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‘Strong’ FY14 Budget Request For Global Fund Can Ensure Investment Returns

Amanda Glassman and Jenny Ottenhoff of the Center for Global Development (CGD) write in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog about “the tough trade-offs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must be considering as they finalize the president’s FY14 budget request to Congress, expected to be released in mid-March.”…

USAID Blog Examines Agency’s Support Of HIV/AIDS R&D

“In December 2012, USAID released its new strategy for global health research and development” (R&D), Molly Schmalzbach, public affairs analyst for the Office of HIV/AIDS, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “The report outlines how the agency plans to address some of the world’s most challenging health and development issues through new…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces React To ‘Functional Cure’ Of Infant Born With HIV

Scientists on Sunday announced that an infant born with HIV appears to have been “functionally cured” of the virus after receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 30 hours of birth. The following is a summary of three opinion pieces published in response to the announcement. Sarah Boseley, Guardian: “This is progress and will open…

Media Coverage Of ‘Functional Cure’ In Baby Born With HIV Continues

Highlighting the recent case of an infant reportedly cured of HIV infection “after a swiftly administered course of drugs,” Scientific American writes, “A number of factors make the child’s case unique, … and clinicians caution that we have not discovered a general cure for HIV yet. Still, the medical first may hint at ways…

IRIN Examines Impact Of HIV Funding On National Health Care Systems

In an article in its “Building Resilience” series, IRIN examines the impact of HIV funding on health care systems in developing countries, writing, “Some have argued that the AIDS epidemic has helped generate an overall increase in health funding and mobilized an international push for more equitable health care access. But others…

Prevention Remains Best Method To Stop Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

“If confirmed by further analysis,” the case of a Mississippi infant being cured of HIV “would be the first time a person has been cured with simple drug treatments, making a lifetime of antiviral therapy unnecessary,” a New York Times editorial states. Born to an HIV-positive mother who did not receive HIV treatment during…

U.S. Researchers Report ‘Functional Cure’ For Infant Born With HIV

“A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now [two and a half] and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of [active] infection,” the Associated Pressreports (Neergaard, 3/4).…

NPR Blog Examines Debate Over Option B+ HIV Prevention Strategy

NPR’s “Shots” blog examines the debate over Option B+, a strategy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission that “aims to put every pregnant woman with HIV on triple-drug treatment and keep her on it for the rest of her life — even if the virus has not yet damaged her immune…

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