Monthly Archives: May 2014

PrEP, a Ugandan activist speaks, transgender rights in India and “sex slave rescue” . . .We’re reading about lessons from the most affected populations

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I have not been silenced – In this commentary published on the International AIDS Society blog, Ugandan physician Paul Semugoma discusses the barriers gay African men face in accessing HIV/AIDS services, and how the epidemic is driven in part due to societal, cultural, and legal discrimination against sexual minorities. “…I have come to understand that […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on viral load testing, young women, South Africa, and the T word

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In Part 2 of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader, Ambassador Deborah Birx looked at impact, accountability and transparency in a sustainable response. When Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in as the fourth leader of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in April, she confronted a unprecedentedly complex, and some said, […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership”

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Part I of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader to be presented in two parts, looking at impact, accountability, transparency in a sustainable response Part I A week after  Ambassador Deborah Birx took office as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, she issued her first official statement, ” . . .on the Principles of PEPFAR’s […]

A PEPFAR transition that works? An international HIV responder supports its local replacements and sees promise, opportunities

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As the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS began its shift from emergency to sustainable response in 2009, international organizations supplying life-saving programs faced a daunting deadline. In three years, according to the plan, groups like the U.S.-based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which by then had provided HIV testing and counseling to two and a […]

Hepatitis resolution passed by 67th World Health Assembly includes calls for increased access to new medicine, syringe exchange

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Committing the World Health Organization and member states of the United Nations to efforts to combat to hepatitis worldwide, the 67th World Health Assembly today passed a Hepatitis Resolution that includes calls to use legal flexibilities to lower prices of new effective medicines, and accelerate harm reduction programs for people who inject drugs. The resolution […]

Missing the target of orphans in Uganda, sex workers in Kenya, good practices based on human rights and realities, the Melbourne Declaration, confusing coverage strikes again, and more . . . we’re reading about missing pieces

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Each week we like to share with our readers what we’ve been reading, but we also like to hear from our readers about what they’re reading. Please let us know what you’re reading this week by sending an email to globalhealth@idsociety.org.  Missing the Target – In the 11th of its Missing the Target report series, […]

AIDS vaccine update: With Thai trial, broadly neutralizing antibodies, new technologies and monkeys that met the SIV challenge, “we’re closer than ever”

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NIH AIDS Vaccine Research Program Director: “The future of HIV-1 Vaccines is bright.” In 1997, scientists announced the birth of Dolly the cloned sheep, a computer named Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion Gary Kasparov, and the Hubble telescope brought the far reaches of outer space closer. President Bill Clinton pointed to all of these […]

Ugandan nurse Rosemary Namubiru faces three years in prison, while charge against her remains misreported, misunderstood

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Local advocate calls ruling a legal precedent to stigmatize and discriminate against people living with HIV Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse in her mid-60s living with HIV, who was charged with criminal negligence after a workplace accident involving an injection, was sentenced to three years in prison in a Ugandan court today. According to people in […]

Schistosomiasis: how a theory brings HIV, a parasite, the price of pills and the demand for evidence together

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The possibility that a parasitic worm could be contributing to HIV’s disproportionate impact on women in Africa has been considered long enough, and taken seriously enough to inspire the optimistic title of this 2009  editorial, “Africa’s 32 Cents Solution for HIV/AIDS.” The idea that schistosomiasis, often picked up during childhood through a freshwater-borne parasite prevalent […]

Uganda law concerns at home and abroad, CDC PrEP guidelines endorsed, getting ready for World AIDS Vaccine Day . . . We’re reading about what’s next

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Ambassador Deborah Birx, on the Passage of the HIV Prevention and Control Act by the Ugandan Parliament –  With more than three decades of experiences at home and abroad offering lessons, Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx responds to the Uganda Parliament’s new HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, which criminalizes HIV transmission, mandates […]