Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Locals inform the strategies to fight HIV in their communities, activists propel evidence-based policy, and sex workers cite a failure to communicate . . .

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We’re reading about listening to people who know what they’re talking about Impact of Community Activism – With flat funding and rising need, the importance of spending every dollar committed to HIV responses effectively, and on evidence-based action has never been more critical. Direct involvement of affected populations is essential to determining where that isn’t […]

Addressing development of tuberculosis diagnostics and drugs is critical to global antimicrobial resistance response, review finds

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A new tool to diagnose drug-resistant tuberculosis with an improved regimen to then treat it would more than halve the current death toll from the disease within six years, saving 100,000 lives annually, according to a report commissioned by the British government. The report brings the findings and recommendations of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, […]

How far is reality of HIV treatment access from optimal? Study looks at preventive impact of antiretroviral therapy where waits are long, stockouts common, and status sometimes secret

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Preventive benefit still high, but lessened by access, disclosure obstacles in area where rates are among the highest on earth In KwaZulu-Natal, where rates of HIV are the highest in South Africa, close to a third of adults live with HIV, and only a little more than a third of adults in their working years […]

Zika makes it from Americas to Africa, while funding to build health systems there hits wall

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The day after both houses of Congress voted to fund Zika responses only at the expense of addressing ongoing challenges posed by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed that the strain of Zika now spreading in the West Africa island nation of Cabo Verde is the form of the […]

House action on Zika split on party lines, views of public health protection

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//UPDATE: THE U.S. SENATE THURSDAY PASSED ITS $1.1 BILLION ZIKA FUNDING BILL, BY A 68 TO 30 VOTE, ALSO REFLECTING PARTY LINE DIVISION WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, BUT WITH REPUBLICAN SENATORS CASTING ALL DISSENTING VOTES// While the Zika virus freely crosses national boundaries and territorial lines alike, the U.S. Representatives stuck pretty much […]

NIH names new Office of AIDS Research director

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Post has been open since June 2015 departure of longtime leader Dr. Jack Whitescarver “We still need a vaccine and we need a cure. So we need ways to protect people not infected, and we need to try to find ways that we can cure people who are . . .” Dr. Maureen Goodenow, in […]

House, Senate bills show widely divergent views of time, money needed for Zika, future threats

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//UPDATE: SENATORS MOVED TOWARDS APPROVING A ZIKA FUNDING PLAN THAT WILL PROVIDE $1.1 BILLION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND RESEARCH ADDRESSING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND ITS EFFECTS. THE PLAN REPLACES SOME BUT NOT ALL OF THE FUNDING ADVANCED EARLIER, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE CUTS TO OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AN INITIAL VOTE FOUND SENATORS  […]

An imperative for secrecy, a barrier to services, a driver of an epidemic . . . We’re reading about a public health hazard commonly called stigma

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‘The mercurial piece of the puzzle’: Understanding stigma and HIV/AIDS in South Africa – The role of stigma in challenges to HIV responses, including adequate funding, sound policies, access to services, the numbers of people diagnosed, the numbers of people for whom treatment is uninterrupted, and more, is difficult to assess because the word, used […]

WHO recommendations aim to speed diagnosis, treatment of MDR-TB

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The two years of toxic medicines that make up the common course of treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis is so grueling and discouraging, as one Médecins Sans Frontières physician put it, that it causes “teenagers to abandon their ambitions, adults to decide between providing for their family or getting healthy and the elderly to wish for […]

Science moves faster than funding for Zika, while virus moves faster still

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A little more than three months since the World Health Organization recognized the spread of Zika virus and accompanying rising rates of microcephaly and other neurological disorders as a public health emergency of international concern, policymakers Thursday will consider once again the reasons President Obama asked in February that $1.9 million in emergency funding be […]