Category Archives: Live Blog Archive

AIDS 2018: Global health security, economic stability priorities for U.S. global TB response

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AMSTERDAM – Addressing the threats that tuberculosis  poses to global health security and economic stability is the highest prioritiy in the U.S. government’s global TB response, U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief of staff William Steiger said here on Sunday. Drug-resistant forms of TB account for one in four of antimicrobial resistant infections, Steiger said, demanding […]

AIDS 2018: The way to 90-90-90 success against HIV (and more) can be found in Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM – While global momentum remains insufficient to reach testing and treatment goals deemed critical to controlling HIV, cities with coordinated, localized responses are nearing, have met and even exceeded those goals, data presented here Saturday showed. One is Amsterdam, where, by 2016, 94 percent of all people living with HIV knew it, 93 percent of […]

An affirmation on the way to AIDS 2018: Much has changed, not enough, and some for the worse

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In calls for improved inclusiveness, evidence-based expenditures, and people-based policies, screeds released in advance of International AIDS Conferences tend to echo those of the year before, holding, if not advancing, established intentions. This year’s, an “affirmation,” rather than a “declaration” seems to acknowledge that in its title, but it also notes significant changes — in […]

U.S. joins other G20 countries in antimicrobial resistance research initiative

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Senior Global Health Policy Specialist Rabita Aziz sent this dispatch from the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, where she will deliver remarks on behalf of IDSA (which produces this blog) and other organizations, this week. GENEVA – Calling growing antimicrobial resistance “a crack in the cornerstone of modern medicine, […]

U.S. voices strong support for health security in Geneva while curtailing support in Washington

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Senior Global Health Policy Specialist Rabita Aziz sent this dispatch from the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, where she will deliver remarks on behalf of IDSA (which produces this blog) and other organizations, this week. GENEVA – The U.S. will contribute an additional $7 million on top of a […]

CROI 2018: Women controlled HIV-protection gains ground with interim results from open-label trials of antiretroviral vaginal ring

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BOSTON – With high rates of uptake, high rates of use, and HIV infection rates less than half of what would otherwise have been anticipated, the continued development of vaginal rings loaded with antiretroviral drug as a means of protection from the virus gained a large measure of vindication in interim trial results released here […]

CROI 2018: HIV field can lead steps to integrate care, recognize human right to mental health

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BOSTON – In 25 years of a conference providing a forum for research on HIV and the conditions that can accompany life with the virus, this morning’s plenary talk was, apparently, the first to examine the interaction between mental health and risks of infection, treatment challenges and death. Still, Dr. Robert Remien of New York […]

CROI 2018: Dr. Harold Jaffe looks back — for lessons to inform responses to the next infectious disease outbreak

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BOSTON – Considering the strides in HIV science to be presented here this week, Dr. Harold Jaffe didn’t at first see the point of dwelling on the history of the epidemic, the topic he was asked to address here this morning. Then, he said, he thought about all the lessons those years had yielded, and […]

CROI 2018: HIV drug-resistance testing leads to “tremendous opportunity” to target, treatment, prevention, partner services

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BOSTON – Using existing analyses of viruses generated by drug-resistance testing among people diagnosed with HIV, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study identified 60 clusters of people across the United States among whom the virus was spreading at 11 times the rate  — at 44 transmissions per 100 person years — than […]