Monthly Archives: October 2012

Blueprint: A credible blueprint for AIDS response must address TB deaths

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Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee directs the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he is also Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine.  He is a  senior tuberculosis specialist at the Boston-based non-profit Partners In Health […]

Guns — or medicine? A doctor’s call, survey responses, and more in a presidential campaign edition of what we’re reading

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A doctor’s call for healthy foreign policy debate: John May, a South Florida corrections physician and founder of Health through Walls, a nonprofit that brings medical system support to prisons in developing countries, wrote this op-ed piece for the local newspaper in the county where the candidates were scheduled to hold their final debate on […]

ID Week: A last look at AIDS, from beginning to end

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Do you remember where you were at the beginning of AIDS? Diane Havlir, who gave ID Week’s final talk on the epidemic, likes to ask that at the start of a talk, although she is increasingly aware that some of the physicians and researchers she is speaking to were children back […]

As the HIV epidemic explodes in the Philippines, a doctor’s call for artillery

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Standing next to his ID Week poster presentations –one on HIV opportunistic infections, one on flu monitoring — at the San Diego Conference Center last week, Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvaña cheerfully explained how he recently got chosen to be one of the Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. “I have a big […]

Blueprint: Plan for HIV must specify TB response

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Dr. Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, began her career with the World Health Organization as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia working with all institutions involved in TB care, including ministers of health and justice. She directly supported civil society and communities, funding their efforts through a […]

WHO 2012 Global Tuberculosis Report shows uneven progress

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New cases of TB have been falling for several years, while access to care has expanded,  and deaths from tuberculosis have dropped by forty percent since the mid-1990s.  That’s some of the progress highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report released last week, and it means the target of halving the death rate […]

ID Week: Looks at evolving HIV treatment show gaps and opportunities

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SAN DIEGO, CA — In the old days, Joep Lange of the University of Amsterdam said, cost was more important than evidence. Lange, a clinical researcher specializing in HIV therapy, and a past International AIDS Society president, was addressing the landscape of HIV treatment in countries with limited resources. He followed with a review of […]

ID Week: Making the most of money and science

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Three decades into the AIDS epidemic, quests to identify the most effective responses — in spending, in treatment, and in prevention — continue, but informed by history and advancing science, are coming closer to their target, according to three panelists, in a continuation of ID Week explorations of the shifting HIV […]

ID Week: From family planning to HIV-positive pregnancy to growing up with HIV, researchers track challenges, changes

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SAN DIEGO, CA — A trio of presentations on HIV, Women and Child Health this morning told a story of success in preventing transmission of HIV from parents to children in the United States that has yet to be duplicated in developing countries, of options that could make a difference, and, in a look at […]

ID Week: Treatment is Essential to Bending the Curve of the Epidemic but Challenges Remain

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Dr. Wafaa El Sadr of Columbia University offered an ID Week presentation Thursday about the impact of treatment on the global epidemic and the new promise of changing the trajectory of the epidemic by scaling up treatment both to save lives and reduce HIV incidence.  She reminded her audience that treatment […]