HIV Exceptionalism in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Adia Benton

  I recently read the book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, by Adia Benton, a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Brown Read More

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Merck’s HIV patent agreement ignites monopoly criticism

“Pharma giant Merck has become the latest drug company to shareintellectual property rights with a UN-backed patent pool for HIVmedicines, but critics have told SciDev.Net it is “a false Read More

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Continuing the conversation about HIV/AIDS | | When the AIDS crisis hit 30+ years ago, Americans faced an unparallelled public health scare. Stories of this devastating disease were a staple Read More


Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet Outlines U.S. Federal Funding For HIV/AIDS Included In…

Kaiser Family Foundation: U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President’s FY 2016 Budget Request This fact sheet includes information from the President’s FY16 budget request. “…[R]eleased on February 2, 2015, [the budget request] includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts. Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at…More

Implementing ‘Treatment As Prevention’ HIV Strategy In Canada Could Lead To AIDS-Free…

Huffington Post British Columbia: In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre For Excellence In HIV/AIDS “…In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking. … Treatment as Prevention [(TasP®)], pioneered at…More

U.S. State Department Blog Features Several Posts Recognizing World Health Day

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Reflections on World Health Day Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS, writes, “The 2015 World Health Day theme is food safety. At first glance, some may wonder how this theme fits with President Obama’s three global health priorities; however, by looking a…More

IAS President Chris Beyrer Discusses HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment In Public Radio Interview

MPR News: What will it take to end AIDS pandemic? “AIDS has been largely kicked out of the headlines by newer concerns like Ebola and avian flu. But Minnesota still sees about 300 new HIV infections every year. And around the world, around 35 million people are living with HIV.

PEPFAR Joins Gates, Nike Foundations To Launch Initiative To Ensure AIDS-Free Generation For…

Huffington Post: Right Things. Right Places. Right Now. Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of the U.S.

PEPFAR Works To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation For Women, Girls

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: A Goal Within Reach: DREAMS To End HIV/AIDS Among Women and Girls Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and Catherine Russel, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, discuss PEPFAR’s impact on women and girls and its progress toward achieving an AIDS-free generation (4/4).

India To Add HIV/AIDS, TB Drugs To List Of Medicines Subject To Price Caps, Sources Say

Reuters: India to add more AIDS, TB drugs to essential medicines list: sources “India is likely to add more HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis drugs to its list of essential medicines that are subject to price caps, people directly involved in the process said, in a move to improve affordability of drugs to treat the deadly diseases…”…More

Kenya Court, Human Rights Groups Call For Change To Law Criminalizing Mothers Who Pass HIV To…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya court urges change to law criminalizing women who pass HIV to baby “Human rights groups have welcomed moves to change a Kenyan law passed to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, which criminalizes pregnant women who pass HIV/AIDS to their babies, saying it discouraged people from finding out their status. The 2006…More

Activists Object To Restrictions On Condoms In Africa

Inter Press Service: Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa’s High-Risk Groups “…With restrictions blocking the distribution of condoms in schools and prisons in Africa, health experts say [Africa’s] opportunity to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS in line with the U.N. Millennium Development Goals may be squandered…” (Moyo, 3/28).

Malawi Shifts Global Fund HIV/AIDS Money Away From National AIDS Council

Reuters: Global Fund redirects $574 million from Malawi AIDS council “The Global Fund [as well as the Malawi Country Coordinating Mechanism,] has redirected $574 million in HIV/AIDS funding away from Malawi’s National AIDS Council (NAC) after allegations of financial mismanagement, including the purchase of vehicles that were not budgeted for, [the Global Fund] said on…More

PEPFAR, Botswana Working Together To Turn Tide On HIV/AIDS

Botswana Daily News: PEPFAR make strides in combating HIV/AIDS “Botswana in collaboration with the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has made considerable strides in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana…” (Busang, 3/23).

HIV Exceptionalism in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Adia Benton


  I recently read the book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, by Adia Benton, a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Brown Read More

PEPFAR Releases 11th Annual Report To Congress

U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Eleventh Annual Report to Congress on PEPFAR (2015) PEPFAR released its eleventh annual report to Congress, which discusses its impact on addressing HIV/AIDS. The summary states, “…PEPFAR’s impact far exceeds the reduction of suffering, death, and despair caused by one disease. PEPFAR has built infrastructure, strengthened local health systems, and…More

Violence In CAR Complicating HIV Treatment, Prevention Efforts, Experts Say

Bloomberg Business: Central African Republic Doctors Say War Boosting HIV Prevalence “A conflict in the Central African Republic that has led to the collapse of the country’s health care system is threatening to accelerate the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, according to doctors and medical workers in the country…” (Gridneff, 3/16).

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