Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Advocates hail South Africa bedaquiline recommendation, replacing toxic injection for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis

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Medicine represents third choice over “deaf or dead” for many patients, health worker/tuberculosis survivor-founded organization says Praising the treatment policy decision of South Africa health officials to replace painful injections that brought irreversible side effects to many tuberculosis patients whose disease was resistant to first line treatments with a newer medicine that had been proven […]

What we’re reading: Realities to keep in mind when planning to eliminate TB and other diseases

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Open Letter by the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health — in the context of TB – When a preventable and treatable disease remains the world’s leading infectious killer, the reasons can be found in inequities that allow the disease to spread and kill. […]

Peers speed HIV diagnosis to treatment start in country with world’s highest estimated prevalence

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In the Kingdom of eSwatini, the nation formerly known as Swaziland, where the percentage of the population who live with HIV is estimated to be the highest in the world, efforts to provide testing for the virus have been widespread and successful. It’s the next step, from testing to treatment for those who test positive, […]

House bills reject Trump retreat from U.S. leadership of global infectious disease responses

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Brushing aside White House proposals to cut global HIV and other international disease response funding, members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released a bill set to be finalized Friday, reflecting steadfast, and in some cases growing support for research, preparedness and response efforts to control the […]

Analysis highlights hurdles between pregnant women with HIV and treatment

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Interactions among poverty, gender, and health systems affect women’s participation in services to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child: a causal loop analysis The following is a guest post by Jennifer Yourkavitch, MPH, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation Retaining women in programs to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child remains a priority and […]

Starting HIV treatment at diagnosis slashes drop out, drug failure rates, China study finds

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Patients diagnosed with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment within 30 days had significantly lower rates of dropping out of treatment, and higher rates successful treatment, than those who started later, particularly those who started more than three months after their diagnosis, a study in China has found. Researchers, led by Yan Zhao and Zunyou Wu […]

What we’re reading: In health security and health rights, the costs of abandoning progress are high

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Advocacy to End Peace Corps HIV Dismissals – Last week we covered an effort by HIVMA and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors to learn more about, and to provide expertise to inform, current Peace Corps policies regarding volunteers living with HIV. The Peace Corps has since responded to a letter which […]

Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

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The following is a guest post by Olivier Kakesa, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation The Democratic Republic of Congo government’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in the country’s northwest Bikoro, Equatuer province includes mobilization of national epidemiological experts and local health staff to deal with the outbreak, vaccinating key personnel — such as health workers […]

Peace Corps discharge of volunteers diagnosed with HIV raises questions about policy’s realities

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The recent news in Buzzfeed about volunteers who were recently discharged from their Peace Corps postings after being diagnosed with HIV stirred memories at the HIV Medicine Association, an organization of more than 6000 HIV medical providers and researchers, and one of the publishers of this blog. HIVMA was among those voicing concern about the […]