Daily Archives: June 11, 2009

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 […]