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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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U.S. Congress Should Fully Fund PEPFAR, Build On Progress Made Against Global HIV

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Trump and AIDS Relief Asia Russell, executive director of the Health Global Access Project “President George W. Bush was right to challenge President Trump’s proposed budget, given the life-or-death consequences of the foreign aid cuts he seeks. … Maintaining funding should be the floor for congressional support for…More


Zika, sexual transmission and prudent public health policy

There is significant debate in the scientific literature and the media about whether the Zika virus can and should be considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).1–5 This debate occurred before the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to no longer regard Zika as a public health emergency of international concern.


Hormonal contraception does not reduce antiretroviral effectiveness

Background: To explore the association between concomitant hormonal contraceptive and antiretroviral therapy (ART) use and (1) plasma viral suppression and (2) genital HIV shedding among HIV-positive women initiating ART.


The Relationship Between Injection Drug Use and Immune Activation

Abstract: High levels of immune activation are reported for people who inject drugs.


The surprising consequences of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, a disease with history In the 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine experienced serious medication delivery delays. For patients with tuberculosis (TB), the lack of medications resulted in incomplete drug regimens and poor treatment practices. Although the drug supply problem resolved over time, a new challenge arose: Ukraine became one of […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRCLes leçons de la ligne de frontUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing ;


India’s Landmark New Legislation Banning Discrimination Against People With HIV Criticized…

CNN: India to ban discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS “India has passed a landmark bill which aims to ensure equal rights for those living with HIV/AIDS. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, passed by the country’s parliament on Tuesday, will make it illegal to discriminate against people living with and affected by HIV.…More


Former President Bush Promotes HIV/AIDS, Cervical Cancer Programs In Africa, Urges Continued…

The Hill: George W. Bush pens op-ed urging full funding for anti-AIDS program “Former President George W. Bush is urging lawmakers to continue fully funding the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative he founded during his presidency to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa. … The budget proposal put forward by the…More


LGBT People In Tanzania Facing Increased Discrimination, Health Workers Concerned About Impact…

BuzzFeed: How Tanzania Is Cracking Down On LGBT People — And Getting Away With It “…Gay sex has been a crime in Tanzania, punishable with life in prison, since British colonial rule, but there is no record of anyone serving serious time for it. LGBT Tanzanians have always been able to quietly go about their…More


Kaiser Family Foundation Updates Fact Sheet Examining PEPFAR’s Role, Efforts

Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) This updated fact sheet examines the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its role in addressing global HIV/AIDS, including treatment and prevention targets, results, funding, and challenges (4/5).


WHO Should Include TB On List Of Priority Drug-Resistant Pathogens

Live Science: Tuberculosis Needs More Recognition As a Worldwide Health Threat Deliana Garcia director of international relations, research, and development for the Migrant Clinicians Network “…Here are four reasons TB should hold the No. 1 spot on the WHO’s [priority pathogens] list: 1. TB is the No. 1 infectious-disease killer on the planet, surpassing HIV/AIDS.…More


Ensuring Migrants Have Access To HIV, TB Treatment Critical To Reversing Epidemics In Eastern…

Huffington Post: The Shifting Diplomacy around Migration, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis in Central Asia Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…To reverse the rising HIV and [multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)] epidemics, the [Eastern Europe and Central Asia] region will need to move forward on a number of fronts: Firstly, there…More


In wake of proposed cuts, physician scientists present HIV, TB research, response, results

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingA few days after the White House released an outline of budget priorities, that included a nearly 20 percent cut to medical research funding, and elimination of the global health study supporting Fogarty International Center, four physician scientists who have dedicated their careers to fighting HIV and tuberculosis came to Capitol Hill to talk about […](Read more…)


News Outlets Examine Global Health Funding in Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint

NBC News: Amid Dramatic Cuts, HIV/AIDS Funding Spared in New Trump Budget “One surprise winner in the proposed Trump administration budget will be HIV/AIDS funding, despite a nearly 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. … The budget promises to ‘provide sufficient resources to maintain current commitments and all current patient…More


Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Leading To HIV Drug Shortages

The Lancet: Venezuela’s economic crisis hampers HIV/AIDS treatment “Amid an ongoing economic crisis, Venezuela is experiencing shortages of several HIV drugs, including those to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus…” (Daniels, 3/18).


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