Author Archives: Antigone Barton

AIDS 2018: Series of community-wide HIV household surveys have shown directions, possibilities, PEPFAR leader says

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Core policies, including around health system user fees. must evolve in response, Amb. Birx says, adding that fees discriminate against people living in poverty AMSTERDAM – Marking progress toward the goals projected as critical to gaining sustainable control of HIV worldwide, household surveys administered across communities in 15 African countries have shown that reaching the goals […]

AIDS 2018: Undetectable equals Untransmittable

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AMSTERDAM – A year after activists marched onto the stage of an International AIDS Society 2017 Paris Conference plenary session to unfurl a banner proclaiming “Undetectable = Untransmittable,” the data-backed public health message — U = U — that became a movement was endorsed by past and current presidents of the world’s largest association of HIV […]

AIDS 2018: The way to 90-90-90 success against HIV (and more) can be found in Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM – While global momentum remains insufficient to reach testing and treatment goals deemed critical to controlling HIV, cities with coordinated, localized responses are nearing, have met and even exceeded those goals, data presented here Saturday showed. One is Amsterdam, where, by 2016, 94 percent of all people living with HIV knew it, 93 percent of […]

UNAIDS global HIV data shows “miles to go”

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The tale of two global HIV responses continues to unfold this week, in data released by UNAIDS in the run-up to the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. One response, driven by antiretroviral treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis, by unhindered access to health services and education, by the decriminalization of drug use and sex work, along […]

An affirmation on the way to AIDS 2018: Much has changed, not enough, and some for the worse

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In calls for improved inclusiveness, evidence-based expenditures, and people-based policies, screeds released in advance of International AIDS Conferences tend to echo those of the year before, holding, if not advancing, established intentions. This year’s, an “affirmation,” rather than a “declaration” seems to acknowledge that in its title, but it also notes significant changes — in […]

What we’re reading: How to pick fights against diseases and win

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If we really want to eradicate diseases . . . – Donated high-technology coolers to transport vaccines across rural terrains during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent Ebola outbreak addressed one critical challenge, helping to contain the virus. But answers to infrastructure deficits that include power and water are needed to ensure the effective […]

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

What do you read, to track 25 years of HIV stigma and progress? Words, words, words . . .

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From the first International AIDS Conference in Atlanta with about a thousand attendees in 1985, to the upcoming one in Amsterdam where about 18,000 are expected later this month, the annual, and then biennial meetings served as milestones in a slow climb of scientific, political and community progress against the pandemic. Memorable peaks include the […]

In Lesotho, where life expectancy is under 50, the last to test for HIV are the hardest to reach

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Clinics for men, adolescent-dedicated sections in existing clinics, and increased support for community-based services are all needed to expand the reach of HIV testing in Lesotho, and offer hope of controlling the epidemic in a country where the virus is responsible for one of the shortest life expectancies in the world, according to a report […]