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UNAIDS Expert: Prevention Needs Full Funding

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Evaristo Marowa, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Botswana, said today that major opportunities to prevent HIV, and save billions of dollars in the long run, will be missed if the US and the international community fail to increase AIDS funding for Botswana and other countries in southern and eastern Africa.  He made his comments in a presentation […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Explained, Sort of

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In a 90 minute meeting with HIV advocates and implementers today, Ann Gavaghan spent almost as much time explaining what PEPFAR’s new five-year strategy does not mean as what it does mean. The term “increased efficiencies” is not some code for budget cuts, Gavaghan promised, but rather a mandate to maximize the impact of PEPFAR […]

NPR Looks at US Global AIDS Strategy

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The Center for Global Health Policy’s director, Christine Lubinski, is quoted in this recent NPR story that examines the Obama Administration’s approach to combating global AIDS. The piece, which also includes an interview with US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, delves into the Administration’s plans for building developing-country capacity (and responsibility) for AIDS programs and […]

Another Missive to the White House on Global AIDS Funding

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There seems to be a significant–and hopefully growing–degree of displeasure on Capitol Hill about the Administration’s commitment to combating the AIDS epidemic. The latest signal is a letter from eight U.S. senators, including the Senate’s No. 2 leader, urging the president fully fund PEPFAR at the congressionally-authorized levels. “The success of our HIV/AIDS programs is […]

Key Lawmakers Express Concern about US Global AIDS Funding

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Five key House lawmakers—including the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus—have called on the Obama Administration to step up its commitment to combating global AIDS. In a letter to the president, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and other House members expressed concerned that “continued rapid roll out of AIDS treatment is endangered in Africa” and said […]

Pressure Against Anti-Gay Ugandan Bill Ramps Up

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For anyone following the situation in Uganda, where the Parliament is considering an anti-gay bill that would criminalize homosexuality, this story in the Advocate is a must-read detailing the growing international pressure on Uganda to reverse course, including yesterday’s statement from the White House. The story and other posts, including this one, suggests the international […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Comes Up Short on Treatment Targets

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The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released its five-year global AIDS strategy today, marking World AIDS Day by outlining its vision for the transition of PEPFAR from an emergency response to a more sustainable, country-driven program. The biggest news in the 20-page report can be found on page 6, where OGAC outlines its prevention […]

WH Officials Announce IAS Conference Set for D.C. in 2012, Leaves Other Key Global AIDS Policy Questions Unanswered

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Today’s White House news conference on the Obama Administration’s global HIV/AIDS efforts did not, in fact, provide all that much news. The main announcement came from Secretary Hillary Clinton, who said the International AIDS Society would host its 2012 conference in Washington, D.C., a step made possible by the Administration’s repeal of the HIV entry […]

WHO Announces New HIV/AIDS Guidelines, As Top WH Officials Prepare to Detail Global HIV/AIDS Efforts

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In a long anticipated move, the World Health Organization released new recommendations on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS today. The WHO announced that it is now recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART) be initiated at a CD4 threshold of 350 cells/mm3 for “all HIV-positive patients, including pregnant women, regardless of symptoms.” The WHO called for prolonged […]

HIV/AIDS Experts Call For Bold Treatment and Prevention Targets to Combat Global AIDS

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As World AIDS Day approaches, leading physician‐scientists called on the White House and Congress to continue the scale‐up of HIV prevention and treatment services in the developing world and to preserve U.S. leadership in the battle against this deadly epidemic. The Obama Administration is expected to release its five‐year global AIDS strategy on Dec. 1—World […]