Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Uganda’s HIV criminalization, mandatory testing bill signed into law against local and international cautions of harms to health, human rights

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Jail terms to punish “attempted” and “intentional” transmission of HIV, as well as forced HIV testing of sex crime victims, people accused of sex crimes, pregnant women and their partners and anyone who “unreasonably” withholds consent to be tested are now law in Uganda, with President Yoweri Museveni’s assent to The HIV and AIDS Prevention […]

HIV treatment successes lead to new challenges, opportunities in confronting chronic disease

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More than three decades after the scientific quest to confront and control HIV and AIDS began, and more than a decade after concerted efforts to make advances in treatment and prevention of the disease equitably available gathered force, results are observable worldwide, the introduction to the new issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency […]

As Ebola toll grows, WHO calls for experimental drug use, and “lessons of AIDS” play out

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Last week as the toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa approached 1,000 lives across the region, the new International Red Cross and Red Crescent leader gave an interview to Agence France Press urging that responders apply the lessons the world has learned from three decades of fighting HIV. He was largely referring to, […]

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

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 […]