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Collective Global Action Needed To Sustain Progress Against AIDS

Noting “African leadership on AIDS is on the rise while, with some exceptions, political and financial commitment in the wealthiest nations has been stalled since the end of the last decade,” Rob Lovelace, a senior fellow with the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit, and Gemma Oberth, a senior researcher for…

Washington Post Blog Interviews Elton John About Philanthropic Work Through AIDS Foundation

The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” interviews Elton John about his philanthropic work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, “a major non-profit working on HIV prevention, as well as care and treatment for those with the disease.” According to the interview transcript, John reflects on funding research for vaccine and antiretroviral development,…

The Atlantic Examines Risk Of HIV Through Marital Sex For Women In Chiapas, Mexico

“[F]or women living in rural Mexico, marital sex represents the single greatest risk for HIV infection,” The Atlantic reports in an article examining the situation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, the poorest in the country. “For married women in Chiapas, abstinence is nearly impossible and condoms are difficult to…

Community Health Workers Key To Reaching Zero New HIV Infections Among Children

“During the upcoming meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and the private sector should take an important step toward reaching the goal of zero new HIV infections among children,” because after decades of work, this goal can be reached “within the short…

Simian Version Of HIV Vaccine Shows Success; Human Version To Be Developed, Tested

The New York Times reports on the study of a vaccine tested in monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a close relative of HIV, which showed nine of the 16 monkeys given the vaccine “slowly ‘cleared’ the virus and now appear to be cured.” SIV vaccines often are used…

Global Fund Money Helping Myanmar Provide ART For More People

Al Jazeera examines how a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant is helping Myanmar provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) to its HIV-positive population. “Since 2010, when the Global Fund resumed work after pulling out of the country in 2005 due to government restrictions on its staff, Myanmar has…

Fathers’ Participation Important To Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

In a Reuters opinion piece, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, the maternal and child health coordinator at Management and Development for Health and a New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute, writes that fathers are key to preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). “[W]ith the right [antiretroviral (ARV)] treatments, we can reduce the risk…

USAID, PEPFAR Brief Addresses Hormonal Contraception Use, HIV Risk

“While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief [.pdf] from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says,” the Center for Global Health…

Global Fund At Turning Point In Eliminating ‘Big 3’ Diseases, But Continued Support Needed

“Over the past decade, the resources provided through the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] have saved an estimated nine million lives and turned the tide against these terrible diseases in Africa and across the developing world,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the coordinating minister of the Nigerian economy and minister…