Monthly Archives: June 2014

Senator Markey introduces global LGBT human rights bill

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On Friday Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, a bill that would direct the Department of State to make international LGBT rights a foreign policy priority. The bill calls for establishing a position in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for coordinating inter-bureau and inter-agency […]

HIV laws and impact in Nigeria and Uganda, transgender arrests in Malaysia, Stavudine in Russia, counterfeit condoms in Vietnam . . . We’re reading about the latest ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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Almost nobody wants to help – The passage and signing of Nigeria’s oppressive and bizaare “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013,” preceded the enactment of Uganda’s similarly spirited law, but apart from initial reports indicating the results of the law were predictably brutal, little has been written about the fallout there since — and even […]

Needle exchange, methadone programs in Malaysia save money, protect public health, World Bank-funded report finds

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Of the more than 98,000 people diagnosed with HIV since 1986 in Malaysia, more than 67,000 of them have been people who inject drugs . . . When more than two-thirds of the people who have been diagnosed with HIV in a country are people who inject drugs, some of the measures to prevent new […]

Tuberculosis R&D must be U.S. diplomatic priority, say global health leaders

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Along with maintaining funding for fighting global tuberculosis, the United States government must better coordinate with the most affected countries on TB research and development, said global health leaders Monday at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, examining challenges to global tuberculosis efforts. This point, along with the recommendation that the […]

Tuberculosis panel: U.S. effort must focus, prioritize, coordinate

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With the resources allotted to fight tuberculosis worldwide inadequate to demands of a pandemic complicated by drug-resistant strains and the impact of HIV globally, the United States will need to better lead, coordinate, focus and prioritize its efforts, or risk seeing domestic and international goals compromised. That is among the conclusions of a summary report […]

Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

HIV coverage: No news is bad news, some news is worse . . . we’re reading about under-reporting, misreporting, realities and responses

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Why is HIV underreported outside of scandals? How does it happen that the rantings of an already disgraced soon-to-be-former sports team owner can propel AIDS into headlines when scientific breakthroughs, policy, and funding that affect matters of life and death do not? That is the question this POZ commentary raises, noting that Clippers co-owner Donald […]

HIV transmission risks: Review updates CDC estimates, adds impact of treatment, condom use

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Authors of a comprehensive review of literature reporting data on per-act HIV transmission risks have updated the last estimates produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, and in the process have highlighted the importance of treatment and prevention reaching those at greatest risk. The CDC’s estimates “relied heavily on estimates […]

TAG’s TB drug guide aims to equip activists

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While the impact of tuberculosis grew over the last decades of the 20th century, with drug resistant forms of the disease and HIV fueling its spread and slowing cures, the drugs used to treat TB have not changed. Bedaquiline and delaminid are the only new TB drugs to have been approved in over forty years, […]

With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action

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Sign-on letter headed for Ban Ki-moon, UN missions When Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act into law in February, the United Nations along with world political, human rights, health and humanitarian leaders condemned the legislation which imposes life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality,” prohibits support or services offered to sexual minorities, and […]