Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

PLACE supports focus on local HIV drivers, answers

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The following is a guest post By Sharon Weir, Ph.D. of MEASURE Evaluation The Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts  — PLACE –method aims to improve our understanding of the drivers of local HIV epidemics, identify gaps in services available to those most likely to acquire and transmit HIV, and provide evidence that can support […]

A “Big IDea” takes infectious disease education and advocacy to Washington

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A day before the opening of the  joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in Washington, DC, about 70 infectious diseases and HIV specialists, researchers and clinicians came to town for a day of educating their […]

Country’s effort toward historic HCV elimination goal highlights challenges

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A small Eastern European country with limited resources and a high prevalence of hepatitis C, Georgia had factors in its favor in 2015, when it launched a historic effort to eliminate the virus. It had demonstrated both political will and technical capacities with an approach to universal access to health services that had led to […]

What we’re reading: An Ebola analysis and a Senate spending bill

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The Ebola Virus is Winning – This comprehensive analysis by J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic & International Studies explains how with unprecedented advantages of an effective vaccine and now proven treatments the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to defy control and threaten the region. Continued political and […]

Toolkit supports data gathering to aid children often overlooked

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The following is a guest post by Jacqueline Hellen and Lisa Parker of MEASURE Evaluation While programs in low- and middle-income countries seek to support children living outside traditional households or in adverse situations that expose them to HIV, violence, trafficking, or other risks to their well-being, programs HIV and social service programs in resource-limited […]

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

Modern military era provides paths for growing global health threats

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Haiti already faced a daunting path to recovery in the wake of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of its capital city, with devastating damage to the nation’s health infrastructure, when UN peacekeeping forces came from Kathmandu came to provide support. Unknown to them, some had been infected with cholera in their previous posting, […]

What we’re reading: Violating law and human rights, immigrant detention conditions, policies are also at odds with U.S. public health priorities

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Denying flu shots to immigrants in custody a stark violation of law, ethics – In this Medpage Today opinion piece Dr. Cynthia Sears, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (which produces this blog) and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, condemns the decision by U.S. Customs and […]

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 […]