Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

What We’re Reading

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Starting today, we here at Science Speaks are going to try something new: Every Wednesday, we are going to feature stories from around the blogosphere and elsewhere that we have been reading – and that we believe will be of interest to you. Because this is something new for us, any feedback you have would […]

For men and women in Africa, rectal microbicides are crucial

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Here at the Microbicides 2010 conference in Pittsburgh I got a chance to talk with Dr. Gita Ramjee, one of the top researchers in the field, about the most exciting scientific challenges being discussed at the meeting.  Dr Ramjee is the Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.  […]

Mark Harrington: US Cannot Pull Back on HIV Treatment Scale Up

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In this video, Mark Harrington, executive director of the Treatment Action Group, discusses the resources needed to “catch up” with the HIV epidemic and the urgency of expanding treatment to save lives. Harrington explains this pressing need in the context of a shift in US global health policy and the global economic recession. Harrington spoke […]

Scale up of HIV Testing is Vital

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In this video interview, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert in epidemiology and outcomes research, discusses the need to scale up HIV testing and link those who test positive to appropriate care. She also talks about a new avenue to reach men who may be infected […]

What Should Country Ownership Really Mean as PEPFAR Moves into Next Phase?

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As the Obama Administration takes PEPFAR into its next phase, one of the hottest new buzzwords has been “country ownership.” Dr. Eric Goosby, Obama’s Global AIDS Ambassador, and other staff at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator have used this term repeatedly over the last year to describe their efforts to make PEPFAR a […]

HIV Testing and Treatment at the “Very Core” of Child and Maternal Health

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert in epidemiology and outcomes research, took on two of the most contentious issues in the current debate about HIV treatment scale up: Can we afford it? And why shouldn’t we shift attention to other global health priorities, such as maternal […]

By the time we woke up, TB had gotten ahead

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J. Peter Cegielski, Team Leader for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis at the CDC, International Research and Programs Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), likened the tuberculosis epidemic to the fable of the tortoise and the hare. “By the 1980s we thought that TB had been conquered. We fell asleep of the wheel….. While we stopped to take […]