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Russia’s Takeover Of Crimea Negatively Impacting HIV Prevention Services

The Independent: Battling AIDS: Former health secretary claims Russia is causing setback in efforts to defeat the virus Norman Fowler, former British health secretary “…One of the unwelcome first results of the Russian takeover of Crimea has been a radical change in policy on the treatment of injecting drug users.…

Ambassador Birx Highlights Principles Of PEPFAR’s Public Health Approach

Ambassador Deborah Birx, who was confirmed as the new U.S. global AIDS coordinator last week, released a statement on the principles of PEPFAR’s public health approach. She notes, “We have delivered results by following sound science, focusing on impact, targeting efforts where the virus is most prevalent, and grounding our…

Ugandan Police Accuse U.S.-Funded HIV/AIDS Project Of Gay ‘Recruitment’

Agence France-Presse: Uganda police accuse HIV/AIDS project of gay ‘recruitment’ “Police in Uganda have accused a U.S.-funded AIDS project that they raided last week of paying young men to become homosexuals, a report said Thursday. Quoting a police statement explaining the operation, the Daily Monitor newspaper said the Walter Reed…

Learning From HIV To Treat, Prevent HPV, Other Cancers

The Hill: HPV may be the new HIV Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, founder of BFFL Co. “In May, I will be traveling with a group of physicians to Botswana for a conference sponsored by the Ministry of Health and several other organizations in hopes to inspire discussion around cancer care in…

USAID’s Shah Testifies Before Congress On Global Health Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s lack of mention of global tuberculosis and HIV in his opening remarks during the FY 2015 congressional budget hearings on Capitol Hill earlier this week (Aziz, 4/10).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 41 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article reporting from a regional meeting in Dakar focused on how gender, maternal and child health, and human rights should be integrated into the new…

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).

Global Health Experts Express Concern Over Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law In Letter To GAC

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a letter sent on Wednesday to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx expressing concern over the impacts of Uganda’s recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Law on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs in the country. Leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society…

Makerere University Walter Reed Project Temporarily Suspends Operations In Uganda

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the operating status of a Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda that was temporarily suspended last week following the arrest of one of its workers by local authorities who say they were operating under the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality…

Pope Supports Chastity As AIDS Prevention Strategy

Associated Press: Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa “Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania…” (4/7).