Medical tourism brings antibiotic-resistant infections home

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So many lessons are offered in a recent communication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about antibiotic-resistant infections among patients returning to the U.S. after undergoing surgical procedures in Tijuana, Mexico. The CDC learned about the first of the carbapenem-resistant  infections at the end of September through its Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network. In […]

It took a community to bring a “miraculously young” Ebola patient home

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If you don’t subscribe to the Democratic Republic of Congo Health Ministry updates (probably not, right?) here’s a reason to do so. Dr. Daniel Lucey, who volunteered twice to treat patients during the West Africa crisis suggested this way of keeping track of the current outbreak, so Science Speaks does. Often the news it brings is […]

What We’re Reading: In HIV and TB treatment, science supports human rights

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The science is clear, HIV criminalization is abusive, discriminatory and counterproductive – The  destructiveness of HIV-specific laws that fueled stigma and discouraged diagnosis by criminalizing people living with the virus for not disclosing their status, for spitting, and for other supposed means of exposure or transmission was always apparent. For some time now, this International […]

Vaccination before travel, support for global measles control needed to protect U.S. gains against the disease, study finds

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A look at how measles comes into the United States highlights needs for both more vigilant vaccination efforts, and support for global efforts to eliminate the disease, according to a report in an upcoming Journal of Infectious Diseases. While measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, over the years since then 553 […]

Preparations for South Sudan Ebola vaccinations another sign of change

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The training of vaccinators, clinicians and local organizers in South Sudan to begin administration of anti-Ebola vaccines to health workers in areas bordering Democratic Republic of Congo active Ebola transmission zones marks another moment in the current outbreak reflecting both immense challenges and significant progress. More than 2,100 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine have been allocated […]

Measles report shows how setting reachable goals can guide progress, but not fast enough

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The report on outcomes of measles elimination efforts released last week by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as its title suggests, progress. Between the first year of this century and 2017, according to the report, Progress towards regional measles elimination, access to the first dose of […]

What We’re Reading: Catching up on World AIDS Day pieces by and about experts, we’re reading about the power of science, justice, and strategy

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PEPFAR, launched as an emergency response to AIDS, has built a bridge to the future – In the 15 years since a bi-partisan Congress launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the potential of what equitable access to medicine and other evidence-based prevention measures could accomplish has only become clearer. Dr. Myron S. Cohen, […]

Senate extends PEPFAR, while funding remains a question

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With a matter-of-fact and unanimous approval of the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018, a five-year renewal of the U.S. flagship program to combat HIV globally, the U.S. Senate Wednesday evening showed that what was once considered revolutionary, can now be considered routine. Perceptions that efforts to stop the spread of an incurable virus across countries […]

Ebola studies highlight long-delayed momentum in face of unprecedented obstacles

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Knowledge gained during West Africa’s outbreak, from persistence of infections to a vaccine’s potential and needs to integrate research are informing responses A little more than a month after the first time Liberia was declared free of the Ebola outbreak that had devastated communities from its most remote reaches to its capital, an oral swab […]

Study finds diverse, but generally young and single men posing greatest HIV transmission risks to adolescent girls and young women

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Reaching young men with prevention, treatment improves odds for female partners The following is a guest post by Jen Chapman of MEASURE Evaluation AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa. Adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to their male counterparts, accounting for 74 […]