Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

WHO okays medical circumcision device, and “PEPFAR is ready”

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An okay from the World Health Organization today for  a medical circumcision device as an alternative to conventional surgery “may change the landscape” of scaling up a proven HIV intervention, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator announced today, saying PEPFAR will provide immediate support to help countries evaluate the device for their settings. PrePex™, […]

PEPFAR treatment lifeline threatened by weaknesses at receiving end, GAO report says

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A third in a series of reports examining components of treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief  details how the the program has strengthened and streamlined antiretroviral drug supply planning, procuring and tracking, but also reveals a wide range of weaknesses hindering partner country management of the lifesaving medicines. The United States […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]

GAO report highlights complexities of analyzing PEPFAR treatment costs

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With the groundwork for treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief having been laid in the first expensive years of country programs, with the purchases of generic antiretroviral drugs, and with economies of scale as the numbers of people enrolled in treatment increased, PEPFAR has reduced per patient treatment costs in recent […]

Report highlights cycle of deficits: with scant funding to fight HIV among gay men, missing data leads to missing response, and . . . scant funding

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You can only imagine the impact of the HIV epidemic on men who have sex with men  in a country where institutionalized discrimination, bias and abuse is so extreme that sex between men is a felony that can lead to life in prison.

HPTN Annual Meeting: The story of Project Accept one of both process and results

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The HIV Prevention Trials Network is holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC this week, and Science Speaks is there, covering Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. As Tom Coates was getting ready to discuss the results of Project Accept, a 10-year study of the impact of community involvement HIV efforts on community-wide HIV incidence, he […]

Panel members: Policy stemming from PEPFAR evaluation needs to integrate “earthquake” that happened in its midst

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When a report evaluating the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief produces recommendations that give little weight to the most recent major scientific breakthrough in HIV research, what will its impact on policy be? That ended up being one of the central questions in a panel discussion April 30, at the Center […]