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 […]

More than half of children living with HIV still without treatment in high burden, PEPFAR-supported southern African countries

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While a growing number of countries have adopted World Health Organization guidelines recommending antiretroviral treatment for all children with HIV, more than half of children living with the virus in the highest burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa remain untreated, according to a report released today. The report notes that pediatric HIV treatment coverage nearly doubled between […]

Report shows drop in HIV funding threatens gains in high burden, low income countries

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While steady increases in overall spending to prevent and treat HIV since 2000 have greatly diminished the impacts of the pandemic, high-burden and low income countries continue to rely largely on external funding for care, treatment and prevention programs that will be at risk if donor contributions continue to drop, a recent report from a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CROI 2018: Women controlled HIV-protection gains ground with interim results from open-label trials of antiretroviral vaginal ring

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BOSTON – With high rates of uptake, high rates of use, and HIV infection rates less than half of what would otherwise have been anticipated, the continued development of vaginal rings loaded with antiretroviral drug as a means of protection from the virus gained a large measure of vindication in interim trial results released here […]

What we’re reading: An unimaginably bad budget plan, and its impacts . . .

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The Trump Budget’s Effect on HIV: Unimaginably Bad – Dr. Melanie Thompson is Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and principal investigator of AIDS research at the Consortium of Atlanta. As a physician specializing in HIV care she has seen the inequities that fuel the epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia, and the impacts. Here, she enumerates […]