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Many Challenges Exist To Delivering Proven Interventions For Preventing Pediatric HIV Infections

Last week’s “scientific report on the ‘functional cure’ of an HIV-infected infant has set the world’s media ablaze with discussion and speculation,” Randal Kuhn, director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Benjamin Young, chief medical officer of the International Association…

Think Africa Press Examines Jadelle Access Program

Think Africa Press describes how “[t]he Jadelle Access Program is aiming to make Jadelle progestogen implants — a long-acting and reversible form of contraception — available to more than 27 million women in more than 50 countries worldwide.” “Born out of a partnership between Bayer HealthCare (the makers of the implant),…

New Initiative Aims To Increase Access To Jadelle Reversible Contraceptive

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, head of the Family Health Division of the foundation, examines the Jadelle Access Program, announced last week, which aims to “reduce the price [of Jadelle] and make this effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptive more available to more than…

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…

GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS Business Joins Medicines Patent Pool

“GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children’s medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries,” Reuters reports. “ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in…

IRIN Examines Access To Reproductive Health Care In Uganda

“Boosting women’s access to reproductive health care could significantly reduce both the number of unsafe abortions and the high cost of post-abortion medical care in Uganda, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Although there are few studies on the subject, experts estimate that some 297,000 abortions are performed annually, with 85,000 women treated for…

Access To Contraception a ‘Core Human Right’ For Women Everywhere

“The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth,…

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