Monthly Archives: November 2009

IDSA Joins the Stop TB Partnership's TB/HIV Working Group

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The Stop TB Partnership has made the Infectious Diseases Society of America an organizational member of its TB/HIV working group, a reflection of IDSA’s increasingly visible work on these twin global health threats. Housed within the World Health Organization, the Stop TB Partnership was formed more than a decade ago as a network of international […]

New WHO Report Documents Toll of HIV/AIDS on Women

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A new World Health Organization’s report on women’s health highlights the increasing toll HIV/AIDS has taken on women in the developing world. HIV/AIDS is “by far the leading cause of death among adult women in Africa,” the report says. It is also the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age. “Of the […]

Doctor, Ag Official Tapped to Head USAID

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The White House has finally moved to fill the top slot at USAID—with a doctor no less—ending months of angst and speculation about who would take that long-vacant post. Media reports indicate that President Obama will tap Rajiv Shah, MD, currently a senior official at the Department of Agriculture whose portfolio includes food security, to […]

New Goosby Interview Highlights Challenges, Next Steps in Global AIDS

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President Obama’s US Global AIDS Coordinator, Eric Goobsy, MD, discusses health system strengthening, PEPFAR’s tight budget, the Administration’s Global Health Initiative, and other subjects in this interview posted on the Global Health Council’s blog. It’s definitely worth reading for the latest insights into the Administration’s plans for battling global AIDS.

WHO Official: "Prevention and Treatment Are Two Faces of the Same Coin"

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The idea of HIV treatment as prevention got a major boost yesterday in the wake of a WHO meeting in Geneva on the use of antiretroviral therapy as a way to curb new HIV infections. “In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment,” Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHO’s […]

Ramifications of a Retreat on HIV/AIDS

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A new report out today from Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) highlights concerns that donor countries’ commitment to combating the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic is wavering. “MSF teams working to treat HIV/AIDS are witnessing worrying signs of waning international support to combat HIV/AIDS,” the report says. “In some high-burden countries, patients are being turned away […]

No Rosy Scenarios for AIDS in 2031

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What will the HIV/AIDS epidemic look like in 2031, on its 50th anniversary? A provocative article in Health Affairs, online here, tries to answer that question, and the picture is not pretty. Without a “gamer changer” in prevention, the AIDS epidemic will still be raging when we reach that milestone, write Robert Hecht, managing director […]

Global TB & HIV–The Promise and Perils Ahead

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Physicians on the front lines of the global tuberculosis epidemic have faced an uphill battle against this deadly scourge, especially with the rise of virulent new drug-resistant strands of this ancient germ and outmoded drugs and diagnostics. But the medical landscape for TB could change dramatically in the coming years—with new tests and better drugs […]

Obama Lifts HIV Travel Ban

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In a widely hailed move, President Obama announced an end to the two-decades-old ban on travel and immigration to the U.S. by HIV-positive individuals Friday. Obama said the ban was rooted in “fear rather than fact,” and disease experts agreed, saying the prohibition had no basis in public health or science and only served to […]