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South African Government Should Take Responsibility For HIV/AIDS Treatment

Noting the many successes of PEPFAR, Stuart Rennie, co-principal investigator of NIH/Fogarty bioethics grants for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, writes in his “Global Bioethics Blog,” “HIV requires lifelong treatment, and it is not healthy to have your existence depend on the decisions of a foreign government,…

GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS Business Joins Medicines Patent Pool

“GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children’s medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries,” Reuters reports. “ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in…

Big Pharma Looks To Africa For Next Growth Market As Economies Strengthen, Disease Burden Shifts

“Not only is [Africa's] economic growth grabbing attention in boardrooms but the shifting nature of its disease burden is luring Big Pharma, as new opportunities open up for treating chronic diseases afflicting the middle classes, rather than just fire-fighting infection,” Reuters reports. According to data from IMS, a global health informatics and…

IRIN Examines Access To Reproductive Health Care In Uganda

“Boosting women’s access to reproductive health care could significantly reduce both the number of unsafe abortions and the high cost of post-abortion medical care in Uganda, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Although there are few studies on the subject, experts estimate that some 297,000 abortions are performed annually, with 85,000 women treated for…

Access To Contraception a ‘Core Human Right’ For Women Everywhere

“The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth,…

NPR Blog Examines Debate Over Option B+ HIV Prevention Strategy

NPR’s “Shots” blog examines the debate over Option B+, a strategy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission that “aims to put every pregnant woman with HIV on triple-drug treatment and keep her on it for the rest of her life — even if the virus has not yet damaged her immune…

U.S. Researchers Report ‘Functional Cure’ For Infant Born With HIV

“A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now [two and a half] and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of [active] infection,” the Associated Pressreports (Neergaard, 3/4).…

Small Percentage Of Adults Who Receive Rapid HIV Treatment Following Infection Might Achieve ‘Functional Cure,’ French Researchers Say

“Rapid treatment after HIV infection may be enough to ‘functionally cure’ about a 10th of those diagnosed early, say researchers in France,” who “have been analyzing 14 people who stopped therapy, but have since shown no signs of the virus resurging,” BBC News reports (Gallagher, 3/15). “The research, published in the U.S. journal…

New Initiative Aims To Increase Access To Jadelle Reversible Contraceptive

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, head of the Family Health Division of the foundation, examines the Jadelle Access Program, announced last week, which aims to “reduce the price [of Jadelle] and make this effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptive more available to more than…