Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

As Ugandan nurse is tried in court and media, HIV treatment becomes prosecution evidence

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Charged with a statute that HIV community and human rights advocates say hasn’t been put to use in half a century, Ugandan nurse Rosemary Namubiru will have to wait for a court to decide what happened when she tried to insert an intravenous needle into the arm of a two year old patient about two […]

In the Face of Discrimination, Keep Going

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The following is a guest post by Naomi Rutenberg, Ph.D., Vice President and Director for HIV and AIDS at the Population Council. The HIV epidemic, it has been said, is at a turning point. Recent evidence suggests that this is true: Globally, the rate of new infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths have both decreased. More […]

Ugandan President signs anti-homosexuality bill, hinders HIV/AIDS control efforts

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law today an anti-homosexuality bill which criminalizes homosexual acts, despite vocal opposition by global health leaders who say such legislation not only violates human rights, but will reverse gains made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda, where over 1.5 million people are living with HIV. The bill proposes […]

HIV infant diagnosis follow shows challenges to successful program

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In Botswana, where in 2011 more than 30 percent of pregnant women were estimated to have HIV,  rates of mother to child transmission of HIV have dropped in the last decade from as high as 40 percent, to less than 4 percent. Between 2005 and 2012, of more than 10,000 infants exposed to HIV, more […]

HIV response advocates to Senate Foreign Relations heads: Speed confirmation of next PEPFAR leader

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Signers from 28 organizations advocating for global HIV responses called on United States Senators Robert Menendez and Robert Corker to schedule a confirmation hearing in the next week for Dr. Deborah Birx, nominated by the White House last month to serve as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and lead the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

Treatment as Prevention once again shown to lower incidence of illness, infection, death, in British Columbia findings consistent with Kwazulu Natal, other settings, authors say

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The idea was to document and demonstrate the effectiveness of the “Treatment as Prevention” strategy in fighting HIV and AIDS, but a population-wide study of data spanning 16 years in British Columbia’s HIV epidemic scored points for harm reduction and accessible, publically funded health care as well, it turned out. The PLOS One article on […]

Nigerian official who called anti-gay law “democracy in action” served on International AIDS Society’s governing council

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When Nigeria acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri defended President Goodluck Jonathan’s signature on the country’s brutal new anti-homosexuality law, the couple of weeks preceding had to have been a tough time to answer for her country. The law, for reasons obvious to donors, doctors, advocates and others involved in global efforts to combat […]

Physicians signing letter to Uganda President on anti-homosexuality bill include former Vice President, now UN’s envoy for HIV in Africa

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The letter from physicians, researchers and academics explaining the science of sexual orientation and the impact of laws criminalizing homosexuality that appeared as a full page ad in a Uganda newspaper last week went directly to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni today, with the endorsement of 14 organizations (including the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]