Monthly Archives: February 2015

CROI 2015: Financial incentives can increase patient engagement in HIV care and improve viral suppression in some care settings

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SEATTLE, WA – Providing financial incentives to encourage people newly identified with HIV to access care and stay in care did not significantly increase overall linkage to care and did not significantly increase viral suppression overall, findings from a study presented today showed. Wafaa El Sadr from Columbia University presented the findings from HPTN 065, a […]

CROI 2015: Medical circumcision strategies and results include implications for partners, herpes findings, effect of ARVs

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SEATTLE, WA – A series of presentations on Tuesday in Seattle on circumcision highlighted the benefit of the procedure as an HIV intervention, providing more evidence for benefits and risks for men and their sexual partners. Findings also pointed to strategies with some success reaching men most at risk for HIV acquisition. Mary Grabowski presented findings from […]

CROI 2015: With strides in treatment, prevention, and cures, science meets realities

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SEATTLE, WA — On the morning before the science-centered Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections opened today, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and now United Nations Special Envoy on TB Eric Goosby reflected on the “long, strange trip” of responses to HIV/TB. He was speaking at a discussion about HIV/TB research and noting that while […]

Study shows organ donation between HIV-infected is feasible, desirable

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The results of a new study support something advocates both domestically and globally have been pushing for years: organ donation from people infected with HIV to others living with HIV. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows outcomes for HIV-infected patients who received kidney transplants from HIV-infected individuals are similar to […]

TB drug candidate starts Phase 1 trial — first in six years

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*updated 3 p.m.* The enrollment of nearly 50 volunteers in the United States will launch the first randomized clinical trial of a potential  new drug to treat TB in six years, the nonprofit product development partnership TB Alliance announced Wednesday. Assuming the trial yields good news, that means a new TB drug could reach people […]

Option B+ in Nigeria: New study supports lifelong antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Biyi Adesina of Avenir Health, Chukwuma Anyaike of the Ministry of Health, Nigeria, and Sara Bowsky of the Futures Group According to a 2013 UNAIDS report, Nigeria has a higher number of children contracting HIV than any other country in the world; nearly 60,000 were infected with the virus in 2012. As Nigeria […]

114th Congress and Global Health: Subcommittees with bilateral, multilateral oversight get new members

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Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee This  committee, which oversees annual funding decisions for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Global Fund and the USAID TB program, gets three new Republican members — two who are new to the Senate, and one new Democrat Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Ks)  is […]

PEPFAR requires its programs to seek, use, document civil society input in planning

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“The old concept of concentrated, mixed, and generalized epidemics is making way for a new approach that requires analysing, understanding, and responding to subnational and local diversity of the AIDS epidemic, including knowing which populations are most affected within local epidemics.” PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan 2015 Guidance Citing this year’s UNAIDS 90-90-90 recommendations to end […]

114th Congress and Global Health: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health Subcommittee

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Health Subcommittee, which oversees budget and policy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health get new Ranking members as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) replaces Rep. Henry Waxman on the committee, and Rep. Gene Green (D-Tx) takes his role on the […]

114th Congress and Global Health: House Appropriations Committee, State and Foreign Ops, Labor HHS Subcommittees

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The 114th Congress brings no change to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee, or its global health- funding State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. It brings one new leader to its Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, which oversees Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health funding. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky) […]