Tag Archives: HIV/AIDS

U.S. to host Global Fund replenishment meeting in December

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Secretary of State John Kerry announced today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting that the next replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria will be held in Washington D.C. around World AIDS Day in December. With the United Kingdom’s recent announcement that they will double their current commitment to […]

More than a decade of countering disease and disaster in Haiti penitentiary yields results as donors turn attention to prisons

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The following is the first of a two-part feature on health and justice in a Haitian prison. Today Science Speaks looks at how a decade of work by an organization called Health through Walls has led to recognition of and responses to conditions there, with tools to diagnose tuberculosis among prisoners. When Dr. John May […]

As the HIV epidemic explodes in the Philippines, a doctor’s call for artillery

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Standing next to his ID Week poster presentations –one on HIV opportunistic infections, one on flu monitoring — at the San Diego Conference Center last week, Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvaña cheerfully explained how he recently got chosen to be one of the Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. “I have a big […]

A platform to end AIDS, new approaches to disease detection, and more . . .

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AIDS Foundation of Chicago President David Ernesto Munar’s testimony to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform group: This and the accompanying proposed platform recommendations lay out both the realities of AIDS now, and policies to address them, at home and around the world. His remarks review the disproportionate impact of the American epidemic on members of […]

Lessons learned, lessons yet to be learned, Lancet’s MSM series, tuberculosis as kindling — HIV as the match, and more . . .

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JAIDS all-PEPFAR supplement is free online and gives a past, present, future look at the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief as a historic effort that can still look forward to its greatest accomplishments. While the emphasis is on the program’s successes and a pre-AIDS 2012 panel discussion was light on the “lessons learned” from […]

WHO documents summarize current guidelines, progress, next steps, and pitfalls

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Remember when one of the objections to rolling out life-saving treatment to people living with HIV in developing countries was that lack of capacity to maintain treatment would lead to drug resistance on a massive scale? While that didn’t happen at the scary levels projected, the transmission of drug resistant strains of HIV continue to […]

HIV Epidemic, family planning needs are linked, and demand an integrated approach

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The following is a guest post from Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO of Population Action International (PAI) and Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). With the conclusion of the international London Summit on Family Planning earlier this month, the global health community has shifted its focus to the […]

“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 […]

Make a plan for AIDS-Free generation, 60 organizations, one Archbishop tell Obama Administration

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It was one thing to say we can end the AIDS epidemic, another to say how. Now, with advances in science and years of experience pointing to an evidence-based path, 60 organizations – including those that Science Speaks operates in the midst of, Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association — and one […]

Breaking News: Truvada approved to help protect uninfected from HIV

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiretroviral drug Truvada, to be used as a preexposure preventive measure by people who, uninfected, may be exposed to the virus through HIV-positive partners. The drug previously was approved to treat people living with HIV. As a preventive measure the drug would be taken daily, by […]