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UNAIDS ‘Expresses Deep Gratitude’ To Ambassador Goosby For Work On HIV/AIDS

In a press release, UNAIDS “expresses deep gratitude to Ambassador Eric Goosby for his outstanding work on the AIDS response as United States Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy.” Goosby resigned his position on November 1, the press release notes, adding,…

Blog Highlights USAID Official’s Comments Regarding Hormonal Contraception, HIV

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights comments made by Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological adviser at USAID, at a recent Washington, D.C., event about hormonal contraception and HIV. Data regarding how hormonal contraception affects HIV transmission are inconclusive, the blog notes, and includes a link to a…

Zambia Sets Out To Create New National Strategic Framework On HIV/AIDS

“Zambia is in the process of coming up with another national strategic framework on HIV/AIDS as the southern African nation presses on with its resolve to eliminate the pandemic,” Xinhua reports in an article examining the country’s efforts. Joshua Banda, chair of the National AIDS Council, “who was speaking at…

HHS Official Looks Forward To World AIDS Day

“In just a few weeks, we will commemorate the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day,” Ronald Valdiserri, deputy assistant secretary for health and infectious diseases and director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, writes in the AIDS.gov blog, noting this year’s theme is “Shared…

More Investment, Innovation Needed To Address HIV/AIDS In Asia, U.N. Official Says

“Though the number of new HIV infections has been dropping for several years, Thailand and other Asia-Pacific countries need to invest more in developing innovations to fight the spread of [HIV], according to [UNAIDS],” The Nation reports. “[S]peaking at a press conference on the upcoming 11th International Congress on AIDS…

PBS NewsHour Examines HIV Epidemic Among ‘Key Populations’

PBS NewsHour examines a rebound in HIV infection among sex workers and other marginalized “key populations” — including “injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, inmates and other groups in which HIV rates have moved against the global trend.” The news service writes, “[E]xperts with organizations as diverse…

UNAIDS Supplement Examines AIDS Epidemic Among People Age 50 And Older

“The shifting demographics of the AIDS epidemic demands a new focus to reach people aged 50 and over who are currently underserved by HIV services,” UNAIDS said on Friday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “Out of the estimated global total of 35.3 million people living with HIV, an average 3.6…

Researchers Examining Potential For HIV Prevention Vaginal Ring

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines “the potential for a microbicide-containing vaginal ring that could remain in place for a month” as a tool for HIV prevention, noting “two grants from USAID totaling as much as $40 million” are helping researchers pursue the possibility. The blog…

Ambassador Goosby Pens Last Blog Post As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“It is with a degree of sadness but also an enormous debt of gratitude that I post my final blog as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy,” Ambassador Eric Goosby writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. The success of PEPFAR and “arriv[ing]…