Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

HLM 2016 AIDS: Universal treatment access panel looks at issues in generic antiretroviral medicines

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NEW YORK – Manufacturing generic antiretroviral drugs has become a losing financial proposition for the few companies involved, according to Dr. Ren Minghui, the Assistant Director General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization.  At a Thursday session at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, Minghui described […]

Obama Announces $5 billion Pledge to the Global Fund and 6.7 million on Treatment from PEPFAR

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On the eve of the Global Fund Replenishment Conference at a White House event celebrating World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged a continuing US leadership role to respond to the AIDS pandemic “until all men and women can protect themselves from infection, everyone has access to treatment and no babies are born with HIV.”  He […]

Medical Male Circumcision — A Personal Tale

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Angelo Kaggwa, a 29-year-old Ugandan and a program coordinator with AVAC, shared his personal experience with male circumcision with a packed audience comprised largely of Africans at an International AIDS Conference satellite symposium Monday night entitled, Call to Action for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention. “It took me eight years to do it […]

Strategic use of antiretrovirals means bringing treatment and prevention together

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Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)  kicked off this Sunday  session by noting that advances in our knowledge mean:  “finally we have the upper hand and are in a position to outsmart HIV.”  But she also added that the challenges didn’t end with unlocking the biological mysteries of the virus, but […]

Is PrEP Ready for Primetime?

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This week’s New England Journal of Medicine showcases the results of clinical trials testing the use of antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV acquisition in uninfected individuals.  The results, which have been widely reported at major conferences, are mixed. An article by Lut Van Damme and colleagues reports on the primary results of the Preexposure Prophylaxis […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

Breaking News: Senate subcommittee votes to boost funding for Global Fund and global TB in 2013

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted Tuesday on its funding bill for global health and foreign assistance programs beginning Oct. 1, 2012.  The committee voted to fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the president’s budget request of $1.65 billion – which would fulfill the U.S. four-year, […]

Breaking News: House committee approves 2013 funding for PEPFAR, Global Fund, global TB

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The House Appropriations Committee voted on its fiscal year (FY) 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill Wednesday and released a report that clarifies its funding intentions for key global health programs.  The bill includes $5.542 billion for global AIDS funding through the State Department, and the report specifies $4.243 billion to support the U.S. […]

Late breakers at treatment as prevention workshop: home-based testing, economic benefits of ART, and HIV services for men explored

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The late breaker session at the 2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver Wednesday offered some interesting insights relevant to HIV treatment scale up. Home-based testing Nathan Ford from Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) offered findings from a meta-analysis of home-based testing studies.  Their analysis found that home-based testing was an […]

Treatment as prevention: Action in China

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Dr. Zunyou Wu, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered the audience at the 2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver new information about China’s response to new evidence on treatment as prevention. The first response in 2011 was to scale up testing and treatment. In 2011, more than […]