‘Cured of AIDS’? Not yet: This New York Times article by Donald McNeil captures the excitement spurring HIV cure research and the significance of recent developments, and spells out the ways that knowledge about how virus works continues to grow. It is more accessible than the research presentations that announced these advances, more comprehensive than mass media reports breaking the news of the research presentations, more responsible than many, and for all of those reasons is compelling reading.
U.S. Supreme Court to rule on anti-prostitution pledge: Similarly, this Lancet report sums up issues surrounding the anti-prostitution pledge, and what is at stake as the United States Supreme Court weighs the oral arguments presented April 22 presented in support of and in opposition to a requirement that nongovernmental organizations funded by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief have policies explicitly condemning prostitution. Best of all, while this blog highlighted the amici curiae brief filed by deans and professors of public health, this article cites and, provides the updated link to all of the amici curiae briefs, including ones filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, and by a bipartisan group of current and former members of Congress, who, in turn, include Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wy), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), former Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and former Sen. William Frist of Tennessee, all citing the role they have played in moving global health responses forward through PEPFAR, and reiterating the intent of the plan to reach those most in need of help to control the AIDS epidemic.
A Cost Effective Investment with triple returns: The IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which produces this blog, also has produced this fact sheet to tell you, and everyone you want to tell, why scaling up treatment for HIV now, and agressively, is critical: it saves lives while stopping transmissions and strengthens communities by reducing the impact of tuberculosis and enabling people living with the virus to return to work and caring for their families. It cites the studies in the recent years that have demonstrated what treatment can accomplish.
Request for civil society network HIV response proposals: The Robert Carr Fund, launched last year to support global and regional civil service efforts to scale up HIV treatment and to protect those who have left out of service provision, has opened its second request for proposals for networks addressing HIV-related issues.