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We’re reading about maintaining and advancing the gains of biomedical research on the ground

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At the tipping point – A decade and a half of U.S. global leadership against three infectious diseases has turned the trajectories of deadly pandemics and created a road map for ending the worldwide health threats posed by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as by outbreaks to come. But the advances led by the […]

Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

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Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find A study across 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa confirms a strong association between infection with the virus that causes genital herpes, and HIV infection, with findings that indicate being already infected with herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV2, […]

What we’re reading: World TB Day finds cases rising in New York in the midst of momentum

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Tuberculosis could come back – Can the impacts of TB around the world be ended, when places where incidence of the preventable and curable disease continues to rise even include New York, the city that is home to more billionaires that any other on earth? While TB incidence in the United States is on the […]

Study finds deaths among Zambia HIV patients on treatment underestimated, and up to 20 times higher than among patients in Europe

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A study examining data from records at facilities serving more than 160,000 patients on treatment for HIV across Zambia, along with data tracking patients who stopped coming for care at the facilities found that 7 percent of all patients treatment died within two years, a figure from three-to-nine times higher than previous estimates. Those findings […]

Study: Preventive infection-fighting drugs can cut deaths in people starting HIV treatment late

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In the era of World Health Organization guidelines recommending immediate antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV before the disease progresses, the reality in sub-Saharan Africa remains that up to 25 percent of patients who show up at clinics show up with extremely advanced illness, and that about 10 percent of them die soon after starting […]

Senate funding committees vote to boost NIH, global TB investments, maintain global and domestic health funding

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Senate appropriators today rejected budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration and voted to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion while maintaining current funding for virtually all global and domestic health programs. With details on the particulars still sketchy, the funding subcommittee appears to have rejected cuts […]

House Appropriations Committee maintains funding for most global health programs finalizing spending measures for floor action

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The House Appropriations Committee maintained funding for global HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other global health programs while cutting domestic and global family planning and reproductive health funding and accepting the President’s request for global health security in Wednesday’s full committee votes on bills funding domestic and global health programs for the fiscal year beginning October […]

Future of global health funding uncertain during time of great need, panelists say

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While lawmakers have indicated they may reject cuts to U.S. global health funding, the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Institutes for Health, among other agencies, “should be looked at as a clear direction of where U.S. policy towards global health is going,” Jen Kates of the […]

Mark Wainberg, 1945-2017

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The HIV community lost a leader and a champion with the death of Dr. Mark Wainberg Tuesday. The chair of the HIV Medicine Association, a producer of this blog, released a statement recognizing some of Dr. Wainberg’s contributions today, which we share here: The HIV community is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss […]