Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

House draft bill proposes NIH funding increase, cuts to Global Fund, no syringe exchange

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The House Appropriations Committee posted a draft bill today funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs.  The draft contains a $1 billion increase for biomedical research for a total of $31.7 billion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but eliminates $300 million in funding for the Global Fund to […]

Senate DOD appropriations bill includes $16 million cut to military AIDS research

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The Senate version of the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012 slashes a line item for military HIV research by $16 million (see line 40 on page 165). Military HIV research funding sustains key facilities such as the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Walter Reed Program in Kericho, Kenya.  This funding […]

Senate Appropriations Committee releases Foreign Ops bill, report references HPTN 052

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The Senate Appropriations Committee released the full text of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Foreign Operations appropriations bill Friday.   “The Committee is aware of the findings of the HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 for reductions in the transmission of HIV,” according to the report accompanying the bill. “The US global AIDS coordinator is directed to […]

Senate committee votes on global health funding for fiscal year 2012; global AIDS cut

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The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to provide $7.9 billion for global health programs for the 2012 fiscal year beginning October 1 – $810 million below what President Obama requested for these programs and about $75 million above current funding levels – according to a committee press release. For the second year in a row, the global AIDS budget has been cut – despite promising research findings that chart a way forward to cut the toll from the major infectious disease killer…

PEPFAR releases new guidance on HIV prevention, community experts respond

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The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator released the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Guidance for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted HIV Infections this week. The 50-plus page document is intended to “assist PEPFAR country teams in developing Country Operational Plans (COPs) that align activities to prevention sexual transmission of HIV with country-specific epidemiology and country-owned responses,” according to the introduction statement. PEPFAR released the 2012 COP guidance late last month. The prevention guidance details…