Author Archives: Antigone Barton

PaMZ TB drug regimen: Cheaper, simpler, safer and with effectiveness “significantly greater” than standard regimen, researchers say

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An analysis of eight-week data from a clinical trial of a tuberculosis treatment regimen shows the promise of curing the disease in a shorter period of time, at a fraction of the current cost, and with no need for painful injections, researchers at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia said Monday. They were announcing […]

AIDS 2014: When HIV Research and Data Collection Is at Odds with “Do No Harm”

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The following is a guest post from Health Policy Project Senior Policy Advisor Anita Datar and Health Policy Project Ron MacInnis, of the Futures Group. By Anita Datar, Senior Policy Advisor, and Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA —Using maps to understand spatial patterns in disease epidemics is […]

The Voice of Public Health Leadership Globally: Marginalized

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV. By Ron MacInnis WASHINGTON, DC — My visit to Uganda last month – and meetings with many dedicated health professionals and HIV advocates – left me with concerns about the direction of the country’s HIV response and about the continued impact of […]

Disabilities and HIV in Zambia, faith-based opportunities to provide bridges to services, and Malawi steps up . . . We’re reading reports on gaps and how to fill them

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“We Are Also Dying of AIDS” – This report from Human Rights Watch on Barriers to HIV Services and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia is dedicated to the late Winstone Zulu, the Zambian activist  who pushed for HIV and TB responses to reach people marginalized by poverty, cultural bias, discriminatory laws, and institutionalized […]

UNAIDS HIV Gap Report highlights inequity of gains, says inclusion and ambitious acceleration could end epidemic by 2030

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Of 35 million people living with HIV, 19 million do not know it. While new infections dropped by 13 percent in last three years, more than three quarters of new infections took place in just 15 countries, and 48 percent of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa took place in just three countries. If the gap […]

In treatment as prevention era, health communication plays new and critical role

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When biomedical answers have supplanted behavior change messages as the most promising measures of preventing HIV transmission, what is the role of health communication in confronting the epidemic now? That is one of the questions an interdisciplinary group met to discuss at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health last year and it led […]

Opioid substitution therapy successful, and critical, in first mainland sub-Saharan Africa program

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The first publicly funded program to provide methadone maintenance therapy to people who inject opiate drugs on the mainland of sub-Saharan Africa retained clients at rates comparable to wealthier countries and, in the process, yielded information that could increase the success of other such programs, a study has shown. The program, and the study to […]

WHO releases key population HIV guidelines, with new recommendations for PrEP and opioid overdose management, updated evidence for prison responses, call for law, policy reviews

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Men who have sex with men, incarcerated people, people who inject drugs, people involved in sex work, and transgender people are focus of first consolidated guidelines addressing issues common to all, as well as specific needs They are the people on whom the global AIDS pandemic has had the highest impact, and yet who have […]

Mississippi baby remains unprecedented, despite viral rebound

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The “Mississippi baby,” born with HIV, treated early and aggressively, lost to treatment at 18 months only to return to care with no signs of virus, showed detectable viral levels in a clinic visit earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced today. Tests also showed a drop in the now four-year-old child’s immune […]

Uganda government claims misunderstanding, while Uganda report cites HIV response gaps, Zambia cracks down and backtracks, and Kenya’s future . . . We’re reading about failures to communicate when politics trump health

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Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 – Most people have read by now that the Government of Uganda has added insult to injury with a claim that donors somehow “misinterpreted” the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Law (which carries terms of 10 years to life in prison for gay sex) to be […]