Category Archives: Circumcision

Innovative programming to combat HIV, TB and cholera: A conversation with CDC’s John Vertefeuille

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In this third post in a series of conversations with officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing the CDC’s role in global HIV and tuberculosis research and development, Science Speaks sat down with John Vertefeuille, PhD – the country director for CDC in Haiti. There he leads a team of 55 and […]

HIV docs tell a powerful tale of combination prevention

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“This is an extraordinary moment in the AIDS epidemic – we finally have the tools to turn the tide,” said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, speaking to the arsenal of HIV prevention interventions the AIDS community now has at its disposal to combat new infections worldwide. She spoke alongside a […]

CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

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New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative […]

Level of HIV virus in the blood is major determinant of sexual transmission

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A study of heterosexual couples in several sub-Saharan African countries found that the amount of HIV virus in an infected person’s blood is the major determinant of whether or not they will pass the virus on to their uninfected sexual partners. Published today in The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), the article “Determinants of Per-Coital-Act […]

Global Fund explains “Transitional Funding Mechanism” — No funding for HIV treatment scale up

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released an “Information Note” explaining the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) that the Fund Board recently decided would replace a Round 11 funding cycle. The information note and accompanying documentation are meant to aid applicants in the development of proposals for TFM funding. According to the Fund, […]

Budget cuts threaten Military HIV Research Program

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The U.S. military’s contributions to global health and the HIV response might not be well publicized, but advocates tried to change that Friday by hosting a Capitol Hill briefing touting the accomplishments of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) – a $175 million program supported by the Department of Defense and other entities that is vulnerable to cuts in the fiscal year 2012 funding battle currently taking place on the Hill…

UNAIDS and PEPFAR Mount Campaign for Medical Male Circumcision Scale-Up in Eastern and Southern Africa

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UNAIDS and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched a five-year action framework to accelerate scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) Monday. The World Health Organization, UNAIDS, PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda […]

President Obama pledges to put 6 million on treatment globally by 2013

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A renewed effort to end AIDS: “30 years and 30 million funerals”

President Obama made a bold announcement Thursday, World AIDS Day, to renew U.S. leadership in the fight against global AIDS – pledging to put 2 million more people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program by 2013.

Sec. Clinton: “Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a priority of the U.S. government until today…”

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The community responds to Clinton’s momentous speech

The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a bold announcement Tuesday – that an AIDS free generation is possible and the U.S. will be working toward that goal. Aiming to reinvigorate the fight against global AIDS, she emphasized the leadership role the U.S. must play but, as administration folks have reiterated for several months, the U.S. cannot do it alone.