Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

First long-acting injectable treatment for HIV represents an exciting step forward, should be optimized with equity, investment

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First long-acting injectable treatment for HIV represents an exciting step forward, should be optimized with equity, investment Dr. Rajesh Gandhi is the Co-Director of the Harvard Center for AIDS Research and the site leader of the MGH Clinical Research Site in the Harvard/Miriam AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and a scientific member of the Department of […]

How do I know which adolescent girls are at greatest risk for HIV?

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Innovative approaches can help find vulnerable young women in need of HIV prevention services The following is a guest post by Michelle Li, MS, and Quinn Lewis, MIA, of Data.FI project In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately impacted by HIV and are more likely to become infected, compared to their male […]

It’s a puzzle, it’s an algorithm, it’s deduplication

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The following is a guest post by Richard Ngethe, MBA,  and Jonathan Friedman, MS According to a study by UNAIDS of Brazil, of an estimated 140 million records in the national user database—including all health records—only 100 million unique patients were represented. The number of patients, therefore, was overstated by 40%.[1] This is the kind […]

Four recommendations can move Indonesia toward achieving HIV epidemic control

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The following is a guest post by Cathy Cantelmo, Rebecca Ross, Shree Prabhakaran and Arin Dutta Indonesia has not yet achieved UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets or epidemic control. Of the people living with HIV as of June 2020, only 63 percent knew their status, just a quarter were on antiretroviral therapy, and a mere […]

A plan maintains continuity of HIV care in a Nigerian state during COVID-19 lockdown

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The following is a guest post by Tyra Fom of Data.FI The COVID-19 pandemic poses a double threat for people living with HIV, who must find ways during lockdown to access their antiretroviral therapy from overwhelmed health facilities. In addition, people who have the virus but are not yet diagnosed face challenges getting tested and […]

To End the HIV Epidemic among Latinx populations, look at the big picture and zoom in

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By Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Dr. Barbara Taylor In February 2019, the federal government updated national HIV goals to end the epidemic in the U.S. by 2030. Those goals appeared to be coming into reach because of significant overall progress in the fight against HIV, with deaths attributed to HIV across the U.S. decreasing by approximately 4% […]

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: An overlooked crisis leads to missed opportunities

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Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health and the co-chair of the Ending the HIV Epidemic working group for the HIV Medicine Association, which produces this blog. Today, on National Latinx AIDS […]

Training advances benefits of HIV data

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The following is a guest post by Serge Bisore, MPH and Hypax Mbanye, MA, of Data.FI Using data to improve performance is challenging when the quality of the data is uneven. As we move towards epidemic control, national AIDS control programs and ministries of health need complete, timely, and accurate information on HIV indicators so […]

Timothy Ray Brown, first person cured of HIV, shared his life for common good

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The Berlin patient has died of cancer Timothy Ray Brown had been telling his story for a couple of years when he first was covered in Science Speaks, but still he told it with a sense of wonder at his good fortune. On the face of it, that good fortune could have been hard to […]

As we face a new pandemic, the Ryan White Program has shown us the path ahead

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Thirty years ago this week Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program that addresses obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest hit by […]