Tag Archives: HIV

Heading to Africa . . . we’ll send postcards and bring back stories

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Center for Global Health Policy staff will leave for a week in Zambia and South Africa tomorrow. Hosting four congressional staffers, we’re heading to two places hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis: Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Durban. Each country has important stories to tell about the impact of these health crises and the […]

Agreement on HIV-blindness medicine hoped to increase treatment, diagnosis — and add to understanding of late ARV access impact

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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 […]

Pipeline Report: Speed development of, access to products that will address global health needs

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Imagine a world in which a single once-daily pill that can be taken without food, has few if any side effects, and can control the virus that leads to AIDS, is available, equally, to everyone who needs it. Imagine if governments and health systems all over the world were ready to make use of new […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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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 […]

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 […]