Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Injectable ARVs and PReP, viral load testing developments, questions on Global Funds in Nigeria and Uganda, we’re reading updates and more . . .

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AVAC’s latest PxWire – News at March’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs offered monkeys protection against vaginal and rectal HIV exposure paved the way for investigating if the approach would work for people too, and raised expectations that long-acting PReP, or pre-exposure prevention of HIV is possible, AVAC […]

TB Reach project results show need for new approaches to lift case detection rates

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For a decade and a half after the World Health Organization launched the expansion of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis, strides against the disease, highlighted by a nearly six-fold increase in cases documented, looked promising, an article released Thursday on PLOS ONE notes. But over the last half decade, with efforts largely reliant on “passive […]

Pediatric AIDS prevention trial that helped pave way for vision of AIDS-free generation is part of pioneering researcher’s story

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This article originally appeared on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation blog Experts in Focus: Dr. Laura Guay By Chelsea Bailey | April 15, 2014 “When it comes to your career, I tell people, ‘you just don’t know.’ Something could come along and change your life, and for me, this was it.” -Laura Guay, M.D. […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]

Saving lives without a rai$e, physician scientist weighs in on proposed TB cut, TPP’s toxic side effects, Trans Populations and HIV, Uganda roundup . . . We’re reading about trade, trade-offs and failures to communicate

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Tell Congress to keep up the fight against AIDS! – The program that helped make sure a million babies were born HIV-free and put 6.7 million people on antiretroviral treatment that saves their lives and prevents transmission of HIV has gone half a decade without a raise, the organization ONE points out, as it launches […]

WHO issues first hepatitis C guideline, notes treatment remains unaffordable to most

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Announcement notes release coincides with availability of improved drugs, while health advocates warns price puts new medicines beyond reach The World Health Organization’s first guidelines on the treatment of hepatitis C released Wednesday begin by noting that while treatment for the virus is successful for most of the people who receive it, 350,000 of those […]

Uganda: As Anti-Homosexuality Law hits services, funding, its impact on current and future HIV treatment access raises concerns

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Ugandan police action at U.S. Military HIV Research Program site “has significantly heightened our concerns about respect for civil society and rule of law in Uganda,” State Department official says Following a week that saw a U.S. funded program in Uganda closed by the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Law, leaders of organizations representing physicians and researchers  in […]

Uganda arrest of U.S. program staffer brings laws’ impacts home, raises questions about impact on global AIDS responses

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Five days after police officers called on the United States Military HIV Research Program’s project office in Uganda’s capital to enforce the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Law, a note on the project site, as well as a statement on the U.S. Department of State web site, announcing the “temporary suspension” of the project’s activities to “ensure […]

HIV services derailed in wake of Nigeria, Uganda laws panelists say

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When Nigeria passed its “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law,” banning gay people from gathering, and criminalizing “gay clubs, societies, organizations,” and their “sustenance,” the work of reaching men who have sex with men life-saving HIV prevention, treatment and other health services in the country with the world’s second largest HIV epidemic, had only begun to […]

Dr. Birx sworn in as PEPFAR leader

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Two days after her confirmation as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador at large, Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in today to her new office, the U.S. Department of State has announced. The announcement ends five months of waiting for the office to be filled that came during a pivotal point in the U.S. response […]