Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Modeling tool tells when pairing responses to “big three” and neglected diseases is a win-win

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The idea of pairing responses to diseases found in the global south that are so neglected that they are classified by that word with the better-funded, but still constrained responses to the so-called “Big Three” of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, was not new. Neither was the hope that those combined efforts could streamline infectious disease control […]

Study: Anxiety, depression can lengthen delay between HIV “test and treat”

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Living with severe depression or an anxiety disorder can have a similar impact on patients’ promptness in seeking care following an HIV diagnosis as living far from a clinic, according to study looking at mental health factors among patients diagnosed more than 90 days before their arrival at a South Africa clinic for further testing […]

We’re reading about maintaining and advancing the gains of biomedical research on the ground

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At the tipping point – A decade and a half of U.S. global leadership against three infectious diseases has turned the trajectories of deadly pandemics and created a road map for ending the worldwide health threats posed by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as by outbreaks to come. But the advances led by the […]

Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

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Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find A study across 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa confirms a strong association between infection with the virus that causes genital herpes, and HIV infection, with findings that indicate being already infected with herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV2, […]

PEPFAR highlights gains and accountability, while treatment advocates highlight “Deadly Impact” of policy, funding gaps

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Boasting “first-ever, site-level program results” and a “new transparency milestone,” the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief today released its 14th Annual Report to Congress, highlighting advances against HIV globally that could not have been imagined when President George W. Bush announced the launch of a U.S.-led intervention in response to the worldwide […]

Study finds more than 80 percent of patients needing WHO recommended last resort treatment for drug-resistant TB not getting it

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Roughly four years after the World Health Organization recommended that the newest drugs against tuberculosis be made available to patients for whom they represented a last resort, fewer than a fifth of patients needing them have received them, according to a report in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The approvals of bedaquiline […]

What we’re reading: Training drives public health and pandemic preparedness

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Do we want another Spanish influenza pandemic? How can improving opportunities for educational loan repayment improve domestic and global health security and prevent future pandemics? In a look back at more than 60 years of contributions from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, this opinion piece by one its alumnae […]

Infection is unwanted souvenir from medical tourists’ trips

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Three patients with post-operative infections reported by New York Health officials in May 2017 to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked an investigation that revealed 35 more patients from nine states who had traveled to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic procedures and returned with nontuberculosis myobacteria. The investigation led to the temporary […]

Harm reduction, screening and treatment would save money and lives in Eastern European, Central Asian countries where injecting drug use drives rising rates of HIV, HCV

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Increasing access to sterile needles and syringes and to opioid substitution therapy, as well as to HIV and hepatitis C screening services and effective treatment would lower new infection rates by double digit percentages, save money and lives, and contain the spread of the viruses in Eastern European and Central Asian countries where people who […]