Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

China study indicates bias against men who have sex with men spurs migration, potential spread of HIV, stalls services, responses

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Study highlights role of dating website in filling gaps The quest is for anonymity, but the result is closer to invisibililty. While the numbers of men who have sex with men remain a guess in China, a country that only in the last 20 years decriminalized same-sex intimacy, and only in the last decade and […]

Draft of U.N. HIV political declaration released along with calls for comments

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Zero Draft on the Fast-Track to End AIDS in the age of Sustainable Development calls for integrated approaches, attention to neglected, marginalized and excluded populations, sets treatment targets Coordinators of the upcoming United Nations meeting on global HIV impacts and responses released a draft Tuesday of the political declaration on global responses to HIV to […]

Access to HIV treatment averted about a million serious illnesses, saved nearly $50 million in 2013 alone, review finds

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A review analyzing data from around the world on adults living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries found that initiation of antiretroviral treatment lowered the risks of opportunistic infections during the first year of treatment from as much as 57 percent to 91 percent, saving millions of dollars in costs of treating illnesses that include […]

Civil Society briefing brings opportunity to (re) engage civil society leaders in HIV response

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The following is a guest post by Andrew Zapfel of Health Policy Plus project, Palladium In my first job after college, working with adolescents in Buffalo, NY, USA, to prevent the spread of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and early pregnancy I learned a lesson that stays with me. Without adolescents as part of the planning […]

Ward Cates: Physician, scientist, champion of women’s health, global health, and social good

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A leader who translated research into practice, challenges into change, leaves a legacy Ward was a remarkable leader in global public health. His vision remained true throughout his career. He recognized that poor women were not being able to access new advances in reproductive health technology and developed critical trials to show how they could […]

PEPFAR Report to Congress reviews advances, accomplishments, opportunities, cites challenge of growing populations among most at risk

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While incidence rates drop, actual numbers of new infections could rise steeply In 2015, the more than 68 million people tested for HIV with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief included 14.7 million pregnant women, the program’s latest report to Congress, released Monday, notes. Among the results of that testing were […]

Zero Discrimination Day: Breaking down HIV stigma with individual, structural, and health facility policy interventions

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The following is a guest post by Molly Fitzgerald, of Health Policy Project March 1st marks Zero Discrimination Day, a day set aside to celebrate diversity, reject discrimination, and to promote compassion, tolerance, and peace. In a diverse and increasingly globally-connected world, intolerance for diversity and persistent HIV stigma seem astonishing. Arguably, one of the […]

How attention to privacy supports continuity of care in Swaziland: Confidential, complete HIV care through better health information systems

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The following is a guest post by Sam Wambugu, of MEASURE Evaluation In the United States, electronic medical records have removed the tedium of filling out replicate health forms at every doctor visit. But now the same is true for low- and middle-income countries like Swaziland in southeastern Africa where MEASURE Evaluation, a USAID-funded global […]

Advisory group aims to close gap between men who have sex with men and “fast-tracked” HIV responses

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If can be difficult to imagine a world suddenly so equitable that in the next four years 90 percent of all people living with HIV have had a chance to learn they have the virus, 90 percent of those are receiving treatment, and the quality and consistency of that treatment is good enough to make […]