Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

The Final Frontier? NIH reps outline research efforts toward an AIDS cure

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“When they ask me is the glass half empty or half full [in regards to AIDS cure research], I say… we have a glass,” Carl Dieffenbach, PhD, told an audience at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington on Sunday. Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Strategic use of antiretrovirals means bringing treatment and prevention together

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Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)  kicked off this Sunday  session by noting that advances in our knowledge mean:  “finally we have the upper hand and are in a position to outsmart HIV.”  But she also added that the challenges didn’t end with unlocking the biological mysteries of the virus, but […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

CDC weighs in: contraceptive hormones look safe for HIV-exposed, infected — but use condoms, too

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It was a global health Catch-22: Women’s ability to prevent unintended pregnancies is pivotal to the fight against HIV, but researchers had deduced that one of the most widely used and effective methods of contraception in areas hardest hit by the epidemic could increase transmission of the virus. Research released last year, following earlier studies […]

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

House Subcommittee Approves Global Health Funding for FY 2011

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A crucial milestone was passed this week in the effort to get increased funding levels approved for global health programs, including PEPFAR, USAID and the Global Fund. The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, led by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), approved some increases for these programs relative to FY 2010, despite […]

For men and women in Africa, rectal microbicides are crucial

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Here at the Microbicides 2010 conference in Pittsburgh I got a chance to talk with Dr. Gita Ramjee, one of the top researchers in the field, about the most exciting scientific challenges being discussed at the meeting.  Dr Ramjee is the Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.  […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]