Monthly Archives: June 2016

New Durban Declaration highlights five scientific advances, five structural barriers

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The importance and imperative of immediate treatment for all people living with HIV is finally indisputable, but laws, policies, and discriminatory neglect continue to keep testing, care and medicine out of reach for men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs worldwide. Pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral medicine, […]

Senate agrees on global health funding, small boost for TB

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Shaheen amendment reverses bill’s defunding of UNFPA, reinstatement of Global Gag Rule, family planning cuts While the Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to flat-fund most global health programs, including HIV responses, the Committee voted to modestly increase TB funding with  $241 million for USAID’s global tuberculosis program —  a $5 million increase over current funding. The increase […]

A worldwide obstacle course through the first HIV 90, the UN and “a high-level failure,” WHO and a treatment double standard, and vaccine’s limited reach . . . We’re reading about the weakest links in prevention and care

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Today is National HIV Testing Day; every day can be — This opinion piece by Dr. Carlos del Rio, a physician who is chairman of the HIV Medicine Association and of the Rollins School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health, comprehensively rounds up current obstacles to the first step to personal and public health that HIV […]

With continuing failure to reach Zika funding compromise, and adjournment looming, Congress resets response deadline to mid-July

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“Agreement” advanced by House, Senate Republicans fails to garner support Bill with restrictions to contraception access, lifting of environmental protections, hits to domestic health and Ebola control efforts would have faced President’s veto if passed As Senate Democrats had warned a week before, the $1.1 billion Zika funding package crafted by a bicameral committee of […]

“Test and treat” is the ideal — but in TB and other illnesses, “guess and treat” is the more common reality

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz attended the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health June 13-17. MONTREAL – In health care, “test and treat” is considered the ideal. It’s a term most familiar to followers of HIV responses, in which treatment follows, rather than precedes, diagnostic […]

House subcommittee bill flat funds global HIV and TB

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In a year when global health leaders have projected a need to extend HIV and tuberculosis services to millions more people, a draft spending bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1 proposes keeping funding for global AIDS and tuberculosis programs and for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria exactly where it […]

Zika pregnancy and infant study to seek information on scope of risks from virus, strategies to meet impacts

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And as summer starts in North America, legislators prepare for break . . . //Post updated June 22, 2016 with information on potential environmental factors the study will weigh// Aiming to inform strategies to protect pregnant women and their developing fetuses in Zika endemic areas, a collaborative study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health […]

The forgotten killer, a need for shorter, better treatment, a measure of failures to diagnose children, and the impacts of inequity . . . We’re reading about tuberculosis

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Energizing the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa – A  history of inequality, a government’s long refusal to acknowledge the virus, a donor relationship in perpetual transition . . . these are among the challenges to controlling HIV in this epicenter of the pandemic. But, this report notes, one of the biggest challenges to success […]