Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

IDWeek: Look at behavior economics to improve ART adherence

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Making HIV medications free or low cost is very important for removing barriers to HIV care access, but it’s not enough to ensure adherence, Kevin Volpp said at IDWeek. HIV/AIDS programs must take behavioral economics into account when designing programs to promote adherence and ensure people living with HIV remain in the cascade of care. […]

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, […]

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, […]