Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Study: With obstacles to services for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs, diagnosis is first pitfall to HIV care in India

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Consider the gains India, home to the third largest number of people living with HIV in the world, has made against HIV in the last 10 years. With rates of HIV among women getting prenatal care dropping by 50 percent in that time, the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal  for 2020 — 90 percent of people with […]

In treatment as prevention era, health communication plays new and critical role

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When biomedical answers have supplanted behavior change messages as the most promising measures of preventing HIV transmission, what is the role of health communication in confronting the epidemic now? That is one of the questions an interdisciplinary group met to discuss at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health last year and it led […]

Combining structural, biomedical, behavioral responses to HIV can make difference for those at highest risks, and least access to services

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Carlos Laudari had a splinter. He got it on his way to a lunch meeting at Pathfinder International’s Washington, DC office, and although he was looking forward to the talk over lunch, he told the group there, the splinter distracted him. Laudari uses a cane, is not a young man, and can surely put so […]

Statements and briefs bridge gap between what should be done and what must be done to turn the tide against AIDS together

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In the 12 months since the International AIDS Conference followed calls for an AIDS-free generation with a theme of “Turning the Tide Together,” two aspirational guides provided directions  for the way forward. First came the PEPFAR Blueprint, Creating an AIDS-free Generation , presented on the eve of the last World AIDS Day by then Secretary […]

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 […]

Report highlights cycle of deficits: with scant funding to fight HIV among gay men, missing data leads to missing response, and . . . scant funding

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You can only imagine the impact of the HIV epidemic on men who have sex with men  in a country where institutionalized discrimination, bias and abuse is so extreme that sex between men is a felony that can lead to life in prison.

Paul Kasonkomona: A Zambian HIV treatment activist takes on homophobia and silence

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Paul Kasonkomona’s struggle took him from saving up money for his own funeral, to the struggle for treatment access Several years before police in Zambia arrested Paul Kasonkomona this week for telling a national television audience that the nation  needs to decriminalize homosexuality and recognize its gay population, a widely distributed Zambian government-issued report made […]

Focus, inclusion, aspiration and language highlight changes in 2013 PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Guidance

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What a difference a year can make, when sometime within that year a goal comes into focus. Every year the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief puts together a set of guidelines — a Guidance — on how to turn Country Operational Plans into the realities of setting, reaching and documenting goals to put epidemic-fighting […]

Study links homophobia, discrimination to prevention, testing, treatment barriers and to attitudes on preventive antiretrovirals

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In the global AIDS epidemic, it is the illustration of a vicious circle: People in situations that leave them the most vulnerable to getting HIV have the least access to protection. They have the highest prevalence of the virus that leads to AIDS. Then they have the least access to care. That may not be […]

HIV’s impact on men who have sex with men “can no longer be ignored”

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More than 30 years into the epidemic that was first documented among gay men in America, a disturbing trend is being noted globally: Where rates of new HIV infections are going down among other populations, they are rising among men who have sex with men. “The epidemics are going in different directions,” said Chris Beyrer […]