With vaccine rates stalled, measles outbreaks deliver deadly, debilitating impacts worldwide

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DRC, Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine account for nearly half of global measles cases Measles incidence increased in five regions around the world between 2016 and 2018, while deaths from disease rose from 2017 to 2018, data released jointly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization today show. […]

Lot quality assurance sampling saves time, money while providing valuable information on HIV services

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The following is a guest post by David Boone, Ph.D., of MEASURE Evaluation Most HIV monitoring and evaluation folks are familiar with the challenges of keeping track of the number of patients currently on treatment, and the data quality problems that result from poor record keeping. Patients need to be followed perpetually, and they come […]

More than 150,000 Americans with HIV remain unaware of infection, while PrEP uptake represents fraction of need

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With an ambitious, but yet to be funded federal plan to end the American HIV epidemic within the next 10 years in front of Congress, about 14% of people living with the virus have yet to be diagnosed, just 18% of people at substantial risk of becoming infected are accessing the proven preventive drug that […]

What we’re reading: A World AIDS Day look at real changes needed to end HIV’s impacts

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The View From West Virginia – More than three decades after the first World AIDS Day amplified global calls for action against an escalating pandemic, the tools and the plan to end the American epidemic exist. But the view from West Virginia, described by HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Judith Feinberg finds policies, politics, poverty […]

WHO releases new HIV testing guidelines

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With the aim to reach an estimated 8.1 million people who are living with HIV, but remain unaware of their infection, the World Health Organization today released new and updated Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services For a Changing Epidemic. The guidelines recommended strategies to accelerate linkages to care, improve outreach to the most marginalized […]

ASTMH 2019: In plans to end AIDS impacts on children, an easier trip to the clinic could make all the difference

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND – In Malawi, where more than half the population lives in poverty, the available transportation to a clinic can determine whether a child or adolescent living with HIV gets treatment adequate enough to suppress the virus. At the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, where aisles […]

Treat all policies saw increased access, uptake of antiretroviral treatment among teenagers who had lived with the virus from infancy

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Well into the era of effective treatment for HIV, a question contributed to a lag in access to the life-saving antiretroviral drugs in resource limited countries: If everyone was eligible for the medicine, would those who need it most urgently be crowded out? Just the opposite, a study tracking data on antiretroviral treatment initiation among […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Socioeconomic support improves TB prevention

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – Accelerating efforts to prevent tuberculosis wherever it is treated has been the rallying cry in Hyderabad during this conference. One study shows that providing financial incentives plus social support not only improves TB treatment completion but increases TB screening and preventative therapy uptake among household members of TB patients. “TB is the archetypal […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Prevention trial targets multidrug-resistant TB

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is investing $70 million in a phase III clinical trial assessing the use of tuberculosis treatments in preventing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis infection among high-risk individuals, including infected household contacts of MDR-TB patients and people living with HIV, institute officials announced here. The trial will compare the […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB drug price drop aims to accelerate access to improved preventive therapy

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – A Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid and pharmaceutical company agreement will reduce the price of a three-month course of rifapentine – a key drug used in preventive therapy against tuberculosis – by 66% in 100 low- and middle-income countries, officials from Unitaid and pharmaceutical company Sanofi announced here […]