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Blog Presents First Part Of Two-Part Interview With Birx

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership” Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, presents Part I of a “Science Speaks” interview with PEPFAR’s new leader,…

Hong Kong Reports Record Number Of New HIV Cases In First Quarter

Xinhua/Global Post: Hong Kong’s HIV cases hit three-month high “The Center for Health Protection (CHP) of Hong Kong on Tuesday reported a record of 154 HIV infections in the first quarter of 2014, bringing the cumulative total of reported HIV infections to 6,496 since 1984…” (5/27).

CSIS Event Examines Transition To Local Response In HIV Care, Prevention

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: A PEPFAR transition that works? An international HIV responder supports its local replacements and sees promise, opportunities Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, reports from an event at the Center…

Protests Surround Firing Of HIV Expert At Jamaican University

Associated Press/Washington Post: Protest over Jamaica university firing AIDS doctor “Religious activists, students, and colleagues gathered outside Jamaica’s biggest university Monday to protest the firing of an HIV expert who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy law…” (McFadden, 5/26).

Labor Strikes In Kenya Threaten Roll Out Of HIV Treatment

Inter Press Service: Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out “Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labor strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether…

Anti-Gay Law, New Bill Threaten AIDS Response In Uganda

Devex: After anti-gay law, new bill threatens fight against HIV in Uganda “Three months after it was signed by President Yoweri Museveni, the real implications of Uganda’s controversial anti-gay law are starting to be truly felt by the international aid community. … [N]ow another bill threatens to criminalize intentional transmission…

HIV PrEP Faces Psychological, Financial Obstacles

New York Times: Are We Ready for HIV’s Sexual Revolution? Donald McNeil, science and health reporter for the New York Times “The FDA has taken a drug — Truvada — that was approved for HIV treatment in 2004, and approved it for prevention, a use called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.…

Birx Meets With Civil Society To Outline PEPFAR’s Goals

UNAIDS: United States Global AIDS Coordinator presents PEPFAR’s vision to civil society “On the side-lines of the sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, UNAIDS convened a meeting between European-based members of civil society with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the new United States Global AIDS Coordinator. … UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures acknowledged…

AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration Released

VOA News: Melbourne Declaration Released “The world’s largest gathering on HIV/AIDS will be held in July in Melbourne, Australia. The theme of the 20th International AIDS Conference — also known as AIDS 2014 — is Nobody Left Behind. Organizers have issued the Melbourne Declaration … [which] affirms that ‘non-discrimination is…

Stigma Reduction Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Future

Lancet Global Health: Tackling stigma: fundamental to an AIDS-free future Julie Pulerwitz, director of social and operational research, HIV/AIDS at the Population Council, and John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council “The achievement of an AIDS-free future will surely be a priority discussion topic at the upcoming International AIDS…

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