Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Locals inform the strategies to fight HIV in their communities, activists propel evidence-based policy, and sex workers cite a failure to communicate . . .

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We’re reading about listening to people who know what they’re talking about Impact of Community Activism – With flat funding and rising need, the importance of spending every dollar committed to HIV responses effectively, and on evidence-based action has never been more critical. Direct involvement of affected populations is essential to determining where that isn’t […]

How far is reality of HIV treatment access from optimal? Study looks at preventive impact of antiretroviral therapy where waits are long, stockouts common, and status sometimes secret

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Preventive benefit still high, but lessened by access, disclosure obstacles in area where rates are among the highest on earth In KwaZulu-Natal, where rates of HIV are the highest in South Africa, close to a third of adults live with HIV, and only a little more than a third of adults in their working years […]

NIH names new Office of AIDS Research director

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Post has been open since June 2015 departure of longtime leader Dr. Jack Whitescarver “We still need a vaccine and we need a cure. So we need ways to protect people not infected, and we need to try to find ways that we can cure people who are . . .” Dr. Maureen Goodenow, in […]

An imperative for secrecy, a barrier to services, a driver of an epidemic . . . We’re reading about a public health hazard commonly called stigma

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‘The mercurial piece of the puzzle’: Understanding stigma and HIV/AIDS in South Africa – The role of stigma in challenges to HIV responses, including adequate funding, sound policies, access to services, the numbers of people diagnosed, the numbers of people for whom treatment is uninterrupted, and more, is difficult to assess because the word, used […]

UN Secretary-General AIDS report lauds advances, notes failures, wades into accounting . . . and then encourages a cut in funding

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While summing up progress, document notes rising rates among people who inject drugs, concentrated epidemics among other marginalized populations, poor rates of viral suppression, “appallingly low” treatment access for children, but suggests caps on international spending, limits on treatment While the United Nations website posting the most recent global HIV report from the body’s Secretary-General […]

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 […]