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Global Health Security Agenda measures early advances toward readiness to contain outbreaks

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“None of this works if you’ve got a hole in the net . . .” Last year, an international partnership that includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, as well as donors and agencies from Canada and European countries, and health officials in countries around […]

Raise profile, funding of global TB response to match advances seen in HIV, Malaria efforts report says

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Over the first 15 years of this century, as efforts against the “big three” global infectious diseases — HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — accelerated, the numbers of new HIV infections dropped by 32 percent, and the number of deaths caused by the virus declined by 31 percent. Malaria infections dropped by 18 percent, and deaths […]

WHO issues guidelines for HIV self-testing, partner notification

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Noting persisting lags in HIV diagnoses, particularly among men, adolescents and people — including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and individuals who earn income through sex work — who are marginalized by discriminatory laws and policies, the World Health Organization today released guidelines to help nations and programs use self-testing for HIV as […]

Can big data fill gaps in epidemic awareness, responses? Researchers say yes, with caveats

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With social media, cell phone logs, online news reports and electronic medical records, researchers say, “big data” is getting bigger, and can go where traditional infectious disease surveillance can’t . . . The more that was learned about how and where Ebola was spreading during the 2014-2015 crisis in West Africa, the more quickly it […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: WHO preconference meeting sizes up the challenges, imagines a world without TB

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As a fab 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health comes to Liverpool, session titles and speakers nod to city’s favorite sons, while focus of WHO symposium is global and forward . . . LIVERPOOL, England – Around the last time a new and widely accessible treatment for tuberculosis was being readied for market, the Beatles were making […]

HIVR4P 2016: Circumcision offers major contribution to ending HIV epidemic as a public health threat

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CHICAGO – Kenya’s medical circumcision program launched early with ambition, charting circumcisions performed for 1.3 million men by the end of 2015, leaving evaluators asking what is and what will be the impact of this HIV prevention intervention on the epidemic? Through the lens of the clinical trials that showed that circumcision can reduce the risk […]

Stephen Lawn: Brought faith, humor, love for Africa, and unending determination to quest for answers to TB, HIV

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Professor Stephen Lawn, physician researcher, author, and teacher, March 13,1966 – Sept. 23, 2016 It was an expedition across the Sahara desert in the late 1980s, Stephen Lawn said later, that changed the course of his life, to one driven by faith and ultimately focused on fighting the impacts of HIV and tuberculosis. The career […]

Antimicrobial resistance takes center stage

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Forum explores global and diverse causes, challenges, impacts, of dwindling treatments for infectious diseases NEW YORK — On the eve of the first gathering of world leaders confronting the worldwide and growing threat of infections resistant to existing medicines, Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy emphasized the opportunity the moment […]

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raises $12.9 billion for next three years

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Launch of 2016 replenishment of funds to fight three diseases comes close to goal, exceeds 2013 donations The $12.9 billion in donations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the launch of its fifth replenishment Saturday puts the international charity effectively within reach of its $13 billion goal and reflects increases in national […]

AIDS 2016: Seeds planted at 2000 conference grow infectious disease responses in prisons

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In 2000, when former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spoke at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the former prisoner awakened the world’s conscience. It was not until the AIDS conference returned to Durban this year, however, that health access in prisons took center stage. In the meantime, an effort sparked by a session at that earlier conference introduced […]