola, Zika, yellow fever and hepatitis

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Why Congress’ Zika impasse could awaken Ebola menace – Remember 2014, when out of the clear blue sky, Ebola broke out across three West Africa countries, crippling their capital cities, going on to take more than 11,300 lives in 6 countries, including the United States before it was controlled? The lessons from that experience left […]

Multi-country survey sheds light on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment needs

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Findings highlight gaps in available testing, regimens The first survey to assess tuberculosis that does not respond to common treatments across populations in multiple high-disease-burden countries shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant disease, including through tests that do not yet exist. The survey’s findings, detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, […]