Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

While role stretches from “dignified care for the dying” to tackling gender inequities, compensation for community care-givers remains a challenge

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In countries where populations live scattered, separated by long distances from understaffed clinics and hospitals, the answers to the HIV epidemic — care, treatment, prevention — rested on the shoulders of community health workers from the start. As donors and governments recognized the needs HIV spelled out for comprehensive services — for food and nutrition, […]

Reports: Sexual minorities, youth, left out countries’ decisions on distribution of Global Fund money

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The recent arrest of Zambian HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona for only talking about legal barriers to HIV and other health services for Zambians who are prisoners, sex workers or members of sexual minorities, raises the question of how those barriers can be addressed by the country’s board charged with distributing money […]

Paul Kasonkomona: A Zambian HIV treatment activist takes on homophobia and silence

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Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation  needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made […]

Public discussion of IOM report highlights shortfall: Children not included in treatment success

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It was a dissonant note in an otherwise largely congratulatory event. The setting was a public discussion this week of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and as report committee chair Robert Black had pointed out that morning, PEPFAR has proven that health services can be delivered on […]

As anti-prostitution pledge heads to Supreme Court, public health leaders file brief against it

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The case of the “anti-prostitution pledge” heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief create policies “explicitly” condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment. A brief filed Wednesday in the case asks also if the requirement is compatible with […]

Studies indicate potential for HIV self-testing to raise numbers knowing status

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What if people everywhere could find out if they have HIV without having to sidle into a testing site, without having to face the judgement of another person, and without worrying the whole neighborhood would learn about their test and its results? Dr. Nitika Pant Pai of McGill University believes that without those barriers more […]