Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pediatric AIDS prevention trial that helped pave way for vision of AIDS-free generation is part of pioneering researcher’s story

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This article originally appeared on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation blog Experts in Focus: Dr. Laura Guay By Chelsea Bailey | April 15, 2014 “When it comes to your career, I tell people, ‘you just don’t know.’ Something could come along and change your life, and for me, this was it.” -Laura Guay, M.D. […]

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]

Saving lives without a rai$e, physician scientist weighs in on proposed TB cut, TPP’s toxic side effects, Trans Populations and HIV, Uganda roundup . . . We’re reading about trade, trade-offs and failures to communicate

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Tell Congress to keep up the fight against AIDS! – The program that helped make sure a million babies were born HIV-free and put 6.7 million people on antiretroviral treatment that saves their lives and prevents transmission of HIV has gone half a decade without a raise, the organization ONE points out, as it launches […]

WHO issues first hepatitis C guideline, notes treatment remains unaffordable to most

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Announcement notes release coincides with availability of improved drugs, while health advocates warns price puts new medicines beyond reach The World Health Organization’s first guidelines on the treatment of hepatitis C released Wednesday begin by noting that while treatment for the virus is successful for most of the people who receive it, 350,000 of those […]

$45 million TB cut will not affect “aggregate U.S. support,” Shah says

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But doesn’t explain how  . . . When USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah went to Congress to discuss the Obama administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, he began with remarks in which he made no mention of tuberculosis and aside from a mention of “creating an AIDS-free generation,” made no mention of the global […]

Uganda: As Anti-Homosexuality Law hits services, funding, its impact on current and future HIV treatment access raises concerns

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Ugandan police action at U.S. Military HIV Research Program site “has significantly heightened our concerns about respect for civil society and rule of law in Uganda,” State Department official says Following a week that saw a U.S. funded program in Uganda closed by the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Law, leaders of organizations representing physicians and researchers  in […]

Uganda arrest of U.S. program staffer brings laws’ impacts home, raises questions about impact on global AIDS responses

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Five days after police officers called on the United States Military HIV Research Program’s project office in Uganda’s capital to enforce the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Law, a note on the project site, as well as a statement on the U.S. Department of State web site, announcing the “temporary suspension” of the project’s activities to “ensure […]

XDR-TB treatment outcomes are dismal, spell trouble for global public health

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“The situation regarding MDR and XDR tuberculosis is bleak,” according to a commentary in response to a study looking at long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis patients in South Africa, published in The Lancet last week by Elize Pietersen and colleagues. Researchers followed up with South African patients with XDR-TB who had been a part […]

HIV services derailed in wake of Nigeria, Uganda laws panelists say

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When Nigeria passed its “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law,” banning gay people from gathering, and criminalizing “gay clubs, societies, organizations,” and their “sustenance,” the work of reaching men who have sex with men life-saving HIV prevention, treatment and other health services in the country with the world’s second largest HIV epidemic, had only begun to […]