Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

State Department, PEPFAR release good news and a “strategy” short on details, definition

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Names 13 countries for “particular focus” with aim for epidemic control by 2020 . . . Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe to be focus of efforts . . . Providing some clarification to proposals to shift the focus of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief […]

Appropriators approve sustained global health, boost to TB, increased research funding, reject expanded global gag rule

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“Now is not the time to back off,” Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) Senate appropriators today approved spending for the coming fiscal year that would continue current funding levels for global health programs, add $2 billion to funding for the National Institutes of Health, including by maintaining the Fogarty International Center and its worldwide research and […]

Study finds small savings, high costs in both dollars and lives from global HIV funding cuts

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“We leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions about whether imposing such tradeoffs on vulnerable populations accurately reflects how donor countries value life in recipient nations . . .” Walensky et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, August 28, 2017 Cutbacks to HIV services driven by diminishing donor dollars would result in reductions of […]

For HIV patients fewer clinic visits means better treatment retention, Zambia study finds

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Patients receiving care for HIV who were scheduled for clinic visits every six months were less likely to show up late, miss visits, have gaps in treatment, and drop off treatment rolls than patients scheduled every three months, a study in Zambia has shown. The study, the results of which are published today in Clinical […]

Researchers track spread of HIV among migrants in Athens to inform, improve prevention and treatment services

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When Athens saw HIV incidence begin to climb steeply in 2011, a familiar pattern emerged — the rate of new infections among migrants was disproportionate, and migrants were also likelier to be diagnosed later. To researchers who had tracked HIV impacts among migrants across Europe, this wasn’t surprising, authors of a report in Clinical Infectious […]

Could GeneXpert viral load test represent a potential win-win for the TB and HIV responses?

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Researchers comparing measures in India study say yes The breakthrough represented by the development and WHO approval in 2010 of the GeneXpert rapid test to detect tuberculosis and TB drug resistantance still stands alone among innovative diagnostic advances against the disease, researchers from McGill University writing to The Lancet Global Health journal have noted. But […]

Test and start policy doubles numbers initiating treatment at PEPFAR Lesotho sites

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MMWR reports preliminary results of Lesotho’s adoption of WHO universal treatment guidelines The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt World Health Organization guidelines recommending all people with HIV have immediate access to the antiretroviral medicine that prevents illness and transmission saw the average number of patients starting treatment of the virus increase by nearly […]

Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

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Remember the days when the antiretroviral medicine that saved the lives of people living with HIV — and that would later be proven to prevent transmission of the virus — was provided to the people who needed it only in countries that could afford it? That past, when lines between life and death followed the […]

We’re reading lessons of PEPFAR, and from progress gained and abandoned

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PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!  From South Africa’s first reported AIDS patient in 1982, to the years when the epidemic filled hospitals and graveyards, to the miraculous but selective deliverance of antiretroviral medicine, to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, to a White House budget proposal for 2018 that threatens to reverse […]