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Early HIV Treatment Reduces Death, Likelihood Of TB, Study Finds

“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).

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Blog: Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Speaks About Uganda HIV Treatment  As part of a series in advance of AIDS 2010, the “Science Speaks” blog features an interview with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “about his expectations for the conference, what was behind the Uganda problem with shortages of AIDS medicine, and whether…

New HIV Treatment Strategy Could Reduce HIV-Related Deaths By 10M In 15 Years, UNAIDS Says

UNAIDS on Tuesday outlined a new strategy, called “Treatment 2.0,” to simplify the provision of HIV treatment and improve global access to antiretrovirals (ARVs), Reuters reports. The agency says the plan could prevent up to 10 million AIDS-related deaths by 2025 and reduce the number of new HIV infections annually by up to one million, if all people in need receive treatment, according to the news service.

Also In Global Health News: Ill Russian Prisoners; Afghan Drug Users Risk Awareness; China’s AIDS Activists Face Pressure; Foreign Aid Documentary; World Bank Africa Strategy

More Than Half Of Russian Prisoners Ill, Many With HIV, TB “Almost half of inmates in Russia’s notorious prison system are ill, many infected with HIV or with tuberculosis, the country’s Federal Prison Service said late Tuesday,” Reuters reports. Out of 846,000 prisoners, 55,000 are infected with HIV and 40,000…

Opinions: Haitian Rebuilding; Nuclear State Vaccine Initiatives; HIV Rights Abuses In China; HIV Vaccine

Post-Earthquake Recovery In Haiti ‘Stalled’ The “paltry scale of the Pentagon’s reconstruction endeavor [in Haiti] — 1.6 million people displaced and the American military is contributing a few classrooms? — is emblematic of the international response,” columnist Dana Milbank writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Only 2 percent of promised reconstruction…

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Implementing WHO HIV/AIDS Guidelines; Interview With World Bank HIV/AIDS Chief; Biotechnology For Food Security

Heterosexual Transmission Driving Ukraine’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Heterosexual transmission has “overtaken drug abuse as the main cause of AIDS” in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 43 percent of Ukrainians infected with HIV caught the virus through heterosexual sex and 35 percent by drug injection,” AFP writes, referencing a national report…

Discovery Of Antibodies That Kill More Than 90% Of HIV Viruses Gives New Hope For Vaccine

“An effective vaccine against the AIDS virus may have moved one step closer to reality, researchers said Thursday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Federal researchers have identified a pair of naturally occurring antibodies that are able to kill more than 90% of all strains of the AIDS virus, a finding they say could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus” (Maugh, 7/9).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Viewpoint Examines Malaria In Africa 10 Years After Abuja Declaration A Lancet Viewpoint examines the problems and prospects in malaria control since the Abuja Declaration was signed 10 years ago with the goal of halving malaria mortality in Africa by 2010. “There is an obvious euphoric sense that elimination…