Tag Archives: HIV

Prison condition improvement bill seeks to address health and human rights abuses hidden behind walls

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In the golden era of global health, prisons have long occupied a hidden parallel world, a big dirty secret, so to speak, where in cells so overcrowded that inmates sleep standing, diseases are inescapable, medical care and nutrition are far beyond reach, sanitation is nonexistent and justice is a dream. “Most people know little if […]

Study’s yield could extend reach of HPV vaccine, but probably not where need is greatest

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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 […]

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 […]

Looking toward Vienna: Mark Harrington

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The International AIDS Conference starts this coming weekend. ScienceSpeaks sat down with Mark Harrington (right), executive director of the Treatment Action Group (TAG), to get his thoughts on the meeting. TAG is an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for AIDS. TAG’s programs focus on […]

Looking toward Vienna: Dan Kuritzkes, MD

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The International AIDS Conference starts up in less than a week in Vienna, Austria.  ScienceSpeaks is gathering thoughts from leaders in the field HIV/AIDS treatment, research and advocacy in the question and answer series “Looking toward Vienna.” Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Head […]

Looking toward Vienna: Peter McDermott

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`A Scandal’ – Children Issues Not On Agenda Peter McDermott is the Managing Director of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), one of the largest charities in the United Kingdom. He previously had worked at UNICEF for 21 years, serving as Chief of the HIV/AIDS section in the program division at UNICEF headquarters in New […]

Coming up: The future of AIDS funding

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For the last few months, those advocating for a more robust fight against AIDS have been growing increasingly concerned about the stagnant funding levels from the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But what about the years ahead? What’s the epidemic going to look like […]

What We're Reading

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Below is a sampling of reading material here at Science Speaks that you might find interesting. Let us know your thoughts! A study released this week found that the mining industry may be a driving force in the TB epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.  From lead author Dr. David Stuckler of Oxford University: “It’s well known […]

MSF Report:Growing HIV Treatment Crisis in Africa

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What does flat funding for PEPFAR and other global AIDS programs mean on the ground in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo? Fewer new treatment slots. Uncertainty about access to lifesaving drugs. An unfolding crisis. That’s one snippet in a bigger, disturbing picture painted by a new report from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. […]