Monthly Archives: June 2016

Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions

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Today is International Day of the African Child, and brings the following guest post by By Paul Henry Brodish, MSPH, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation I recently viewed a short video from The New York Times with Dr. Eyrun F. Kjetland discussing her work on female genital schistosomiasis and HIV. It’s hard to watch the video, […]

Born free of HIV but dying from the “silent killer”: The crisis of syphilis

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL —  In Haiti, activities to prevent mother to child transmission were working, Rosanna Peeling of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was […]

Is HIV self-testing an answer, or another obstacle?

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL — Access to self-testing for HIV is critical to reaching goals that UNAIDS has projected would end the pandemic by 2030, that begin with 90 percent […]

Wanted: Continued development of TB diagnostics to reduce antimicrobial resistance

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL — New diagnostic technology for tuberculosis still is needed not only for TB control, but to combat growing antimicrobial resistance, Dr. Madhukar Pai said here this […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: “Reaffirming” urgency while dodging realities, UN resolution on HIV shows what happens when a declaration is political

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Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 sets new targets, notes gaps, but leaves much unsaid, most affected behind NEW YORK — After weeks of amendments, deletions, rephrasing, and equivocations, the document agreed to by the member states represented […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: Universal treatment access panel looks at issues in generic antiretroviral medicines

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NEW YORK – Manufacturing generic antiretroviral drugs has become a losing financial proposition for the few companies involved, according to Dr. Ren Minghui, the Assistant Director General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization.  At a Thursday session at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, Minghui described […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: TB gets time and targets, as leaders weigh impacts of No. 1 killer

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NEW YORK – At a “high-level” meeting of nations all confronting the impacts of a still incurable virus, it may seem strange that just one event and a scattering of mentions in a political declaration have been dedicated to the leading — and curable — killer of people with that virus. But for leaders of responses to tuberculosis […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: PEPFAR directs $100 million to reach gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners

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Amidst governments’ resistance to key population outreach efforts, fund will support community led approaches, OGAC leader says NEW YORK – A day after the formal release of a United Nations political declaration on a global approach to HIV gave short shrift to demographic groups experiencing the highest HIV impacts and lowest access to HIV services, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator […]

Senate funding bill boosts NIH funding, cuts CDC and TB programs

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Bipartisan effort preserves medical research at Defense Department The U.S. Senate Appropriations committee approved a funding increase of $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health and a cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today as part of their approval of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies appropriations bill for […]

UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy is cost-effective, will save millions of lives, study shows

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Reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, of 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed accessing antiretroviral therapy, and treatment in at least 90 percent of those individuals suppressing their virus to undetectable levels would not only benefit populations and improve individual health but would be cost-efficient a study has found. The study, published in […]