Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

What we’re reading: Four decades of HIV have wrought remarkable change, continuing loss, remaining challenges

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The Science Speaks editorial staff (me) took some time off to attend to some long overdue family business in Michigan, thanks to an uptick in vaccine uptake and access there, a place now emerging from a recent discouraging surge of transmissions. Enjoying the benefits the remarkable accomplishments of science and public health have given us offered […]

UN 5th High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS: Civil society says “Yes — AND” to the 2021 political declaration

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The following is a guest post by Maureen Luba Milambe, African Regional Advocacy Advisor, AVAC On Tuesday (June 8), the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS introduced as part of the now fifth High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. Previous Declarations were accepted by unanimous consent, following […]

As substance use disorders rise in the midst of a pandemic, a new law is needed now to facilitate treatment

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While America’s epidemic of opioid use was already a burgeoning health crisis, it has worsened markedly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between September 2019 and September 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, deaths caused by opioid overdoses have increased by nearly a third. Dr. Ellen Eaton, of the Outpatient-Based […]

Changing the narrative: Caring for Asian American and Pacific Islander patients with HIV

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Wednesday, May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Founded by the Banyan Tree Project, the day serves to raise awareness of the impacts of HIV stigma on Asian and Pacific Islander people. Here, Los Angeles-based physician Dr. Jen Chang discusses the importance of work that provides the support of a community […]

U = U: The evidence is in. Spreading the word that undetectable = untransmissable is the next crucial step

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By Murray Penner of Prevention Access Campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable, or U=U, is a clear, effective, simple way to convey the fact that a person living with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy and whose virus is suppressed cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. In 2016, Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the […]

What We’re Reading: Why it’s time to pick the next PEPFAR leader

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Leader Needed to Fight Another Pandemic: HIV – While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted HIV services worldwide, the office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has remained vacant since January. This vacancy at the helm of this country’s flagship response to the HIV pandemic “calls into question our commitment to the humanitarian vision and recognition of […]

Virtual CROI 2021: Disparate impacts of two pandemics highlight systemic and leadership failures across four decades

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As the AIDS epidemic emerged and spread in 1981, its swift and steep death toll raising urgent needs for answers and action, it was met at first with silence, a speaker at today’s virtual CROI noted. President Reagan did not acknowledge the pandemic or say the word AIDS until 1987, while other officials spoke of […]