Monthly Archives: October 2015

Inclusion of civil society in PEPFAR planning lags, sex workers call for engagement in global treatment access, WHO’s Ebola Emergency Committee issues update, and more . . . we’re reading about delayed works in progress

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More advocacy required for adequate inclusion of MSM in PEPFAR Processes – It’s a little more than two years ago that then U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby issued a cable to all U.S. embassy and consular posts directing them to seek, report on, and provide written responses to input from local groups representing […]

IDWeek 2015: Sex workers, injection drug users and men who have sex with men continue to be most affected by HIV epidemic, panelists say

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Science Speaks is at IDWeek in San Diego, California this week, bringing live coverage of sessions on HIV, TB, Ebola and more. SAN DIEGO, Calif – Despite steady progress made against the HIV pandemic over the past decade, only one third of people living with HIV are on antiretroviral therapy, leaving over 23 million people in need […]

IDWeek 2015: Presenters discuss questions surrounding HIV treatment, prevention

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Science Speaks is at IDWeek in San Diego, California this week, bringing live coverage of sessions on HIV, TB, Ebola and more. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After the HPTN 052 trial settled the question of whether early HIV treatment prevents transmission of the virus,  the START trial settled the question of the value of treatment for individual health, Dr. Myron Cohen […]

IDWeek 2015: Ebola survivors face ongoing challenges, says physician with first hand experience

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Science Speaks is at IDWeek in San Diego, California this week, bringing live coverage of sessions on HIV, TB, Ebola and more. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – “It ain’t over when it’s over,” said Ian Crozier, a physician with the Infectious Diseases Institute of Kampala, Uganda, at his plenary talk kicking off this conference of infectious disease researchers and clinicians. […]

IDWeek 2015: Physicians, researchers describe obstacles to tuberculosis control in resource limited countries

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Science Speaks is at IDWeek in San Diego, California this week, bringing live coverage of sessions on HIV, TB, Ebola and more. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – At one of the first sessions of this conference of infectious diseases physicians, scientists discussed an urgent need to scale up tuberculosis prevention efforts globally, especially in light of data expected from the World Health […]

Senator: Move money from HIV research to “more important” diseases

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NIH Director Collins, in turn, says 10 percent apportioned to HIV for last two decades won’t be automatic “As a practicing physician, sometimes still,” Sen. William Cassidy (R – La), told National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins today during an Appropriations sub-committee hearing on funding for the agency, “I think we should double your […]

Tuberculosis: The world waits for a plan, patients with drug-resistant disease wait for options

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Two recently published pieces on the paucity of treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis open with anecdotes centered on one patient each — a little girl in Mumbai, and a 39-year-old man in the U.S. A third opens in a South Africa hospital waiting room. All three zoom out from there to examine the impact of a […]

WHO “test and start” ART guideline highlights difference between “finding” and “prioritizing” funding for equitable care access . . . We’re reading responses, and more

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The World Health Organization’s early release last week of some of the agency’s updates to guidelines on antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV served as a heartening new sign of the direction HIV-fighting efforts will take, but also as a reminder, for those who need it, of the stark difference between medical and political […]

Congress passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown, leaving questions on potential to realize new global health goals

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On Wednesday Congress approved a short-term spending bill to fund the federal government for ten weeks, hours before the midnight deadline that would have shut down the government. Congress now has until December 11th to negotiate a budget deal that would fund government programs through September 30, 2016. Central to the budget negotiations are disagreements […]