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HHS Assistant Secretary For Global Affairs Recognizes World Hepatitis Day

“World Hepatitis Day — observed annually on July 28 — is a day to remember the millions around the world, as well as those here in the U.S., who have lost their lives to or are suffering from viral hepatitis,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire writes in…

New WHO Guidelines On HIV Treatment Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Writing in a Lancet opinion piece, Kenneth Mayer of Harvard Medical School and Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and Center for Public Health & Human Rights, discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the WHO’s revised HIV treatment guidelines recommending “earlier…

Early ART ‘Vitally Important’ For All People Living With HIV

The new WHO HIV treatment guidelines, which advocate beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) “when a person’s CD4 white blood cell count is relatively high,” “are a welcome step forward but fall short of the treatment goals that could and should be set,” a New York Times editorial states. “The missing ingredient…

Vietnam Facing Funding Challenges As Donors Pull Back

Devex examines how Vietnam, now considered a middle-income country, is facing the challenge of securing funding for its HIV/AIDS programs, as donors begin to “either reduc[e] their aid footprints or cu[t] altogether their bilateral ties.” The news service writes, “On the ground, implementing partners from civil society and non-profit circles…

Access To Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services Necessary To Reach AIDS-Free Generation

In a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé discuss progress (.pdf) made on the “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among…

Partnerships Under MPP Key To Lowering Antiretroviral Therapy Costs

The ONE blog features an interview with Esteban Burrone, head of policy for the Medicines Patent Pool, who discusses how antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV became less expensive over the past decade, allowing for millions more people living with the virus to receive treatment. Burrone says partnerships with pharmaceutical…

U.N.’s ECOSOC Addresses HIV/AIDS, NCDs, Science And Technology For Development

“The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [on Monday] took action on reports pertaining to HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and science and technology for development,” Intellectual Property Watch reports, detailing the actions taken pertaining to each at the current ECOSOC session. According to the news service, “the Council took…

Blog Examines Need For PMTCT In Order To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

Noting “[r]ecently released guidelines from [the WHO] recommend starting HIV treatment earlier — even pre-emptively — as a measure to preventing and eradicating AIDS,” Foreign Policy Association blog contributor Elyse Lichtenthal writes in the blog, “Reading about the push to approach [antiretroviral (ARV)] treatment in this way makes me very…

Continued Partnership, Resources Needed To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

In a Forbes opinion piece, Barbara Pierce Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps and a board member of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reflects on the global AIDS response over the last decade, writing, “Very rarely, a crisis occurs that is so urgent…

Laws Aimed At Criminalizing Sex Trade Hindering HIV/AIDS Response In India

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, journalist Michelle Chen examines efforts to combat HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India, highlighting “various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation,” which she says reflect “a deeper culture of oppression that sex workers face around the…

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