#PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”

Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […](Read more…)

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How Smartphones are changing dermatology in Tanzania

Situated in the Mara region of Tanzania, in the northwest between Lake Victoria and the Kenyan Border, the rural village of Shirati is home to Read More


Bike messenger: unlocking new voices to stop HIV/AIDS in Uganda

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Misunderstanding Of Sex Hinders Effective HIV Prevention Strategies, Experts Say

IRIN: Does the global HIV response understand sex? “Stigma, squeamishness, and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behavior, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards ‘sex positive’ approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection…” (8/28).

Progress Made On MDG 6, But Challenges Remain

Health Affairs Blog: Partnership And Progress On The Path To Achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Peter Yeo, vice president of public policy and advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, examine progress to date on MDG 6 — combating HIV/AIDS, malaria,…More

Uganda Will Not Achieve AIDS-Free Generation With ‘Backwards’ HIV Law, Activists Say

Inter Press Service: No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law “HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an ‘AIDS-free generation’ now a ‘backwards’ HIV/AIDS bill criminalizing the ‘willful and intentional’ transmission of the disease has been signed into law…” (Fallon, 8/21).

#PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”


Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […](Read more…)

One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers

As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa endures, some parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS.  Both are spread by quite specific human behavior which is under conscious control: HIV by unprotected sex, Ebola by unsanitary burial practices, and both by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

Military Spending In African Countries ‘Dwarfs’ HIV/AIDS, Health Budgets

Inter Press Service: What’s More Important, the War on AIDS or Just War? “They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa … With many competing health problems, funding for AIDS is a growing concern. Yet…More

Humanosphere Examines HIV/AIDS Trends In Southern, East Africa

Humanosphere: HIV-AIDS Trends in Southern and East Africa: A Mixed Bag Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses HIV/AIDS trends in Southern and East Africa using data visualization maps and graphs (8/11).

Better Detection, Treatment Strategies Needed To Beat TB

Huffington Post: Decades-old Tools No Match for Today’s Drug-resistant TB Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention “…To get serious about ending the threat of TB in the U.S. and reducing its human cost worldwide, we need action on three main fronts: First, U.S. health care providers…More

HIV/AIDS Remains ‘Urgent Threat’ In Africa

AllAfrica: Africa: Stigma Still a Major Roadblock for Aids Fight in Africa “Though West Africa’s massive Ebola outbreak may be dominating the spotlight within the global health community, HIV/AIDS remains an enormous issue for Africa as a whole — a sentiment that Washington officials made clear this week in their discussions of legislative and technological…More

Al Jazeera Examines Legal Battle Between Botswana, HIV-Positive Foreign Inmates

Al Jazeera: Botswana in legal battle with foreign inmates “…Foreign inmates are expected to finance their own HIV/AIDS treatment, according to the Botswana government’s HIV/AIDS policy guide. The prisoners say the government has denied them ‘the right to life’ and are fighting to have ‘freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment, discrimination, and inequality’…” (Baatweng, 8/10).

‘Science Speaks’ Reports On Announcement Of Pediatric HIV Treatment Program

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, reports on U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx’s comments on the announcement of Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment, a partnership initiative between PEPFAR…More

PEPFAR, CIFF Launch Initiative To Expand Children’s Access To HIV Treatment

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Launch $200 million Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT) to Save Lives “[Wednesday], the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched…More

Is PrEP Cost-Effective?

As we predicted, this year’s International AIDS Conference featured several presentations on pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. But more attention at the conference was devoted to UNAIDS’ new treatment target, referred to as “90-90-90”[1], which proposes to triple the number of people on antiretroviral treatment by 2020.  In this context, the cost-effectiveness of PrEP in comparison to plausible alternative HIV interventions is a crucial consideration.  When treatment advocates are calling to bring the number of HIV-infected people on ARVs from 9 to 28 million in just five years, can use of these same drugs for the uninfected be justified?  Research points to some specific contexts where PrEP may be cost-effective. At the TasP workshop in Vancouver, we learned that in KwaZulu-Natal—a province in South Africa with high HIV incidence and prevalence rates—oral PrEP for young women can be cost-effective compared to a threshold of per capita GDP, through the presentation of a mathematical model by Roger Ying and Connie Celum from the University of Washington’s (UW’s) International Clinical Research Center (ICRC).  Ying et al.

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Should Address Sustainable Financing For HIV/AIDS Programs

The Hill: We can end AIDS in Africa and the world Taufiqur Rahman, head of operations for UNITAID “Africa leaders are convened in Washington this week to discuss Africa priorities with President Obama and U.S. institutions. U.S. support for HIV/AIDS programs will be an important topic of discussion. Africa’s economic development can accelerate if Africa…More

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