Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Small world: Study of HIV subtype’s global spread shows impacts of tourism, migration, policies

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The subtype that comprises 5 percent of HIV-1 infections globally traveled from Africa to Thailand where it was identified in 1989. From there, it spread around the world. In 1991, when Thailand became home to 143,000 new HIV infections, public health officials acknowledged the seriousness of the country’s epidemic, and tackled it with the then […]

Measures of HIV treatment progress highlight lagging investments

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Greater investment, established goals needed to realize antiretroviral treatment benefits of reducing new infections, improving health, and lengthening life expectancy, pieces say While the proven transmission-preventing, health-improving, life-saving benefits of antiretroviral treatment for HIV, along with rising numbers of infected people receiving the medicine have inspired talk in recent years of an “AIDS-free generation,” efforts […]

Ebola: Too little, too late, lost lessons from the recent past, too much too late . . . We’re reading chronicles and updates from West Africa

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During a talk last week at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden contrasted the scenes of horror and futility he saw during a tour of West Africa health facilities overwhelmed by the region’s Ebola crisis in late August, with the promising and even […]

Sofosbuvir patent rejection offers chance of affordable effective hepatitis C treatment as studies highlight possibilities of drug

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This is turning out to be a big week for hopes of treatment and cures for some of the 185 million people worldwide living with hepatitis C, and for possibilities of lowering global incidence of the liver-damaging, cancer-causing disease. First, two studies added to what is known about the potential of a drug used in […]

PrEP: Risk of resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to prevent infection is lower than thought, study finds

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Highest risk of resistance found in those starting drugs with undiagnosed infection, pointing to importance of screening The landmark study that found preventive use of antiretroviral medicine by a person who is not infected with HIV can lower the risk of acquiring the virus from his or her infected partner has yielded data showing that […]

Frieden on Ebola: With “no alternative but to get to zero,” challenges remain getting, staying there

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When health response leaders gathered in Washington, DC this morning to deliver updates on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the progress gained in recent months was evident as much in what they didn’t discuss as what they did. The panel didn’t come to describe overflowing treatment wards, health workers sweltering in protective gear as […]

PEPFAR 3.0 takes on sustainable control, activism confronts TB drug barrier. . . We’re reading about responsibility and results

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PEPFAR 3.0 Controlling the Epidemic Delivering on the Promise . . . When the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was launched in 2004, nearly a decade after antiretroviral treatment began saving the lives of people living with HIV in the United States, the word “emergency” in its title was an understatement, this document, […]

Large scale TB screening in prisons, jails can be done, should be done, researchers say

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A program that screened more than 7000 inmates for tuberculosis at four South Africa correctional facilities showed that a large number of inmates could be diagnosed with TB and quickly begin treatment in a setting where confronting the disease is widely considered critical to broader public health objectives, an article released today in Open Forum […]

Berlin patient, standing alone, continues to prompt questions, search for answers

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What happened to Timothy Brown was almost serendipitous, coming as it did from a combination of knowledge, opportunity and readiness. Although what he went through nearly killed him, he remains singularly fortunate. Today, after a year of disappointing news from some on the front lines of HIV cure research, the information gleaned from his case […]

Want to change the course of HIV epidemics? Decriminalizing sex work could have greatest impact, researchers say

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Infections could be averted through combined impacts on violence, police harrassment, workplace dangers, as well as improved condom access, peer outreach, modelling indicates Of the different factors that can increase the likelihood of a person who is involved in sex work getting infected with HIV, the least examined type have been those stemming from the […]