Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Leading with science, we can end the AIDS pandemic

By on .

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. […]

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

By on .

***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

By on .

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 […]

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

By on .

“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

By on .

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”

By on .

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 – […]

Budget cuts threaten Military HIV Research Program

By on .

The U.S. military’s contributions to global health and the HIV response might not be well publicized, but advocates tried to change that Friday by hosting a Capitol Hill briefing touting the accomplishments of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) – a $175 million program supported by the Department of Defense and other entities that is vulnerable to cuts in the fiscal year 2012 funding battle currently taking place on the Hill…

U.S. promotes gay rights abroad, urges lagging nations to fall in line

By on .

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Obama administration’s new foreign policy to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) internationally this week. Clinton made the remarks in recognition of International Human Rights Day Tuesday from Geneva, Switzerland. “Building on efforts already underway at the State Department and across the government, […]

Public funding for neglected diseases takes a hit in 2010, public health advances in jeopardy

By on .

A group that tracks funding for neglected diseases released its fourth annual report Wednesday, showing for the first time since 2007 a decrease in government and public spending in global health research and development. The Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) survey report, conducted by Policy Cures and funded by the Bill & […]

Why integrate HIV/AIDS and neglected infectious disease control and prevention?

By on .

Neglected infectious disease (NID) experts discussed opportunities for and challenges to integrating HIV/AIDS and NID control and prevention interventions Tuesday at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia. While both are important, NIDs affect one-third of the world’s population,” said Judd Walson, MD, MPH of the University […]