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USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services

Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda…

HIV Researchers On Alert Following Anti-Gay Raids On Ugandan Project

Nature: HIV researchers on edge after anti-gay raids across Africa “A police raid on an established research program in Uganda has left scientists worried that their projects may be targeted by authorities granted sweeping powers under the country’s harsh new anti-homosexuality law…” (Shuchman, 5/7).

News Outlets Examine HIV/AIDS Among Key Populations In Caribbean

News outlets report on HIV prevention efforts among key populations in the Caribbean. Associated Press: New effort to halt spread of HIV in the Caribbean “…[R]eaching out to men who have sex with men is practically revolutionary in parts of the English-speaking Caribbean, where homophobia and laws criminalizing gay sex…

PLOS Collection Examines Issues Surrounding VMMC

“With new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa occurring at a rate of 2.3 million each year, this new collection, featuring research published in PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE, presents interim results from a large public health intervention of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) performed by health care practitioners in low-resource…

Ukraine HIV/AIDS Response Scenarios Project Cost-Effective Approaches To Disease Efforts

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines an analysis on Ukraine’s 2014-2018 National HIV/AIDS Program goals. The blog notes, “[T]he analysis … used existing data and mathematical modeling to look at the outcomes of three possible response scenarios involving the country’s 2014-2018 National AIDS Program goals, against…

Blog Examines Studies On HIV Treatment Eligibility, Access

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” reports on a letter published in this month’s Clinical Infectious Diseases “from Gabriela Patten of Médecins Sans Frontières, and others, [that] recounts their findings from an analysis of the impact of 2010 World Health Organization guidelines that expanded eligibility for HIV treatment.”…

Forbes Examines Innovative Financing, UNITAID

Forbes: Meet The Man With A Simple, Workable Solution To World Poverty: Innovative Financing The magazine interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy about innovative financing and UNITAID. “…[R]eferred to by former U.S. President Bill Clinton as ‘France’s gift to the world,’ [UNITAID] is one of the first major initiatives to be largely funded…

More Research Needed On Early HIV Treatment Newborns, Canadian Researchers Say

Canadian Press/Global Post: Too soon to call early HIV treatment in babies a ‘cure’: Canadian researchers “Four HIV-infected children treated right after birth show no detectable virus but its resurgence in a fifth who stopped medication means it’s too soon to talk of a ‘cure,’ say Canadian researchers…” (5/4).

Africans, Leaders Can Create ‘Better Future’ For African Continent

Washington Post: Africa is on the rise, and we need to help make sure it continues John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state “The best untold story of the last decade may be the story of Africa. … HIV infections are down nearly 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and malaria deaths…

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