Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS HIV Gap Report highlights inequity of gains, says inclusion and ambitious acceleration could end epidemic by 2030

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Of 35 million people living with HIV, 19 million do not know it. While new infections dropped by 13 percent in last three years, more than three quarters of new infections took place in just 15 countries, and 48 percent of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa took place in just three countries. If the gap […]

In treatment as prevention era, health communication plays new and critical role

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When biomedical answers have supplanted behavior change messages as the most promising measures of preventing HIV transmission, what is the role of health communication in confronting the epidemic now? That is one of the questions an interdisciplinary group met to discuss at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health last year and it led […]

WHO releases key population HIV guidelines, with new recommendations for PrEP and opioid overdose management, updated evidence for prison responses, call for law, policy reviews

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Men who have sex with men, incarcerated people, people who inject drugs, people involved in sex work, and transgender people are focus of first consolidated guidelines addressing issues common to all, as well as specific needs They are the people on whom the global AIDS pandemic has had the highest impact, and yet who have […]

Mississippi baby remains unprecedented, despite viral rebound

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The “Mississippi baby,” born with HIV, treated early and aggressively, lost to treatment at 18 months only to return to care with no signs of virus, showed detectable viral levels in a clinic visit earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced today. Tests also showed a drop in the now four-year-old child’s immune […]

Option B+: In obstacle courses to lifelong antiretroviral treatment, hurdles are higher for pregnant women, study says

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Work conflicts, hidden HIV status, and bad treatment by staff are among the hurdles keeping women living with HIV from continuing antiretroviral treatment for life following childbirth, according to a article published last month ahead of print in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The study described in “What they wanted was to give […]

HIV among people who inject drugs emerging, growing, largely unaddressed and often uncounted in Middle East and North Africa

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Review highlights unmet needs, chance of hidden epidemics and opportunity in countries where people who inject drugs in region of high risk and lagging response In Afghanistan, where an estimated 83 percent of the world’s supply of heroin is produced, a gram of the drug could be bought for as little as $4 at a […]

While a baby in Mississippi proves what science can do, just a third of HIV-infected children get the treatment they need, leading to question: What will it take?

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Can pediatric AIDS end with numbers still uncounted? What has to happen to propel the progress of two and a half decades of confronting HIV in children to the success of no child contracting the virus, getting sick with AIDS, and no child dying from the disease? That was the question posed to a panel […]

Birx: PEPFAR will do more with less

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“We will deliver the right things, in the right places, at the right times,” said new Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx on Monday when outlining her broad vision for the third phase of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at a town hall hosted by Kaiser Family Foundation. With an increasingly limited budget, Birx […]

Targeting the pediatric HIV treatment gap, speeding drug development, imagining a world of equitable treatment access, the Medicines Patent Pool aims for breakthroughs

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An event last week launching the Pediatric treatment Initiative “to get kids the medicines they need,” included the news of a commitment to double the number of children on treatment with support from the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief within the next two years. With a continued gap that sees an estimated two million […]

HIV transmission risks: Review updates CDC estimates, adds impact of treatment, condom use

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Authors of a comprehensive review of literature reporting data on per-act HIV transmission risks have updated the last estimates produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, and in the process have highlighted the importance of treatment and prevention reaching those at greatest risk. The CDC’s estimates “relied heavily on estimates […]