Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: It is past time to end the impacts of tuberculosis

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India should heed a teenager’s historic fight for lifesaving tuberculosis treatment – The grotesque story told here of how a bureaucratic technicality was allowed to stand between a teenage girl and the cure she needed for drug-resistant tuberculosis can be seen as a microcosm of larger scale failures to conquer an ancient disease by sharing […]

What we’re reading: Thoughts on the White House budget proposal against a plan to eliminate U.S. HIV incidence

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Since the president’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address pledge to end transmissions of HIV in the United States in the next 10 years, and the release of a strategy the next day outlining plans to target the hardest hit counties and states, the most critical immediate unanswered questions have concerned funding for the […]

It’s March 1, so we’re reading why every single day should be “Zero Discrimination Day”

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As  countdowns to ending the global impacts of HIV and TB continue, we’re reading about the effects of laws and attitudes that turn pathways to preventing, diagnosing and treating the diseases into obstacle courses. Today is Zero Discrimination Day. Women and stigma: Conversations of resilience in the war against TB – Stories of sickness and […]

What we’re reading: Unprecedented Ebola challenges call for unprecedented responses, good investments and more

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Ebola Spreads Amid Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and U.S. Role Remains Limited – Spreading near national borders with control efforts impeded by ongoing violence, vandalism and distrust, the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest outbreak of the virus the country has seen, and the second largest […]

What we’re reading: Saying goodbye to gay sex bans, providing safe injection, following WHO guidelines, preventing HIV, treating TB

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In the midst of stalled funding and politicized policies, we’re reading about answers to infectious diseases that remain just out of reach . . . Inspired by India, Singaporeans seek to end gay sex ban – Anti-gay laws imposed across the British Empire remain one of the key barriers to controlling HIV as a global […]

What We’re Reading: In HIV and TB treatment, science supports human rights

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The science is clear, HIV criminalization is abusive, discriminatory and counterproductive – The  destructiveness of HIV-specific laws that fueled stigma and discouraged diagnosis by criminalizing people living with the virus for not disclosing their status, for spitting, and for other supposed means of exposure or transmission was always apparent. For some time now, this International […]

What We’re Reading: Catching up on World AIDS Day pieces by and about experts, we’re reading about the power of science, justice, and strategy

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PEPFAR, launched as an emergency response to AIDS, has built a bridge to the future – In the 15 years since a bi-partisan Congress launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the potential of what equitable access to medicine and other evidence-based prevention measures could accomplish has only become clearer. Dr. Myron S. Cohen, […]

What we’re reading: From political machinations, to vulnerability on the frontlines, the insecurity of global health security

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Global Health Security: Protecting the United States in an Interconnected World – The reasons to ensure that all countries have the skills, staff and tools they need to detect, prevent, respond to and contain outbreaks of infectious diseases can be counted by the numbers of people spared from preventable illness and death, and by the […]

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, […]

What we’re reading: Before the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, we’re reading how fair pricing and policies can end TB

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With the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health about to open in the Hague Wednesday, with a theme of “Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions,” befitting the city of justice, we’re reading how fair pricing and responsive policies can speed progress against an ancient disease. And stay tuned — Science Speaks will be […]