Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Leaders launch “a super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020”

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It all comes down to math, science, policies, people on the ground and resources to support them Global health leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to announce a new set of HIV response goals and to say with an increasingly familiar blend of optimism and realism that while the work that is needed to stop […]

WHO HIV guidelines adopted last where they would make the biggest difference, study finds

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Analysis of national policies also notes that implementation lag also leads to missed prevention and life-saving opportunities When the World Health Organization issued an early update to its HIV treatment guidelines in September 2015, the new recommendations drew on years of mounting evidence that immediate antiretroviral treatment for people diagnosed with the virus saves lives, […]

AIDS 2016: Partners project demonstrates preventive power of antiretroviral treatment

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When doing the right thing is the best thing, Part 2 DURBAN, South Africa – In another example of what happens when proven HIV interventions are made appropriately available, final results from the Partners Demonstration Project presented here on Wednesday showed access to immediate HIV treatment for a person living with HIV, along with access to […]

Community systems strengthening needed to end HIV, TB

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As the global HIV community gathers this week in Durban, South Africa for the International AIDS Conference, their focus should be on strengthening community-led responses, along with health systems strengthening to reach UNAIDS’ goal of testing 90 percent of people living with HIV, getting 90 percent of them on antiretroviral therapy, and suppressing the virus […]

Research identifies barriers, answers to reaching families with proven measures for preventing mother to child HIV transmission

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Journal supplement examines effectiveness of efforts to protect infants from infection A church-sponsored baby shower draws more mothers to HIV testing and treatment than a clinic offering the same services . . . Home visits with information on family planning double chances that a man in the house will get tested for HIV . . […]

New Durban Declaration highlights five scientific advances, five structural barriers

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The importance and imperative of immediate treatment for all people living with HIV is finally indisputable, but laws, policies, and discriminatory neglect continue to keep testing, care and medicine out of reach for men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs worldwide. Pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral medicine, […]

Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions

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Today is International Day of the African Child, and brings the following guest post by By Paul Henry Brodish, MSPH, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation I recently viewed a short video from The New York Times with Dr. Eyrun F. Kjetland discussing her work on female genital schistosomiasis and HIV. It’s hard to watch the video, […]

Born free of HIV but dying from the “silent killer”: The crisis of syphilis

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL —  In Haiti, activities to prevent mother to child transmission were working, Rosanna Peeling of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was […]

Is HIV self-testing an answer, or another obstacle?

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL — Access to self-testing for HIV is critical to reaching goals that UNAIDS has projected would end the pandemic by 2030, that begin with 90 percent […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: “Reaffirming” urgency while dodging realities, UN resolution on HIV shows what happens when a declaration is political

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Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 sets new targets, notes gaps, but leaves much unsaid, most affected behind NEW YORK — After weeks of amendments, deletions, rephrasing, and equivocations, the document agreed to by the member states represented […]