Monthly Archives: March 2011

Research frontlines: Christenson speaks to advancing global health technologies

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Kaitlin Christenson is coalition director for the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), an organization with more than three dozen member-groups that work on neglected diseases, including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The coalition, formalized just two years ago, advocates for more research and backs new U.S. policies to accelerate the development of new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and […]

Male circumcision outreach spurs treatment demand in Kenya

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Dr. Nicholas Muraguri is head of Kenya’s National AIDS/STI Control Programme. He spoke with John Donnelly about the scope of the country’s male circumcision outreach plan (170,000 Kenyan males were circumcised last year), the lessons learned, and a problem he sees ahead: funding not keeping up with increased demand for treatment, spurred in part by the circumcision outreach program. This is the final post in a series of interviews on male circumcision (MC), which has been proven to protect a man by up to 60 percent from contracting HIV during vaginal sex.

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) […]

Drugs for HIV prevention: topical and systemic PrEP

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Connie Celum, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and global health at the University of Washington, took the plenary stage Wednesday morning at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) to provide an overview on progress to date on topical and systemic pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), where antiretroviral drugs are used to protect an individual prior to possible […]

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.