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Study: A sterile syringe program already in place would have significantly reduced Scott County HIV incidence

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Once outbreak was recognized, program put in place reduced number of ongoing transmissions, modeling shows In 2015, when 181 of rural Scott County, Indiana’s 24,000 residents were diagnosed with HIV, the data signaled the largest HIV outbreak in a rural setting among people who were injecting drugs yet seen in the United States. Triggering the […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Failures persist in DRC Ebola outbreak responses, leaders say

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GENEVA – While international agencies identify violence and community mistrust as the main reasons the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains uncontrolled, here DRC Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga identified gaps in communication, data and planning as additional weaknesses preventing effective responses. “We need to emerge from silos,” he […]

In face of ongoing Ebola response challenges, WHO adapts vaccine strategy to streamline process, expand access, extend supply

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“Pop-up” vaccination sites, widened eligibility for inoculations, reduced doses, and the addition of a new investigational vaccine candidate are among the strategies a panel of World Health Organization experts has recommended to reverse discouraging trends, including increased cases and continuing security threats confronting responses to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. […]

CROI 2019: Will the “Düsseldorf patient” make three — further propelling cure research?

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Five years after a stem cell transplant with the same critical factor as those received by the Berlin patient and the London patient, and four months after stopping antiretroviral treatment, a Düsseldorf man remains virally suppressed SEATTLE – Exemplifying both the caution and the optimism essential to HIV cure science, Dr. Björn-Erik Ole Jensen won’t […]

With promise to “eliminate the HIV epidemic,” and “defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” administration raises questions about policies

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While plan will target 48 “hot spots” with services, and people at high risks with PrEP, will it change policies that fuel HIV? More details are available today on plans to “eliminate the HIV epidemic,” announced by the president in his State of the Union address last night, and while they raise new questions as […]

PEPFAR partners reveal HIV prevention service cuts from expanded “Mexico City Policy,” as organizations endorse act to end its restrictions

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“Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, is hitting services for young women the hardest, survey finds When the Trump administration State Department began to enforce a newly reinstated, and greatly expanded version of the restrictions on health information provided by U.S.-funded overseas organizations known as the “Mexico […]

As Ebola vaccinations begin in South Sudan, DRC officials highlight challenges, perceptions

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Vaccinations against Ebola in a South Sudan city close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus continues to spread, began today, the latest recognition of the potential for the ongoing war-zone outbreak still not officially deemed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — or PHEIC — to become one. […]

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 […]

WHO 2018 Malaria report finds increased cases amid stalled responses

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Declining rates of malaria infection and deaths since 2010 are leveling off, with the highest burden countries seeing increased case numbers, and dropping donor funding, according to the 2018 global report on Malaria from the World Health Organization. At the same time, increased parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines in Southeast Asia, and widespread mosquito resistance […]

DRC prison TB outbreak brings conditions, risks to wider community, to light

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At a prison where more than one in five inmates was confirmed to be sick with TB, an outbreak investigation sparked recommendations for reforms With a large stock of soon-to-expire Xpert cartridges, at the end of 2014 the diagnostic laboratory near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mbuji-Mayi medium security prison started using the technology for […]