Dr. Birx sworn in as PEPFAR leader

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Two days after her confirmation as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador at large, Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in today to her new office, the U.S. Department of State has announced. The announcement ends five months of waiting for the office to be filled that came during a pivotal point in the U.S. response […]

HIV/AIDS Community applauds Birx’s confirmation

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Advocates began lauding the long-awaited confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Ambassador yesterday as soon as the Senate finished unanimously voting for the former head of the CDC’s Global AIDS Program to take over former Ambassador Eric Goosby’s position as the head of PEPFAR. “Her focus, determination and dedication to research […]

Birx appears in front of Senate Foreign Relations before confirmation vote

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“Before there was PEPFAR or the Global Fund, Dr. Birx was leading the charge in changing this disease,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)  said Thursday, as he introduced his constituent, and President Obama’s nominee to be the next United States global AIDS coordinator to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I don’t think I’ve ever introduced a […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

IAS 2019: While plans for HIV control innovations accelerate, community input remains an afterthought

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MEXICO CITY – “What HIV has pointed out is that building it does not make them come,” Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx noted at an opening night press event that highlighted persisting gaps in HIV testing, treatment, prevention access across the globe. When services don’t reach clients and communities, she said, people offering them have to […]

IAS 2019: With new data, WHO updates DTG guidelines including women in strong, preferred recommendation

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MEXICO CITY – Responding to expanded data gathered in Botswana and Brazil, and to input from communities of women living with HIV, the World Health Organization announced updated guidelines for the use of dolutegravir, restoring the agency’s recommendation that the antiretroviral medicine with fewer side effects, lower resistance, and quicker viral suppression than alternatives is […]

IAS 2019: Recency testing opens doors to faster, focused HIV responses, raises questions of community involvement

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MEXICO CITY – On Sunday here in a preconference session, U.S. PEPFAR leader Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx extolled the value of HIV recency tests – a diagnostic advance that can tell if a person newly diagnosed with HIV was infected in the last year, or before. That information can help identify new clusters of transmissions, […]