Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

What we’re reading: Thoughts on the White House budget proposal against a plan to eliminate U.S. HIV incidence

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Since the president’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address pledge to end transmissions of HIV in the United States in the next 10 years, and the release of a strategy the next day outlining plans to target the hardest hit counties and states, the most critical immediate unanswered questions have concerned funding for the […]

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

Targeting the pediatric HIV treatment gap, speeding drug development, imagining a world of equitable treatment access, the Medicines Patent Pool aims for breakthroughs

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An event last week launching the Pediatric treatment Initiative “to get kids the medicines they need,” included the news of a commitment to double the number of children on treatment with support from the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief within the next two years. With a continued gap that sees an estimated two million […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

Continued PEPFAR cuts will slow HIV treatment enrollment, reverse gains, postpone end of AIDS, global health advocacy leaders write

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That doesn’t have to happen, Health Affairs blog piece argues When lawmakers got together two months ago on the bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, renewing authorization for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the future of support for the program that has saved the lives of millions of […]

With new HIV-linked gender analysis requirement, PEPFAR strategy confronts barriers of sexual “norms and expectations”

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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy lays out “Who, Why, What and How” of Gender and HIV, while gaps highlight divide between plan and practice The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy begins with a notice of a new requirement, made prominent with upper-case letters, underlined and printed in red, […]

PEPFAR transition to South Africa ‘country ownership’ disrupts care, threatens progress, squanders success, Health GAP report says

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In policy talk, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief move from directly supporting AIDS-fighting efforts with money and staff in countries that need help, is called a “transition to country ownership.” That, in policy talk, is what must happen for work to achieve an AIDS-free generation to be “sustainable.” A report just released by […]

PEPFAR leader: CDC Global HIV/AIDS director named to succeed Ambassador Goosby

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Dr. Deborah Birx named today to lead Office of Global AIDS Coordinator The White House has nominated a physician scientist whose career began three decades ago with a focus on immunology, vaccine research, and global health, to succeed Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Dr. Eric Goosby and lead the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. Dr. […]

Turning 10, PEPFAR celebrates a million lifetimes of birthdays to come

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As a registered nurse in Tanzania, Tatu Msangi often gets to see the overwhelming relief that crosses the face of a woman living with HIV when she learns her newborn child is free of the virus. As a mother, Msangi remembers the feeling. Nearly nine years ago Msangi learned she had the virus that leads […]