Monthly Archives: July 2009

A Mission Possible? One Group's Crusade to Save Inmates from HIV & TB in Developing-World Prisons

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John May, MD, has seen plenty of desperation and disease in his line of work: US prison health care. But nothing could have prepared him for what he found when he began volunteering in prisons overseas, from Haiti to Tanzania. Behind the concrete walls and locked gates of developing world prisons, Dr. May, chief medical […]

HIV & TB Specialists Needed

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Doctors Without Borders needs HIV and TB specialists to work in 35 countries, doing patient care, training and management. Here’s the posting and a link for more info: PUT YOUR IDEALS INTO PRACTICE: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS SEEKS HIV/AIDS and TB SPECIALISTS Doctors Without Borders provides assistance to people whose survival is threatened by epidemics, violence, […]

Another Blow to the Quest for Effective Biomedical HIV Prevention Strategies

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This post is from Center Director Christine Lubinski, who reported from the 2009 IAS conference. The IAS conference may be over, but we have a late-breaking post and an important one at that: the disappointing results from a major study examining whether treatment for herpes could help reduce the risk of HIV transmission in discordant […]

Two Posts in One: Senate Leaves Needle Exchange Ban In Place, New Forum For HIV/AIDS Hot Topics

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First, a quick update on needle exchange: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and education programs approved a spending bill this week that leaves in place the funding ban on needle exchange programs. This means a fight in conference over the fate of that provision, since the House approved language lifting the ban, albeit […]

As Ugandan Officials Investigate HIV Deaths, Consequences of Funding Pull-back Become Clear

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As the donor community hems and haws about its commitment to robust funding for global AIDS programs, one nagging question among HIV experts and advocates has been, what will happen to voluntary counseling and testing programs if there’s not enough money to provide treatment for those who test positive? If patients realize they won’t be […]

Update: In U.S. House, A Win on Needle Exchange, A Loss on HIV Research

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This is an update to our post earlier this morning on two key HIV policy votes in the House today. So much for a new era of evidence-based AIDS policy in a Congress controlled by Democrats. In today’s vote on HIV/AIDS research, lawmakers agreed (by voice vote) to strip out funding for three HIV research grants, […]

Two Vital HIV Policy Votes Set for U.S. House Today

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The House of Representatives will take up two pivotal HIV/AIDS-related amendments today as it debates a massive spending bill for domestic labor, health and education programs. Although the policy decisions at stake today are part of a domestic funding bill, they have implications for global AIDS.  The first is a proposal by Rep. Darrell Issa, […]

A Pullback on Global AIDS Would Have Dire Consequences

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Here’s an exclamation point for the end of the IAS Conference: “You can’t make phony choices between life and death. You have to find money.” That statement came from Hoosen Coovadia, Victor Daitz Professor for HIV/AIDS research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in an Inter Press News Service story about the consequences of a global […]

IAS: Investment in HIV Programs Has Many Good Side Effects

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As the 5th IAS Conference drew to a close, the society released a broad-brush statement summarizing some of the scientific and policy highlights of the meeting. The bottom line is that money spent treating and preventing HIV in the developing world also helps improve health and strenghten health systems. This is no small point at a […]

Guest Blog by Paula Akugizibwe: Don't Abandon the TB Basics for a Miracle Cure

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This is a guest post written by Paula Akugizibwe, regional treatment advocacy coordinator at AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. She wrote this in response to remarks made by Marcos Espinal, of the Stop TB Partnership, to the UN Economic and Social Council on July 6. Espinal said, in part:   “MDG 6 has […]