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HIV infection rates increasing in 74 countries

DURBAN, South Africa — While the world has made progress reducing the number of people who die from AIDS every year by expanding access to life-saving drug treatments, many countries are increasingly failing to prevent the spread of HIV. That’s the disturbing gist of a new report released here at the 21st International AIDS Conference

Upcoming Expert Panel: Overcoming Barriers to High-Quality TB Treatment During HIV Co-infection

While the guidelines are clear about the need to treat tuberculosis in the setting HIV infection, the reality is that many patients with HIV/TB co-infection Read More

Large Price Premiums for Unprotected Sex Among Female Sex Workers in Kenya: A Potential…

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Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Mexico City Policy ‘Will Hamper’ Health Care Delivery…

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s new global gag rule will devastate health care in poor countries Editorial Board “…[T]he new Trump administration incarnation of the [Mexico City policy] is far more expansive [than previous iterations]. Instead of applying specifically to [foreign NGOs’] family planning programs, … [h]ealth care providers overseas working in HIV/AIDS, maternal and child…More


All roads lead to Geneva

This week, health ministers from across the world are making the yearly pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly. For spectators, the importance of this week extends far beyond the official proceedings shared via livestream. It is about the closed door breakfasts, the high-level side meetings, the sponsored receptions and events, and the general atmosphere in expensive, elite Geneva as it transforms into the centre of the global health world. The stakes are even higher this year with the election of a new Director-General of the WHO at a time when new leadership and vision are sorely needed. Much has been written by Laurie Garrett, Larry Gostin, and others on reforming the WHO.


Drug Resistance in CSF Viral Escape Among ART-Experienced HIV-1 Infected Adults

Background: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) viral escape is an increasingly recognized clinical event among HIV-1-infected adults.


Impacts Of Expanded Mexico City Policy On Global Health Services, HIV/AIDS Efforts Unknown

The Atlantic: Will Trump’s Expanded Policy Against Abortion Harm HIV/AIDS Relief? “[Last] week, the Trump administration moved forward with plans to withhold global health funding for [foreign] organizations that ‘perform or actively promote abortion’ abroad. This move revives an older policy that restricted funds for family planning organizations — groups that focus on things like…More


Antibody Responses to Quadrivalent HPV Vaccination in HIV-Infected Young Women

Abstract: We compared antibody responses of HIV-infected young women to the human papillomavirus (HPV) 6, 11, 16, and 18 vaccine using total immunoglobulin (Ig) G Luminex immunoassay (LIA) and competitive Luminex immunoassay (cLIA) assays.


Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Mexico City Policy Will Impact U.S. Global AIDS Efforts,…

Washington Post: How a Trump order on abortion could hurt the fight against AIDS in Africa “A Trump administration order took effect this week barring U.S. aid for [foreign] global health organizations that discuss or provide referrals for abortion. But the new policy put another program in the crosshairs: America’s global HIV/AIDS effort. … Under…More


Why HIV-Infected and At-Risk HIV-Uninfected women are hospitalized

Objectives: We evaluated the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) Index score, an index composed of age, CD4 count, viral load, hemoglobin, Hepatitis C coinfection, Fibrosis Index-4, and estimated glomerular filtration rate, and psychosocial and clinical risk factors for all-cause hospitalization among HIV-infected women on highly active antiretroviral therapy and HIV-uninfected women.


PEPFAR Continues To Support Mothers With HIV, Help Prevent Transmission To Their Babies

Huffington Post: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families Through PEPFAR Deborah L. Birx, coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy “…At the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the late 1990s, the picture was bleak.


U.S. Leadership Critical To Ending Global AIDS

The Hill: How American compassion, vision and innovation can end the AIDS epidemic Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and under-secretary-general of the U.N. “…Since 2002, with bipartisan support bridging political administrations, the United States’ global strategy on AIDS, started by President George W. Bush and sustained by…More


Health Affairs Column Examines Philanthropic Funding For AIDS

Health Affairs Blog: New In The Journal: Are Foundations Still Interested In HIV/AIDS? Lee-Lee Prina, a senior editor at Health Affairs and the journal’s GrantWatch columnist, writes, “An update on philanthropic funding in the area of HIV/AIDS is the subject of the GrantWatch column in the May 2017 issue of Health Affairs. This epidemic has…More


PEPFAR Approves $483M Country Operational Plan 2017 Budget For South Africa

U.S. Embassy & Consulates In South Africa: PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB “On April 25, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx approved PEPFAR’s $483 million Country Operational Plan 2017 (COP2017) budget for South Africa, an increase over 2016. The…More


We’re reading about India’s new HIV law as a measure of progress and missed opportunity

Categories: What we’re readingWith funding for HIV responses under threat at home and abroad, a look at the rights that are both protected and unaddressed under India’s new HIV law offers a chance to size up some of the greatest challenges to ending the public health threat of the virus more than three and a half decades into […](Read more…)


Community-based and comprehensive, response to HIV among people injecting drugs in Athens…

Categories: Seeyasoon, HIV/AIDSBefore 2011, when HIV infections among people who injected drugs in Athens, Greece rose suddenly and steeply, the epidemic of the virus in that country was classified as a low-level one; affecting less than 1 percent of the general population, and less than 5 percent of any of the populations at greatest risk. In the […](Read more…)


Policy on #HIV related travel restrictions adopted by @WFPHA_FMASP at #WCPH2017 now posted

After APHA adopted its permanent policy statement on HIV-related immigration restrictions that we submitted at last year’s Annual Meeting, the IH Section worked with APHA’s WFPHA liaison, Dr. Deborah Klein-Walker, to submit a corresponding policy proposal on behalf of APHA to the World Federation of Public Health Associations, which held its 15th World Congress on Public Health this month in Melbourne, Australia. The proposal was accepted and passed by the WFPHA Policy Committee at the meeting, and has now been posted the website (PDF). The text of the policy (excluding references) is below. Scientific evidence and treatment needed to combat the spread of HIV – not ineffective travel bans Submitted by the American Public Health Association (Contact person D


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