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AIDS 2010 Studies, Releases: Criminalization, Discrimination Of High-Risk Groups; Test-And-Treat; UNAIDS Launches HIV Prevention Commission

The criminalization of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia is holding back efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in the region, according to a report presented Wednesday by the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) and Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, VOA News reports. The report “linked the criminalization of homosexual behavior to an increase in the infection rate of HIV and AIDS in Asia,” the news service writes (Dewan, 7/21).

AIDS 2010 Interviews

Managing editor of the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, Jill Braden Balderas, interviews global health leaders participating in AIDS 2010. brightcove.createExperiences(); Suniti Solomon, MD, director of the Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) in Chennai, India, explains how integration of care helps fight stigma and…

Global Maternal Mortality Conference Focuses On Quality Of Care

Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, reports on the three-day global conference on maternal health taking place this week in Arusha, Tanzania, in a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog. She summarizes two speakers’ presentations and writes, “Many of today’s plenary speakers emphasized that with the Millennium…

Reuters Reports On Obesity Talks At World Economic Forum

Reuters reports on discussions taking place at the World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, writing, “Obesity, a major factor in diabetes and heart disease, imposes costs on both public and private sectors and is a drag on economic growth, but business leaders meeting in Davos can’t…

‘Big Push’ Campaign Revived At World Economic Summit

“Last September the Huffington Post, together with the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], launched ‘The Big Push’ campaign, seeking to build on the great progress that has been made in recent years fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria,” Arianna Huffington notes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “[I]n…

WHO Executive Board Meeting Discusses Consensus On R&D For Neglected Diseases

Intellectual Property Watch reports on discussions at the ongoing WHO Executive Board meeting “over legal and political aspects of a consensus reached by a small number of member states in November on implementing a plan to address the global lack of research and development [R&D] for neglected diseases predominantly afflicting…

African Heads Of State Meet To Address Maternal Mortality, MDG 5 Goal

African “heads of state gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit met at a side event on Sunday, Jan. 27 to renew their commitment to reducing the maternal mortality rate on the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service notes the 2009 launch of CARMMA,…