Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

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 […]

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 […]

AIDS among children, teenagers a “Hidden Epidemic”

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Elizabeth Chester held up a picture of half a dozen large pills – the daily treatment regimen for a child infected with HIV. She then held up a picture of the child, showing that a child no more than three years old has to do what an adult would have difficulty doing, swallowing down pill […]

Ugandan women living with HIV urge Museveni not to sign bill that forces testing, criminalizes transmission, and breaches confidentiality

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Parliament committee notes that clauses run counter to international HIV, human rights guidelines against laws creating HIV-specific crimes “The House may wish to note that the situation of HIV in the country is very bad,” begins the Ugandan Parliament Committee on Health report on the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill passed Tuesday. The […]

Uganda HIV Prevention Bill: Science loses another round in high prevalence country’s Parliament

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With clauses to establish a tax-fed fund for prevention, care and treatment of HIV, banning discrimination against people living with HIV, and provisions to ensure accurate and relevant information about the risks of acquiring HIV, Uganda would seem to be getting back on track to fight its HIV epidemic with its new HIV and AIDS […]

HIV patients starting treatment with advanced illnesses highlight need to improve testing, care links, authors say

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A letter in this month’s Clinical Infectious Diseases backs earlier findings that even as access to medicine for HIV has expanded and greatly increased the numbers of people receiving treatment for the virus, large numbers of patients still are starting treatment in advanced stages of illness that earlier treatment would have prevented. One result, the […]

Making AIDS history, amfAR counts down to a cure at Capitol Hill briefing

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Ambassador Deborah Birx,  Anthony Fauci, Michel Sidibe, Kenneth Cole, Miss Universe, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tom Harkin, and World Bank President Jim Kim among participants in event to “Make AIDS History.” It already sounds like history now, before testing, before treatment, before activism, science, money and policy introduced hope into the time when an AIDS […]