Monthly Archives: May 2014

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 […]

TB drug approvals, distribution deal inches options forward, but MDR TB treatment access still uncertain where needed most

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Last week’s developments in TB treatment included the announcement that bedaquiline, the currently most promising medicine for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, will become available to patients in 130 low- and middle-income countries through the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility. That good news for multidrug-resistant TB patients, many of whom have run out of other options, was […]

Saving the Swazi Nation, mutual accountability, medical circumcision, a special envoy steps down and more . . . We’re reading about what works, what doesn’t, what remains to be seen

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The Campaign Against AIDS in Africa is Saving Lives – Why Isn’t the US Investing More In It? – James North, who spent four years in Swaziland before  AIDS  began to take a toll there, recounts the  epidemic’s impact on the country from 2008, when death notices filled the newspapers, to 2014, when seven percent […]

International Partnership for Microbicides, pharmaceutical company agreement sets path for woman-controlled HIV prevention

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The announcement today that Janssen R&D Ireland pharmaceutical company will give the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides exclusive worldwide rights to develop, make and market sexual and reproductive health products with the antiretroviral dapivirine was heralded by both organizations as a stride for global public health in general, and HIV prevention for women in particular. The […]

Fauci: Lifesaving leadership on the line

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has testified in front of Congress more than two hundred times over the past thirty years. Every single one of those times, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease said at a congressional briefing Wednesday, law makers asked him what’s been done with the money they’ve given him. […]

Access to treatments for MDR TB, hepatitis C, other health threats set to expand with UNITAID grants targeting market barriers

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The first new tuberculosis drug in more than 40 years, a treatment for hepatitis C currently priced in the United States at $84,000, and an early infant diagnostic test for HIV are among the breakthrough medicines and technologies the global health financing organization UNITAID is aiming to make available to people in low- and middle-income […]

Ukraine HIV epidemic response scenarios project potentials for lives saved, infections averted by level of investment

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Outcomes hinge on increased resources, harm reduction, outreach to men who have sex with men, women in sex work, clients, injecting drug users, partners, and prisoners Released in December, before the dissolution of Ukrainian control of Crimea and continued threats to the autonomy of the rest of the country, Lives on The Line, Funding Needs […]

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 […]