Author Archives: Antigone Barton

A worldwide obstacle course through the first HIV 90, the UN and “a high-level failure,” WHO and a treatment double standard, and vaccine’s limited reach . . . We’re reading about the weakest links in prevention and care

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Today is National HIV Testing Day; every day can be — This opinion piece by Dr. Carlos del Rio, a physician who is chairman of the HIV Medicine Association and of the Rollins School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health, comprehensively rounds up current obstacles to the first step to personal and public health that HIV […]

With continuing failure to reach Zika funding compromise, and adjournment looming, Congress resets response deadline to mid-July

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“Agreement” advanced by House, Senate Republicans fails to garner support Bill with restrictions to contraception access, lifting of environmental protections, hits to domestic health and Ebola control efforts would have faced President’s veto if passed As Senate Democrats had warned a week before, the $1.1 billion Zika funding package crafted by a bicameral committee of […]

Zika pregnancy and infant study to seek information on scope of risks from virus, strategies to meet impacts

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And as summer starts in North America, legislators prepare for break . . . //Post updated June 22, 2016 with information on potential environmental factors the study will weigh// Aiming to inform strategies to protect pregnant women and their developing fetuses in Zika endemic areas, a collaborative study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health […]

The forgotten killer, a need for shorter, better treatment, a measure of failures to diagnose children, and the impacts of inequity . . . We’re reading about tuberculosis

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Energizing the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa – A  history of inequality, a government’s long refusal to acknowledge the virus, a donor relationship in perpetual transition . . . these are among the challenges to controlling HIV in this epicenter of the pandemic. But, this report notes, one of the biggest challenges to success […]

Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions

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Today is International Day of the African Child, and brings the following guest post by By Paul Henry Brodish, MSPH, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation I recently viewed a short video from The New York Times with Dr. Eyrun F. Kjetland discussing her work on female genital schistosomiasis and HIV. It’s hard to watch the video, […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: “Reaffirming” urgency while dodging realities, UN resolution on HIV shows what happens when a declaration is political

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Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 sets new targets, notes gaps, but leaves much unsaid, most affected behind NEW YORK — After weeks of amendments, deletions, rephrasing, and equivocations, the document agreed to by the member states represented […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: TB gets time and targets, as leaders weigh impacts of No. 1 killer

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NEW YORK – At a “high-level” meeting of nations all confronting the impacts of a still incurable virus, it may seem strange that just one event and a scattering of mentions in a political declaration have been dedicated to the leading — and curable — killer of people with that virus. But for leaders of responses to tuberculosis […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: PEPFAR directs $100 million to reach gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners

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Amidst governments’ resistance to key population outreach efforts, fund will support community led approaches, OGAC leader says NEW YORK – A day after the formal release of a United Nations political declaration on a global approach to HIV gave short shrift to demographic groups experiencing the highest HIV impacts and lowest access to HIV services, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator […]