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Blog Examines Next Steps Should A Therapeutic AIDS Vaccine Be Developed

In a post in the “Tomorrow Global” blog, Danielle Parsons, an HIV/AIDS specialist, highlights a number of advances made in the search for an AIDS vaccine, writing, “All of this work is promising, and it’s starting to feel like we’re back on track for a successful therapeutic vaccine in the…

Urging U.N. To Collect, Report Data On Aging Population Affected By HIV

“Estimates suggest that by 2040, over nine million people with HIV will be 50 or older in sub-Saharan Africa, triple that of current data,” the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance writes in The Body. “Despite this, the 2012 UNAIDS report does not mention the aging of HIV,” and “[b]ecause it does not…

UNAIDS Presents Online Discussion On Post-2015 AIDS Agenda

The World We Want 2015 webpage is hosting an online discussion (eDiscussion), presented by UNAIDS as part of the Post-2015 Health Thematic Consultation and running from January 21 through February 3, according to the webpage. The eDiscussion — an “open and inclusive online discussion for individuals, and members of civil…

DRC Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, PlusNews Reports

“The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population,” PlusNews reports. “‘This significant decrease…

Researchers Disagree Over Ethics Of HIV Treatment Clinical Trial In Africa, Nature Reports

Nature reports how “[a] potential breakthrough in the quest to prevent HIV and AIDS has collided with sensitivities about testing expensive drugs in poor parts of the world.” A proposed clinical trial to test an experimental HIV therapy “in 3,000 African infants born to breastfeeding, HIV-infected mothers … is drawing fire…

Harvard School Of Public Health Conference Recognizes PEPFAR Achievements

PEPFAR “has played a major role in changing the course of the global AIDS epidemic,” Harvard Magazine reports. “On January 10, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recognized that achievement, and its own role therein, by hosting a conference titled ‘PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH’s Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in…

PlusNews Examines Potential Cuts In U.S. HIV Funding To Ethiopia

PlusNews discusses potential cuts in U.S. funding for HIV-related activities in Ethiopia and the role of greater in-country funding for health. In 2013, “Ethiopia will experience a 79 percent reduction in U.S. HIV financing from PEPFAR,” according to a blog post written last year by Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and…

U.N. SG Meets With Special Envoys For AIDS, UNAIDS Executive Director To Discuss Future Efforts

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York met with his team of U.N. Special Envoys for AIDS to discuss progress in fighting the disease, U.N. Radio/Ghana Broadcasting Corporation reports (1/10). UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe joined the group “to discuss their strategic directions for the year ahead,” a UNAIDS feature story reports.…

Kaiser Family Foundation Publishes Report On Donor Funding For Health In Low- & Middle-Income Countries

The Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday published a new report (.pdf), titled “Donor Funding for Health in Low- & Middle-Income Countries, 2002-2010,” that “tracks the most recently available data on funding from donor governments, including the United States, and from multilateral institutions for health in low- and middle-income countries,” according to the report summary.…

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