Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

IDWeek 2018: Global health security is primary mission of CDC, Director Redfield says

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SAN FRANCISCO – Preparing for infectious disease outbreaks with potentially global impacts, both in the U.S. and abroad, must be a permanent and pivotal focus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said here in a conversation with IDSA President Dr. Paul Auwaerter and HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Melanie […]

IDWeek 2018: Stronger political will needed to end TB, says infectious diseases expert

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SAN FRANCISCO – The UN High Level Meeting on Ending Tuberculosis targets on TB detection, treatment and prevention, along with targets on increasing funding for responses and research, are the right ones to end the epidemic by 2030. But without stronger political will – particularly from countries with the highest burdens of tuberculosis – the […]

IDWeek 2018: Astronaut discusses effects of space travel on human health

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SAN FRANCISCO – What are the effects of radiation on microbiome samples for scientific study? How about the effects on the scientists conducting those experiments? How do you conduct infection control when you live and sleep in your lab – all while orbiting 250 miles from Earth? These are some of the questions astronaut and […]

TB High Level Meeting: U.S. announces $35 million for initiative to catalyze funding to eliminate TB

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New York – The U.S. Agency for International Development will reprogram $35 million of existing USAID funding to develop a new business model for catalyzing increased investments for the global tuberculosis response, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced here during the UN High Level Meeting on TB. The Global Accelerator to End TB initiative will help countries […]

TB High Level Meeting: Global leaders pledge to find and treat 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022

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NEW YORK – Heads of states and ministers of health gathered today at the United Nations General Assembly for the first UN High Level Meeting addressing global tuberculosis with a commitment to finding and treating 40 million people sick with tuberculosis and to preventing the infection in 30 million people by 2022. After months of sometimes […]

TB High Level Meeting: Human rights violations drive TB epidemic, leaders say

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New York – Every aspect of getting diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis violated rights established by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a former patient said at a side event here Monday. From being denied employment to housing to access to quality care, the patient, Abdulai Sesay said, the TB response in his […]

TB High Level Meeting: Leaders call for commitments, cash and innovation to end global impacts of tuberculosis

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NEW YORK – National leaders gathering here this week should not be thinking about whether they have the money needed to end the global public health threat of TB, South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said Sunday. Rather, he said, they should be asking if they can afford not to act. Motsoaledi was one […]

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 […]