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IAS 2019: With new data, WHO updates DTG guidelines including women in strong, preferred recommendation

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MEXICO CITY – Responding to expanded data gathered in Botswana and Brazil, and to input from communities of women living with HIV, the World Health Organization announced updated guidelines for the use of dolutegravir, restoring the agency’s recommendation that the antiretroviral medicine with fewer side effects, lower resistance, and quicker viral suppression than alternatives is […]

DRC Ebola outbreak now a PHEIC, WHO committee says following fourth meeting

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Citing recent cases that highlighted risks of international Ebola spread, and the killing earlier this week of two more responders working to control the ongoing outbreak of  the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a World Health Organization-convened committee today recommended that the agency declare the now year-long crisis in that country a Public […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]

Communication was Dr. Manasseh Phiri’s prescription for infectious diseases

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Dr. Manasseh Phiri was working at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia when I met him 10 years ago, although his days as a practicing physician were well behind him by then. Dispirited by the unrelenting toll of AIDS in his country over the decades before life-saving treatment made it there, when locals […]

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

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 […]