Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

With UNAIDS as common denominator, reports bring impetus, optimism, and now, realities

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Kaiser/UNAIDS report looks at donor funding for HIV responses and sees sole donor preventing drop in dollars First came the UNAIDS Lancet report, which warned that without accelerated movement to greatly increase access to antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV worldwide, progress against the epidemic would not only stall, but reverse. Next came the […]

People with HIV who inject drugs benefit most from integrated treatment, study finds

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While antiretroviral treatment and opioid substitution therapy (methadone, for example) each increase survival rates among people who inject drugs and live with HIV, the two treatments lower risks of dying from all causes, including those stemming from drug use and HIV, most effectively when both are available at the same time, a study reported in […]

Analysis shows death rate divide for those with and without earlier access to HIV treatment

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Comparison shows that in 2013, an estimated 65 of every thousand people living with HIV in Nigeria died, a rate as much as 13 times that of higher income countries Ensuring that in the next five years, 90 percent of people living with HIV in South Africa are aware of their infections, 90 percent of […]

ShangRing: WHO approval of second nonsurgical circumcision device sets stage for accelerated access to HIV prevention measure

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Latest device approved for use on adolescents, broadening scope of low-cost intervention Call it “VMMC,” for voluntary medical male circumcision, or the current, and more concise “MC” for medical circumcision, by any name, removing men’s foreskins has been proven to lower their risks of acquiring HIV through vaginal sexual intercourse by as much as 60 […]

UNAIDS, Lancet: Take accelerated action on HIV treatment access, research and development, and address epidemic drivers, or risk rebound

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. ” . . . the question is no longer whether the fight against AIDS can be won; the only questions are: will it be won — and when?” An international commission of scientists and others involved in and affected by responses to the global HIV pandemic released findings from a two-year examination of what […]

Henan province study shows HIV treatment offering greater protection against transmission as drugs, programs improved

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Findings suggest that quality of care required to reduce HIV transmissions can be achieved in resource-poor and remote settings Selling blood brought in more money, quicker, than farmers across Henan province in China could earn any other way, but the practice came at an even higher price. By 1997 when the government cracked down on […]

Diminishing research dollars sparks disease comparisons, competition, while HIV advocates say now is not the time to ease efforts

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As U.S. House and Senate Appropriation Committee members prepare to set funding levels for health and human services that include medical research during the fiscal year ahead, 679 clinicians and researchers as well as leaders of 416 organizations working to prevent, treat and some day end the impact of HIV, have added their names to […]

African scientists on anti-homosexuality laws: Criminalization harms public health

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Report details how criminalization and discrimination against sexual minorities fuels spread of infectious diseases among general populations as well as among men who have sex with men Research forming the basis of a broad consensus among scientists worldwide that homosexuality is normal, natural and poses no threats to health remains widely unknown to policymakers where […]