Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Option B+ in Nigeria: New study supports lifelong antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Biyi Adesina of Avenir Health, Chukwuma Anyaike of the Ministry of Health, Nigeria, and Sara Bowsky of the Futures Group According to a 2013 UNAIDS report, Nigeria has a higher number of children contracting HIV than any other country in the world; nearly 60,000 were infected with the virus in 2012. As Nigeria […]

PEPFAR requires its programs to seek, use, document civil society input in planning

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“The old concept of concentrated, mixed, and generalized epidemics is making way for a new approach that requires analysing, understanding, and responding to subnational and local diversity of the AIDS epidemic, including knowing which populations are most affected within local epidemics.” PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan 2015 Guidance Citing this year’s UNAIDS 90-90-90 recommendations to end […]

Small world: Study of HIV subtype’s global spread shows impacts of tourism, migration, policies

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The subtype that comprises 5 percent of HIV-1 infections globally traveled from Africa to Thailand where it was identified in 1989. From there, it spread around the world. In 1991, when Thailand became home to 143,000 new HIV infections, public health officials acknowledged the seriousness of the country’s epidemic, and tackled it with the then […]

Want to change the course of HIV epidemics? Decriminalizing sex work could have greatest impact, researchers say

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Infections could be averted through combined impacts on violence, police harrassment, workplace dangers, as well as improved condom access, peer outreach, modelling indicates Of the different factors that can increase the likelihood of a person who is involved in sex work getting infected with HIV, the least examined type have been those stemming from the […]

HIV dollars drop with waning philanthropic funds . . . and a goodbye to England’s Rose

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Like a candle in the wind, support for HIV responses risks burning out long before the epidemic ever will . . . On one hand, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, one of the top 20 philanthropic funders of HIV responses is still going strong, with more than $17 million in disbursements last year and a […]

UNAIDS report, released in advance of World AIDS Day, makes a case of speeding responses to pandemic

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“Fast-track” report points to areas where efforts are just beginning Imagine a world where discriminatory laws and policies standing between health services and men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, prisoners, people living with HIV, and others now pushed to the margins of their societies were replaced with laws and policies […]

Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission: Study underscores WHO B+ guidelines

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PROMISE Study findings released Monday support benefits of ongoing antiretroviral treatment for all pregnant women. Dr. Anthony Fauci calls findings “another important step in our efforts to define the best approaches toward the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission globally” When the multi-country PROMISE study to identify means of “Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere” by preventing transmission […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

Is Uganda ready for a World Bank health sector loan? Groups advise a close look

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In June, some four months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, two months after a U.S.-funded Military HIV Research Program clinic serving gay men in Kampala was shut down by police action, and in the midst of international sanctions and condemnation of the country’s approach to health and human […]