Monthly Archives: June 2013

With study of injecting drug users, preventive HIV medicine demonstrates protective value to all at high risk

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CDC releases updated Guidance for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: PrEP for Injecting Drug Users, while questions on real-world impact remain With a five-year study in Bangkok showing that daily doses of antiretroviral medicine reduced risks of HIV infection among people who inject drugs by at least half, and more with the […]

A column from Dr. Dybul, resolutions in Antigua, a court ruling in Zambia, and more . . . We’re reading about health & human rights

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Better Health, Better Human Rights: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria began with a commitment to advancing human rights in its fight against the diseases, Executive Director Mark Dybul notes, but the need to expand that focus becomes clearer as research confirms the effectiveness of focusing on the most vulnerable populations. This, […]

United, led by AIDS patients and advocates, world’s most impoverished countries get extension on affordable access to critical goods

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Countries with the greatest odds against them won time today, successfully negotiating for another eight years during which they can get medicines, educational supplies, and techonologies essential to their development at prices they can afford. The extension of the agreement giving the world’s least developed countries exemption from implementing the  full standards of patent protection […]

Introducing a new look

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We’ve changed . . . You may have noticed in recent weeks Science Speaks has a new look, and some new moving parts. With our content continuing to focus on breaking news and analysis of science and policy propelling the U.S. response to global HIV and TB epidemics, we’ve updated our design to help you […]

Report: TB efforts brought progress, but challenges continue to leave patients undiagnosed, untreated

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The latest report from the United States Agency for International Development on the U.S. role in the global tuberculosis response shows that while government agencies have made important contributions to the global TB effort, significant challenges continue to stand between universal access to prevention, care and treatment, and the impoverished populations that need those interventions […]

Nationwide, health experts, leaders, front-liners urge lawmakers: Let PEPFAR reach its goals!

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With the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief slated for a third consecutive funding cut under the Obama administration’s budget proposal for the coming year, 629 health professionals from across the United States signed onto letter sent to Congressional leaders today asking them to enable the 10-year-old program to achieve its purpose. “As physicians, scientists, […]

Next step for Rice, lives with lasting legacies; we’re reading about global health advocacy and impact

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Rice to Replace Donilon in the Top National Security Post: As senior director for African affairs, and then assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration, Susan Rice was credited with pushing for a strong U.S. response to the global AIDS epidemic. In her current role as American ambassador to the United […]

Nigerian health, human rights groups to legislature: Rescind anti-gay bill

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Saying Nigeria legislators’ passage of the “Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill and other Related Matters” last week violates the country’s constitution as well as human rights, groups and individuals in the country are calling on legislators and President Goodluck Jonathan to consult with civil society organizations and the and the nation’s commission charged with protecting […]

Panel: Aim to ensure healthy lives through universal health care, access and equity

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A report from the United Nations-assigned panel framing an approach to post-2015 global development goals asserts that universal access to basic healthcare, eliminating discriminatory barriers that stand between vulnerable people and services, a commitment to social, economic, and environmental equity, as well as investing in disease prevention will be essential to reaching the attainable goal […]