Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

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 […]

State Department objects to Tanzania LGBT persecution without noting health impacts; IAS delineates damage to HIV responses

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The U.S. Department of State today issued an expression of concern over Tanzanian government actions targeting its LGBT population, noting that the violence, oppression and intimidation recently unleashed “inhibits development, economic prosperity, peace and security.” Missing from those cited global goals is health, although health is a driver of all of them, while discrimination, bias, […]

What we’re reading: Do forbidden words, restrictive policies compromise leadership of infectious disease responses?

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Trumps State Department eyes ban on terms like “sexual health” – Whether this could or will actually happen, leaving programs for “sexual and reproductive health services,” as just “reproductive health services” remains unclear. This Politico report notes, however, that one of the current administration’s first moves in 2017  was to reinstate, expand, and rename the global gag rule, […]

Guide gives direction to the last 90

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The following is a guest post By Sharon Weir, Ph.D. of MEASURE Evaluation For almost 35 years, HIV/AIDS has been a household word across the globe. At first a death sentence, HIV has infected 78 million people, killing almost half of them as the world battled it into submission as a treatable, chronic—but still dangerous—condition. […]

Dolutegravir results in low-resource setting highlight benefits

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A standard of care treatment in high-income settings, the benefits of dolutegravir-based treatments for HIV have been clear, with a built-in barrier to the development of drug-resistance, and a less frequent or severe side effects that interfere with staying on a medicine. But the benefits in low-income countries have been harder to assess, with costs, […]

Can counseling, links to services cut death rates in half among people with HIV who inject drugs?

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A study across three countries where HIV incidence is fueled by substance use found that a little support went a long way for people living with the virus and injecting drugs — helping them to stay on antiretroviral treatment and opioid substitution therapy, and keep their viral levels suppressed. The study, at health centers in […]

As deadline approaches for HIV control testing and treatment targets, sex workers still face “glaring gaps” between services and access

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Authors of 2014 recommendations to tackle HIV among sex workers revisit literature and find impacts of pandemic, structural drivers continue to be “under addressed and under-resourced” When, in the months leading up to the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, a team of researchers put together a series of articles examining the drivers and impacts  […]

Access to on-the-spot testing led to improved rates of treatment for infants with HIV

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Tests to detect HIV in infants conducted at health facilities where they received care led to a significant increase in the percentage of infants with the virus given access to life-saving treatment, compared to tests analyzed in central laboratories, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The report notes that the findings have critical […]

UNAIDS global HIV data shows “miles to go”

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The tale of two global HIV responses continues to unfold this week, in data released by UNAIDS in the run-up to the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. One response, driven by antiretroviral treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis, by unhindered access to health services and education, by the decriminalization of drug use and sex work, along […]

An affirmation on the way to AIDS 2018: Much has changed, not enough, and some for the worse

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In calls for improved inclusiveness, evidence-based expenditures, and people-based policies, screeds released in advance of International AIDS Conferences tend to echo those of the year before, holding, if not advancing, established intentions. This year’s, an “affirmation,” rather than a “declaration” seems to acknowledge that in its title, but it also notes significant changes — in […]