Author Archives: Guest Writer

How do I know which adolescent girls are at greatest risk for HIV?

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Innovative approaches can help find vulnerable young women in need of HIV prevention services The following is a guest post by Michelle Li, MS, and Quinn Lewis, MIA, of Data.FI project In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately impacted by HIV and are more likely to become infected, compared to their male […]

It’s a puzzle, it’s an algorithm, it’s deduplication

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The following is a guest post by Richard Ngethe, MBA,  and Jonathan Friedman, MS According to a study by UNAIDS of Brazil, of an estimated 140 million records in the national user database—including all health records—only 100 million unique patients were represented. The number of patients, therefore, was overstated by 40%.[1] This is the kind […]

Four recommendations can move Indonesia toward achieving HIV epidemic control

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The following is a guest post by Cathy Cantelmo, Rebecca Ross, Shree Prabhakaran and Arin Dutta Indonesia has not yet achieved UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets or epidemic control. Of the people living with HIV as of June 2020, only 63 percent knew their status, just a quarter were on antiretroviral therapy, and a mere […]

A plan maintains continuity of HIV care in a Nigerian state during COVID-19 lockdown

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The following is a guest post by Tyra Fom of Data.FI The COVID-19 pandemic poses a double threat for people living with HIV, who must find ways during lockdown to access their antiretroviral therapy from overwhelmed health facilities. In addition, people who have the virus but are not yet diagnosed face challenges getting tested and […]

Training advances benefits of HIV data

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The following is a guest post by Serge Bisore, MPH and Hypax Mbanye, MA, of Data.FI Using data to improve performance is challenging when the quality of the data is uneven. As we move towards epidemic control, national AIDS control programs and ministries of health need complete, timely, and accurate information on HIV indicators so […]

Science, not politics, must lead to COVID vaccine approvals

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Political pressure to speed the introduction of COVID vaccines threatens scientifically proven systems to protect public safety and research integrity The following is a guest post from Uché Blackstock, MD, Founder & CEO, Advancing Health Equity, and Mitchell Warren, Executive Director, AVAC COVID-19 has devastated communities and health systems around the world – but it […]

As the year to start ending HIV as an epidemic began, a pandemic changed everything

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A physician in one of America’s “hot spots” looks at challenges and opportunities The following is a guest post by Diana Finkel, D.O.  Dr. Finkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She has been a community medical provider […]

Some of those most impacted by COVID-19 are young – and living with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. He answered questions from Science Speaks on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth living […]

The World Health Organization and the U.S.: A brief history of collaboration

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The following is a guest post by Kenneth G. Castro, MD, FIDSA Since its formation in 1948, WHO has relied heavily on the U.S. for collaborations and technical expertise. Dating back to 1902, the U.S. was a founding and member state of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (now PAHO). Also, in 1946, the U.S. was […]