Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Universal hepatitis C treatment is possible with patent reform and competition, reports say

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HIV treatment history offers proof it can be done, authors highlight It is a disease that an estimated 150 million people worldwide live with, that causes the deaths of at least 1,000 people a day, and that affects virtually every country of every income level, many of them without accessible diagnostic tools. The current standard […]

Homophobia’s costs to health, economies are subject of World Bank event

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When Luiz Loures saw his first AIDS case in 1982, treatment didn’t exist, and discrimination against LGBT people was rampant. He faced weeks when he could not leave the hospital because he could not count on his stigmatized patients receiving care. Today, medical responses have progressed, but the impact of homophobia remains: “We know how […]

Kerry defends President’s FY 15 global health budget before House subcommittee

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“I do believe we’ll be able to meet the target and meet our goals,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a House subcommittee Thursday, answering a question about global health provisions in President Obama’s fiscal 2015  budget. In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, Kerry lauded U.S. aims and […]

Nigeria Global Day of Action brings out protesters around the world

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The Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC is nestled in a cul-de-sac, amidst the Embassy of Malaysia and the Embassy of Brunei, about a half mile from the nearest Metro station or bus stop, so when about 50 sign-carrying, rainbow flag-waving people protesting the country’s new anti-gay law showed up there at 11 a.m. Friday, it […]

Building a health workforce to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation

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The following is a guest post by Mandy Folse, with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS […]

Obama 2015 budget fails to restore global HIV funding

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The Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, released today, includes stagnant funding for global HIV/AIDS programs and continued support for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB, and Malaria. The proposed budget includes $4.35 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — the same amount allocated under fiscal year 2014. With dried […]

Uganda anti-homosexuality law silence prompts call for UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa to step down

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When Stephen Lewis, who was then the United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, ended his address to 2006 International AIDS Conference with a call for his successor to be an African woman, cheers erupted across the packed hall. It was past time for those who knew the epidemic best and had borne the greatest […]