Category Archives: HIV_Conference

HIV/AIDS Implementers Conference, Windhoek, Namibia.

A hopeful look at HIV prevention

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When it comes to the strategies of preventing HIV/AIDS, many say the world has failed. They point to daunting numbers from last year: an estimated 2.7 million new HIV infections, while 1 million were put on treatment. The race is still being lost, and it’s common to hear now that countries can’t treat their way […]

Saving children from HIV

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Every day, 1,500 babies around the world are born with HIV. The United States averages less than one HIV-positive baby per day. Europe the same. Africa averages 1,400 daily. Every year, fewer than 7,000 HIV-positive women in the United States give birth. Every year, 9,000 HIV-positive women in the Soweto township in South Africa give […]

Getting the right test to detect treatment failure

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One new scientific finding released today at the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting: a large-scale study found CD4 tests determined correctly whether a patient was not responding to treatment only in 37 percent of the cases. The study, presented by Phyllis Kanki, the principal investigator for Harvard’s PEPFAR programs in three African countries, found that viral load […]

Newsmaker: Kevin De Cock

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Kevin De Cock, the World Health Organization’s director of HIV/AIDS programs, spoke at the opening of the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting on Wednesday. Delegates are still talking about it. He made one dramatic warning: Some people,  “no matter how unfairly,’’ may draw comparisons between AIDS treatment in the developing world today and the infamous Tuskegee study in […]

How to stop so many sex partners? Fataki!

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Fataki! In Swahili, it means “explosive.’’ In Tanzania, a group is using an evil character called Fataki in a mass-media campaign to slap a new ugly name to sugar daddies, older men who prey on girls and young woman for sex. The aim is to empower family and friends of young women to help them […]

The slow uptake for male circumcision

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For nearly two years after the World Health Organization recommended widespread male circumcision services in countries with high HIV prevalence rates and low circumcision among men, countries had barely begun the service. Then Kenya, in the western province of Nyanza, began a comprehensive plan to circumcise men in November 2008. In the first six months […]

A challenge to stop `wasteful spending’ in AIDS programs

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While many people at the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting have expressed concern about the global economic crisis hurting AIDS and health budgets, Stefano Bertozzi turned the focus back on AIDS programs today, which he said had too much “wasteful spending’’ and needed to be better run. Bertozzi, executive director of the Center for Evaluation Research […]

`We are entering perilous ethical waters'

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At the opening ceremony tonight that launched the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, two noteworthy events (outside of a wonderful acaplella performance of the Namibian national anthem by the local band Vocal Motion 6 (VM6)): Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, led a long delegation of senior political leaders that included the top officials in […]

A few (surprising) AIDS facts from Namibia

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One of the side benefits from any major global health conference is that the host country steps into the spotlight — at least for a few days. Now is Namibia’s turn, and Dr. Norbert Foster, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, outlined some interesting statistics in Namibia’s fight against AIDS. […]

A coming AIDS treatment shortage?

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So warns Fareed Abdullah, director of the Africa Unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at a press conference here kicking off the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting. In unusually forceful language, Abdullah diverted from his prepared talking points to say that not only is there not enough money for AIDS treatment in the […]