Monthly Archives: December 2013

AVAC: HIV vaccine, microbicides, PrEP trial results say reality must guide research

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For all the graphics illustrating results of HIV prevention trials in recent years, the Venn diagram on the cover of Research & Reality, the report released by AVAC today, may be the one that depicts the sum of their findings. Which is really saying something, when one considers the up-and-down nature of prevention research results […]

Nelson Mandela’s HIV, TB stances were lasting strides in struggle for freedom, rights, equality

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“Nelson Mandela embodied the 20th Century in South Africa and the world in many more ways than people think,” Zackie Achmat, founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa said in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday. Winstone Zulu, credited with being the first Zambian to publicly discuss his HIV infection […]

Study: HIV treatment access, care linkage could save 28 million years of life by 2030

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Antiretroviral treatment has provided South African HIV patients 2.8 million years of life from 2004 to 2012, and could provide as much as 28 million years of life otherwise unrealized by 2030, a study just released online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases says. The study was based on a mathematical analysis of known survival […]

Global Fund Replenishment “window of opportunity” to beat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Half open or half shut?

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“You have brief windows in history,” Global Fund Executive Director Ambassador Mark Dybul said Wednesday. He was referring to a now familiar argument he has made to support a request, that when he puts it this way, sounds modest: “Fifteen billion dollars to control three horrible pandemics.” The window Dybul is talking about is the […]

Global Fund Replenishment: leaders consider the impact of partnerships

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The history of global health and development didn’t have “the most attractive origins,” Global Fund Director Dr. Mark Dybul reminded an audience at Georgetown University in Washington, DC this morning. With roots in colonial exploitation, evolving into enlightened self-interest, continuing into cold-war inspired efforts to make friends and influence governments, the work of making things […]

Integrating family planning with HIV services is doable, sustainable

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It’s a simple idea that surprisingly, hasn’t been implemented or seriously studied and tested, until now: full integration of the most effective family planning services with HIV care and treatment to increase contraception use and reduce unwanted, and often risky, pregnancies among women living with HIV. That’s what physicians Daniel Grossman and Craig Cohen of […]

World AIDS Day Event: HIV services fail children

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While the Obama administration commemorated World AIDS Day at the White House and celebrated progress in the fight against HIV, global HIV advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Monday discussed how that progress has left young people and children behind. With more than two million children who need antiretroviral drugs not receiving them, HIV treatment […]

Obama Announces $5 billion Pledge to the Global Fund and 6.7 million on Treatment from PEPFAR

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On the eve of the Global Fund Replenishment Conference at a White House event celebrating World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged a continuing US leadership role to respond to the AIDS pandemic “until all men and women can protect themselves from infection, everyone has access to treatment and no babies are born with HIV.”  He […]

World AIDS Day 2013: CDC’s MMWR cites progress, opportunities

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Along with an article looking at HIV in the U.S. among men who are gay, bisexual and have sex with men, two articles in the pre-World AIDS Day edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examine outcomes of treatment and circumcision rollouts in Africa, and cite the opportunities […]

On eve of Global Fund replenishment, World AIDS Day, experts cite evidence in HIV fight

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As global health leaders from around the world gather in Washington, D.C. this week for the fourth replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, experts are weighing in on what worldwide disease responses can achieve now. Agnes Binagwaho is Rwanda’s Minister of Health, a pediatrician and a lecturer at Harvard Medical […]