Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Treatment is prevention, TB is a priority, welcome words and more

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“This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed . . . and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner . . .” With these words the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively put on the record a truth […]

What we’re reading: Leahy on HIV funding, Global Gag Rule costs, and equalizing access to preferred medicines

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While awaiting appropriations decisions that will establish the public health priorities and capacities for responding to infectious diseases at home and in countries around the world over the coming year, questions include how available moneys can be put to the most effective use. This week we’re reading about both policies and strategies that  make a […]

Who needs infectious disease docs? Everyone . . .

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Journal supplement delves into the rewards and challenges of chasing bugs no one wants to catch . . . Of all the specialties a young physician can enter, one that offers a career of saving lives and protecting communities, supporting social justice and alleviating suffering, while following questions and finding answers across health systems, neighborhoods […]

What we’re reading: Insights on global health policy, and why, when funding doesn’t support disease-fighting goals, something’s got to give

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Goalkeepers: The stories behind the data – A companion piece to the data-dense Lancet review of health-related goals for 2030  released Tuesday, the stories behind the data told here focus on policies and practices that are pushing progress — through patient-focused health services, targeted use of new technologies, and greater investments — now. While acknowledging […]

What we’re reading: News from Africa includes a shortage of medicine in Zimbabwe, health worker shortage in Uganda, and a policy brings a cold blast from the past in Zambia . . .

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South Africa: Take on government, challenge it to do more – As donors HIV dollars flatline, as if the hard part of fighting the pandemic is behind us, this op ed from South Africa Deputy President, and South African National AIDS Council co-chair Cyril Ramaphosa reminds his country, and the world, “there are still many […]

We’re reading about rights and responsibilities and empathy in fighting HIV, tuberculosis

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Fighting HIV/AIDS: Human rights focused advocacy is more critical than ever – “Low hanging fruit” is one of the expressions that is used to describe people and places affected by HIV who account for the great majority of those now reached with testing, antiretroviral treatment and other prevention of HIV acquisition and transmission. With dollars […]

We’re reading about gaps between funding and reality . . . and more

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Research and public health funding must reflect reality – Dr. Wlliam Powderly, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which produces this blog, founding chair of the HIV Medicine Association, and director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, has followed advances in HIV care and the translation of clinical advances to […]

We’re reading how arguments for cuts to health and science spending don’t add up

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Trump’s unethical aid cuts – Yes, in real dollars the United States spends more on foreign aid than other countries, but in relation to U.S. gross national income, it falls far short of paying its fair share. This piece by Princeton bioethics professor Peter Singer debunks the Trump administration’s justification for the foreign aid spending cuts […]

We’re reading lessons of PEPFAR, and from progress gained and abandoned

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PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!  From South Africa’s first reported AIDS patient in 1982, to the years when the epidemic filled hospitals and graveyards, to the miraculous but selective deliverance of antiretroviral medicine, to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, to a White House budget proposal for 2018 that threatens to reverse […]