Monthly Archives: April 2012

HIV treatment optimization and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Stephen Becker from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation updated the participants of the International Treatment as Prevention conference in Vancouver about the Foundation’s treatment optimization activities on Tuesday.  This initiative was conceived within the context of combination prevention and treatment and a constrained funding environment that does not permit treatment for all who need […]

CHAI finds low health care facility costs for HIV treatment

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Kate Condliffe from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) presented a very interesting costing study at the International HIV Treatment as Prevention meeting in Vancouver Monday. The study analyzed the cost of providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the facility level at 161 representative facilities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia.  This was a […]

Global microbicides conference reveals more data examining hormonal contraceptive use and HIV risk

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Furthering a hot topic of debate over the last several months wrought with conflicting evidence from various clinical trials, investigators at the 2012 International Microbicides Conference in Sydney presented new data looking at the use of hormonal contraceptives and HIV transmission risk. The new data emerged from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 035 study […]

Maryland physicians and health care workers urge Sens. Cardin and Mikulski to support AIDS programs

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Forty-nine clinicians, scientists and educators in Maryland joined to send sign-on letters Thursday to Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D) asking them to stand up in support of adequate funding for the programs that are critical to the U.S. response to AIDS, including the Ryan White Program, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for […]

Breaking: WHO issues new guidance for discordant couples

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The World Health Organization released its new “Guidance on couples HIV testing and counselling, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) for treatment and prevention in serodiscordant couples: Recommendations for a public health approach” on Wednesday. Discordant couples are those where one partner is HIV-infected and the other is not, where a couple is defined as two persons in an ongoing […]

Evidence grows: Global Fund financial slack and proposed cuts to PEPFAR are hurting progress against AIDS

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Report: Without continued support for PEPFAR, HIV’s long-term human and economic burdens will be substantially greater

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) released a memorandum Friday that makes the case for continued funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program at least at fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding levels…

Breaking: World Bank selects Dr. Jim Kim as next president

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Jim Yong Kim MD, PhD (Photo Courtesy: National Institutes of Health) The Executive Directors of the World Bank met in Washington, DC, Monday – and announced their selection of Jim Kim, MD, PhD, as the 12th president of the poverty-reduction organization. Kim’s five-year term will start on July 1, when he succeeds current president Robert […]

TB medical providers and advocates urge South Africa to approve compassionate use of experimental TB drug

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Global health groups reached out to the Medicines Control Council (MCC) in South Africa Thursday advocating “compassionate use” of an exploratory multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment known as TMC-207 or bedaquiline. The compassionate use concept allows patients access to promising new drug candidates in clinical trials when current treatment options have proven unsuccessful and is endorsed […]

Alliance Launches African Medicines Regulatory Program

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Several high-level international health organizations joined together in Arusha, Tanzania on March 30 to launch the East African Community (EAC) Medicines Registration Harmonization Program, which will help Africans access essential, high-quality, safe and affordable medicines.  The project marks the start of implementing the project across the continent, and brings together the Partnership for Africa’s Development […]

Student groups push Sen. Brown to be a superhero for global AIDS

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The following is a guest blog post by Marguerite Thorp, a class of 2011 graduate of Harvard College, now working as a national organizer for the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC). Below she reports on an SGAC demonstration in front of the Boston office of Sen. Scott Brown (D-MA) pushing for him to be a […]