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Recognizing Health Improvements In Uganda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden reflects on a recent trip to Uganda, “the only country served by [PEPFAR] with a rising HIV incidence,” writing, “Although Uganda will have challenges for many years as a result of increased HIV infections over the past…

Head Of Georgian Health Policy Group Discusses HIV/AIDS, Public Health Trends

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with George Gotsadze, who since 1996 has led Georgian think tank Curatio International Foundation, which focuses on health policy and health systems issues, primarily in the post-Soviet states. According to the interview transcript, Gotsadze reflects on public health in…

Price Reduction Agreement For Cytomegalovirus Might Help Improve Screening, Awareness

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog describes “an agreement [.pdf] announced this week between the Medicines Patent Pool and Roche, the maker of the oral drug valganciclovir, which treats cytomegalovirus retinitis,” an infection common among people living with HIV, particularly in Asian countries. “The agreement, signed in…

Study Examines Treatment Retention Among HIV Patients In Uganda

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a study, released this week by Clinical Infectious Diseases, that “follow[ed] patients in two Ugandan HIV care centers (one rural, one urban), [and] found not only were retention rates high for patients still considered too healthy to be eligible…

Experts Discuss Future Of PEPFAR, Potential For Reauthorization

While “experts agree” the “chances of [PEPFAR] being reauthorized is slim,” they also “say that Congress does not need to reauthorize the program,” CQ Online News reports. Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, “said reauthorization is not imperative as long…

Nature Examines Research Efforts To Find Optimal Dose Of HIV Treatment

Noting UNAIDS has set a goal of increasing the number of people infected with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral treatment worldwide “to 15 million by 2015 and to add an additional million each subsequent year, a task that will be challenging under current financial conditions,” Nature examines research efforts to…

Study Examines HIV Patients In Uganda

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a study, released this week by Clinical Infectious Diseases and titled “High Retention in Care among HIV-infected Patients Entering Care with CD4 Levels >350/µl under Routine Program Conditions in Uganda,” which “follow[ed] patients in two Ugandan HIV care centers…

E.U., Global Fund Address HIV/AIDS In Eastern Europe

AIDS-related deaths “in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have soared in the last decade while the E.U. continues to put the brunt of its funding for treatment and prevention in developing nations, according to experts who say this is creating a potential health timebomb on the E.U.’s eastern frontier,” EurActiv reports. “Efforts over the…

USAID Supporting Delivery Of HIV/AIDS Services In Zimbabwe

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Margot Welk, communications and development outreach adviser at USAID in Zimbabwe, reflects on how the agency “is supporting the delivery of high-quality HIV/AIDS services” in the country. “USAID provides infant HIV test kits and [antiretrovirals (ARVs)] to many clinics throughout Zimbabwe,” she writes, highlighting…

More Data Needed On Populations At Risk Of HIV In Emergency Settings, Experts Say

“More information about groups vulnerable to HIV infection during emergencies — including those labeled ‘most at-risk populations’ (MARPs) — is needed to improve humanitarian HIV programming, experts say,” IRIN reports. “‘In tense situations where everyone is watching everyone else to see what other people get their hands on, social stigma…

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