Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

AIDS 2018: Expanded Mexico City policy built barriers to HIV services, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Shards of glass, hot oil, sticks – those are some of the tools women and girls are reportedly using to terminate unwanted pregnancies in Kenya now that many have lost access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. They are on their own now thanks to the Trump Administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the […]

AIDS 2018: Laws meant to end demand for sex work increases workers’ HIV risks, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Laws and policies that criminalize clients of sex workers put sex workers at higher risk of HIV infection, researchers said here on Thursday. Sex workers are at 10 times higher risk of becoming infected with HIV than the general population, researchers said. Sex work criminalization laws and so-called “end demand” policies – laws attempting to […]

AIDS 2018: Opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers rank among most cost effective HIV interventions, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Investments in opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers, medical circumcision and condom promotion are the most cost-effective prevention interventions in the global HIV response, but lack adequate funding and should be scaled up to achieve prevention targets, researchers said here today. Their study also found that antiretroviral therapy was a highly cost effective measure […]

AIDS 2018: Elton John announces HIV funding for LGBT and people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

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AMSTERDAM – Non-governmental organizations in eastern Europe and central Asia providing essential HIV treatment and prevention services to populations who have been left behind in the global HIV response will soon get an infusion of resources to reach people who inject drugs and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Singer and HIV activist Sir Elton John announced […]

AIDS 2018: Global health security, economic stability priorities for U.S. global TB response

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AMSTERDAM – Addressing the threats that tuberculosis  poses to global health security and economic stability is the highest prioritiy in the U.S. government’s global TB response, U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief of staff William Steiger said here on Sunday. Drug-resistant forms of TB account for one in four of antimicrobial resistant infections, Steiger said, demanding […]

U.S. joins other G20 countries in antimicrobial resistance research initiative

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Senior Global Health Policy Specialist Rabita Aziz sent this dispatch from the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, where she will deliver remarks on behalf of IDSA (which produces this blog) and other organizations, this week. GENEVA – Calling growing antimicrobial resistance “a crack in the cornerstone of modern medicine, […]

U.S. voices strong support for health security in Geneva while curtailing support in Washington

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Senior Global Health Policy Specialist Rabita Aziz sent this dispatch from the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, where she will deliver remarks on behalf of IDSA (which produces this blog) and other organizations, this week. GENEVA – The U.S. will contribute an additional $7 million on top of a […]

Spending bill boosts NIH, USAID TB, lifts Fogarty, flatlines PEPFAR, Global Fund

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The spending bill for 2018 passed in the House Thursday, and the Senate early today has delivered a robust rejection of the President’s proposals to slash science spending while massively cutting funds for global infectious disease responses, with a combination of level funding and a few notable raises. They include with a $3 billion boost for […]