Author Archives: Antigone Barton

HIV viral load testing capacities progress, require global support, multiple partners to reach 90-90-90 goals

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Four of seven sub-Saharan African countries followed by researchers over the last year and a half now can track the effectiveness of HIV treatment among all patients receiving it with tests to measure the levels of virus in their bodies at least once a year, according to an update in last week’s Centers for Disease […]

World AIDS Day: We’re reading about history, progress, gaps, and the costs of inequities

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The AIDS.gov Timeline of HIV/AIDS, first posted in 2011 and updated since, is  a good place to go for a look at the winding path of recognition and response to HIV. From the announcement of the “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” to the formation of the first community based response of the Gay Men’s […]

Raise profile, funding of global TB response to match advances seen in HIV, Malaria efforts report says

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Over the first 15 years of this century, as efforts against the “big three” global infectious diseases — HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — accelerated, the numbers of new HIV infections dropped by 32 percent, and the number of deaths caused by the virus declined by 31 percent. Malaria infections dropped by 18 percent, and deaths […]

WHO issues guidelines for HIV self-testing, partner notification

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Noting persisting lags in HIV diagnoses, particularly among men, adolescents and people — including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and individuals who earn income through sex work — who are marginalized by discriminatory laws and policies, the World Health Organization today released guidelines to help nations and programs use self-testing for HIV as […]

Zika: An emergency evolves into an enduring public health threat with long-term demands

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“Many unknowns” continue to accompany the spread of the virus linked to neurological birth defects and Guillain Barre syndrome, while new questions surround funding for research, responses and the collateral damage of delays In Brazil, where the link between the Zika virus and babies born with microcephaly to women who had been infected during pregnancy […]

Project shows how to increase HIV treatment retention: Use the data you already have

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The following is a guest post by Kate Klein, Catherine Barker, Michelle Li, and Nena do Nascimento Surprisingly little emphasis is placed on retention in care compared to other issues in the HIV sphere. For example, at the recent 2016 International AIDS Conference, only two of more than 200 sessions focused on this topic; and […]

Can big data fill gaps in epidemic awareness, responses? Researchers say yes, with caveats

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With social media, cell phone logs, online news reports and electronic medical records, researchers say, “big data” is getting bigger, and can go where traditional infectious disease surveillance can’t . . . The more that was learned about how and where Ebola was spreading during the 2014-2015 crisis in West Africa, the more quickly it […]

Petition asks BRICS to triple TB R&D funding

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Global tuberculosis treatment advocates and activists are asking leaders of the five countries that are home to almost half of all tuberculosis illnesses and deaths to triple their funding for research and development of new medicines and technologies to prevent, diagnose, and treat the leading infectious disease killer worldwide, on a petition that will be […]

World’s largest Zika database shows most confirmed cases among younger women

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Puerto Rico case distribution consistent with observations in other Zika-infected settings, but not with other impacts of other mosquito-borne viruses, suggesting sexual transmission raises women’s risks Results from nearly a year of testing Puerto Rico residents with suspected Zika illness reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control today show more than 800 […]

Indicators measure progress towards providing family planning services at HIV clinics

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The following is a guest post by Mary Freyder, MPH of Community Health and Behavioral Health Department, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine The HIV epidemic disproportionately affects women of reproductive age, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 60 percent of people living with HIV are women. In support of the global 90-90-90 targets, […]