Monthly Archives: December 2011

Leading with science, we can end the AIDS pandemic

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The following post originally appeared on the Global Health Technologies Coalition blog “Breakthroughs” on December 1. Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD, is the Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), an international HIV vaccine research program that successfully integrates HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. […]

AVAC outlines research and implementation path for ending the AIDS epidemic

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There is now an unprecedented opportunity to curb new HIV/AIDS infections, save lives, and set the world on a path toward eliminating the AIDS epidemic, according to AVAC’s annual update on HIV prevention research.   In AVAC Report 2011: The End?, the advocacy group provides a three-part, science-based agenda for ending the AIDS epidemic in our […]

What we’re reading

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The following “What We’re Reading” collection is a compilation of recent articles making headlines in HIV and TB news. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention – The Cost, Impact, and Challenges of Accelerated Scale-Up in Southern and Eastern Africa: In this collection of nine new articles – four reviews and five research articles – […]

Building developing country capacity is key in the battle against HIV/AIDS

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The following post originally appeared on the Global Health Technologies Coalition blog “Breakthroughs” on December 1. Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees research and research training programs for U.S. and foreign scientists working to improve health in the developing […]

PEPFAR takes a hit in 2012 funding bill; Military HIV Research Program sustains funding after close call

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***UPDATE 12/19: The final spending bill for FY 2012 was agreed to by the Senate. The resolution to fund the emergency spending bill with an across the board 1.83 percent cut to most discretionary funds did not pass. Also of interest, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic TB budget for FY 2012 […]

Study: Starting Immediate HIV treatment for recently infected is better than delaying

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Researchers have found that initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately among patients who have been recently infected with HIV modestly staves off disease progression and the need for long-term HIV treatment later down the road. The study results are published in the latest issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases in an article entitled, “The Setpoint […]

MSF Report: Funding shortages threaten advances against HIV/AIDS, political promises will fall short

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There is a real risk of losing ground in the fight against global HIV/AIDS if funding for key programs is not increased, according to a new report published by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) called, “Reversing HIV/AIDS? How Advances are being Held Back by Funding Shortages.”  Funding shortages threaten to set back progresses made in many […]

Some light is shed on future of Global Fund disbursements; critical time on the Hill for future global health funding

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“It’s not that the income of the Global Fund is going down – we are predicting fairly stable income over the next few years,” said Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He spoke by conference call with members of the advocacy community in early […]

Global Fund explains “Transitional Funding Mechanism” — No funding for HIV treatment scale up

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released an “Information Note” explaining the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) that the Fund Board recently decided would replace a Round 11 funding cycle. The information note and accompanying documentation are meant to aid applicants in the development of proposals for TFM funding. According to the Fund, […]

“PEPFAR has kept me alive”

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Florence Ngobeni didn’t know she was infected with HIV until September of 1996 when her newborn child Nomthunzi became ill and was taken to the doctor and diagnosed with HIV infection.  Ngobeni subsequently tested positive as well.  She had watched her husband die three months earlier of an undiagnosed illness – most likely HIV – […]