UNAIDS global HIV data shows “miles to go”

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The tale of two global HIV responses continues to unfold this week, in data released by UNAIDS in the run-up to the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. One response, driven by antiretroviral treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis, by unhindered access to health services and education, by the decriminalization of drug use and sex work, along […]

An affirmation on the way to AIDS 2018: Much has changed, not enough, and some for the worse

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In calls for improved inclusiveness, evidence-based expenditures, and people-based policies, screeds released in advance of International AIDS Conferences tend to echo those of the year before, holding, if not advancing, established intentions. This year’s, an “affirmation,” rather than a “declaration” seems to acknowledge that in its title, but it also notes significant changes — in […]

What we’re reading: How to pick fights against diseases and win

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If we really want to eradicate diseases . . . – Donated high-technology coolers to transport vaccines across rural terrains during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent Ebola outbreak addressed one critical challenge, helping to contain the virus. But answers to infrastructure deficits that include power and water are needed to ensure the effective […]

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

What do you read, to track 25 years of HIV stigma and progress? Words, words, words . . .

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From the first International AIDS Conference in Atlanta with about a thousand attendees in 1985, to the upcoming one in Amsterdam where about 18,000 are expected later this month, the annual, and then biennial meetings served as milestones in a slow climb of scientific, political and community progress against the pandemic. Memorable peaks include the […]

In Lesotho, where life expectancy is under 50, the last to test for HIV are the hardest to reach

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Clinics for men, adolescent-dedicated sections in existing clinics, and increased support for community-based services are all needed to expand the reach of HIV testing in Lesotho, and offer hope of controlling the epidemic in a country where the virus is responsible for one of the shortest life expectancies in the world, according to a report […]

Report finds responsive research, innovative technology, training critical to controlling DRC Ebola outbreak

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Potential for spread, effective intervention highlighted importance of building local capacities The Democratic Republic of Congo had experienced eight previous Ebola virus outbreaks when the most recent emergence of the disease was confirmed there in early May, and hard-earned lessons from the past supplied much of the knowledge that drove the swift response that followed. […]

Digital health information systems are maturing to reflect realities on the ground

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The following is a guest post by Christina Villella, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation I am sure many of you have been in the same boat, spending months developing a tool to help improve health information systems in low- and middle-income countries. You know the field is saturated with new ideas, so you want to make […]

What we’re reading: Testing lag highlights role of healthcare access in HIV prevention and more about knowing the right thing to do, but . . .

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Tests are lagging and the end of the epidemic is far away – How can it be that nearly four decades after what later became known as HIV was first recognized as a syndrome killing men who had sex with men, and more than a decade since U.S. public health officials recommended routine testing as […]