Monthly Archives: March 2015

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

The dollars and sense of fighting homophobia, a call for culture change in the west and better words for TB talk . . . We’re reading the health benefits of changing attitudes

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At the World Bank, turning finance ministers into gay rights advocates – Discriminating against gay people and other sexual minorities is not only nasty, it’s expensive. That’s the message the World Bank began to gather the data to support, and then deliver in a report showing how homophobic discrimination leads to a cycle of poverty […]

USAID report and launch show varying degrees of progress on global health research goals

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Overtaken by microbicide trial results, USAID update on global health research raises questions of HIV prevention pipeline In one corner of room 121 at the Canon House Office Building in Washington, DC, Tuesday, a biomedical engineer from Boston University stood next to a portable device, explaining that it can test medicines, including ones to save […]

Antiretroviral treatment early in first stage of HIV infection adds to lasting impact on viral burden

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The sooner a patient recently infected with HIV began antiretroviral treatment, the faster the burden of the virus dropped, leading to a measurable benefit five years later, a study recently released in Clinical Infectious Diseases says. The study examined outcomes among 327 patients in what, to the researchers’ knowledge, is the largest group of study […]

Hepatitis C, the costs of treatment, the costs of delay, and the case for action . . . We’re reading about unprecedented and unrealized opportunities

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Ending an Epidemic – In spite of an impact on an estimated 185 million people globally that includes close to half a million deaths yearly, attention to hepatitis C has lagged in the years since the virus was identified, but the recent development of new drugs has brought both recognition of what can be done […]

Health workforce shortage weakens AIDS response

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While the U.S. government has helped train more than 140,000 healthcare workers through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief since the program was re-authorized in 2008, Africa still needs more than one million healthcare workers to address a critical shortage, U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx said Monday at a Capitol Hill […]

CROI 2015: As the impact and efficiency of medical circumcision increase, a target is lacking for a proven intervention

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SEATTLE, WA – What if the protection from HIV offered by medical circumcision came in a pill? How differently would we think of it? Taken once, it would reduce an individual’s risks of becoming infected with HIV by 60-to70 percent for life. For every nine men to take that pill, one new infection, along with an average […]