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Blogs Report On Findings Presented At CROI 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports from the Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2014 on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV in resource-limited settings (Lubinski, 3/7). The blog also discusses a study that debunks theories on drivers of HIV transmission (Barton…

USAID, Kerry Recognize International Women’s Day

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” marked International Women’s Day, recognized annually on March 8, with a post by Margaret McGlynn, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, about the development of an AIDS vaccine and its potential impact on women’s equality (3/7). In addition, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released…

Birx Responds To Questions On PEPFAR At Senate Confirmation Hearing

Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Deborah Birx, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator, answered questions regarding PEPFAR and the U.S. global AIDS response during a confirmation hearing, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A Senate vote…

NIH To Conduct Trials To Test HIV Treatment In Newborns

New York Times: Great Hope for Babies With HIV “America’s National Institutes of Health will soon sponsor clinical trials abroad to evaluate whether early and very aggressive drug treatments for babies infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can effectively clear the virus from their bodies. The hope is…

Law Stigmatizing MSM In Myanmar Hinders HIV Efforts

IRIN: Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar “A colonial-era law criminalizing ‘unnatural’ sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar ‘hidden, silenced, and shamed,’ hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and…

Lesotho’s HIV ‘Expert Patient’ Program Suffering Funding Shortfalls

Deutsche Welle: Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers “… Around half of Lesotho’s expert patients [who fill the gap between doctors and their patients] are funded directly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, due to contribution shortfalls from donor countries, support from the Global Fund for…

Blogs, Organizations Express Concern Over FY15 Budget Request

The Global Health Technologies Coalition “Breakthroughs” blog discusses President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget request’s possible impact on global health research and development (Bennett, 3/6). In a press release, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, warns that though the Global Fund and major domestic AIDS programs are protected in the…

Blogs Summarize Issues Discussed At CROI

The AIDS.gov blog highlights several issues discussed at the recent 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). In one post, Ronald Valdiserri, deputy assistant secretary for health for infectious diseases and director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS examines pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV…

Hepatitis C Drugs Should Be More Accessible For World’s Poorest

The Guardian: Hepatitis C medicines must be made accessible faster than HIV drugs were Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on innovative financing “… Until recently, the only cure for hepatitis C involved an expensive combination of injections and tablets that lasted a…

Prevalence Of Violence Among Pregnant African Women High; HIV Infection Is Risk Factor

Inter Press Service: Dangerous Combo: Violence in Pregnancy and HIV in South Africa “…An estimated one in four South African women experience intimate partner violence in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. Violence in pregnancy is associated with pregnancy loss, miscarriage and neonatal death, higher rates of postpartum depression…