Monthly Archives: September 2015

WHO ART guideline: Treat all with HIV, offer PrEP to those at “substantial risk”

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GUIDELINE URGES STANDARD OF CARE PRACTICED IN U.S., OTHER WEALTHY COUNTRIES, APPLY TO ALL . . . “We have no excuses,” says U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx They cost pennies to manufacture, and research has proven that accessing them upon diagnosis of HIV is life-saving, averts serious illnesses, and prevents transmission of the […]

Global health advocates suggest alternatives when limited options + limited bargaining power = unlimited drug prices

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Around the time the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis rose by 5000 percent last month, the panel that produces federally approved guidelines for prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections in people living with HIV issued a heads up to physicians in the United States. They might need to consider substitute options […]

PEPFAR announces prevention, treatment targets, highlights “DREAMS” for young women

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While announcements from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief often highlight the program’s success stories, PEPFAR supplied depressing data along with its release Saturday of new targets for treatment enrollment, additional prevention interventions, and infections to be prevented, over the coming two years. That’s because the targets “for the first time ever” (as the […]

Drug price hikes get attention and an “unheralded hero” is remembered . . . We’re reading about profits and purpose

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The two medicines that made the news this week were not widely known, but are potential lifesavers for the people to whom they are prescribed. Pyrimethamine, sold as Daraprim, is a critical treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that is life-threatening for patients with compromised immune systems, including people with HIV. Cycloserine is used to treat […]

Study: With obstacles to services for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs, diagnosis is first pitfall to HIV care in India

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Consider the gains India, home to the third largest number of people living with HIV in the world, has made against HIV in the last 10 years. With rates of HIV among women getting prenatal care dropping by 50 percent in that time, the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal  for 2020 — 90 percent of people with […]

Strong health systems, human rights essential for Africa’s growth, says Susan Rice

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Linking success in tackling diseases in Africa to economic growth and stability on the continent, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Friday vowed the U.S. will continue to support country-led plans that build healthcare systems, and to “build our programs around Africa’s plan.” “The U.S. is redefining the way we engage with Africa, not […]

Frieden, Birx discuss the catastrophe, warning of Ebola in last year

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At this time last year, Ebola had been reported in West Africa for six months, and in Liberia and Sierra Leone the number of new cases was doubling every few weeks. In Nigeria, where a man sick with the virus had landed in the capital city three months earlier and sparked an outbreak culminating in 20 cases, the epidemic […]

Antibiotic resistance poses growing threat to fragile health systems

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While one of the most significant life-saving medical breakthroughs of the last century, the use of antibiotics to fight and prevent infections is becoming one of the greatest medical challenges in this century, including, at growing rates, in countries least equipped to monitor and respond to new health threats, a report released today says. The […]

Fauci: No excuse for HIV treatment wait

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was remembering when he knew virtually all of his AIDS patients would die within months. He was recounting the bitter frustration of being trained to be a healer, and having no recourse. He was talking about “one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of medicine,” that in the three decades since […]

In Tanzania, medical circumcision services rely on a predominantly female nursing workforce

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The following is a guest post from IntraHealth International. By Mkama Mwijarubi In November 2010, Tanzania embarked on a nationwide campaign to scale up medical circumcision — which can decrease a man’s risk of HIV infection by up to 60 percent — in regions where men traditionally do not undergo it. Hundreds of nurses were […]