Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Experts debate the ethics of material incentives for HIV prevention

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A distinguished panel of global HIV experts gathered to discuss the ethics of providing material incentives for HIV prevention at a debate hosted by the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on February 23. The debate, one in a series called “Emerging Issues in Today’s HIV Response,” featured different views on both the efficacy and the ethics of offering material incentives for preventing the spread of HIV to people most at risk of becoming infected.

Swaziland embarks on ambitious plan to circumcise 80 percent of men 18 to 49 this year

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Much attention has been paid to the launch of an aggressive medical male circumcision (MC) campaign in Swaziland that starts this month, a program aiming to circumcise 80 percent of the small nation’s men aged 18-49 by the year’s end with significant support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. In […]

Tanzania Ministry of Health rep describes effort to circumcise 2.8 million men

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Dr. Bennet Fimbo is the head of the Tanzania MC Technical Working Group and MC Program lead at the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. His interview is the fourth in a week-long series on the potential impact of medical male circumcision (MC) in the fight against AIDS on Science Speaks. Meredith Mazzotta spoke with him regarding the current campaign […]

CROI coverage: HIV treatment adherence in resource-limited settings

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David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, from Harvard Medical School shared some data and insights from his groundbreaking work on adherence during a global scale-up symposium on Tuesday afternoon.  He pointed out that both levels and patterns of adherence are important, and that the critical period for adherence is likely early in treatment when viral suppression is […]

African journalist Gondwe reflects on reporting on his own circumcision

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Kennedy Gondwe, 31, a freelance journalist based in Lusaka, Zambia, reports for the BBC and CNN among other outlets. One of his stories for BBC in 2007 itself drew wide coverage: He reported on his own circumcision as a way to show his audience the importance of the surgery, which provides a significant yet partial […]

CROI coverage: From HIV testing to treatment initiation

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Sydney Rosen from the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University provided a thoughtful overview of the evidence and the key issues relevant to linkage to and continuity in care for HIV infected persons during the pre-antiretroviral therapy (ART) period. She presented Wednesday at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) […]

Science Speaks hosts a compelling series on medical male circumcision

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Science Speaks hosted a series of Question & Answer-style interviews with major players in the effort to reduce HIV incidence via scaling up medical male circumcision (MC) in sub-Saharan Africa. The series includes compelling interviews with Dr. Caroline Ryan of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Jhpiego’s Kelly Curran, African journalist Kennedy Gondwe, and the MC program lead at the Tanzania Ministry of Health. Content highlights include how male circumcision outreach has spurred treatment demand in Kenya, plus a special update from the PEPFAR Swaziland team on the accelerated saturation innitiative starting up now.

Jhpiego’s Kelly Curran discusses efforts to scale up male circumcision

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Kelly Curran (far right) stands in front of a sign for Tosamaganga Mission Hospital – which houses a Jhpiego-supported MC site – in Iringa, Tanzania. In this second post in a week-long series exploring efforts to reduce HIV incidence via scaling up medical male circumcision (MC) in sub-Saharan Africa, Meredith Mazzotta speaks with Kelly Curran, director […]

MSM and the HIV epidemic in low- and middle-income countries

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Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, from Johns Hopkins University offered an elegant overview of the epidemiology of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low- and middle-income countries during a symposium at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections on Monday entitled “Responding to Risk”.  This meta-analysis looked at four […]

Cost-effectiveness in HIV care

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Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, who has published widely on the cost effectiveness of HIV interventions domestically and globally, offered a plenary presentation on the subject at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston Tuesday morning. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed criteria that calls a cost-per-year-of-life-saved that is less than or […]