Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Global burden of disease report shows gains made from HIV response, work that remains to respond to infectious disease

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Global life expectancy has increased by 10.2 years since 1980, with the most marked increases occurring over the past decade in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the expansion of antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV activities have expanded life expectancy by more than ten years in countries with the highest HIV burdens. Zimbabwe in […]

Community systems strengthening needed to end HIV, TB

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As the global HIV community gathers this week in Durban, South Africa for the International AIDS Conference, their focus should be on strengthening community-led responses, along with health systems strengthening to reach UNAIDS’ goal of testing 90 percent of people living with HIV, getting 90 percent of them on antiretroviral therapy, and suppressing the virus […]

Born free of HIV but dying from the “silent killer”: The crisis of syphilis

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL —  In Haiti, activities to prevent mother to child transmission were working, Rosanna Peeling of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was […]

Is HIV self-testing an answer, or another obstacle?

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL — Access to self-testing for HIV is critical to reaching goals that UNAIDS has projected would end the pandemic by 2030, that begin with 90 percent […]

UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy is cost-effective, will save millions of lives, study shows

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Reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, of 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed accessing antiretroviral therapy, and treatment in at least 90 percent of those individuals suppressing their virus to undetectable levels would not only benefit populations and improve individual health but would be cost-efficient a study has found. The study, published in […]

Strong health systems, human rights essential for Africa’s growth, says Susan Rice

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Linking success in tackling diseases in Africa to economic growth and stability on the continent, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Friday vowed the U.S. will continue to support country-led plans that build healthcare systems, and to “build our programs around Africa’s plan.” “The U.S. is redefining the way we engage with Africa, not […]

Amnesty International adopts sex work decriminalization policy

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Despite calls from some celebrities, faith-based and anti-sex work organizations, the global human rights group Amnesty International adopted a policy to support the full decriminalization of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers at the International Council Meeting, the group’s decision-making forum, earlier this month. The policy calls on countries to ensure […]

HIV rates high among adolescent girls while sexual health services access low, says report

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Globally adolescent girls in low and middle-income countries continue to face unmet needs when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health, according to a report published by the Guttmacher Institute. Two-thirds of sexually active adolescent women worldwide do not have access to contraceptives – this unmet need contributes to higher risks of HIV, unintended […]

New site details how PEPFAR funding is spent

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Amfar, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has launched a new website designed to help civil society organizations, ministries of health and finance, researchers, and others access President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding data. The website, featuring a navigable database of PEPFAR country and regional operational plans, lays out how $29 billion in planned funding […]