Monthly Archives: December 2019

In a decade of global health advances, Science Speaks coverage finds movement toward equity

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This year marks the close of a dynamic decade in global infectious disease research and responses that changed expectations of what humanity can accomplish toward making the world a healthier, safer and more just home for everyone who shares it. From its launch in 2009, Science Speaks has covered some of the most consequential steps […]

WHO recommends expanded access to new, shorter, all oral regimens for drug-resistant TB

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Incorporating patient data from national TB programs and from ongoing research, the World Health Organization has updated its guidelines on treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis with an emphasis on accelerating access to more effective regimens that eliminate the inclusion of toxic painful injections. Among the data leading to the updated recommendation, released in a WHO Rapid […]

U.S. drug costs lead to lapsed treatment adherence, less viral suppression, more ER, hospital visits for people with HIV, study finds

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From 2016 to 2017, 14% of people living with HIV in the United States did something to save money on the out-of-pocket costs of their prescription medicine. Some asked their provider for a lower-priced medicine. Some bought their medicine from another country. Some used an alternative therapy. About half of them — 7 % of […]

Rates of hepatitis B among people living with HIV more than double estimated rates across general population globally, study finds

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More than 8% of people living with HIV worldwide also live with hepatitis B virus, a disease that increases death rates and accelerates liver damage among them, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. About a quarter of those living with both infections have active replication of the hepatis B virus, that is likely […]

With vaccine rates stalled, measles outbreaks deliver deadly, debilitating impacts worldwide

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DRC, Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine account for nearly half of global measles cases Measles incidence increased in five regions around the world between 2016 and 2018, while deaths from disease rose from 2017 to 2018, data released jointly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization today show. […]

Lot quality assurance sampling saves time, money while providing valuable information on HIV services

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The following is a guest post by David Boone, Ph.D., of MEASURE Evaluation Most HIV monitoring and evaluation folks are familiar with the challenges of keeping track of the number of patients currently on treatment, and the data quality problems that result from poor record keeping. Patients need to be followed perpetually, and they come […]

More than 150,000 Americans with HIV remain unaware of infection, while PrEP uptake represents fraction of need

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With an ambitious, but yet to be funded federal plan to end the American HIV epidemic within the next 10 years in front of Congress, about 14% of people living with the virus have yet to be diagnosed, just 18% of people at substantial risk of becoming infected are accessing the proven preventive drug that […]

What we’re reading: A World AIDS Day look at real changes needed to end HIV’s impacts

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The View From West Virginia – More than three decades after the first World AIDS Day amplified global calls for action against an escalating pandemic, the tools and the plan to end the American epidemic exist. But the view from West Virginia, described by HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Judith Feinberg finds policies, politics, poverty […]