Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

HIV dollars drop with waning philanthropic funds . . . and a goodbye to England’s Rose

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Like a candle in the wind, support for HIV responses risks burning out long before the epidemic ever will . . . On one hand, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, one of the top 20 philanthropic funders of HIV responses is still going strong, with more than $17 million in disbursements last year and a […]

UNAIDS report, released in advance of World AIDS Day, makes a case of speeding responses to pandemic

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“Fast-track” report points to areas where efforts are just beginning Imagine a world where discriminatory laws and policies standing between health services and men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, prisoners, people living with HIV, and others now pushed to the margins of their societies were replaced with laws and policies […]

Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission: Study underscores WHO B+ guidelines

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PROMISE Study findings released Monday support benefits of ongoing antiretroviral treatment for all pregnant women. Dr. Anthony Fauci calls findings “another important step in our efforts to define the best approaches toward the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission globally” When the multi-country PROMISE study to identify means of “Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere” by preventing transmission […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

Is Uganda ready for a World Bank health sector loan? Groups advise a close look

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In June, some four months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, two months after a U.S.-funded Military HIV Research Program clinic serving gay men in Kampala was shut down by police action, and in the midst of international sanctions and condemnation of the country’s approach to health and human […]

Collaboration is key for protecting US investments in global health, say health leaders

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“Health systems don’t begin or stop at the clinic,” said Mark Dybul, “because a bunch of health people are not going to deal with the black market.” From involving local law enforcement to INTERPOL to ensure high quality commodities, building effective health systems requires an integrated approach involving the right partners, Dybul, executive director of […]

HIV subtype study shows need for, benefit of test and treat scale-up

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Measurements of disease progression among South African women who were found to have been recently infected with the same HIV-1 subtype showed faster decline in their immune cell counts than what is considered common, adding impetus to accelerated HIV testing and treatment efforts, according to authors of a study just published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. […]

Study sets out to capture pediatric antiretroviral treatment costs, improve planning

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Earlier this month we posted an interview with Ambassador Deborah Birx on a new partnership aiming to expand pediatric antiretroviral treatment access in Africa. The following is a guest post from Ron MacInnis, Sarah Alkenbrack and Sara Bowsky with the Health Policy Project about work to strengthen that effort with reliable data. By Ron MacInnis, […]