Monthly Archives: July 2019

IAS 2019: With new data, WHO updates DTG guidelines including women in strong, preferred recommendation

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MEXICO CITY – Responding to expanded data gathered in Botswana and Brazil, and to input from communities of women living with HIV, the World Health Organization announced updated guidelines for the use of dolutegravir, restoring the agency’s recommendation that the antiretroviral medicine with fewer side effects, lower resistance, and quicker viral suppression than alternatives is […]

IAS 2019: Recency testing opens doors to faster, focused HIV responses, raises questions of community involvement

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MEXICO CITY – On Sunday here in a preconference session, U.S. PEPFAR leader Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx extolled the value of HIV recency tests – a diagnostic advance that can tell if a person newly diagnosed with HIV was infected in the last year, or before. That information can help identify new clusters of transmissions, […]

IAS 2019: Preventing TB — the leading killer of people with HIV — remains tangential to global HIV responses

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MEXICO CITY – In a day-long, pre-conference meeting devoted to addressing tuberculosis prevention among people living with HIV, which continues to account for one in three HIV-related deaths globally, experts discussed the urgent need to listen to communities about their TB prevention needs and offer people-centered interventions. This includes integrating TB prevention services at family planning […]

DRC Ebola outbreak now a PHEIC, WHO committee says following fourth meeting

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Citing recent cases that highlighted risks of international Ebola spread, and the killing earlier this week of two more responders working to control the ongoing outbreak of  the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a World Health Organization-convened committee today recommended that the agency declare the now year-long crisis in that country a Public […]

Amid declining donor dollars, resource gaps threaten HIV goals, reports say

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Progress seen in recent years against the HIV pandemic, including in rising numbers of people diagnosed and treated accompanied by dropping rates of incidence and death, is slowing while populations long facing the most daunting obstacles to services remain at highest risk, according to a UNAIDS report released today. The data, including numbers showing that […]

Calling Goma Ebola confirmation a potential “game changer,” Tedros says he will reconvene WHO emergency committee

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Citing the confirmation of a man sick with Ebola in Goma, a Democratic Republic of Congo city of 2 million near neighboring Rwanda’s border, and the continuing impacts of violence and political instability on efforts to control the spread of the virus, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ended a speech before a […]

What we’re reading: Why DRC Ebola crisis calls for a PHEIC, how to end an epidemic and more

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It’s time to declare a public health emergency on Ebola – This opinion piece highlights what the declaration of a PHEIC, or public health emergency of international concern, would do towards optimizing and accelerating efforts to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and enhancing preparedness in neighboring countries. Shifting the argument of […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]