Using funds generated by Kentucky’s HIV drug assistance program, a plan launched this month will support urgent and ongoing responses to the infectious disease impacts of an injecting drug use epidemic From all the evidence that Dr. Alice Thornton and her colleagues could see in the growing numbers of patients coming through the doors of […]
While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says. The brief, prepared in collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan […]
Faded from memory in developed countries since the advent of antiretroviral treatment, and under-diagnosed in low- and middle-income countries where treatment has remained out of reach for many, cytomegalovirus retinitis, the disease that causes HIV-related blindness, has been called the neglected opportunistic infection of the AIDS pandemic. A recently released study suggests the scope of […]
The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]
Administered before girls start having sex, vaccines against the human papillomavirus — HPV — offer their greatest protection against infections that can lead to cervical cancer. Since the vaccination can only prevent infection, the benefits after the start of sex — to individual girls and women, as well as to public health — diminish in […]
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 […]
Yesterday we received more information about the budget proposal from President Obama. There are some new details, such as his proposal to flat-fund US backing for the Global Fund. His proposal does not add up, I am sorry to say, and it is not consistent with the Hyde-Lantos legislation the President co-sponsored last year. Why […]
This week the Obama Administration seemed to take a page from George Bush’s old playbook as the new Administration announces a very big sounding figure, $63 billion, for global health programs that help poor countries — when, in fact, the proposal obscures the real facts about the Obama budget, especially for FY 2010.