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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Expanded Access To Treatment, R&D Critical To Ending AIDS Epidemic

Foreign Policy: The Next AIDS Pandemic Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “Thousands of HIV/AIDS experts are gathered in Paris this week for their biennial world conference, and leaders are exhorting every one of them to fight for global financing and expand access to treatment, especially in Africa.…More

South African Official Expresses Concern Over Proposed U.S. Cuts To Global AIDS Funding

Business Day: U.S. plan to cut global AIDS funding has SA on edge “The [South African] Department of Health is anxiously waiting to see if the U.S. Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to global health programs, as its decision could reduce donor support for HIV/AIDS in SA. … ‘We should all be concerned,’…More

Swaziland Achieves Major Reduction In HIV Incidence, Increase In Viral Load Suppression With…

ScienceInsider: Swaziland makes major strides against its AIDS epidemic “New data from Swaziland, a tiny country in southern Africa, provide some of the most convincing evidence yet that aggressively ramping up treatment for HIV/AIDS works on a population level to cut the rate of new infections. The kingdom has had one of the worst HIV/AIDS…More

Global Fund Partnership In Rwanda Aims To Address Connection Between Gender-Based Violence,…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS: A Rwandan Project Confronts the Connection In this blog post, the first in a series of blog posts by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses how challenges to gender equality,…More

Lancet Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Global AIDS Epidemic, Future Of HIV Response

The Lancet: The global HIV/AIDS epidemic — progress and challenges Editorial Board “On July 20, UNAIDS released their annual report on the status of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which also includes a comprehensive analysis of progress towards ending AIDS as a public health threat. … The report emphasizes that there is no room for complacency.…More

U.S. Investment In PEPFAR Critical To Addressing Global AIDS

PLOS Blogs’ “Your Say”: Rex Tillerson shouldn’t cut global AIDS funding. Here’s why. Pranay Sinha, a physician at Yale New Haven Health System, discusses PEPFAR’s role in addressing global HIV/AIDS in developing countries, particularly in South Africa, and writes, “Globally, the progress is undeniable, but gaps remain. Without U.S.

To End AIDS Epidemic, Global Health Community Must Learn From Young People’s Experiences

Huffington Post: Defeating HIV/AIDS Means Listening To Young People Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and professor of global health “…[A]dolescents and young people in [sub-Saharan Africa] are being left behind in the HIV/AIDS response. … [T]he global community desperately needs to understand and learn from young people affected…More

Growing Youth Populations In Africa Create Challenges, Opportunities For Efforts To End AIDS

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Demographic Youth Bulge Creates Major Challenges in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS John McMannis, communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses the impact and challenges of changing demographics in Africa, where young people account for increasing proportions of populations. McMannis writes, “The growth in the youth population in…More

Advanced illness at HIV treatment start is dropping in some countries surveyed, still seen in a…

Categories: HIV/AIDSThe prevalence of advanced HIV among people beginning antiretroviral treatment has declined in eight of 10 resource-constrained countries surveyed, while median immune cell counts went up — indicating less weakened immune systems — in six countries, indicating improved access to testing and treatment, but still, about one third of patients starting treatment during the time […](Read more…)

Office of AIDS Research gets a shout out — and a $544 million cut in NIH budget…

Categories: HIV/AIDSCiting priorities of HIV research slated to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, dispatching the Fogarty International Center while extolling its contributions, document released by National Institutes of Health director tallies steep and devastating cuts without explanation ” . . .the HIV epidemic represents the most serious health crisis of our time, a critical and […](Read more…)

U.S. Congress Should Continue Robust Investment In HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment

The Conversation: HIV/AIDS funding is an investment worth protecting Allison Webel, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University “…On June 5, it will [have been] 36 years since HIV was first reported, and the return on investment in this epidemic has been high. HIV is now a chronic, rather than fatal, disease throughout…More

NCDs Must Garner More Attention From Global Health Community, Michael Bloomberg Says In…

Inside Philanthropy: Hold the Malaria Nets: Bloomberg’s Contrarian Vision for Global Health Funding “…Bloomberg wants donors and governments to fixate less on a handful of notorious communicable diseases — a benefit concert list that also includes HIV/AIDS, polio, and tuberculosis — and focus more on the biggest killers that stalk humanity. That’s the dominant message…More

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.

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