Tag Archives: AIDS

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

Researchers, actress agree: Following past lapses, future in TB, HIV prevention promising, challenging

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In the giddy talk of a turning tide and the chance for an “AIDS-free generation,” a look at the recent history of responses to tuberculosis, the science surrounding that disease as it stands now, and what, after a period of premature complacency in the middle of the last century, yet is to be done to […]

The Final Frontier? NIH reps outline research efforts toward an AIDS cure

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“When they ask me is the glass half empty or half full [in regards to AIDS cure research], I say… we have a glass,” Carl Dieffenbach, PhD, told an audience at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington on Sunday. Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Strategic use of antiretrovirals means bringing treatment and prevention together

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Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)  kicked off this Sunday  session by noting that advances in our knowledge mean:  “finally we have the upper hand and are in a position to outsmart HIV.”  But she also added that the challenges didn’t end with unlocking the biological mysteries of the virus, but […]

TB response requires momentum of AIDS activism

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Treatment Action Group’s leader Mark Harrington did not mince words Saturday at a consultation meeting on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-infection preceding the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington. Promoting TAG’s collaborative effort calling for “Zero TB Deaths, Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Stigma,” Harrington was an invited panelist asked to discuss progress and […]

“Asleep at the Wheel:” The early response to the twin epidemics TB-HIV

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We often cite the fact that tuberculosis (TB) fueled the spread of HIV in southern Africa, said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco and co-Chair of the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC). But AIDS also shaped the enormous spread of TB seen in southern Africa during the late 80s and […]

Pre-conference talks offer look at converging paths, lessons from Latin America, Caribbean and from PEPFAR

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As conference presenters prepare to unveil successes, advances — and it is hoped, plans — to turn the tide of the epidemic together, events Saturday offered opportunities to reflect on lessons learned and paths paved by work in the last decade. At the Pan American Health Organization, representatives of El Salvador, Brazil, Jamaica, Peru and […]

Two reports highlight: While epidemic marches on, funding remains in 2008

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While disbursements of donor funds has bounced back from a bureacracy-delay-driven dip last year, money committed to fighting the AIDS epidemic has remained at 2008 levels for the last three years, an analysis jointly released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS shows. Their report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: […]

Laws that feed epidemics, responses to GHI news, and the DC Declaration

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Risks, Rights and Health: Laws that condemn men and women to “economic death,” that make illness grounds for punishment, encourage police brutality, keep health services out of reach, keep condoms out of prisons, clean needles out of the hands of injecting drug users and promote risks – these are some of the structures keeping the […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]